*)Experts say rebound headaches can be caused when people with migraine overmedicate with
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by Tony Hicks
- Fact checked by Jennifer Chesak
- March 1, 2021
Researchers say people who use
- to help treat migraine are more likely to experience rebound headaches.cannabisThey say the reason that is main the follow-up headaches is basically because people overmedicate with
- .cannabisThey urge people who have migraine in the first place low doses of
- and finally boost the dosage.cannabisPeople Using* that is( for migraine relief can have rebound headaches, similar to overuse headaches experienced by people who use too much migraine pain medication.cannabisThat’s according to a study released today.
The research will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 73rd meeting that is annual that will be being held practically through the week of April 17.
“Many people who have chronic migraine already are self-medicating with
, and there’s some evidence that cannabis might help treat other forms of chronic pain,” said Dr. Niushen Zhang, a research writer and manager for the Headache Fellowship Program at Stanford University in California.cannabis“However, we discovered that those who were using* that is( had significantly increased odds of also having medication overuse headache, or rebound headache, compared to people who were not using cannabis.”cannabisWhat is migraine?
Migraine is a neurological condition that’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, the pain of which can be so severe it interferes with daily activities.
Something called an “aura” often comes as a warning sign, involving disturbances that are visual as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling on a single part for the face or in an arm, and trouble with speaking.
Medication are a good idea, frequently along with self-help treatments and changes that are lifestyle
About 39 million people in the United States have migraine. It’s estimated that 12 percent of U.S. women and 6 percent of U.S. men have this condition.
Everything from pain medication to yoga has been prescribed for relief, often with mixed results.
study revealedcannabisThe study published looked at records of 368 people who experience chronic migraine for at least a year — chronic being defined as at least 15 headache days per month.
Of the subjects, 150 were already using
for relief.cannabisOf today the 368 individuals, 212 had medicine overuse headaches.
Researchers stated that folks utilizing cannabis for migraine were six times almost certainly going to have medication overuse.
Previous research revealed opioids and cannabis both influence an element of the mind called the periaqueductal gray, that will be additionally associated with that is migrainecannabisThe concept of rebound headaches isn’t new to some doctors who regularly prescribe
brand name, told Healthline. “The two many reasons that are common dehydration and overuse, especially via the inhaled route of delivery. Cannabis can cause the mucous membranes to become more dry and increase the thickness of the mucous*)“ that is, Plus water that is inadequate, often results in rebound headache that comes on as the cannabis is wearing off,” he added.
How to properly use cannabisSulak said inhaling CBD builds tolerance faster, which often prompts users to increase dosage.
“The effectiveness of the treatment diminishes, and rebound headaches are more common,” Sulak said. “For chronic headaches especially and for more frequent migraine, the best approach is to take cannabis by mouth to prevent headaches and reserve inhalation for rescue from more severe episodes only. Many patients can effectively take a dose that is low of before going to sleep and a moderate dosage of
(cannabidiol) through the day for prevention.”cannabisStacia Woodcock is a clinical
pharmacist and manager that is dispensary Massachusetts-based Curaleaf. She told Healthline when people describe rebound headaches, “usually it is a result of a patient increasing their dose too fast or using more than the recommended dose.”cannabis“Also, if patients who have been using
regularly for more than a month discontinue their use for some reason, that can also cause a rebound headache that is secondary to withdrawal that is mild,” she said. “Those are the most typical circumstances by which we encounter rebound headaches with clients.”
Woodcock said every person responds differently to
, that makes it tough to recommend a dose that is standardcannabis“This is why we always recommend starting with a low dose and titrating slowly upward to the desired effect, to avoid any adverse side effects such as rebound headaches,” she said.
“Generally speaking, healthy lifestyle choices like maintaining good sleep habits, a healthy diet free of triggering foods, and limited alcohol intake, go a long way to help prevent occurrences of migraine and rebound headaches,” Woodcock said.cannabisAuthors of the study wrote one of its limitations was that it was retrospective, and that “longitudinal” studies will be necessary to further explore causes, and the effect, of cannabis on rebound headaches.cannabis“Stay very hydrated — a idea that is good everyone with chronic frustration,” Sulak stated. “Always avoid building threshold to
, particularly THC (the compound that is psychoactive cannabis) and, if it seems like this happens, reset the tolerance with a 48-hour period of cannabis abstinence, followed by a 25 percent to 50 percent dose reduction.”cannabis“Some migraineurs report that if they wait too long, (*) can actually make the migraine worse,” Sulak said if they catch the migraine very early, inhaled (*) helps, but. “I constantly encourage migraineurs to utilize (*) during the earliest indication a migraine is beginning.”(*)