I have used medical marijuana as an effective migraine treatment for the last decade.
I suffer from chronic migraines, which can last up to 30 days in length with varying intensity throughout. I am have had terrible experiences with the many medications I have been prescribed, with varied and inconsistant results. I have had many, many rebound headaches that blossomed into full migraines from taking prescription meds. I now take Maxalt when the migraines are very bad, but never more than 3-4 times in a month for fear of rebound headaches.
I use medical marijuana for my migraines, specifically marijuana high in CBD. It is not the most effective thing I have taken for pain, but smoking has never caused a rebound headache. It dulls the pain, but more importantly, it is extremely effective in removing all nausea.
Years ago I had my first mulit-day migraine that lasted over a week. I had not smoked marijuana for years. I was desperate and nothing was working, so I got a prescription and went to a dispensary (I live in CA), and smoked when I got home. I remember becoming very emotional because it was so effective at removing the nausea and I was so incredibly relieved. I have used it ever since for every migraine I have had. There are tons of strains that have differing effects and potency.
MM is not for everyone, and side effects can include headaches and paranoia (not fun). If you use too much and have a low tolerance, it can cause nausea. I have an average tollerance to marijuana but if you choose to try it do so with caution and ideally with the advice and blessing of a doctor who believes it could possibly help.
Anyone who says that marijuana will not or cannot help migraine sufferers is simply not telling the truth (or has not tried it and are close-minded to the idea) -- it has been the most effective and consistant treatment I have taken for over a decade, and with few side effects.
If anyone has any questions or would like to hear any more details about my experience, I am more than happy to share.
TL/DR - smoking pot brings me serious migraine relief - it dulls the pain and completely takes away the nausea so I use it every time I have a migraine
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