If you suffer from migraines and have access to medical marijuana, then it could be helpful. But with so many different cannabis strains out there, where is the best place to start? Thankfully, we’ve done the groundwork for you. Here are the five best marijuana strains for instant migraine relief:
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Why Is the OG Kush Cannabis Strain Good For Migraines?
Data suggests that people have been using cannabis as a migraine treatment for years but is only now coming to light. A marijuana study published by Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado recently revealed:
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Purple Kush Marijuana Strain
You won’t find this strain in every dispensary, but it is one that should be on your list. Similar to all strains, you should try to catch the migraine before it knocks you out for the count. Remedy is a strain that will instantly combat your migraine but won’t put you out of action.
Cannabis ideal dose and preferred forms
Medical cannabis and its potential role in headaches and migraines
Despite mixed findings regarding the effectiveness of medical cannabis on both headaches and migraines, there is a consensus for the indication of medical marijuana therapy when first and second-line treatment fails. Current ethnobotanical and anecdotal references mention efficacy. Biochemical studies of THC and anandamide have provided a scientific basis for both symptomatic and prophylactic treatment of migraine . Dronabinol and nabilone, synthetic cannabinoids, have been shown to act in place of first-line therapy for cluster headaches (triptans, verapamil) and can effectively control pain [16,26]. Non-synthetic cannabis (oral, inhaled, sublingual, edible, topical) can be indicated for managing headache and migraine symptoms, but it is dose-dependent [22,23]. Adverse reactions to medical cannabis use can include dizziness, dry mouth or eyes, nausea, vomiting, and psychosis . Despite such side effects, patients have an overall favorable view of using medical cannabis along with or in place of medications, as it was reported to decrease the frequency and duration of migraines.
Cannabinoids, similar to other analgesics and recreational drugs, act on the brain’s reward system, especially on cannabinoid one receptor localized at the same place as opioid receptors on nucleus accumbens and functions by overlapping the antinociceptive pathways . Articles included in our study focused on identifying the cannabis treatment in migraines and headaches. These articles also analyzed the preferred cannabis forms and their substitution for medications. During the extensive search of the literature, we came across three main questions for which the studies are conducted and directed: (i) Is medical cannabis effective on headaches and migraines? (ii) What forms of medical cannabis do people prefer? (iii) What is an ideal dose for the “preferred form?”
Cannabis has a rooted history for both medical and recreational use. Cannabis has been used since ancient times to manage various conditions, including acute pain, anxiety, cancer pain, chronic pain, depression, headaches, and migraines . It exists in forms that include: Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis, and Cannabis sativa of which contain 400 compounds . Important compounds of interest include Δ 9 ‐tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), flavonoids, and terpenes . THC and CBD are the major components of different medical cannabis formulations . Both CBD and THC stimulate cannabinoid (CB) receptors throughout the human body, constituting the endocannabinoid system . The endocannabinoid system consists of CB1 (central/peripheral nervous system) and CB2 (peripheral/immune tissues) receptors . CB1 receptor activation leads to decreased neurotransmission of dopamine, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and glutamate. On the other hand, CB2 receptor activation leads to analgesia and decreased immune system function [2-4].
Finding an ideal dosage of a medical cannabis product can be difficult due to its variation among users. Every study mentioned the different doses and forms used by patients for different causes. Some studies have shown that THC +CBD had a good outcome when used as prophylactic or when given in acute attack . Combination studies of Amitriptyline and THC or Amitriptyline and CBD should be done in order to find the improvement in efficacy and dose reduction of Amitriptyline for abortive as well as curative treatment. Also, more research should aim in doing controlled studies about the route and dose of THC/CBD for migraine and headache patients.
