Most of us suffer every now or then from a headache, but when a migraine attacks, it’s an entirely different ball game. Put aside the throbbing head pain, nausea and vomiting, one of the biggest problems is that when a migraine sets in, it feels as if you’ve gone head-on with a semitrailer. It can completely wreck your day, disabling you from doing anything.
Sure, migraines won’t kill you. Instead, they’ll just torture you enough to wish they did. According to some migraine sufferers, “A migraine has a life of its own.” – The only problem is that it takes your life along for the ride.
Are All Migraines Alike?
The textbook definition of a migraine is a severe, painful headache that can be preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound.
In the U.S., more than 37 million people suffer from migraines, and it is estimated that 13% of adults in the U.S suffer from migraines. They are more common in women than men and can last anywhere up to 72 hours. Unfortunately, there are those that suffer from chronic migraines, where the symptoms can last for more than 15 days a month.
One thing to note is that each sufferer will experience a migraine in a different way. This means that a migraine you experience will be entirely different to your next door neighbor’s one, cousin, sister or best friend.
While the exact cause of migraine headaches is unknown, people who suffer from migraines can clearly identify certain triggers.
- Allergies – These can be seasonal or even allergic reactions.
- Irregular environments – Such as bright lights or loud noises. Party lights and even strong smells have been known to trigger migraines
- Stress – This can be any type of stress. Work related, depression, tension, and even physical stress.
- Sleep – We all need our beauty sleep, and there is a reason for that. Tiredness, jet lag or irregular sleep is known to lead to migraines.
- Change of diet – Migraines sufferers claim that when they skip a meal, eat too much or too less of something (chocolate, nuts, bananas), it will trigger the start of a migraine. Specific foods that contain tyramine (smoked fish, figs, beans) or nitrates (salami and bacon) are also known to trigger the pain.
According to Migraine.com, 65% of chronic migraine sufferers reported that depression was a comorbidity.
Migraine Treatments Cannabis and Conventional
Combating a migraine is a difficult task as once it sets in it’s normally a question of locking yourself in a dark room and waiting it out. Traditional medications have been developed to treat migraines, including pain relievers (Aspirin or ibuprofen), Triptans (Frova and Imitrex), Egrots and last but not least the dreadful Opioid medications which contain narcotics (codeine).
Sounds terrible, right?
Well stay positive, stay strong as there are alternative solutions.
Other data suggest that cannabis has been used as a migraine treatment for years but is only now coming into the light. A marijuana study published by Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado recently revealed:
- Out of 121 adult participants, 40% of subjects reported positive effects.
- The average number of migraine headaches decreased from 10.4 per month to 4.6.
- 85% of subjects reported having fewer migraines per month with cannabis.
The reason behind this is because weed is known to have short-term health benefits that can help control a variety of things including relaxation, pain relief, sleep and as many of you probably know – appetite.
Do all Cannabis strains have a positive effect on our brain?
Heavens no and it is best to consult with your medical marijuana physician before choosing the cannabis migraine treatment route. Some marijuana strains will even have the opposite effect, causing your heart to race, initiate allergic reactions and cause symptoms which could have the opposite effect and lead to a migraine.
If you suffer from migraines and have access to medical marijuana then it could be a solution for you. But with so many different cannabis strains out there, where is the best place to start? Thankfully, we’ve done the ground work for you. Here are the 5 Best marijuana Strains for Instant Migraine Relief:
OG Kush Marijuana Strain
This cannabis strain is quite common and can be found in nearly every dispensary. The reason why it’s at the top of our list is not because it looks pretty but because it has powerful sedative effects. This cannabis strain really takes off the edge and also helps to combat symptoms associated with migraines. OG Kush is a hybrid cannabis strain that contains 20% THC, which will take your mind off your migraine. As most of you probably know, THC has a wonderful effect and can help with different medical conditions.
Why is the OG Kush Cannabis Strain Good For Migraines?
OG Kush will provide you with a double effect of relief and happiness. Due to its high THC levels it will give immediate relief but the CBD will help to support reducing the pain long term. With this cannabis strain it is important to catch the migraine before it become full blown.
