Marijuana has an array of health benefits for those who consume it, but did you know it’s also proven to help people who experience migraines? As an effective pain reliever, it can aid in relieving and stopping migraines before they occur.

What are migraines?

Migraines are described as chronic headaches that throb or pulsate in one area and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Some experience sensory auras, blind spots, or tingling in the arm or leg prior to the pain which can last for hours and sometimes days. Stress, hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and missing a meal are just a few of the things that could trigger a migraine attack.

Migraines can be triggered by several factors including lack of sleep, allergic reactions, dehydration, specific foods that contain tryamine or nitrates and stress.

65% of migraine sufferers have reported that depression was part of the issue and a stimulus.

There are several over-the-counter migraine medications which typically contain pain relievers such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen or Triptans such as Frova or Imitrex and the most potent of all Codeine which is an opioid.

Thankfully a natural alternative can be found in marijuana. In fact 40% of subjects in a study found that their migraines had dicipated with the use of cannabis. Since cannabis strains (mainly the indica’s) provide effects such as relaxation, pain relief and be used as a sleep aid.

How does marijuana help?

THC is known for it’s pain relieving properties, making it perfect for migraine sufferers. THC’s chemical reaction slows the release of serotonin which reduces the effects of migraines. Doctors believe that migraines are caused when the cranial arteries that are responsible for releasing serotonin are dilated. Many prescription medications for migraines have negative side effects, can become addictive, and can be ineffective. Since the gut is unable to absorb anything during a migraine, inhaling marijuana may be better suited then swallowing a pill. Since many sufferers experience nausea during their migraine attacks, the anti-emetic properties of marijuana are well suited.

5 Migraine Fighting Marijuana Strains

The following 5 cannabis strains available on Weed List can help provide assistance for migraine suffers.

1. OG Kush – Easily one of the most well known cannabis strains and typically carried by most mail order marijuana dispensaries. It contains high levels of THC, upwards of 20% which can provide sedative effects to calm your mind and provide a euphoric feeling. This migraine strain has a double effect that may prevent migraines from happening.

Most people who use OG Kush fine that it produces a well-balanced body and head high that is accompanied by a cerebral sensation and euphoria. Just a few tokes of OG Kush will leave you in a trance-like state and potentially couch locked. This is not a strain you would want to take before tackling chores or going to work.

2. Harlequin – This sativa-dominant strain is a hybrid that contains a high CBD to THC ratio. It contains up to 16% CBD and up to 7% THC making it a perfect strain for those looking for migraine or pain relief. Since Harlequin contains a high level of sativa it will relax you but not sedate you.

This strain doesn’t provide the typical high found in most sativa’s due to it’s high CBD content which is usually 5:2. Harlequin is a highly touted strain in the medical cannabis community and has won multiple awards including the Cannabis Cup for its CBD and medicinal effectiveness.