Medical Marijuana For Migraines
Migraines can often begin occurring in your teens and almost 90% of us have experienced one before reaching 30-40 (the most common age for them to start). Understanding the difference between migraines and headaches is an important first step to helping yourself, a family member, or friend, find relief. There are also different kinds of headaches that could potentially lead to a more painful migraine over time and sometimes those over-the-counter medications simply don’t work.
The Difference Between a Headache & Migraine
Headaches: range in severity and length and can affect specific areas like your forehead, temple, behind your eyes, or back of the neck. Some people may have a headache for an hour or less, or even experience one for days. A cluster headache can be painful and come and go in “clusters” on one side of the head. A sinus headache obviously occurs with a sinus infection with other symptoms like a high fever, congestion, etc. But the most common type of headache is a tension headache which can occur a couple times a month for various reasons such as:
- A change in temperature
- Strained eyes
Symptoms can include a dull pain in your head or around the forehead or scalp.
A migraine is a lot more severe with worse symptoms like nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound and even temporary vision loss. They can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Factors leading to migraines can be one of all of the following:
- Menopause/hormonal changes
- Insufficient sleep
- Poor posture
- Low blood sugar
- Bright lights
- Loud noises
- Jet lag
- Poor diet
- Change in temperature
- And more
Sometimes it’s hard to think about doing anything when you have a migraine other than curling up under a blanket and turning all the lights off, but it’s important to drink a lot of water and try to get a good night’s sleep. Avoiding foods with gluten has also been known to reduce symptoms.
How Medical Marijuana Can Help Migraine Sufferers
There is a lot of evidence that suggests medical marijuana is an effective treatment for migraines. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus conducted an experiment on students with migraines and treating them with medical marijuana for a period of four years and found their symptoms had significantly reduced and it’s believed CBD oil was a huge component in relieving migraine pain whether they used it as an edible or inhaled form.
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How Can Marijuana Help With My Migraine?
When someone gets a migraine, their serotonin levels decrease (serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that affects our mind and body) and their blood vessels around their brain expands, hence the pain or throbbing in the temples or behind the eyes. When cannabis oil enters the body, it can positively impact low serotonin levels and regulate it them by binding with the receptors in our body that affect how we feel and how our body functions. This means it can reduce pain, stress, nausea, and help you sleep.
Does It Matter How I Take It?
No matter if you take the medical marijuana orally through a supplement or an oil, use it in cooking, or as a gummy, it will relieve your migraine.