Cannabis Oil for Migraines
Published on June 17, 2017
There are many ways to consume cannabis, especially when you are using for medical purposes. The most common of course is smoking, but some patients may worry about lung damage or may be searching for a way to produce longer lasting effects. Eating or drinking medical marijuana may prolong the effects, but there is another solution in cannabis oil.
Like other ingested cannabis, cannabis oil takes longer to process in the body and so offers a longer lasting therapeutic period. Cannabis oil users are also able to ingest more of the active ingredients than is possible with other methods of consumption and so, are able to enjoy more powerful relief of symptoms.
It is estimated that 37 million people in the U.S.A suffer from chronic migraines. Migraines are a headache disorder and the pain from a migraine can be debilitating and causes 91% of sufferers to miss work. Luckily, for sufferers of migraine headaches medical marijuana can be a solution to this painful condition.
CBD or cannabidiol is an active ingredient that is naturally found in marijuana, like THC. Unlike THC however, CBD is touted almost exclusively for its therapeutic effects. CBD is used for pain relief, to control anxiety and depression, to prevent seizures and to protect cells against the negative effects of chemotherapy, to name just a few uses. Luckily, thanks to advances in modern science, it is now possible to separate out CBD to use it exclusively for its medicinal purposes. So, what does that mean exactly? Well, it means that you can use CBD to treat symptoms without the inclusion or with very little THC. This is important because CBD is non-psychoactive. In laymen’s terms, you can use medical marijuana without getting tired, lethargic or high.
This is important for a few reasons. Firstly, many pain drugs that are prescribed to control migraines will leave you disoriented, cloudy and exhausted. Sure, you may be relieved of pain, but this doesn’t mean you will be able to function normally or go about your usual activities. There are other prescription medications that control pain that will work and leave you functional, but are highly addictive (see television show House for a great example). This is also a problem and, if ever subjected to an employment screening drug test, you may indeed fail.
CBD will leave you in a good mood, relaxed and pain free as well as keeping you functional and clear. Finding cannabis oil containing high levels of CBD can be the key to addiction-free, clear-headed relief from migraine pain.
You can also purchase cannabis oil with more balanced ratios of THC to CBD or even THC dominant strands, as long as you are ok with feeling some of the psychoactive effects of the medical cannabis . Although CBD is the primary pain-relieving ingredient in medical marijuana, THC can have other effects that may help you recover from your migraine headache. THC spurs the appetite, which intense pain can often strip away and will also allow the user to fall asleep more easily.
As with many products, it is important to understand that there are different types of cannabis oil and some may be more appropriate than others for relieving the pain of a migraine headache.
It may seem that this entire article is about cannabis oil, but here we refer to cannabis cooking oil. It involves essentially slow cooking buds into olive oil or coconut oil. The oil can then be cooked with, added to recipes and also just put under your tongue to treat skin conditions, anxiety and pain.
Butane Hash Oil
Butane Hash Oil uses a process of pushing butane through a container with marijuana trimmings, allowing the cannabinoids to be separated from the plant and creating an oil. Butane Hash Oil is often used for relief of chronic pain, however it is important to have it tested to ensure you are not consuming butane left over from the separation process.
C02 Oil is concentrated oil that is produced by using a botanical extractor. Once the cannabinoids have been extracted from the plant, C02 Oil is most often used in vaporizer pens from a medical cannabis dispensary, but if you get your hands on C02 oil in its pure form, you can also consume orally. C02 oil can be made with high THC levels or none at all, so if you seek relief without a buzz, this may be your magic bullet.
Rick Simpson Oil
This oil is named after Rick Simpson, a man who used a homemade oil to treat skin cancer. It is quite easy to make at home and can be taken by mouth or applied topically, depending on the condition. However, it is hard to test for levels of potency as well as THC to CBD ratios at home. Important to note that Rick Simpson oil is also notorious for having extremely high THC levels, although it can also be made with low THC strains of cannabis.
Tinctures were commonly used and recognized as medicine before marijuana was illegalized. They are created via alcohol extraction and the extract is placed under the tongue for treatment. There are a variety of uses for tinctures with one of the most common being pain relief.
Finally, people often hear the term CBD oil being used and to clarify, CBD oil can be made using a variety of the techniques listed above, but simply feature low THC strains of cannabis.
The road ahead can seem dark for many people who suffer from chronic migraines. There seems to be no right options between simply suffering with the pain, using medication that make you foggy and exhausted and using a medication you could potentially become dependent on. Luckily, there is another choice and one that can relieve pain in a natural way, without clouding your mind or risk of addiction. Cannabis oil can offer significant and long lasting pain relief to patients that suffer from migraines. It is also inexpensive, and can be consumed in a variety of ways for those who are opposed to smoking. No need to burn the midnight oil over migraines, why not try for relief by using cannabis oil.