Marijuana and Migraines

Marijuana—also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant. Some people smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints; many use pipes, water pipes (sometimes called bongs), or marijuana cigars called blunts (often made by slicing open cigars and replacing some or all of the tobacco with marijuana). Marijuana can also be used to brew tea and, particularly when it is sold or consumed for medicinal purposes, is frequently mixed into foods (edibles) such as brownies, cookies, or candies. Stronger forms of marijuana include sinsemilla (from specially tended female plants) and concentrated resins containing high doses of marijuana’s active ingredients, including honeylike hash oil, waxy budder, and hard amberlike shatter. These resins are increasingly popular among those who use them both recreationally and medically.

The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol a compound, C 21 H 30 O 2 , that is the physiologically active component in cannabis preparations (marijuana, hashish, etc.) derived from the Indian hemp plant or produced synthetically.

Abbreviation: THC.

Many of you reading this may have experienced one of the worst pains ever…..A MIGRAINE!!

I have these headaches very infrequently but when they hit the incapacitate me to the point that even the sheets rustling sounds like a sonic boom.  You get nauseous, become light sensitive, cant stand certain smells  and almost become frozen and want to rip your head off!  I have tried many medications but I have not ventured into medical marijuana.

I have friends who carry a card that clearly states that they have to use cannabis for medical reasons only. Studies confirm the use of of this plant back to Chinese dynasty.  Borrowing from a report done on https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/new-study-confirms-that-cannabis-can-help-migraine-sufferers:

Researchers reviewed reports from 121 adult participants and collected the following data:

  • The average number of migraine headaches decreased from 10.4 per month to 4.6
  • Almost 40% of subjects reported positive effects
  • 19.8% of subjects claimed medical marijuana helped to prevent migraines
  • 11.6% of subjects reported that cannabis stopped migraine headaches
  • About 85% of subjects reported having fewer migraines per month with cannabis
  • About 12% saw no change in migraine frequency with cannabis
  • Only about 2% experienced an increase in migraine frequency

Now whether you inhale, eat or use drops depends on the speed and effectiveness of the drug.  Marijuana is also used for many other medical malodies as well such as epilepsy, glaucoma, seizures, alzheimers, arthritis, certain cancers and more.  This is also a hotly debated issue as to whether it really should be considered medicine.  I look at it this way, if it helps why  not use it?  I myself won’t try it but others flock and run to get plenty of it and in the US today it is a cash cow for some people in those states that are legalized to sell it.  It can either stop or hinder the effects of migraines if taken early enough.  

I just found this to be interesting and wanted to see if I could put some knowledge on the subject.  Not everyone is out to use it for recreational purposes.  Some really need the help and if this the drug to do it, then let mother nature do what she does best.

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