I don’t watch anime anymore because of two reasons. The first is, I suffered a migraine so severe while watching Akira I was convinced my head was going to explode. I ended up vomiting and I’ve never watched it again since. The film had nothing to do with getting the migraine but I’m convinced it made it worse. At the end, there’s a scene where the antagonist keeps growing and growing like the Blob and I felt like that was my brain inside my skull.
The second reason is that my body pillow was cheating on me with my couch and I decided to stick with dating real women ever since. Tip: as soon as you type the word anime into your Tinder profile you might as well put your penis in a box and keep it under your bed.
All kidding aside this isn’t a dating blog its a marijuana blog. I like marijuana and occasionally I suffer from migraines. Should I be vaping weed while suffering one of these episodes?
What’s The Deal With Migraines Anyway?
For those of you lucky enough to have never suffered a migraine consider yourself lucky. You may think that it’s just a severe headache but there’s more to it than head pain.
The difference between a migraine and a regular headache is that it can attack your other senses as well. Sensitivity to light, touch and sound can cause inexplicable pain for the sufferer. While a regular headache can go away with a few pills and a nap; a migraine can last several days. An average person can function with a headache but if you have a migraine the act of moving is very painful. Many migraine sufferers will stay in a dark quiet room until the attack subsides.
There’s multiple triggers for a migraine but the most important factor is the homeostasis of hormones. Women are actually more prone to migraines due to estrogen levels being out of whack but it affects your serotonin levels too. With the hormone imbalance comes the inflammation or contraction of the blood vessels. These blood vessels being affected is what causes tremendous amount of pain. This is what is described as throbbing pain.
While there are some common factors in triggering a migraine there is no definitive answer as to when or why a migraine will start. The weather is a common factor but sometimes, depending on the persons physiology other triggers can occur. The more information someone can give their doctor the easier it will be to pin point how and when an attack can occur.
Can Marijuana Help?
The short and long answer is maybe. That is due to having very little studies out there regarding cannabis and migraines. What we do know is that cannabinoids affect the CB1 receptor in the brain. THC, the intoxicating component of marijuana is a know pain reliever. With the right strain a migraine sufferer may be able to tone down the pain.
According to a 2019 study it was reported that inhaling cannabis reduced headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6% . The inhaling part it notable because anyone suffering from migraines will require instant relief. Inhaling Cannabis can take 10-15 minutes for it to take effect. Consuming an edible can take several hours especially if the sufferer has eaten.
The study also claims that oil concentrate was far more effective in reducing the severity of headaches compared to just the flower.
Here are the suggested strain names of marijuana that can help with migraines:
- Black Magic
- OG Kush
- Blueberry Space Cake
- Crystal Berry
- Crazy Glue
- Purple Kittlez
- Northern Lights
- Sour Diesel
What About CBD?
CBD can help too because it can do anything apparently. CBD has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Due to these two characteristics it can be utilized to stop migraine triggers before they happen.
While THC could be an effective pain reliever it can also incapacitate you. It’s just like being drunk; you can’t drive or go to work. I mean you can but then you’ll be THAT guy at work. You know that guy/gal that needs to smoke weed every hour just to be functional? Don’t be that or your days of employment will surely be numbered.
Yet this is not a blog about why you should be sober while at work. It’s about cannabis helping those who suffer from migraines. CBD does not have any intoxicating properties and can help reduce inflammation. While there aren’t many scientific studies out there (because of that whole war on drugs) there are some that support the idea of using CBD for migraines. In this 2019 study it explained that CBD can disrupt the production of proteins linked to pain and inflammation in regards to migraines.
What these studies also argue is that more research is needed. If you are a migraine sufferer I would be optimistic about the prospect of migraine medication derived from cannabis instead of opioids. While the research so far is positive it is not definitive. If you want to try CBD or THC as a means to treat your migraine pain always consult your physician first. Now that marijuana legality is here, let’s hope scientific research gets kicked into full gear to study the medical benefits of this miracle plant.