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What Is a Migraine and How Can Marijuana Help

Migraines and Weed

Written by Neal Brown . Updated: July 18, 2022

Can Cannabis Help With Migraines

What Is a Migraine and How Can Cannabis Help

A migraine is an extreme form of headache which is characterized by throbbing of the brain, either on one or both sides of the head, as well as sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness or vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and it can even involve muscle spasms. The duration of a migraine can be anywhere from a few minutes, to hours or even days, the effects of which are debilitating. In some cases, a migraine is detectable. If you are prone to having them, watch for constipation, shifting moods, stiffness, overactive bladder, and there are others. During a migraine, the individual may experience visual or auditory hallucinations and auras, vision loss, pins and needles and trouble with speech. Post migraine fatigue is common and in all cases, you should take notes for your doctor. Though we are not always certain of the cause, certain cannabinoids and terpenes are known to ease migraine symptoms. Cannabigerol, or CBD, the parent cannabinoid, is a known neuroprotectant. Though there is still much to learn about this incredible compound, we do know that it has the capacity to treat migraines, seizures and other neurological dysfunctions. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is another helper in the fight against migraines, and many find relief each day simply through adding a capsule to their morning vitamin regimen. As far as terpenes, limonene, myrcene and geraniol are just a few known to help battle the bane of beastly migraines.

Migraines and Weed

We are still learning more each day about cannabis and its many bonuses, but it looks like migraines and weed go hand in hand. That is to say, if you have a migraine, chances are there is a weed in your local shop which will help. Not everyone likes smoking a joint or doing a bong hit, and most migraine sufferers can barely open their eyes, let alone get up and go through the ritual of rolling and smoking a joint or navigating the tiny opening in their vape with a lentil sized dot of concentrates. For these reasons and many others, there are innumerable products on the market. Capsules, sprays, patches, edibles, topicals and the rest flood medicinal markets and it is up to the consumer to get themselves informed on what works on what. That being said, if you are growing your own there is much to be said for harvesting early. This way, you preserve the CBG and early CBD development, and it is these cannabinoids which are going to help your head heal. If your migraine is stress related, there is an even broader array of strains perfectly suited to your situation. Those heavy in humulene and geraniol, the earthy and floral terpenes, respectively, are known for waging war on stress, and they are both neuroprotectants. Limonene is staggering in its ability to clear minds, lift moods and destress any situation. Injury related migraines often get their walking papers when CBD or anti-inflammatory terpenes are present.

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