Many of people today suffer from occasional headaches. But when migraine headaches occur, it’s an entirely different monster . Aside from the throbbing head pain, sensitivity to light, and nausea, one of the main problems is that when a migraine sets in, It can completely wreck your entire day and become debilitating where being in bed with the shades closed will feel like the only answer.
In the U.S., more than 37 million people suffer from migraines, which is an estimated 13% of adults. They are most common in women than in men and can last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Sufferers from chronic migraines can have symptoms that can last for more than 15 days a month.
Sometimes people will feel like migraines can come out of nowhere but there are things that have been know to trigger a light headache to switch to a migraine within a few moments such as the following:
Allergies: These can be seasonal or even regular allergic reactions.
Sleep: Tiredness, jet lag, or irregular sleep patterns can all lead to migraines.
Irregular Environments: This can include loud noises or bright lights. Party or strobing lights and even strong smells or perfumes can trigger migraines.
Stress: This can be any type of stress including work-related, depression, tension, and even physical stress.
Change of Diet: Some migraine sufferers claim that when they eat too much, skip a meal, eat too little of something (chocolate, coffee, nuts), it will trigger the start of a migraine. Specific foods that contain tyramine (found in smoked meats, figs, beans) or nitrates (found in salami and bacon) are also known to trigger the pain.
Cannabis and Migraine relief
Data suggests that people have been using cannabis as a migraine treatment for decades but is only now coming to the forefront. A marijuana study published by Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado recently revealed: Out of 121 adult participants, 40% of subjects reported positive effects.
If you suffer from migraines and have access to medical or recreational marijuana, then it could be helpful. But with so many different cannabis strains out there, where is the best place to start? You're in luck we have done some research for you. Here are Butter of Sheba's five best marijuana strains for migraine relief:
OG Kush is quite popular and consumers generally find it in every dispensary at some point or another. OG Kush has powerful sedative effects that takes the edge off. It also helps to combat symptoms associated with migraines. OG Kush is a hybrid strain that can contain up to 20% THC.
City of God:
City of God is an indica-dominant strain that has a lightly building high that provides a bit of social energy, clear-headedness, and alertness. As the high continues to build it does provided a great sense of relaxation that is not sedative. The THC content is typically over 28% and is a great choice for those looking for relief with migraines, headaches, and chronic fatigue.
Slurricane is a slightly indica- dominant strain that is super flavorful with a very potent body high.
It is very sedative and will lull you into the couch for several hours so make sure that you have time on your hands when smoking this strain. The THC content is generally over 24% and it is very effective in treating those who experience pain in addition to migraines and chronic headaches.
Also know as Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, this hybrid strain with great taste. The high hits your mind first only to relax your body into a state of euphoric bliss similar to the Girl Scout Cookies strain. This is a hybrid strain generally has THC content around 25% or higher and targets migraines and tension headaches.
Harlequin is a 75% sativa-dominant hybrid that has a 5:2 CBD/THC ratio. It usually has between 4-7% THC and 8-16% CBD. Yes, this strain is low in THC and very high content of CBD which produces a feeling of clear-headedness and alertness, which may help you get through your day. This cannabis strain is beneficial for people who have high levels of pain associated with their migraines. The balance of THC and CBD allows for good pain relief without an intense high. Harlequin is known to be very relaxing but not couch locking.
Due to its high THC levels (with the exception of Harlequin), these strains can provide immediate relief. Also, they have CBD content that help to support reducing the pain long-term. With these cannabis strains, it is crucial to catch the migraine before it becomes full-blown.
It is vital to consume marijuana responsibly and whenever you are trying new strains, make sure you start slowly. And as with all serious health regimen changes, please consult your medical provider first. Finding a provider that is knowledgeable and open to cannabis and its properties in regards to your specific needs is always a plus.
Currently several of these strains are available with Butter of Sheba. We always keep the best weed strains on deck to help bring relief and relaxation so that you can get the most out of your day.