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Cannabis and Migraine

cannabis-and-migraineBack in the nineteenth century, cannabis was frequently prescribed to patients suffering from migraines in both England and America. In many such cases it was the primary drug used to treat the symptoms of these awful headaches.

Available today are tinctures which are absorbed under the tongue offering almost instantaneous relief. Smoking or inhaling by way of a vaporizer has been shown to provide even faster relief.

The absorption of cannabis through the lungs or otherwise sublingually will mean that the patient will not be affected by nausea as a result.

The contents of cannabis includes properties that synergistically help to relieve the symptoms of migraines and it also acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug as well as its better known anti-emetic effects. New research shows that cannabis also acts as a light vasodilator lowering the blood pressure.

The drug can also offer relief from the muscle cramps that sometimes accompany a migraine.

The dose required for treatment depends on the particular individual needs of the patient and is easily regulated by a tincture or by smoking or vaporization. Up to four drops of a tincture is usually sufficient for providing relief for up to six hours.

It is advisable that patients speak to their doctors first regarding adjunctive therapy by cannabis and may begin a trial period when the doctor’s approval has been given. The drug works most effectively when combined with a program to prevent migraines.

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