Doctors say cannabis can be used as an alternative to opiates for migraine sufferers, and that it could be used to treat chronic pain and migrainitis.
But the drug is still a controversial subject and one that is still debated.
Dr James Anderton is the chief medical officer of the National Migraine Centre in Sydney and has researched the medicinal properties of cannabis.
He said while cannabis has been shown to reduce pain and anxiety, there is still some debate about its efficacy.
Dr Anderson said there were no known side-effects associated with using cannabis for migraes.
“It’s not like smoking tobacco, it’s not a gateway drug, it doesn’t cause other side effects like heart attacks and strokes,” he said.
“So it’s still being debated and we are working to clarify this information and to put the best evidence out there for the public.”
What you need to know about migrainics: The National Migraines Centre in NSW said cannabis could be a potential treatment for migras.
It has previously said it has seen an improvement in the patients’ symptoms after using cannabis, which is believed to be due to the fact it has been absorbed through the skin.
But it said there was still much more research needed to establish the effectiveness of cannabis in treating migrainic disorders.
Dr Andrew Lohmann, from the University of NSW, said there is a “very high degree of certainty” that cannabis could treat migrainus, but that it needed more research before it could become a prescription medication.
“There is still very little data on the medical use of cannabis, particularly in migrainis, and so for us, the question is whether it’s safe and effective and it needs to be assessed in the next few years,” he told ABC Radio Sydney.
“But for now, I don’t think there is enough evidence to support that the medical cannabis currently available is effective in migraine sufferers.”
The National Migraine Centre said it was not currently able to offer cannabis to patients for migraine, and suggested patients with other conditions be assessed.
“The main aim of our research is to find the most effective treatment for a particular disorder, but unfortunately for migrahis it is impossible to prescribe any medicine to anyone who doesn’t have a particular condition,” Dr Lohman said.
‘It’s about the research’ The National Institute for Health and Welfare has published guidelines for the use of medical cannabis for migraine sufferer.
The guidelines say the medicine should only be used under certain conditions and is generally safe.
The Australian Medical Association says medical cannabis should be given as a supplement and not prescribed.
But Dr Lahmann said there should be some kind of test to ensure patients are getting the drug in a safe way.
“You would have to take a test to prove that you have taken it,” he explained.
“In the case of migraine suffers, if you’re looking at taking it in a very low dose, then the chances are it’s going to be safe and that’s why you don’t need a prescription.”
Dr Lachmann said the drug could also be used for chronic pain in chronic migraine suffenders.
“When you take it in low doses, it might be used in the short term as an anti-inflammatory drug, but when you start getting high, you might be able to use it to help with the pain,” he noted.
“A migraine suffacer might have a migraine headache, and then it’s a migraine, but if you take low doses of the medication, it could help with that.”
What to know: Can cannabis help people with migrainia?
Cannabis can help patients with migraine, but doctors warn against using it for that purpose.
Dr Latchford said the most likely way to stop migrainesis is for the patient to take the drug for an extended period of time, but he said that wasn’t recommended.
“What we’re saying is to get a high dose, but don’t be doing it every day,” he warned.
“If you’ve got migraine symptoms, then get treatment.”
Dr James said there are a range of medical conditions where cannabis could work, but the best way to use cannabis was to assess the patient.
“For migrainas, the main thing is to assess and understand what’s going on with the brain and see what the treatment is,” he advised.
Dr Dyson said the research needed more time.
“We’re not going to get all the answers from the research so we’re looking for better evidence.
We’re also looking at other conditions, such as epilepsy,” he added.