Migraines are incredibly common and can be quite debilitating. It’s estimated that nearly 39 million people in the US alone struggle with migraine attacks. Migraines can often be much more painful than headaches and can really hamper a person’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks.
People usually manage their migraine symptoms through the use of over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. However, recent research suggests that cannabis may provide alternative relief for migraines.
Using Cannabis for Migraines
One recent study found that people who treated their migraines with cannabis experienced a significant reduction in pain.
Researchers looked at data from the cannabis journaling app Strainprint that allows users to track their sessions and the symptoms they experience before and after medicinal cannabis intervention. 653 different people used the app more than 7,400 times to track their migraine symptoms and the effect that cannabis had on them.
When researchers analyzed the app’s data, they found that users treating migraines with cannabis experienced a reduction in migraine severity of roughly 49%. Much more research is needed to confirm whether cannabis can be more universally beneficial for migraines, but this data certainly indicates that it may help.
Smoking Cannabis vs Cannabis Oil for Migraines
Nowadays, there are many different ways to ingest cannabis. While smoking cannabis is still the preferred method of consumption for many people, others turn to methods that don’t require inhalation, such as cannabis oil.
Cannabis oil for migraines works similarly to smoking but is a good alternative method of consuming cannabis for those who prefer not to smoke. Apart from the inhalation aspect, the main difference between these two methods is the onset time of effects.
When applying cannabis oil for health or migraines sublingually, it can sometimes shortcut the usual “edible” processing length, taking effect in as little as 15 minutes. Swallowing cannabis oil, instead of administering it sublingually and then swallowing, processes cannabis the same way edibles do, through your liver, taking 1-3 hours to kick in. By contrast, when smoking or vaping cannabis, it typically takes less than a minute for effects to begin.
This means that cannabis oil for migraines may be slower to work, but may also provide longer-lasting effects due to the way it’s processed in the body. People looking to treat migraine pain with cannabis may seek immediate relief with a puff and stretch the benefits out by taking a small amount of cannabis oil orally. Just be sure to start low and go very slowly as you figure out the minimum effective dose for your body.
Cannabis Strains for Migraines
Different cannabis strains can produce a variety of effects. This means that certain cannabis strains for migraines may be better than others.
Due to their effects, Indica strains—which tend to create a more relaxing and calming head high—may be a better choice than Sativa strains, which tend to stimulate and energize the mind. Additionally, a strain containing an even ratio of both THC and CBD can be even more relaxing and easy on the mind, possibly making an even better therapeutic option.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to experiment with different cannabis strains for migraines in order to find what works best for you. The same strain can work well for one person and not as well for another. Using an app like Strainprint, or a similar cannabis session tracker app, to track your sessions and your medical results can be a great way to keep track of your experiments and find a strain that works best for you.
Cannabis at Fire Creek
A guide trained in the nuances of marijuana strains, such as one of our budtenders, can point you in the right direction when looking for a strain that is suitable to try for migraine relief.
Whether you’re looking for cannabis for medical purposes, or just for recreational fun, you’ll find it at Fire Creek Provisioning Center. We carry a wide variety of different cannabis products, including a range of cannabis flower buds and cannabis oil for health. Check out our options, available in-store and through the online menus for our Battle Creek or Bay City locations.