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Headache? Marijuana May Cut Your Pain by 50%

For the first time, researchers found that puffing on a little cannabis for migraines helps reduce the pain—by a lot.

Marijuana smoke.
Dimitri Bong
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    • Cannabis Laws by State: National Cannabis Industry Association. (2019). State by State Policies.

    • News Release About Study: Washington State University. (2019). Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half.

    • What Is Cannabis?: Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington. (2013). What Is Cannabis?

    Lara DeSanto

    Lara DeSanto


    Lara is a former digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She continues to contribute to HealthCentral while she works towards her masters in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. In a past life, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at