The Most Effective Strains for Migraines or Headaches
Tuesday September 4, 2018
T he body of consumer evidence that shows cannabis is medicine continues to grow and we’re seeing it everywhere – even though there’s a lack of scientific research. Cannabis has shown to help fight cancer, treat serious diseases and provide palliative relief for people who need it the most. Even better? The more we learn about its potential, the more astounding the marijuana plant becomes.
While there are many wondrous things to be said about cannabis as a medicine, not all medicinal users are consuming cannabis to combat a life-threatening disease. In fact, many consumers treat far less serious conditions with the help of cannabis – conditions like migraines and headaches.
A headache or migraine is unlikely to be considered life-threatening, yet cannabis has shown to be an effective treatment for many people suffering from them. While cannabis affects everyone differently and everyone may have a different marijuana product that suits their needs, here are our seven favorite strains to help fend off chronic migraines and occasional headaches.
When it comes to migraines, probably nothing is worse than a migraine when you’re tired. The painful symptoms are multiplied by your exhaustion after a long day and you may feel like there’s not much you can do to find relief and relax. If you want to ease the pain and happily fall asleep, Northern Lights is a great strain that might suit your needs.
Since migraine and headache patients may experience their symptoms every day, it’s essential for them to have a constant supply of medicine. That’s why many medical cannabis consumers choose to grow their own plants. When growing for medical needs, Northern Lights is a perfect option because of its disease and mold-resistant properties. On top of that, Northern Lights is also relatively easy to grow.
Sour Diesel isn’t as easy to grow as Northern Lights, but it produces colas and buds that are well worth the effort for cannabis patients in need of a head-numbing effect. Sour Diesel is a popular, easy-to-find variety of cannabis for several good reasons. It has remarkable pain-relieving qualities, a pungent smell and powerful psychoactive properties. By distracting the mind and censoring pain signals in the endocannabinoid system, Sour Diesel helps keep migraine patients at ease while giving them the energy to continue their day as usual.
Another pungent strain that headache and migraine sufferers should consider is Cinderella 99. It’s the offspring of the legendary ‘Princess’ clone, and holds a similar royal status among cannabis patients. For starters, it’s a perfect plant for patients to grow indoors in soil – the relatively short plants produce a bounty of citrusy buds. Though sometimes a touch rotten-smelling, the flower produces a scent that is fruity and musky.
The effects of Cinderella 99 target headaches while increasing mental energy. It’s a solid bud to consume during the day when a headache needs to be stopped to finish a project or clean the house, but it’s a variety that should be avoided before sleep when the mental uptick would be undesirable.
Chem Dawg is a well-known strain that takes over the head shortly after consumption. It might even be the perfect cultivar for cannabis patients who don’t want to lose an edge on their day. Even though many head-focused varieties will drive mental activity, like Cinderella 99, Chem Dawg keeps the mind level. Chem Dawg is a parent variety to many other popular strains today, such as Sour Diesel. It’s ease-of-growth, universal enjoyment and efficacy of medication make it a wise selection for anyone suffering from headaches or migraines.
Lavender is a favorite for patients like my mom: ripe hippies who love flowers and connecting with their plants. It has a spicy, floral taste that reminds them of the early 70s and the deeply-relaxing effect in the mind and body soothe any headaches. As the body loosens up, it brings a calming, euphoric sensation. As the mind and body reach a tranquil state, migraines are known to fade away when cannabis patients use Lavender.
Purple Indica is a bit more difficult to grow than other strains on the list as it requires an extended vegetative state and additional pruning techniques, but the pay-off of growing this variety for pain relief becomes clear upon consumption. Migraine patients indicate that Purple Indica has narcotic-like effects indicative of a true purple.
Many patients are attracted to Purple Indica’s mitigating effects on headaches but don’t always want the physical slow-down of a potent indica during the day. While a daytime round of this strain may deplete your physical energy, its sleep-enhancing qualities make it more than suitable as a bedtime variety. The smell of the bud before consumption reminds consumers of a misty, evening meadow and, upon consumption, the relaxation of that scene physically manifests itself and relaxes the entire body.
