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Marijuana for Migraines

If you're using marijuana for migraine relief, you aren't alone. A recent study by Healint gathered data from Migraine Buddy of nearly 10,000 migraine sufferers in the U.S. and Canada. The study concluded that 30 percent of migraine sufferers have used cannabis to address migraine pain - and of those, 82 percent found cannabis to be useful at reducing the migraine pain.

Effects of marijuana cannabinoids on migraines:

  • Promotes healthy sleep habits which can reduce migraine frequency

  • Anti-inflammatory and dopamine-blocking properties

  • Inhibits pain and vomiting receptors in the brain

  • Alleviates anxiety & stress

In addition to providing immediate migraine relief, the American Journal of Managed Care reports that cannabis use can also aid in long-term migraine relief by reducing the frequency of migraines. According to a study by Brain Sciences: medical cannabis (MC) use results in long-term reduction of migraine frequency and is associated with less disability and lower antimigraine medication intake, according to a study published in Brain Sciences. The data behind this theory is that consistent marijuana use aids in better, more restorative sleep patterns - thus reducing migraine onset.

Whether in a dropper, edibles, capsules, flower, oil cartridge, or other method - the most effective marijuana strains can be found in any form you're most comfortable with. This article from Marijuana Doctors is very helpful in explaining which strains are the best for migraines, so you can find the strain that sounds appealing to you.

If you're curious about when to take marijuana during a migraine and which delivery method is the most effective, this article from Leafly offers perspective from regular marijuana users/migraine sufferers on which methods have worked best for them.

When in doubt, reach out to your local dispensary with questions.

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