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Migraine & Cannabinoids

Presented by Elisabeth Mack

About this module:

In this presentation, nurse and experienced cannabis prescriber Elisabeth Mack discusses migraine headaches and how medicinal cannabis CBD may assist in treatment. Elisabeth discusses how THC and CBD may work in treating migraine and provides guidance on the types of cannabis products that may be useful, including ratios of CBD and THC and advantages of various routes of delivery.  This presentation ends with some comments about safety of cannabinoid medicines and case studies from Elisabeth’s clinical practice to illustrate how she approaches treatment of migraine headaches.  
This presentation is suitable for healthcare practitioners and assumes a knowledge of the endocannabinoid system and the pharmacodynamics of medicinal cannabis constituents including CBD.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Describe key triggers for migraine headaches.

  • Explain how the endocannabinoid system is involved in migraine headaches.

  • Justify the use of medicinal cannabis to treat migraines based on understanding some of the research evidence published.

  • Debate the relative advantages of various routes of delivery of medicinal cannabis for migraine headache.

  • Develop a treatment strategy for a patient suffering from migraines.


Elisabeth Mack

Elisabeth Mack, RN, BSN, MBA founded Holistic Caring in 2016 to bridge the gap between traditional and cannabis medicine through education, guidance, and supportive care for patients with product choices, dosages, interactions and timing. 
Elisabeth is a provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing and authored a curriculum to train healthcare providers to have these conversations with patients, approaching cannabis by emphasizing holistic and functional medicine. 
Elisabeth’s background includes a decade in hospitals where she specialized in psychiatry and medicine. Elisabeth spent the 20 years prior to Holistic Caring in operations and sales management of several health insurance carriers and believes cannabinoid medicines offer health and wholeness through patient empowerment.  
Elisabeth earned an MBA in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and serves on the Boards of the American Cannabis Nurses Association & Los Angeles NORML.
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