Migraines aren’t your typical headaches. Imagine something as simple as standing in a sunlit room being so painful to the point of not being able to open your eyes. Thankfully, medical marijuana can help alleviate the severe pain that comes with migraines. While standard prescription drugs have only recently been around, cannabis has been used and cited by historical medical luminaries for hundreds of years to treat pain.
How can medical marijuana help treat Migraines?
The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado conducted a 2016 study and found that using medical marijuana could greatly reduce migraine symptoms.The study, which was published in the Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy, featured 121 adult subjects. When administered cannabis, the average number of migraines decreased – overall 85% of participants reported fewer migraines, 19.8% reported that cannabis helped prevent their migraines, and 11.6% of participants reported that medical marijuana stopped their migraines completely. The study also pointed out that cannabis inhalation was the most effective method of administration for quick migraine relief, whereas edible cannabis took longer to provide relief and was more likely to induce side effects such as sleepiness and overly intense euphoria.
How do I get a medical marijuana prescription for Migraines?
For a step in the right direction, speak to your doctor about your history with migraines and request a referral to Canadian Cannabis Clinics. If a referral is not possible, contact us for further information. After receiving your medical history and treatment from your doctor, we will contact you to schedule an appointment for a doctor’s examination and consultation. If medical marijuana is suitable to treat your symptoms, a prescription will be filled and our on-site counselor will advise you on cannabis use and assist you with any related inquiries. Regular appointments and follow-ups are arranged to track your progress, and cannabis will be prescribed as needed – most often every three months.
What are Migraines?
Migraines are severe headaches that can cause throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head– and usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Symptoms of migraines will vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks. Attacks may differ in frequency and length, anywhere from 4 to 72 hours with most people experiencing no symptoms between attacks. Migraines can have an enormous impact on work and social lives, and due to its intense nature of pain, many who suffer from migraines find it hard to do basic tasks such as concentrating or moving.