Did you know migraines are being classified as a women's health issue? More than 70% of American migraine sufferers are women, with women also reporting longer and more frequent migraine attacks. Still migraines remain a bit of a mystery, and most sufferers don't even are diagnosed and under-treated.
Check out how Cannabis can be used to treat migraine headaches and the advantages it has over traditional meds.
What is a Migraine?
The simplest explanation is a severe headache accompanied by nausea and vomiting. However, if we look at the facts, we can see that it’s not so simple at all:
- About 10% of Americans suffer from migraines. This is over 30 million people!
- Migraines are a severely disabling disease and a leading cause of disability.
- There’s no known cure and they are difficult to treat.
- Migraine affects about 28 million women in the U.S.
- 85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women.
Cannabis for Migraines
The use of medical cannabis can not only help prevent migraines, but it can also stop migraines that have already begun.
How Does Cannabis Help?
The symptoms of migraines include severe pain and nausea. Marijuana is a powerful pain reliever and it can also help combat vomiting and nausea. Besides its analgesic properties, marijuana has anti-inflammatory qualities that can treat the chronic inflammation known to trigger migraine headaches. Finally, marijuana helps to offset the harmful effects of stress, that can worsen or induce migraines.
Cannabis Benefits for Migraines
- Immediate relief with smoking or vaporizing
- Easy to control dosing
- Few long-term side effects (especially when compared to pharmaceuticals)
- Fewer drug interactions
- Reduced risk of addiction
Cannabis Versus Traditional Medications
While there are some traditional treatments for migraines, there are some things to weigh them against. For example:
- Overdose Risk
- Drug Interactions
- Cardiac Side Effects
- Kidney and Liver Damage
- Risk of Stroke
- Stomach Ulcer and Pain
Cannabis Strains for Migraines
Let’s start this out by saying that every strain will affect everybody differently. We suggest you visit your medical cannabis shop and consult with the budtenders there. That being said, the following strains have been known to help diminish migraine symptoms or stop them altogether:
- Bubba Kush
- Northern Lights
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Sour Diesel
Have you ever used cannabis to treat a migraine? Let us know in the comments!
Original article by Blorn Wallman published on The Weed Blog