Terrible pain. Nausea. Sensitivity to light and nose.
If you suffer from migraines, you already know how debilitating they can be.
For some people, over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol, can help reduce the pain.
But many other migraine sufferers require powerful prescription drugs that may come with side effects such as dizziness or nausea.
But what about cannabis? It’s long been considered an effective treatment for severe, chronic pain.
Can cannabis help people find relief from migraines?
Cannabis and Migraines: The Latest Research
In 2016, Leafly posted a story about a University of Colorado study which examined the effects of cannabis on migraine sufferers.
The results were encouraging to say the least.
The migraine study involved 121 people. Here’s what the researchers found:
- The average numbers of migraines dropped from a little over 10.4 per month to 4.6 per month
- 40% of of the participants claimed cannabis had a positive effect.
- 8% claimed that medical cannabis helped prevent their migraine headaches.
- 6% claimed that cannabis stopped their headaches.
- 85% reported that they suffered fewer migraines each month while using cannabis.
Not all these numbers were favorable towards cannabis. About 12% of participants said that cannabis didn’t help their migraines, and 2% experienced an increase in migraine headaches.
The key takeaway here is that your mileage may vary if you’re using cannabis to treat migraines. Still, these findings are promising enough that cannabis should definitely be considered a viable option for migraine sufferers.
Which Strains Should You Use to Treat Migraines?
In our opinion, here are the top 6!
1. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is a classic sativa-dominant hybrid which offers full-body relaxation, uplifting cerebral effects, and pain relief. Great for daytime use.
2. Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel is a sativa strain that offers fast-acting pain relief along with an invigorating, energizing effect. Best to use this one during the daytime as well.
3. White Widow
White Widow is a stimulating yet relaxing sativa-dominant hybrid.
We’ve said in the past that this strain goes great with playing video games. But if you’re suffering from a powerful migraine headache and you need to shut down all the lights and noise in your house, White Widow can still help you out!
4. Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is one of the most popular hybrid strains of all time. Patients prefer GSC when they’re trying to treat severe pain but also want that deeply relaxing, euphoric effect.
5. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is a heavy indica and well-suited for people who need migraine relief as well as a decent night’s sleep.
6. Pineapple Express
It tastes sweet. It elevates your mood. It relieves your pain. It even has a movie named after it.
There must be something to all the fuss surrounding Pineapple Express. If you’re a migraine sufferer, now might be the perfect time to see if it lives up to the hype.
Before using cannabis to treat your migraines, be sure to consult with your doctor first.
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