Marijuana For Migraines
Marijuana is sometimes used as a migraine herbal supplement. It comes from dried flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the Cannibis sativa hemp plant. The plant, which can grow more than 15 feet tall, has a very distinct smell. Its green leaves grow in an easily recognizable pattern of five to nine leaves on stem and each leaf has jagged edges.
A study has found that the active compounds in cannabis are more effective at reducing the frequency of acute migraine pain. The study included a total of 127 participants who suffered from chronic migraines and cluster headaches
It is one of the oldest plants grown by humans. In the U.S., it is has been illegal to buy, sell, grow, own or use Marijuana since 1937.
Medical marijuana uses includes:
- Easing symptoms associated with HIV and cancer
- Improving appetite
- Controlling nausea and vomiting
- Decrease eye pressure
- Relieving pain
The most popular way to use marijuana is to smoke the dried leaves. Smoking quickly gets Marijuana’s chemicals into the bloodstream. When Marijuana is eaten, it leaves a lower level of chemicals in the body but it has a longer lasting effect.
Can medical marijuana treat migraines?
The Cannibis sativa hemp plant contains more than 400 chemicals. The chemical responsible for many of marijuana’s qualities is called THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. It binds to receptors found throughout the body’s brain and other parts of the nervous system. THC acts on these receptors that impact pain, appetite, pleasure, memory, thought and coordination.
More than a dozen states have laws allowing medical use of marijuana in certain cases, although it is not a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved drug. In the state of California, migraine is listed in the state’s health and safety code as an illness that is acceptable for marijuana use.
The drug was also effective at reducing the severity of pain in cluster headache sufferers, but only if they had a history of migraines from childhood on.
Side effects from smoking marijuana
- Breathing problems
- Increased risk of lung infection
- Dry mouth
Other marijuana side effects
- Impaired memory
- Increased heart rate
- Possible physical or psychological dependence or addiction
- Loss of coordination
- Problems thinking and solving problems
- Red eyes
- Increased appetite
Who Should Not Take Marijuana
If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, you must consult your doctor before taking any supplement. It is well-known that smoking endangers the health of developing babies and should be avoided by pregnant women.