After reviewing the literature, it is found that the primary method for cannabis use was smoking, followed by vaporization (5.6%) and dabs (2.8%) . Patients with headaches were 2.7 times more likely to prefer a hybrid (Cannabis sativa + Cannabis indica) strain than chronic pain patients . Females preferred to rank edible, tincture (oil-based), and topical cannabis as preferred first-line methods for chronic pain like arthritis and migraine . Also, analysis of Strainprint responses reveals that inhalation methods like smoking, vaping, concentrates, dabs (79.4% of headache data and 82.8% of migraine data) were primary methods used by the patients .
Cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug, per the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Enforcement Agency, indicating that it has a high potential for abuse, and medical use is prohibited [9,10]. However, state governments have utilized their powers and legalized cannabis for medical and/or legal use within the last several years. California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis back in 1996 . Still, to date, 36 states and four USA territories deem this compound for medical use, with 18 states, two territories, and the District of Colombia allowing it for recreational use . Medical societies have even incorporated cannabis use in medical management. For example, the Canadian Pain Society recommended back in 2014 that cannabis be utilized as third-line therapy for chronic pain management . Chronic pain is often a common reason for a patient to register with a medical cannabis state registry . Other uses for medical cannabis include symptom management of Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and seizures [4,13,14]. To utilize medical cannabis, an individual must establish care with a medical cannabis physician and have a qualifying or similar diagnosis . Florida, for example, requires that a patient have a qualifying medical condition that includes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cancer, chronic nonmalignant pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, human immunodeficiency virus disease/acquired immunodeficiency disease syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and terminal condition [12,15]. In addition, as defined per Florida amendment 2, similar conditions include disorders (alcoholism, anxiety, depression, diabetes, and endometriosis) that have symptoms that are common to the above qualifying conditions . Once a physician determines patient eligibility for medical cannabis use, a patient can access medical cannabis products for seven months .
If you have more questions about which strains might be right for you, come into JARS today and one of our friendly budtenders will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Now that you’re familiar with what terpenes may be able to ease your migraine symptoms, let’s look at some specific cannabis strains that many migraine patients turn to for relief.
Believe it or not, migraines affect around 12% of Americans, including many JARS patients eager to ease their migraines. Though symptoms vary, sufferers might experience up to 72 hours of pounding headaches or become hypersensitive to light, sound, and smells. If they happen to be one of the 20% of migraine-havers who experience the frightening and unpredictable, “silent migraine,” their often painless migraines feature symptoms like numbness, tingling skin, speech changes, and even visual disturbances ranging from seeing flashing dots and lines to temporary vision loss.
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So if you’re one of the many medical marijuana users on the hunt for migraine relief, it is important to know which cannabis strains may have the effects you are looking for. In this article, we have broken down some of our favorite weed strains for migraines and the science behind them, so that you can choose your medication with confidence.
If a THC-rich strain has you on edge or higher than you can handle, consider a CBD-dominant strain like Harlequin. This sativa-dominant hybrid is heavy on the terpenes pinene and caryophyllene to ease the inflammation that may be behind your migraine pain. Simply roll this strain up, and get ready for a relaxing ride without an overwhelming high.
Cannabis composition can vary widely from strain to strain, so ask your local JARS budtender to help you find the perfect fit. While you’re on the hunt, remember that there is evidence suggesting CBD works best when paired with a low level of THC. That might explain why users in a 2018 survey study preferred hybrid strains. If you’re looking to knock out a killer migraine while staying grounded, try an indica-dominant hybrid with plenty of CBD, which produces very little high.
This well-balanced, fan-favorite strain is easy to find in many licensed storefronts and is a legend in the pain relief game. Known for its sedative effects, this hybrid’s high THC content may bring the immediate relief you crave in your time of need. Find a soft couch or curl up under the covers, light up a fat joint og this OG strain, let it works its sedative magic.
Rich in both myrcene and pinene, Blue Dream is everyone’s favorite hybrid. With a balance of full-body relaxation and an invigorating head high, this strain is perfect for anyone that suffers from migraines. We suggest kicking back in a bubble bath or chilling on the couch with this tasty sativa-dominant hybrid.