ACDC Marijuana Strain
This is a great cannabis strain for those of you who want a solution but don’t want to get high. ACDC is a high CBD strain that is Sativa dominant. ACDC has a 1:20 THC/CBD ratio, with CBD levels that can reach as high as 19%. It is known for reducing inflammation, which makes it effective at reducing the symptoms of migraines. ACDC is a great cannabis solution for combating anxiety and depression. Furthermore, due to its low THC content, a psychoactive high will never occur. Plus if you smoke this strain while listening to the band, you’ll receive a double dose of joy and relief.
Why is the Cannabis Strain ACDC Good For Migraines?
ACDC is rich in CBD. It is a strange but pleasant cannabis strain and has a sweet and earthy scent. It provides a happy and calm feeling which is perfect for treating chronic pains such as migraines. This strain is also used to treat anxiety, multiple sclerosis, seizures, nausea, tumours and tremors.
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Harlequin Marijuana Strain
Harlequin is a 75% Sativa dominant hybrid that has a 5:2 CBD/ THC ratio. It usually has about 4-7% THC and 8-16% CBD and produces the feeling of clear-headed and alertness which may help you get through your day. This cannabis strain is very helpful for people that have high levels of pain associated with their migraines as it has a balance of THC and CBD that allows for good pain relief without an intense high. Harlequin is also known to be relaxing, but non-sedative.
Why is the Cannabis Strain Harlequin Good For Migraines?
Similar to the other cannabis types, this one will do the trick. Harlequin should be used before the migraine becomes full blown so that the impact of the THC and the CBD can do it’s magic. The THC will leave you mildly buzzin’ and the CBD (depending on the CBD levels), will help with the pain.
Purple Kush Marijuana Strain
Some migraines are so bad that the only solution is to relax and wait it off. Most suffers say that sleep helps. Purple Kush is a great solution for that as it induces a numbing sensation that is bound to put you out for the count. Purple Kush is a pure Indica strain that emerged from Oakland after cross breeding Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani Cross. It contains 17-22% THC and 0.07-0.1% CBD.
Why is the Purple Kush Cannabis Strain Good For Migraines?
Apart from making you smile when you look at this beautiful strain, it’s ingredients will do wonders, if used correctly. This strain won’t have the same effect as the other high CBD strains and its powers rely mainly on its THC content. The THC will soothe the intensity of your migraine as long as you are experiencing the euphoric high. This strain is best used before bed or if you have the time to relax and wait off your migraine.
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As the name says it, this Indica marijuana strain is a powerful remedy for migraines. Similar to ACDC it contains barely any THC and normally has around 15% CBD. Remedy is known for producing a relaxing, mellow feeling which is sometimes exactly what you need to combat a painful migraine.
Why is Remedy Good for Migraines?
You won’t find this strain in every dispensary but it is one that should be on your list. Similar to all strains, you should try to catch the migraine before it knocks you out for the count. Remedy is a strain that will instantly combat your migraine but won’t put you out of action.
What if you don’t have access to medical marijuana, are there other migraine solutions?
Marinol for Migraines
This is not a solution we recommend but something that we had to discuss in this article. In 2004, big Pharma came up with a synthetic version of THC and released Marinol to the market. Since then it has become the primary drug used for migraines, along with Sativex.
Marinol is a basically an industry developed THC that is dissolved in sesame oil. Marinol is very similar to THC, but one is natural and the other is not. It is used for a variety of medical conditions including HIV/AIDS, Cancer and more…It is listed as a Schedule III substance, which is crazy when you think about it, as it will make you as high as a kite. Much more than natural THC. Unless of course you are smoking some 80% THC strain.
While it may be a solution for some, it is given only with a prescription. Just remember, it is a pharmaceutical product and it is synthetic. Our advice, stick with the real thing if you can.
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Final Thoughts About Cannabis as a Treatment for Migraines
Does this mean that you should rush out to your local dispensary and pick up a few cannabis strains? Definitely not! Marijuana consumption should be done responsibly. Whenever you are trying new strains, make sure you start off slow and similar to all new things it’s best to consult with a professional.