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Migraines and Hemp: It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To.

Updated: May 23, 2022

What do Serena Williams, Terrell Davis, and Khloe Kardashian have in common, besides fame and cushy bank accounts? Something not nearly as enviable: Migraines. Terrorizing nearly 39 million Americans every year (28 million of whom are women,) these mysterious, often debilitating neurological events plague modern medicine like an unsolved puzzle. What’s known is that they’re related to hormones or brain changes. What’s not is an exact cause. SOURCE: “How to Do the Pot” Podcast. Thought of by us lucky outsiders as intense headaches (usually on one side of the head,) sufferers know the real deal: The headache is only the root of a migraine. All kinds of other symptoms can tag along, from nausea to oversensitivity to light or sound or even vomiting. Whoopie! SOURCE: What’s Going On? It’s complicated. The symptoms can change throughout the migraine which usually moves through stages.

  1. Prodrome. This is the pre-party to the migraine. It can start hours up to a full day before the main event. Here are some of the signs: super energetic and excited or really depressed; irritable; thirsty; cravings for certain foods; sleepy (lots of yawning); water retention and the need to pee a lot.

  2. Aura. Not everyone gets this step. It’s described as a strange feeling. Sometimes vision gets trippy: bright, flickering lights show up; blind spots block it; even hallucinations happen. Skin can join the party, too. Tingling and numbness often show up. It can even get tough to communicate during the aura. From confusion to dwindling concentration, the brain gets challenged here.

  3. Attack. Let the party begin. This is the headache phase itself. It usually begins above the eyes with a throbbing that tends to worsen with movement. And depending who the sufferer is, some of the earlier mentioned symptoms like to crash.

  4. Postdrome. Just like after any rager of a party, there’s a hangover. This can include extreme tiredness, sluggishness, confusion, or head pain with sudden movement. Oh, what a night.

SOURCE: What if I Don’t Want to Go? While there’s no cure for migraines yet, there are things to do to head them off. The key is to keep your life balanced. From your emotions to your blood sugar, the less drastic the shifts your body experiences, the less likely the migraine gets kicked off in the first place. Even if it’s already on like Donkey Kong, the best solution lies in leveling things out. Here’s what that looks like: Don’t: skip meals; overextend yourself; expose yourself to loud noises, strong smells, or flashing lights; get too much or too little sleep. Do: have a regular sleep schedule, manage your stress, limit your coffee to one cup in the morning, make sure you eat enough before you go to bed, unwind at the end of your day. If it’s too late and the migraine has you by the head, rest with your eyes closed in a dark, quiet room. Stay hydrated. Basically play the quiet game all by yourself. Again, avoiding migraines seems to be about not rocking the boat called your body. Steady- Eddy it and you’ll be a happier camper. SOURCE: What the Hemp? With all the divergent and dastardly pieces to the migraine puzzle, why does Hemp come to mind as a possible helper? For one thing, it’s proven to be beneficial in lowering inflammation and the effects of stress. These skills help your body stay balanced. Since teeter-tottering homeostasis is ground zero for migraines, hormonal shifts, like your period, pregnancy, or menopause, can be a trigger. Is it starting to make sense why more women than men get them? So in addition to introducing Hemp to your system regularly, it’s also shown to help tone the migraine down when taken when you feel it coming on, according to Dr. Sandra Guynes, AKA The Kush Nurse. SOURCE: “How to Do the Pot” Podcast with Ellen Scanlon. Into the Deep. There’s an idea that migraines stem from Endocannabinoid deficiency or not enough of your home-grown cannabinoids. People who suffer from chronic migraines- poor babies—have low levels of something called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH.) Preclinical research shows that boosting your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) helps fend off migraines. Hence the Hemp. SOURCE: How to Hemp? The best way to take Hemp for migraines is to inhale it. Because it’s entering your blood stream straight away, it gets into the oxygen in your cells quickly to release tension and aural pain ASAP. The next most successful method to take Hemp for migraines, according to Dr. Guynes, is orally. It does take time to metabolize the Hemp, but it’s effective. Other resources suggest applying a topical Hemp cream to the back of the neck helps lower migraine pain. Just Say Yes to Hemp. Considering how gnarly migraines can get and how non-existent side effects are from Hemp, trying it to reduce migraine attacks and their intensity is a no-brainer. Whatever method works for you, you’re likely to get some relief by using Hemp. Keep MORE Nano-Hemp Water in mind for your regular Hemp intake. You can stay hydrated and boost your ECS at the same time. You’re welcome!

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