Treating Migraines with Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the June 11th Medical Marijuana Awareness webinar on Migraines and Medical Marijuana!

Your questions and comments during the live Q&A help to make a great source of information for the next person seeking treatment.

Speakers featured in this webinar were host Marc Matoza and Holistic Cannabis Academy co-founder Donna Shields.

Ongoing Education

We’ve partnered with medical marijuana education experts to provide you further resources on the topic of migraines and medical marijuana.

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  • Marc Matoza, Marijuana Med Today
  • Donna Shields, Holistic Cannabis Academy

Overview: What are Migraines?

Materials from the Webinar

  • View the slides from the live presentation
  • How CBD Oil Affects Chronic Pain and Inflammation with Thomas DeLauer
  • Weed (Parts 1-4) with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Cannachats Recommended Reading

  • Migraines & Medical Marijuana
  • Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Meet the Speakers

Marc Matoza

President, Marijuana Med Today

Marc is a technology and business development manager with expertise in technology, database, cybersecurity, and online/web/mobile computing. As an inventor, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, he has developed innovative tech products including a leading relational database, multiple digital multilingual dictionaries, a digital bilingual reference/grammar-checking word processing add-on, golf [sports] swing video capture & analysis solutions, and certified safe anti-microbial environments.

Marc’s multinational background includes technology and corporate management experience with Hewlett Packard, Netscape Communications, Ashton-Tate, AlphaGraphics SA, MarcTech SA/LLC, and Swing Solutions. This includes managing operations in Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the USA. He has a Computer Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University.

Donna Shields, MS, RDN

Guest Speaker on Migraines
Co-founder, Holistic Cannabis Academy & Cannabis Consultant

Donna Shields is co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy, an online training program for anyone interested in building a career in cannabis care and coaching. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, Donna began her career in the US Army Medical Corps, acted as spokesperson for Fortune 100 food brands, and managed global health communications for The Coca-Cola Company. She’s been a freelance food and nutrition writer, full-time faculty at the Culinary Institute of America, and authored several cookbooks including contributions to The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook. Donna’s consulting business includes working with CBD brands, cannabis retreats in Colorado, and business coaching to help professionals in the US and UK launch their cannabis careers. Her new blog on cannabis careers can be found here.

Holistic Cannabis Academy

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Donna Shields Consulting

Blog: Meet a Typical Holistic Cannabis Academy Grad

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What are Migraines?

Overview by Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida

Cannabinoids, when processed by the human body, have tremendous effects on some of the body’s more important functions: hunger, mood, energy, inflammation, and even pain. 

See Also from MMTCFL:

Despite the long history of cannabis use for migraines, there isn’t a lot of research in this area. However, the current findings are overwhelmingly positive and support the theory that endocannabinoid deficiency is the underlying cause of migraines.

One 2016 study by the University of Colorado examined the efficacy of medical marijuana in 121 people with migraines. The treatment was effective in 85.1% of the patients, reducing the number of migraines from an average of 10.4 to 4.6 headaches per month. It was noted that cannabis not only reduced the number of migraines but also aborted (stopped) them if taken when a migraine attack was happening.

Materials from the Webinar

“Cytokines are signaling proteins that ultimately recruit inflammation to happen. Cytokines will trigger specific immune cells to release inflammation or actually even reduce inflammation, given the right circumstances. […] CBD actually modulates the cytokine production.”

Weed (Parts 1-3)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2013-2015

Weed (Part 4)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2016

Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s enterprise reporting on medical marijuana has led to five documentary films, “Weed,” which were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Cannachats Recommended Reading

Migraines & Medical Marijuana

Cannabis and Pain: A Clinical Review. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research

Hill, K.P., Palastro, M.D., Johnson B., & Ditre, J. (2017) Vol 2.1, DOI: 10.1089/can.2017.0017

Cannabis Pharmacy: The practical guide to medical marijuana (2017)
Backes, M. Weil, A. McCue, J.D.

Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

MMTCFL Medical Marijuana Patient Information Brochure
Medical Marijuana Awareness Webinars, in partnership with MMTCFL

Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Florida Department of Health |


Florida Medical Marijuana Patient Application
Click to Download from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use

Medical Marijuana Patient Webinars

Cannabis 101 with Leafly | Cannabis 101


Suncoast NORML

Supplemental Research

CBD A Patients Guide to Medical Cannabis: Healing without the High. Pg. 154-157

Leinow, L. & Birnbaum, J. (2017) 

The Cannabis Health Index, pgs. 259-264. Uwe Blesching, P. (2015).

The Genetic Structure of Marijuana and Hemp
Sawler, J., Stout, J.M., Gardner, K.M., Hudson, D. Vidmar, J., Butler, L., Page, J.E., and Myles, S. (2015). PLOS ONE; DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0133292

Sex(ism), Drugs, and Migraines. Ep. 237  Hoffman, A. Pedrick, A. et al. (2019) 

Cannabinoids in Neurologic and Mental Disease
Modern Studies – Greco and Tassorelli 

The Use of Cannabis for Headache Disorders. Cannabis and cannabinoid research, 2(1), 61–71
Lochte, B. C., Beletsky, A., Samuel, N. K 
& Grant, I. (2017).  doi:10.1089/can.2016.0033

Emerging Role of (Endo)Cannabinoids in Migraine. Frontiers in pharmacology9, 420.
Leimuranta, P., Khiroug, L., & Giniatullin, R. (2018).

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