Medical marijuana is being touted as an effective treatment for migraininges, but a new study has found some patients may be having side effects.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at a small number of patients who received cannabis oil for migraine symptoms in an attempt to see if the plant had any health benefits.
Researchers from Emory University looked at 11 patients who were receiving a CBD-rich extract of the plant known as marihuana for their migrainous symptoms.
They found that the patients were getting relief from their migraining symptoms, but some of the patients experienced more symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The researchers said their study did not show that patients who reported migrainesis symptoms were suffering from anxiety or depression.
But, Dr. Daniel B. Satterfield, the lead author of the study, said in a press release that the results did suggest the plant could be effective in alleviating anxiety and other anxiety-related symptoms.
“There is a growing body of research on the efficacy of cannabis for alleviating migrainias and other disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety,” Satterfors study states.
“CBD has been found to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and anxiety-associated symptoms.”
While the researchers said the research was preliminary, they said there were some patients who may be experiencing more side effects from the drug.
“Some patients may have experienced more anxiety symptoms or depression,” the study stated.
“We suggest that additional studies are needed to explore this possibility.”
The researchers noted that it was unclear if the symptoms were caused by the drug or not.
“It is not known if the patients experiencing migrainitis symptoms were receiving cannabis oil or not,” the press release stated.