All those who suffer from migraine know they can be tough to treat and live with. If your sensitivity to light or noise, pain, and nausea doesn’t get better with prescription or OTC drugs, you have another green option!
Marijuana can be you OTC remedy to get relief from migraine. Research in this plant shows that it can help in relieving migraine symptoms or possibly keep them from starting. However, there is still no solid proof about that.
In some US states, it’s not legal to grow, own, buy, or use marijuana, even if you want to use it for medical reasons. It’s important to study your state laws before you buy it.
How Does Marijuana Ease Pain?
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a busy plant that is often used to make rope, paper, and many other products.
Inside the brain, and many other parts of the body, there are network of cannaninoid receptors. These tiny protein loops can affect how you feel pain.
Marijuana is rich in natural compounds called cannabinoids. Once these cannabinoids go into the body, they look for the receptors. Once they find them, they change the way receptors work, and can help calm down pain signals.
Cannabinoids can also help with anxiety, nausea, muscle spasms, and many other health issues.
THC is the cannabinoid present in marijuana that makes you feel relaxed or high. Another product made using cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD) won’t make you feel intoxicated and may help ease your pain. Many states have made CBD legal for medical reasons.
Will It Help Me?
Well, limited research has been carried out on its effects. In a 2006 study by University of Colorado, 137 people who go regular migraines found the regular marijuana use helped in preventing attacks. About 32 percent of them said number of attacks they go each month were cut to almost a half.
There are many varieties of marijuana, but they are mostly inhaled it to ease the effects of migraine in progress and found that its use indeed help stop the intense pain. However, there were limited effects of edible products.
All those who inhaled or smoked marijuana also said it was much easier to control the amount of migraine drugs they normally took in, and there are negligible negative reactions.
What are the Risks?
If you eat or smoke marijuana, it can make you feel weak, confused, dizzy, moody, or sleepy. If you keep smoking it on a regular basis, it can have diverse effects on your lung and heart over time. However, no negative effects have been reported over short-term use.
It’s perfectly legal to use marijuana for medical purpose in almost half of US states. However, each state has its own laws about how you can purchase and amount you can own. Many states mark it as illegal even if you have any medical issue that it could heal or treat.
If you’re in some job, take time to understand your employer’s rules around drug testing and use, even if it’s legally okay to use marijuana for medical purposes. Tests can tell if you consume marijuana and it is there in your system. Keep in mind that it can stay up to a 25 days after you’ve used it!