In the United States, about 38 million people currently suffer from migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. These headaches can be very serious — migraines are actually the sixth most disabling illness in the world.
Federal regulations previously prevented scientists from studying the effects of marijuana on painful migraines, but medical cannabis has now been scientifically linked to relief for these headaches, thanks to recent research. We’ve got the details on pain relief pot for you, plus several other potential cures for chronic head pain.
About one year ago, a first-of-its-kind study showed that medical marijuana can treat migraines, Medical Daily reported. Researchers used medical marijuana to treat 121 participants who suffered from the condition. After studying the patients from January 2010 to September 2014, the team found that their severe headaches were reduced from more than 10 a month to fewer than five per month.
Botox is widely known for its remarkable ability to banish age-revealing wrinkles, but experts have recently discovered that the cosmetic staple also has the capacity to treat migraines. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, according to Prevention, and has been clinically proven to treat these extreme headaches.
According to Medscape Medical News, research was presented back in September 2016 that showed a 25-milligram ketamine nasal spray reduced migraine severity. Because of its hallucinogenic and dissociative effects, ketamine is typically known as both a party drug and an anesthetic.
Yoga’s mix of stretching, breathing, and emptying your mind could reduce migraines, Health reported. A small study published in Headache linked yogis with less frequent and less painful headache attacks.
Despite very little data on meditation's effect on migraines, one small study did find that this spiritual practice can reduce headache frequency and improve pain tolerance.
Peppermint may reduce headache pain, Medical Daily previously reported. Applying the herb to your forehead or temples can help numb and soothe the area, and it can be purchased either fresh, as a gel, chewable, or as an oil.