A migraine and other types of headaches (e.g. sinus headache and tension headache) are quite painful. Symptoms include a pounding headache, nausea, vomiting, and heightened sensitivity to light or noise. If you suffer from constant migraines and your symptoms don’t get better with over-the-counter or prescription medication, cannabis may be a viable treatment option. Studies have shown that medical marijuana may help ease migraine symptoms or possibly keep them from starting.
Within your brain and other body parts, there is a network of cannabinoid receptors comprised of tiny loops of protein which affect how you feel pain. Cannabis has natural compounds known as “cannabinoids,” which go into your body to seek for the receptors, changing how they work and calming down pain signals. Furthermore, cannabinoids may also help with anxiety, nausea, muscle spasms, appetite and other health issues.
In a study from Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado, 121 people who suffer from regular migraine headaches used cannabis daily to prevent attacks. According to the data, nearly 40 percent of subjects reported positive effects. About 85 percent of subjects reported having fewer migraines per month with pot, nearly 20 percent claimed medical marijuana helped prevent migraines, and almost 12 percent of subjects reported that cannabis stopped migraine headaches altogether.
The subjects used different types of cannabis. Inhaling it appeared to provide the most immediate effects, most likely stopping the pain from migraine headaches. By contrast, edible cannabis took longer to provide relief and often lead to induce negative side effects, such as sleepiness and overly intense euphoria.
If over-the-counter or prescription drugs are not effectively treating your migraine headaches, talk to your physician about medical marijuana treatment. Once approved, our New Jersey medical marijuana doctor will develop an effective and personalized treatment plan based on your evaluations and recommendations from your personal physician.
For more information, contact us at New Jersey Alternative Medicine today.