4 Neuroimaging studies of different modalities have consistently highlighted the ipsilateral posterior hypothalamus as a site of pathology and activation in patients with a cluster headache. Data on cannabis use among patients with a cluster headache are limited. This is because the cannabis plant is illegal all over the world, not including a small minority like Canada, who have only recently legalised the drug for medical purposes and are set to legalise it by November 2018 for recreational use.
Cluster headaches are very common. This is because the head is the most common sites of pain in comparison to the rest of the body. Someone who experiences a cluster headache may feel restless and even excruciating pain. If you suffer from these frequently, you more than likely reach for painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen, which is the most common form of treating cluster headaches. Drinking water, sleep and exercise can all naturally help treat it.
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In a recent French study of 113 patients with chronic cluster headache, 29 patients were regular cannabis consumers. In the study, no mention is made regarding the use of cannabis specifically for the acute treatment of cluster attacks. We would not recommend routine use of recreational or pharmacological preparations of cannabis for treatment of cluster headaches because of the risk of long-term dependence and other potential adverse effects.
If our observation can be expanded to other sufferers of this disorder, the use of pharmaceutical cannabinoid compounds could play a role in the treatment of cluster attacks refractory to conventional acute agents. This observation may provide further insights into the underlying pathophysiology of a cluster headache, including modulation of neurotransmitter release in the hypothalamus of cluster sufferers.
If you wish to use cannabis, medically or recreationally you should talk to your doctor. It’s almost important that you check your state and countries laws in relation to the cannabis plant and cannabis use so that you can avoid conducting in any illegal activity.