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Migraines & Marijuana

Two types of migraines can occur: “common” migraines are accompanied by vomiting, nausea, and light sensitivity and “classical” migraines are preceded by an aura. Cannabis has been used for 1500 years, across India, Greece, China, Rome, and India, to prevent and treat migraines. From the mid 1800s to the 1940s, oral marijuana extracts were used in western medicine to treat migraines. Many medical journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Merck Manual, recommended cannabis for migraine treatment. It is thought that that a deficiency of endocannabinoids that causes migraines. When a patient is exposed to a migraine “trigger”, a chemical reaction in the brain normally causes the release of endocannabinoids. When people are lacking in endocannabinoids, the “trigger” causes a chemical release that causes a dilation of blood vessels in the brain, which can results in severe migraine pain. Some people, who are prone to migraines, try to supplement their endocannabinoids with a daily dose of a THC compound in the morning. If a migraine has already begun, vaporization or sublingual application of cannabis can be effective in combating it. The addition of CBD can help to reduce the intensity of the psycho-active properties found within THC.

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