Tuesday September 4, 2018

By Nicholas Demski

The Most Effective Strains for Migraines or Headaches Health/Science

The body of consumer evidence that shows cannabis is medicine continues to grow and we’re seeing it everywhere – even though there’s a lack of scientific research. Cannabis has shown to help fight cancer, treat serious diseases and provide palliative relief for people who need it the most. Even better? The more we learn about its potential, the more astounding the marijuana plant becomes.

While there are many wondrous things to be said about cannabis as a medicine, not all medicinal users are consuming cannabis to combat a life-threatening disease. In fact, many consumers treat far less serious conditions with the help of cannabis – conditions like migraines and headaches.

A headache or migraine is unlikely to be considered life-threatening, yet cannabis has shown to be an effective treatment for many people suffering from them. While cannabis affects everyone differently and everyone may have a different marijuana product that suits their needs, here are our seven favorite strains to help fend off chronic migraines and occasional headaches.

Northern Lights

When it comes to migraines, probably nothing is worse than a migraine when you’re tired. The painful symptoms are multiplied by your exhaustion after a long day and you may feel like there’s not much you can do to find relief and relax. If you want to ease the pain and happily fall asleep, Northern Lights is a great strain that might suit your needs.

Since migraine and headache patients may experience their symptoms every day, it’s essential for them to have a constant supply of medicine. That’s why many medical cannabis consumers choose to grow their own plants. When growing for medical needs, Northern Lights is a perfect option because of its disease and mold-resistant properties. On top of that, Northern Lights is also relatively easy to grow.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel isn’t as easy to grow as Northern Lights, but it produces colas and buds that are well worth the effort for cannabis patients in need of a head-numbing effect. Sour Diesel is a popular, easy-to-find variety of cannabis for several good reasons. It has remarkable pain-relieving qualities, a pungent smell and powerful psychoactive properties. By distracting the mind and censoring pain signals in the endocannabinoid system, Sour Diesel helps keep migraine patients at ease while giving them the energy to continue their day as usual.

Cinderella 99

Another pungent strain that headache and migraine sufferers should consider is Cinderella 99. It’s the offspring of the legendary ‘Princess’ clone, and holds a similar royal status among cannabis patients. For starters, it’s a perfect plant for patients to grow indoors in soil – the relatively short plants produce a bounty of citrusy buds. Though sometimes a touch rotten-smelling, the flower produces a scent that is fruity and musky.

The effects of Cinderella 99 target headaches while increasing mental energy. It’s a solid bud to consume during the day when a headache needs to be stopped to finish a project or clean the house, but it’s a variety that should be avoided before sleep when the mental uptick would be undesirable.

Chem Dawg

Chem Dawg is a well-known strain that takes over the head shortly after consumption. It might even be the perfect cultivar for cannabis patients who don’t want to lose an edge on their day. Even though many head-focused varieties will drive mental activity, like Cinderella 99, Chem Dawg keeps the mind level. Chem Dawg is a parent variety to many other popular strains today, such as Sour Diesel. It’s ease-of-growth, universal enjoyment and efficacy of medication make it a wise selection for anyone suffering from headaches or migraines.

Lavender

Lavender is a favorite for patients like my mom: ripe hippies who love flowers and connecting with their plants. It has a spicy, floral taste that reminds them of the early 70s and the deeply-relaxing effect in the mind and body soothe any headaches. As the body loosens up, it brings a calming, euphoric sensation. As the mind and body reach a tranquil state, migraines are known to fade away when cannabis patients use Lavender.

Purple Indica

Purple Indica is a bit more difficult to grow than other strains on the list as it requires an extended vegetative state and additional pruning techniques, but the pay-off of growing this variety for pain relief becomes clear upon consumption. Migraine patients indicate that Purple Indica has narcotic-like effects indicative of a true purple.

Many patients are attracted to Purple Indica’s mitigating effects on headaches but don’t always want the physical slow-down of a potent indica during the day. While a daytime round of this strain may deplete your physical energy, its sleep-enhancing qualities make it more than suitable as a bedtime variety. The smell of the bud before consumption reminds consumers of a misty, evening meadow and, upon consumption, the relaxation of that scene physically manifests itself and relaxes the entire body.

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese is a favorite among many cannabis consumers for fighting headaches. It provides a sense of pain relief without any lost focus as well as the ability to relax one’s body without reducing much energy. The experience from smelling the bud to cracking it open to consuming it is almost meditative, like walking through a smoky temple in northern India. The best part about Blue Cheese is that it grows quickly. Big, bountiful buds burst out rapidly and deliver a highly-potent medicine suited for high-tolerance consumers who need immediate pain relief.

Final Thoughts

Treating headaches and migraines can be tricky since the head is where our day begins and the strongest medical strains tend to deliver sedative-effects to the body. When the head is hurt, and the pain is relieved with cannabis, there is often a reduction in mental energy.

Depending on the time-of-day, your tolerance levels and your preferences for the organoleptic aspects of the bud, this list should provide with you the ability to find a suitable variety to treat your headaches and/or migraines without disrupting your day!


Do you treat headaches and migraines with cannabis? If so, which strain works best for you?

Photo Credit: Asdrubal Luna (license)


Nicholas Demski Nicholas Demski

Nicholas is a freelance writer and featured contributor for Plurality Press, Content Pros, INC., and has been featured in Reader's Digest. His poetry has been printed in The Broad River Review, Whiskey Island, and Artifact Nouveau. He encourages you to follow him on Instagram @TheSingleDadNomad, Twitter @NicholasDemski, and blogs about his life on www.TheSingleDadNomad.com.


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