Best Strains for Migraine Sufferers

Whether you have chronic headaches or real migraines you likely need something to help you manage. Chronic headaches are a relatively common problem caused by poor hydration, stress, diet, and other issues that it is easy to face in daily life. Migraines are a medical issue that can knock out the sufferer for days at a time. This means they will need different levels of help and likely very different types of strain, but don’t worry, we will cover as many bases as possible. If you have regular chronic headaches or migraines and haven’t seen a doctor then definitely still go to see your GP, just to be safe.

OG Kush

OG Kush is a classic strain that is used to deal with a number of issues including headaches, migraines, depression, PTSD and Parkinsons. The reason that this strain is so fantastic for migraines, in particular, it has a powerful mental and physical high with a THC level of 20% and up. Many migraine sufferers will tell you that during a migraine they just want to sleep. It is exhausting to go through a migraine but usually, the pain will stop you from getting any rest. Strains like this that have a comfortable sedative effect can be a great option for anyone that just can’t nod off. Because it is a hybrid OG Kush will also improve mood and allow for a slightly happier disposition before eventually nodding off. OG Kush has a flowering time of 8 weeks and can be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is one of the most famous Indica strains on the market and is well known for its powerfully relaxing effect. The effect is also very physical and can cause what is known as “couch-lock”. The best part of this strain is not the sleepiness that is fantastic for migraine sufferers, but also its pain-numbing qualities. It can also enhance appetite allowing migraine sufferers to eat something simple without feeling like they want to vomit immediately after. Then it’s a case of chilling out for a little while and slowly slipping into a comfortable and pain-free sleep. Hopefully by the time you wake up the symptoms of the migraine will have reduced significantly. Having a snooze is also a great idea for anyone suffering from a severe headache. Northern Lights has a flowering time of 7 – 8 weeks and can be grown indoors or outdoors.

Pineapple Express

This strain, made famous by Seth Rogan, is probably one of the best strains around for chronic pain. It has both long and short term effects that can help anyone suffering from headaches and migraines. The effect is generally euphoric, uplifting and happy which should improve the mood while you’re trying to stop your head from splitting open. On top of an improved mood, it is an impressive painkiller that is often used by anyone struggling with long term, severe and chronic pain. It also has a little creativity boost that might help you take your mind off your throbbing head. Reducing the pain can allow you to rest a little and maybe even do a few useful things like having a little snack or making a cup of herbal tea. It has a deliciously fruity sweet flavour and scent that lives up to the name. It has a flowering time of 9 weeks and can be grown indoors or outdoors.

Harlequin CBD

This fantastic strain comes up any time someone talks about migraines or headaches. The CBD version is even better as it has all the fantastic medicinal qualities of the original Harlequin with less THC and more CBD. This means it doesn’t have as high an effect and can be used as a daytime medication if you still have things to get done. This strain is often used medicinally by those who suffer from anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, pain, stress and Arthritis. It is not only a fantastic painkiller but also reduces swelling and aids sleep without having too much of a mental effect. This makes it absolutely perfect for a really bad migraine. It is also calming, relaxing and soothing so will reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with being stuck in a dark room for potentially days on end. The THC level on this strain goes up to just 6.8% with a very similar level of CBD. Harlequin was created by crossing Thai, Nepali Indica, Colombian Gold and Swiss landrace strains. She has a flowering time of 56 – 63 days and can be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.

CBD Critical Mass

This last strain is specifically recommended for migraine sufferers. It is another high CBD strain which means it shouldn’t have too much of a mental effect. It is another strain that is powerfully relaxing but also a fantastic pain reliever and is wonderful for reducing the sensory issues that come with a severe migraine. It is also recommended to those suffering from muscle pain and insomnia, so it will reduce the throbbing while also helping you drift off to sleep. CBD Critical Mass is also known to reduce muscle spasms which means it can work as an anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant. These are both excellent qualities in a migraine fighting strain. The CBD level is an impressive 8% with a matching THC level. So this strain won’t get you high as such, it will just help to relieve the unpleasant symptoms while allowing you to naturally snooze the pain away. Unlike some of the other sedative strains, it won’t produce a couch-lock feeling which can instil a sense of panic or anxiety in some. It relaxes the muscles without making them feel heavy or difficult to move. It also has a little touch of uplifting happiness to it which can be extremely useful when you are lying in bed feeling very sorry for yourself. CBD Critical Mass has a flowering time of 8 – 9 weeks and grows well indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.

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