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Throbbing, pulsating pain, nausea, vomiting, vision changes, extreme sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch. If you suffer from migraines you may experience some or all of these symptoms.

According to The Migraine Research Foundation, migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and the 6th most disabling.

It’s not just a headache but an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms. Though the causes of migraines are not fully understood, they’re thought to be due to abnormal brain activity causing a temporary change in nerve signals, chemicals and blood flow in the brain.

There are many elements that can play a role, including family history and environmental factors. Various migraine triggers include: certain foods and food additives, alcohol, emotional stress, hormones, sensory stimuli, low blood sugar, strong odors, weather, certain medications and more.

Most current treatments available for the migraine sufferer include over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription medications such as stimulants, muscle relaxers and nerve pain medications. Many of these medications carry with them severe adverse side effects and high recurring costs. Due to these circumstances many migraine sufferers have turned to cannabis products to reduce the effects and frequency of their migraines.

For centuries cannabis has been used to treat migraines. Between 1874 and 1942, it was among the most common remedies used by physicians.
American doctors routinely prescribed cannabis medicines which were filled by the local pharmacy. In England, Queen Victoria’s physicians prescribed cannabis-based medicines to treat medical issues which included migraine.

A 2016 study in Colorado involving 121 migraine sufferers discovered migraine frequency decreased from 10.4 to 4.6 headaches per month with the use of medical marijuana.

Almost 40% reported positive effects, with almost 20% reporting medical marijuana helped prevent migraine headaches and almost 12% said it stopped their migraine’s progression. In total, 85% of the patients in the study saw a reduction in migraine frequency.

The researchers concluded that the frequency of migraine headache was decreased with medical marijuana use.

Eric P. Baron of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Neurology authored a report that stated:

“A review of 38 published randomized controlled trials evaluating cannabinoids in pain management revealed, that 71% concluded that cannabinoids had empirically demonstrable and statistically significant pain-relieving effects.”

So if you or a loved is suffering from migraines speak with your medical practitioner or dispensary technician to see which cannabis treatment option is best to combat your symptoms.

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