Can Cannabis Help You Get Rid Of Your Migraines?

Cannabis Can Act as a Natural Alternative for Aches and Ailments

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By now, you probably know that cannabis is used in a variety of medical applications. From mental health struggles to physical pain, marijuana has been found to relieve various symptoms brought on by many different conditions such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and more. But does it do the trick for migraines? Yes, yes it does.

The Research Says Yes

In a study reported by Forbes, the active ingredients in cannabis have been found to be more effective at reducing the frequency of acute migraine pain than prescription migraine medication. And get this: cannabis comes with fewer side effects, too! The study was comprised of 127 participants who dealt with cluster headaches and chronic migraines.

The researchers gave the participants a cannabis-based medication that was a combination of, you guessed it, THC and CBD. In case you needed a refresher: THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana that gets you high. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. So, in other words, CBD doesn’t get you high but researchers have found that there are a variety of therapeutic benefits to CBD. 

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The study was made up of two phases. In Phase One, those who suffered from chronic, acute migraines were given varying doses of the THC-CBD drug. The results? Participants who received a 200 mg dose every day for three months experienced significantly less pain…about 55% less. It should be noted that lower doses did not provide the same pain relief.

In Phase Two of the study, both migraine sufferers and cluster headache sufferers were included. For those who dealt with migraines, they were given the THC-CBD drug or 25 mg of amitriptyline, an antidepressant medication that is often also used to treat migraines. On the other hand, those who dealt with cluster headaches were given either the THC-CBD drug or 80 mg of verapamil, a calcium channel blocker medication often prescribed for cluster headaches.

The results from Phase Two are where things get even more interesting. These showed that the THC-CBD drug was slightly better at diminishing the frequency of migraine attacks that the commonly prescribed medication (amitriptyline). The difference was 40.4 percent versus 40.1 percent, respectively. As well, the THC-CBD drug was extremely effective at reducing migraine pain, cutting it by a whopping 43.5 percent!

It is great to see yet another usage of marijuana in a medicinal application. Below are a few strains that are great for combating migraines, all brought to you by the WikiLeaf Strain Database.

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Mango

This strain has been around since the 1960s! The average THC content of Mango sits at around 20 percent but there is definitely a variation in THC levels in this strain so you have some options! Some strains of Mango have been reported to be at low as 15 percent; some as high as 24 percent! It all just depends on what you’re looking for.

In regards to migraines, Mango is a great choice. Mango also helps those who struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain in general. Effects include: relaxation, creativity, sleep, euphoria, and focus.

Purple Candy

Purple Candy is a indica-dominant hybrid with eye-catching flowers and a deeply therapeutic body high, excellent for combating migraines. The THC content has been measured from 15 percent to 19 percent.

Purple Candy has versatile effects, and can also have several medical applications besides just treating the pain brought on by migraines. Purple Candy’s mood-lifting properties may temporarily improve symptoms brought on by stress, depression, and anxiety. As well, its body high can also numb pain, whether that be chronic, due to conditions such as lupus and arthritis, or simply temporary, brought on by an injury. Purple Candy also helps with nausea.

Effects brought on by Purple Candy include: Euphoria, creativity, focus, energy and relaxation.

Peaches and Cream

Peaches and Cream is a sativa-leaning phenotype of the strain Skunk. As the name suggests, Peaches and Cream has a distinct peach aroma when properly cured. At its highest test, its THC content can be as high as 21 percent. On average, however, it sits at around 18 percent. Peaches And Cream is great for a midday smoke.

Peaches and Cream is notable for its allevement of pain brought on by migraines. Peaches and Cream is also helpful with pain in general, ADHD, and depression.

Effects brought on by Peaches and Cream include: Creativity, euphoria, relaxation, focus, and social.

Alien Bubba

Alien Bubba is an indica strain noted for its potent sedative effects as well as a smooth and herbal flavor. The THC content of Alien Bubba has been reported to be between 15 percent and 21 percent.

Alien Bubba is excellent for the treatment of migraines. It also helps alleviate the symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Some anti-inflammatory properties can take care of irritations like nausea. Alien Bubba can also help induce sleep, which makes it a great remedy for insomnia.

Effects of Alien Bubba include: Creativity, euphoria, relaxation, sleep and sedation.

Aloha

And, finally, the last strain on this list is Aloha with origins in, you guessed it, Hawaii. Aloha’s THC content has been measured at between 15 percent and 18 percent. When properly cured, Aloha gives has strong citrus notes that are more sweet than tangy or sour.

Aloha is known for being an excellent remedy for migraines. Aloha has also been found to be helpful for those who struggle with attention disorders like ADD or ADHD. Pain, anxiety and depression sufferers all have also found relief in the strain Aloha.

Effects of Aloha include: Euphoria, creativity, focus, energy and relaxation.

To learn more about different strains that may help you out with migraines, check out the WikiLeaf database

The information presented in this article is purely for research and informational purposes, and in no way represents medical advice. Please consult your doctor before adding cannabis to your medical regiment.

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