Not only can cannabis help with associated symptoms of headaches and migraines like pain, dizziness, nausea or hypersensitivity (through THC, CBD and certain terpenes), but it can also help to prevent the root causes in most cases.

Some headaches or migraines are caused by stress, lack of sleep, posture problems or other physical imbalances. In other cases (severe) headaches and migraines are caused by inflammation of nerves or other parts of the body. These root causes can be treated with a combination of cannabinoids like CBD, CBC, THC and the terpenes pinene, caryophyllene, myrcene, linalool and humulene.

As research on the benefits of cannabis continues to accumulate, a growing amount of attention is now beginning to focus on the specific pain-relieving qualities offered up by medical cannabis for headaches and migraines. 

Migraines, generally characterized by throbbing headaches and other migraine symptoms like blurred vision and nausea, can significantly affect your daily activities.  A migraine attack, which usually occurs on one side of the head, can last for hours, and even days. 

For those who have experienced migraine pain, you´ll know exactly how severe an acute migraine can be. Beyond a throbbing pain, symptoms of migraine and headache include hypersensitivity, dizziness, disrupted balance, disorientation, and severe headaches. It really is no exaggeration to describe it as a “migraine attack”.

Unfortunately, for the many millions of people that suffer from migraines, finding relief from migraine pain can prove particularly tricky.

For many people, the best treatments for migraine involve a dark room and 2 strong painkillers. However, there could be an alternative solution. Step forward medical marijuana for migraines. 

Research on Cannabis for Headaches & Migraines

It is now thought that medicinal cannabis can provide some relief for those who suffer from headaches or chronic migraines and may prove to be an interesting alternative to existing over the counter treatments.

A number of recent studies have begun to indicate the real potential in using cannabis for migraine. In 2017, a study titled “The use of cannabis for headache disorders concluded that “it appears likely that cannabis will emerge as a potential treatment for some headache sufferers”

Further scientific analysis has also suggested that the terpenoids contained within cannabis may have anti-inflammatory characteristics that can also prove useful when used as a treatment for headaches and migraines.

Increasingly, through both an increased body of knowledge and the sharing of information, the effects of cannabis are beginning to become clearer and increasingly well documented. As such, we can now appreciate with far greater understanding the potential benefits of the plant as a treatment for a number of health-related conditions, including the treatment of migraine. 

To help you on your way, we have compiled a list of some of the best cannabis strains that are thought to be effective in treating migraine headaches.

OG Kush Cannabis Strain

The powerful sedative effects of OG Kush are what make this cannabis indica favourite one of the most popular cannabis strains for migraine relief amongst cannabis consumers.

OG Kush was first grown in the 1990s when an unknown California strain was crossed with a Dutch Hindu Kush plant. The tantalising result was an indica dominant hybrid with a unique terpene profile that helps to generate these strains enticing aroma of spices and diesel.

This potent strain is said to be an excellent stress-reliever and with its high THC content, OG Kush is considered an excellent choice by many medical patients for pain relief and could prove to be an effective treatment for migraines and headaches.

The high THC levels (typically around 18% THC)can not only help to reduce pain but can also help to lift mood. 

OG Kush’s terpene profile includes caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene which helps generate this strain spicy, woody aroma. These terpenes are believed to help relieve stress and anxiety as well as promoting relaxation in the mind and body. OG Kush also contains linalool, pinene, and humulene—terpenes which may reinforce this strain’s relaxing effects and offer potential therapeutic benefits like inflammation relief.

Purple Kush Cannabis Strain

Hailing from California, this pure indica strain has a sweet and subtle aroma that produces a blanket of euphoria that can help to reduce the symptoms of migraine headaches. 

This relaxing indica marijuana strain is the result of a cross between Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. Like many indicas, the aroma of this plant is quite earthy with sweet overtones typical of the Kush family.

Purple Kush contains a standard serving of THC at around 15% and is said to be an ideal stress killer.  This marijuana strain’s relaxation effects are said to be long-lasting and can also help to remove any stress and sleeplessness in the body. Purple Kush has high levels of pinene and myrcene, thought to be responsible for the strains anti-inflammatory properties. Beta-caryophyllene is helpful with mood-related disorders such as depression and anxiety. 

ACDC Cannabis Strain

The sativa dominant CBD strain ACDC has high levels of cannabidiol CBD which is said to promote happiness and relaxation but may also prove useful for migraine relief.

