Migraines are extremely painful headaches that can come with a variety of side effects including sensitivity to light and/or sound, disturbed vision, nausea and vomiting. Depending on the individual, these attacks can last from 4 hours up to 72 hours!
While each attack may differ in length, there is no doubt that migraine headaches can have an enormous impact on an individuals work, social and family life.
Medical Marijuana and Migraines
Cannabis has unique effects on the human body due to the interaction with the endocannabinoid system. These interactions allow cannabis to produce positive results in regards to neurotransmitter production, inflammatory and pain reduction, reduction of cell oxidation, better metabolic and hormonal balance and many other effects. When it comes to cannabis and migraines, there is a lot of evidence to support this plant as a viable therapy option.
A study published in 2016 looked at the effects of medical marijuana on migraines. It was found that regular cannabis use reduced migraine frequency from 10.4 to 4.6 headaches per month in just under 40% of the participants. The most common of these positive effects was decreased migraine frequency in 85% of patients. Of this data, 19.8% of patients felt medical marijuana helped to prevent their migraines and 11.6% of patients found cannabis seized their migraines all together.
Another study found similar results, which showed that a combination treatment of THC and CBD was slightly better at reducing frequency of migraine attacks but particularly effective at reducing migraine pain. In some patients the level of pain was reduced by 43.5%!
Best Cannabis Strains for Migraines
With hundreds of cannabis strains, not all are created equal. Some strains that lend themselves particularly well to migraine pain include the following:
With potent THC content and balanced hybrid effects, OG Kush is a great option for migraine relief. This strain has potent THC levels making it a hard-hitter with cerebral euphoria and intense physical relaxation that can help reduce migraine pain.
Blue Dream is a very popular hybrid with potent THC content and balanced effects. This strain features energetic cerebral effects that are accompanied by body relaxation to help leave you pain-free. Great for daytime use, Blue Dream is sure to help you get on with your day!
ACDC is a Sativa-dominant strain that is unique in that it is predominantly CBD – as opposed to most strains, which are THC. CBD is a non-psychoactive component meaning the ACDC strain won’t get you high. However, it is an excellent pain reliever with potent anti-inflammatory effects to help reduce migraine symptoms.
AK-47 is a potent and flavorful hybrid that is quick to kick migraine pain to the curb! This strain is Sativa-dominant to produce a long-lasting cerebral buzz as well as moderate pain relief. Despite the violent name, AK-47 is a very pleasant strain offering a lift in mood and can help manage migraine headaches without any sedating effects!
Purple Kush is a great strain for when you’re migraine headache has strapped you to the couch. In these cases, many migraine sufferers find that sleep can help and Purple Kushis an ideal strain to dull your pain and take you into dreamland!
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