Blue Cheese is a favorite among many cannabis consumers for fighting headaches. It provides a sense of pain relief without any lost focus as well as the ability to relax one’s body without reducing much energy. The experience from smelling the bud to cracking it open to consuming it is almost meditative, like walking through a smoky temple in northern India. The best part about Blue Cheese is that it grows quickly. Big, bountiful buds burst out rapidly and deliver a highly-potent medicine suited for high-tolerance consumers who need immediate pain relief.
Treating headaches and migraines can be tricky since the head is where our day begins and the strongest medical strains tend to deliver sedative-effects to the body. When the head is hurt, and the pain is relieved with cannabis, there is often a reduction in mental energy.
Depending on the time-of-day, your tolerance levels and your preferences for the organoleptic aspects of the bud, this list should provide with you the ability to find a suitable variety to treat your headaches and/or migraines without disrupting your day!
Do you treat headaches and migraines with cannabis? If so, which strain works best for you?
If you suffer from headaches or migraines, try these seven strains that might be able to help. Even better, these strains have been known to provide relief without disrupting your day!
The Best Medical Cannabis Strains for Migraines
The Best Medical Cannabis Strains for Migraines
In our fast-paced world, you can’t afford to have a migraine slow you down. More than simply a nuisance, migraines include a variety of symptoms along with severe headaches: nausea, disorientation, disrupted balance, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, and more. Additionally, these symptoms may persist for days at a time without relief. Suffering from untreated migraines is not simply something you can get used to. No one should have to cope with chronic pain.
Fortunately, there’s hope. Research suggests cannabis has analgesic properties, offering an alternative for patients wanting to effectively manage their pain without relying on dangerous prescription medications. In fact, some patients report using medicinal cannabis to successfully wean themselves off of addictive opioids.
Along with its reported pain-reducing benefits, certain medical cannabis strains claim to be anti-emetic and anti-inflammatory, targeting more specific migraine symptoms. Want to explore this treatment option further? Read on to discover the best strains to treat your migraines.
Purple Kush for Sweet Dreams
Migraine sufferers are used to hearing “just sleep it off!” when they’re in a lot of pain. Easier said than done! When migraines are preventing you from getting some much-needed rest and respite, indica-heavy medical cannabis strains may help. That’s where Purple Kush comes in.
Common and easy to find, Purple Kush is a pure indica strain that contains 17-22 percent THC and 0.07-0.1 percent CBD. What does that mean? It means a pleasant numbing sensation, full-body relaxation, and a deep, rejuvenating sleep. You won’t have to worry about your migraines keeping you up at night anymore.
The Classic OG Kush
One of the most popular and well-known strains around, OG Kush is considered a reliable and readily available relief option for migraine sufferers. Patients report OG Kush may help take the edge off of even the worst migraine symptoms.
With high levels of THC (usually around 20 percent), OG Kush is reported to have an analgesic effect.
Uplifting White Widow
One of the popular medical cannabis strains hailing from Amsterdam, White Widow is a hybrid cross between South Indian indica and South American Sativa. This unique mix is highly popular for its medicinal properties and comes with a host of potential benefits for migraine sufferers.
On the one hand, users report it can relax your entire body and ease muscle tension. On the other, it may have an uplifting effect and inspire creativity.
Fall in Love with Harlequin
Nothing muddles the brain more than chronic migraine pain. While sleeping off a migraine is a useful strategy, and strains that claim to offer relaxation and sedation may be a relief, is there a daytime relief option available? Yes!
Users report that Harlequin, a sativa-dominant hybrid, is perfect for when you feel a migraine coming on. Harlequin will relax you without the sleepy sedating effect and produce a feeling of clear-headed, mental alertness. The high levels of CBD in this particular strain may put you in an easygoing mood and reduce pain without causing an intense high.
Most migraine sufferers have become experts at detecting early signs of oncoming symptoms before experiencing the full onslaught of pain. If you’re a preemptive type of person who likes to act fast, Chocolope may be one of the medical cannabis strains for you.
Users report Chocolope is an invigorating sativa strain that has the effect of drinking an energizing cup of java. Another great daytime option, users say to choose this strain if you need to dispel foggy thinking and keep migraine symptoms at bay to be happy and productive.
Want to know more about medical cannabis strains? Contact a healthcare practitioner today to learn more. Knowledge is power.
In our fast-paced world, you can't afford to have a migraine slow you down. More than simply a nuisance, migraines include a variety of symptoms along