What is Headaches/Migraines?
Headaches may feel like a dull ache, a sharp pain, or a throbbing pain. Migraines are intense headaches that can be accompanied by sensations of nausea and sensitivity to light. Migraines are caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors, and they typically affect more women than men.
How can marijuana help?
Cannabis is renowned for its pain-relieving qualities and has popularly been used to treat migraines since the 1800s. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body, phytocannabinoids (found in cannabis) have the ability to alleviate pain – even pain caused by headaches. In fact, a study published in 2004 suggests that the endocannabinoid system plays a direct role in managing headaches, and that a lack of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids found naturally in the body) can be the direct cause of a migraine. The study goes on to conclude that phytocannabinoids can be used as a viable treatment. Those who need nausea relief will take comfort in knowing that both Crohn’s disease patients and cancer patients have reported that cannabis offers better antiemetic effects than current pharmaceutical drugs.