Migraines can cause immense suffering, especially if you have them often. Between the headache pain, the nausea, and the visual effects, a migraine can make it difficult to stay standing, let alone go to work. Although there are a lot of prescription medications out there to treat and prevent migraines, some cause side effects, and others are not as effective as you might hope. For many, cannabis is a good alternative for managing migraines. Here's a closer look.

How does cannabis ease migraines?

Migraines are caused, at least in part, by the temporary shrinking of certain blood vessels in your brain. Stress and tension contribute to many migraines. Cannabis is known to help relieve stress, which may in turn help prevent migraines and also reduce the symptoms of a migraine once it does appear. Cannabinoids, the active components in cannabis, can also help reduce muscle spams, such as those that can occur in the neck and lead to migraines. They are also known to help fight pain in general.

What are the best types of cannabis to use for migraines?

To help relieve migraines, or any headache for that matter, you want to use a strain that has a high level of CBD, the cannabinoid that is known for relieving pain, and only a little THC, the cannabinoid known for giving you those relaxing, happy feelings. Good strains to try include OG Kush, ACDC, and Harlequin. Harlequin is a good choice if you have something to do later; it will help you relax, but it won't make you feel overly high. ACDC is a very CBD-rich strain that is known for its effects on the nervous system and will make you very calm. OG Kush contains a little more THC than the others on this list, so it will make you a little high, but it is also known for incredible pain relief.

How can you get cannabis if you have a migraine?

It's best to keep some edible cannabis products, or perhaps a vape cartridge, on hand so you can use it whenever a migraine pops up. But if you should find yourself developing a migraine and there's no cannabis in sight, ordering from a cannabis delivery service is a smart choice. This way, you don't have to get behind the wheel and drive, or even leave your home, while your head is pounding. Most delivery services offer multiple strains and can deliver to you within an hour or two