This particularly high in CBD strain (around 10-15%) could be an effective remedy for people that want to treat headaches or migraines and also want to avoid those sometimes undesirable psychoactive effects offered up by high THC strains.  Indeed, this strain is particularly favoured by medical patients looking to reap the medicinal properties of cannabis without feeling any psychological effects.

This sweet and earthy CBD packed strain only contains about 1% THC and with its rich CBD content is thought to be highly effective in helping to reduce migraine symptoms and inflammation. 

This wonderfully healing CBD cannabis strains terpene profile includes myrcene, linalool, caryophyllene oxide, and beta-pinene. These terpenes help to give ACDC its rich flavour while the combination of cannabinoids aids this strain therapeutic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Blue Dream Cannabis Strain

Blue dream is a high THC strain with a legendary status on the U.S west coast because of its rich medicinal value.

This high in THC content (around 20%) sativa-dominant hybrid strain does not have substantial sedative effects and is therefore popular as a treatment for pain and depression (amongst others). 

Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in this strain, with its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties making it a good choice for headaches and migraines.

Harlequin Cannabis Strain

Harlequin is a Sativa dominant hybrid that provides plenty of clear-headed sativa effects that could help to relieve the symptoms of headaches and migraines.

This Colombian Gold descendant (a famed indica from Nepal) and Thai and Swiss landrace strains have a higher than normal CBD content with a far lower THC content. As such, Harlequin is a medical cannabis strain doesn’t cause many of the psychoactive effects associated with a high in THC strain. This allows users to enjoy their day without the added euphoria or sedating effects that some consumers want to avoid. And with its high CBD content ranging between a whopping 10 to 15%, Harlequin is recommended for medicinal use as it is unlikely to provide any unwanted cerebral effects.

This sativa dominant hybrid strain is favoured by many migraine patients because of its ability to relax without sedation and to relieve pain without any intoxicating or psychoactive effects.  Harlequin´s most prominent terpenes include myrcene that helps to generate this strain’s herbal, almost woody, piney flavours.

As strains for treating pain, Harlequin is considered to be one of the most effective in the treatment of headaches and migraines.

If you suffer from chronic migraines and want to learn more about medical cannabis for treating migraine or other conditions, please visit our growing online community where you can find detailed cannabis info on our extensive range of sativa and indica strains including classics like White Widow, Northern Light, Pineapple Express and Girl Scout Cookies.

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    This compact and extremely resinous indica honors it namesake, the Hindu deity that is most closely identified with hashish. Nevertheless, its origin is firmly rooted in Dutch glory.

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    Critical Mass CBD by Dinafem is a strain primarily developed for its medicinal qualities. Nevertheless, recreational consumers will also enjoy this lovely, mellow indica’s therapeutic effects. 

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    Four-Way was bred to create a stable, multiple-hybrid platform in order to develop new cannabis strains. A breeders template, if you will, so start experimenting with cross-breeding yourself.

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    Holy Grail Kush is the highly praised Kush-hybrid created by DNA Genetics. It is an overall feel-good strain that has a surprisingly high CBD-count.

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    How about an amazing medicinal strain that takes away the pain, without the sedative mind-fog that usually comes with a potent indica-dominant hybrid? Here is Sour Kush. Now available through DNA Genetics’ Reserva Privada series. 

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    The OG #18 is a sativa-dominant phenotype of the legendary strain OG Kush. Over the years, OG #18 has proven itself a worthy successor to its famed predecessor, by beating its competition at many Cannabis Cups worldwide. DNA Genetics has made this phenomenal 70% indica-dominant strain available through their exclusive Reserva Privada line.  

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    Kosher Kush is one of DNA Genetics’ strongest and most awarded pure indica strains in the Reserva Privada series. With soaring THC-levels and a strong sedative effect, this whopper is not for the faint-hearted.

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    Confidential Cheese is DNA Genetics’ pungent, tasty bud that grows easily and brings a happy, laughter-filled high.

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    Critical Kush by Royal Queen Seeds is a fast-growing, high-yielding 90% indica-dominant hybrid, blending a high THC-content and a low CBD-dose. The result is a strain with extraordinary relaxing properties, ideal for a good night’s rest and general relaxation.

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    Royal Queen Seeds offers their own version of DJ Short’s Blueberry. This strain has the ultimate bag appeal in terms of aroma, bud structure, trichome production and most importantly incredible taste.

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