Three Tricks for Migraine Pain

When your head feels like it’s being hammered from the inside out you will take any help you can get. Migraines are the real deal, and unfortunately coping with them is unique to every person. Some simple tricks are known to relieve pain for the majority of people, though, so give one or all a try the next time you feel a migraine coming on.

Medical Marijuana

Highly concentrated products like full extract cannabis oil (FECO) and Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) are created with pain in mind. They are grown as medicines to help alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, migraines not excluded.

Caffeine

As if the coffee wasn’t a God-given creation unto itself, the caffeine in your morning cup might actually help with migraine pain. Like marijuana, caffeine reduces inflammation and can be a natural booster to over the counter painkillers like aspirin.

Hot or Cold

Depending on what feels better to you, hot or cold compresses against your noggin might ease the tension. Whichever you choose to try, hold it against your head for 15 minutes, then remove for 15 minutes. Repeat the cycle until you start to feel better.

Migraines can ruin everyday life and make for long, miserable days, but relief is possible. Try a method that works for you and feel better fast.

Sativa vs Indica

If you are new to smoking marijuana, be it for recreational or medical use, you might have heard the words “sativa strain” and “indica strain” tossed around. If you’re confused as to what those mean, don’t worry. Read on and learn about the differences.

Sativa

The leaves of a sativa plant are taller and narrower than its counterpart. Strains of sativa affect the brain and give you more of a head high, helping you to feel more relaxed and at ease with the world. Good for depression and anxiety, sativa is also thought to boost creativity (think writing, painting and adult coloring books) and help you concentrate better. Some of the best-rated sativa strains include ACDC, Maui Wowie and Super Lemon Haze.

Indica

The body is affected when smoking a strain of indica flower. Indica relaxes the muscles and helps you feel chill and at peace. Smokers jokingly refer to indica as “in ‘da couch,” so it’s a great sleep aid and natural muscle relaxant if you’ve recently had surgery. The plant grows shorter and stockier than its sativa sister, smelling a little skunkier too. The best strains for an indica smoker include O.G. Kush, Pineapple Kush and Royal cookies.

It can be confusing as a new stoner, but knowing the difference between the two strains can help you understand what you’re getting and how it will affect you and your body.

True Versus False

A simple plant causes enormous controversy in the United States, but for such silly reasons. False reports and hungry corporations feed the public misinformation, but the truth is that marijuana is not any of the horrible things that the media claims it to be.

A Gateway Drug?

Seventh-grade health class has been long warning students that marijuana is a “gateway drug” whose use will lead to other, harder drugs. This has been proven false for many years, but it is still being taught in schools. Why? Despite hard medical evidence proving its benefits (including ALS treatment, side effects of chemotherapy and migraine headaches), the public continues to be told that marijuana will rot the brain and get kids addicted to drugs.

The Evil Empire

Pharmaceutical companies made approximately $775 billion in 2015, thanks largely in part to the markup of expensive brand-name drugs. These numbers have been steadily climbing since the 1990s. Marijuana is a plant, and growers know that it costs very little to manufacture. One must wonder if lawmakers have more devious intents, bowing down to the almighty dollar.

While there is still medical research being done on how marijuana can slow down the growth of cancer cells, the science is slowly starting to catch up with what humans have known for thousands of years: marijuana is not something to be feared, but something to embrace as a legitimate form of medicine.