How Cannabis Can Help with Migraines

By Rolling Up

Life carries a unique set of challenges with those who suffer from migraines. Smells, stress, and tensions can trigger and offset an episode for those who suffer with migraines. Oftentimes, heavy episodes can result in interruptions in daily life and ruin one’s sense of self. 


Heavy medications are usually prescribed for alleviating migraine pains. However, there’s evidence that cannabis can help reduce migraine pains.  In a November 2019 study done by The Journal of Pain reported that pain could be reduced by 49% in migraine sufferers, according to the study led by Carrie Cutler at Washington State University. 


“We were motivated to do this study because a substantial number of people say they use cannabis for headache and migraine, but surprisingly a few studies had addressed the topic,” lead author of the paper Carrie Cutler said. 


The researchers also noted that cannabis concentrates, such as cannabis oils, produced a larger reduction in headache severity ratings. 


Stress can sometimes be the cause of triggering migraines and cannabis has the power to reduce the receptors that trigger stress migraines in the system. Since cannabis constitutes over 100 different cannabinoids, the study suggests that active elements like terpenes play a central role in migraine relief. 


While there are studies that are supporting the use of cannabis migraines, practical knowledge should be applied on when to use cannabis if one feels an onset of a migraine. Cannabis can work alongside medication and be used as a preventative method. 


We can theorize from current research that cannabis through inhalation might be a faster method to provide migraine relief due to the fact that it absorbs through the body at a greater rate than edibles. 


If you’re contemplating on taking cannabis as an alternative, it’s best to talk to a physician that specializes in cannabis medication to get you the right strain. 

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