Migraine headaches are one of the most common types of headaches.
They are painful, disruptive to everyday life, and have the ability to last days and even weeks. And while prescription drugs are commonly prescribed as a treatment, some individuals find the unwanted side effects outweigh the benefits.
It’s a dilemma with no clear solution, leaving about 1 in 4 patients seeking relief for migraines.
What are Migraines?
A migraine is a type of headache characterized by recurrent attacks of moderate to severe throbbing and pulsating pain on one side of the head. The pain is caused by the activation of nerve fibers within the wall of brain blood vessels traveling inside the meninges.
Symptoms You May Have
- Increased sensitivity to light, noise, and odors
- Last 4-72 hours
A number of different factors can increase your risk of having a migraine. These factors, which trigger the headache process, vary from person to person and include:
- Sudden changes in weather or environment
- Too much or not enough sleep
- Strong odors or fumes
- Loud or sudden noises
- Motion sickness
- Low blood sugar
- Skipped meals
- Head trauma
- Some medications
- Hormonal changes
- Bright or flashing lights
Other Treatment Options
Migraine treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and preventing additional attacks. Quick steps to ease symptoms may include:
- Napping or resting with eyes closed in a quiet, darkened room
- Placing a cool cloth or ice pack on the forehead
- Drinking lots of fluid, particularly if the migraine is accompanied by vomiting
- Small amounts of caffeine may help relieve symptoms during a migraine’s early stages.
On this quest for relief, some patients have found therapeutic success using marijuana for migraines.
Patients report that smoking marijuana reduced their migraine symptoms and the overall length of the migraine – making it feel less painful and more manageable.
For this reason, patients with severe migraines often seek out a medical marijuana card for ongoing treatment.
Best Strains For Migraines
Below are a few of the best strains that may help you overcome your migraine headache. Thanks to Leafly for the recommendations.
- Electric Lemonade
- Platinum Lemon Cherry Gelato
- Purple Kush
- Granddaddy Purple
- Skywalker OG
- Lemon Jack
- and more!
CBD For Migraines
Wanting some relief but don’t want to use THC and feel high? This is where CBD can help.
So how exactly does CBD help with our dreadful migraines?
CBD works by interacting with the body’s cannabinoid receptors; CB1 and CB2.
CBD may prevent the body from metabolizing anandamine which is associated with pain regulation. By maintaining high levels of anandamine in our bloodstreams, we can reduce feeling pain. CBD is also suggested to limit inflammation within our bodies which allows us to reduce pain and other immune-system responses.
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