Yo, what’s up? My name is Dan and I gotta tell you, if you’ve ever had a migraine attack, you know it ain’t no ordinary headache, fam. These things come outta nowhere and hit you harder than a brick to the face. And with no known cause or cure, and conventional treatments leaving you with mixed results, migraines are a real pain in the a** to deal with. But yo, I heard that cannabis might be the next big thing in migraine care.
So what exactly is a migraine, you ask? Well, it’s not just a throbbing headache on one side or both sides of your head. It comes with all sorts of other unpleasant symptoms like nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smells, and tingling sensations in your neck or limbs. Some people even experience an aura before or during a migraine attack – seeing flashes of light or shapes, hearing noises, or feeling weak or tingly in the face or hands.
These things can hit you outta nowhere, leaving you feeling blindsided. Or they can come on gradually with early symptoms like visual disturbances, confusion or difficulty speaking. And they can last for hours or even days. It’s no joke – 90% of people affected by migraines can’t function normally during an attack. And some unlucky folks have to deal with these suckers most days of the month – or even every day.
Now check this – nobody knows what causes these things for real. But people have noticed certain triggers that tend to set off their migraines. Stress or anxiety, loud noises or bright lights, certain foods or drinks (like alcohol or caffeine), not enough sleep – there are all kinds of things that can do it.
And get this – nearly 15% of people worldwide suffer from migraines. That’s like 40 million people in the US alone! Women are about three times more likely to get them than men. And kids can get them too! But yo, I heard that cannabis might be able to help.
Cannabis has actually been used as a treatment for migraines since way back in the late 1800s. But then it got all demonized and sh*t and was illegal for a long time. But now we’re starting to see it come back as a legit medical treatment. Weed is known for its pain-relieving properties, so it makes sense that people would try it for the stubborn pain of migraines.
Now research on this stuff is still pretty limited, but some studies have shown that weed can seriously reduce the number and intensity of migraine attacks. And get this – it can even stop them from happening altogether! Researchers think this might be because of the way our bodies process cannabinoids – that’s the chemicals found in weed that includes THC and CBD.
Our bodies actually produce their own cannabinoids as part of something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system helps regulate all kinds of brain and body functions like movement, mood, memory, and pain processing. So when we smoke weed or whatever, those cannabinoids can kinda fill in for our own endocannabinoids if we’re not making enough.
But here’s the thing – unlike most conventional medicines that just target one symptom or cause at a time, cannabinoids affect multiple body systems all at once. People used to think migraines were caused by blood vessels going crazy in your head, but now researchers think it’s more about hormones like estrogen and serotonin.
And that’s where weed comes in again. Conventional meds that target serotonin levels can have nasty side effects like anxiety and nausea. And estrogen regulators (like birth control pills) can also mess you up. But weed naturally relieves anxiety and nausea and seems to positively affect serotonin levels too! Some studies even suggest that weed might help boost estrogen levels.
So yeah fam, research on this stuff is still pretty limited but some recent studies have shown that marijuana is at least as effective as conventional treatments – maybe even more effective in some cases! There are even places where doctors can prescribe medical marijuana specifically for migraines. And if you live somewhere where recreational weed is legal (lucky you), you could always try it out for yourself.
But here’s the thing – different strains of weed work better for different people so it might take some trial and error to figure out what works best for you. In general though, indica and sativa strains with high levels of both THC and CBD seem to work well for many migraine patients. And look out for strains with high levels of myrcene too – that’s another chemical found in weed known for its pain-relieving qualities.
But yo remember – marijuana might not be right for everyone and there are still risks involved if you use it too much or if your body doesn’t react well to it. So talk to your doctor before trying any new treatment plan y’all.