Efficacy and Safety of Medical Marijuana in Migraine Headache: A Systematic Review


Mingma L. Sherpa , Nilasma Shrestha, Blessing T. Ojinna, Niriksha Ravi, Vivig Shantha Kumar, Silpa Choday, Anusha Parisapogu, Hadrian Hoang-Vu Tran, Anil KC, Abeer O. Elshaikh


December 17, 2022


Medical marijuana treatment for migraine is becoming more common, although the legality and societal acceptance of marijuana for medical purposes in the United States have been challenged by the stigma attached to it as a recreational drug. These substances function to reduce nociception and decrease the frequency of migraine by having an impact on the endocannabinoid system. Our study reviewed the clinical response, dosing, and side effects of marijuana in migraine management. Using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, we conducted a literature search in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Science Direct, and nine studies were included in the systematic review. The studies demonstrated that medical marijuana has a significant clinical response by reducing the length and frequency of migraines. No severe adverse effects were noted. Due to its effectiveness and convenience, medical marijuana therapy may be helpful for patients suffering from migraines. However, additional clinical trials and observational studies with longer follow-ups are required to study the efficacy and safety of the drug.


DOI: 10.7759/cureus.32622


Sherpa, M. L., Shrestha, N., Ojinna, B. T., Ravi, N., Kumar, V. S., Choday, S., … & Elshaikh, A. O. (2022). Efficacy and Safety of Medical Marijuana in Migraine Headache: A Systematic Review. Cureus, 14(12).