Anyone who’s ever had a migraine knows the feeling of desperation to find relief as soon as humanly possible. Unfortunately, many medications don’t do the trick, or at least don’t do it fast enough. At-home remedies may feel like a healthier route, but aren’t guaranteed to treat the symptoms of a migraine, either. Sometimes you need to look to the less obvious, but steadily growing option of using cannabis for migraines.
Studies on Cannabis for Migraines
Earlier in 2016, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado released a study detailing the effects that inhaled and ingested cannabis has on those who suffer from migraines. The study in which 121 adults participated found many successes, including that almost 40 percent of subjects reported positive effects; 19.8 percent claimed that cannabis helped to prevent migraines; and 11.6 percent reported that cannabis stopped migraine headaches. On average, the number of migraine headaches decreased from 10.4 per month to 4.6.
The study found that relief differed depending on method of cannabis consumption: Inhalation proved to bring more rapid relief and were more likely to stop migraines completely. Ingesting cannabis in the form of edibles took longer to provide relief.
This is just the latest in a series of studies that have pointed toward the benefits of using cannabis for migraines.
An Alternative to Pain Meds
One of the most important reasons to consider cannabis for migraines is avoiding habit-forming pain meds such as Vicodin or Oxycontin, as well as heavy-duty migraine meds such as sumatriptan that often have negative side effects and do not lessen or prevent migraines. Cannabis is not addictive, and any negative side effects like drowsiness or intense psychoactive feelings are easily combatted by trying alternative dosages and methods of consumption.
You might find that the very act of smoking or vaping cannabis intensifies a headache, or that the THC-induced high that most people associate with cannabis is too intense for your already compromised state of mind.
In these cases, you should explore alternatives like cannabis tinctures or mouth sprays high in CBD, the endocannabinoid that contains no psychoactive properties. We’ve already explored how using CBD oil provides pain relief and a variety of other medicinal benefits. Mouth sprays can provide rapid relief from migraines, as can tinctures with just a few drops under the tongue or mixed into your favorite beverage. We recommend 20:1 Cannabis Tincture from TreatWell or Gold Mist from Tetra Labs.
If, like the subjects in the aforementioned 2016 study, you are interested in seeking pain relief by inhaling cannabis for migraines, you’ll want to check out certain strains known for their headache-obliterating ways! Check out some of our recommendations below.
Indica strains offer a strong, physical body high, “couch lock” sensation, and sedation effects without intense (albeit some) psychoactive properties. Great indica strains for migraines include Sour Diesel, Grape Ape, Blackberry Kush, God’s Gift, and Skywalker.
Sativa strains provide energetic and uplifting sensations, a creative and cerebral buzz, and increased focus with stronger psychoactive effects. Sativa strains for migraine include Super Lemon Haze, Strawberry Cough, and Amnesia Haze.
Hybrid strains offer the best of both worlds, in terms of typical indica and sativa effects. The best hybrid strains for migraines include Og Kush, Pineapple Express, Trainwreck, Headband, and Cherry Pie.
Stop by Medithrive today to speak with our cannabis consultants about what might the best way to treat your symptoms. You can also order online. We deliver seven days a week, and deliveries are always free on Tuesdays!