Most people experience mild, occasional headaches, most frequently due to tension. Headaches can also have very simple, temporary causes, such as dehydration. Unfortunately, taking Tylenol or drinking a glass of water isn’t always sufficient to alleviate the discomfort.
Millions of people in the United States experience chronic headaches or migraines, which cause debilitating, recurring bouts of severe pain and nausea, destroying the person’s ability to concentrate, socialize, or perform basic tasks during the episode or attack.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, “More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine.”
If you are among the 38 million Americans who experience chronic migraines or severe recurring headaches, and your current medication has failed to provide effective pain relief, you should speak with a Delray Beach, Florida Cannabis doctor about whether medical marijuana could be an appropriate treatment to supplement your existing care plan.
An extensive body of peer-reviewed medical research indicates that medical Cannabis can safely and effectively reduce headache pain or migraine pain, enabling patients to live more comfortably.
If you are a Florida resident age 18 or older who suffers from chronic migraines or headaches, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute to discuss medical Cannabis in a confidential consultation with Dr. Marcie Merson. Our mission is to help you gain access to the pain relief you deserve.
How Does Marijuana Relieve Pain Caused by Headaches and Migraines?
All medications have an “active ingredient.” For example, the reason Advil quells pain is because it contains a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called ibuprofen. Though not synthesized in a laboratory like conventional prescription medications, Cannabis also contains an active ingredient – or, to be more precise, approximately 85 known active ingredients, which are referred to as “cannabinoids.” You’re probably already familiar with one of them: THC, which is simply an abbreviation for Tetrahydrocannabinol.
Your body contains a system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Though seldom discussed in high school biology classes, the endocannabinoid system is just as vital as your digestive system, skeletal system, or any other system of your body.
The endocannabinoid system is a diligent multitasker, constantly working to regulate key functions and perceptions ranging from mood, to memory, to appetite, to the perception of pain. It is built from two types of structures, which are known as “receptors”: CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in the nervous system, and CB2 receptors, which are concentrated in the immune system but spread throughout the body.
When you use marijuana – whether by vaporization, ingestion (eating), or other methods – THC and other cannabinoids stimulate the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. This causes temporary alterations in the way your endocannabinoid system functions. Because the endocannabinoid system is now acting differently, the functions that are regulated by the endocannabinoid system will also be altered. This includes the way you sense pain.
While not actually “curing” headaches, marijuana changes the way you perceive the associated pain, dramatically reducing the discomfort you would normally feel. Regardless of factors like age and gender, numerous patients report that Cannabis makes it easier to cope with their headaches and migraines.
Delray Beach Medical Marijuana Doctor for Chronic Headache and Migraine Sufferers
While Cannabis is generally safe for use by adults, it is important to be monitored by an experienced medical Cannabis doctor in order to find the optimal method, frequency, and size of your dose. This is particularly true if you have never used Cannabis, and do not know what to expect or how to administer your medication.
Our role at Palm Beach Pain Institute is to evaluate patients’ medical needs and provide ongoing medical supervision. If you are an adult resident of Florida, and we determine that medical marijuana is an appropriate approach to management of your qualifying condition, we can create and oversee a Cannabis therapy plan designed to alleviate the symptoms associated with your qualifying condition.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic debilitating condition such as migraine headaches, medical marijuana may be a beneficial treatment option. To learn more, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020. Our offices are conveniently located in Delray Beach adjacent to Delray Medical Center, near Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, Florida.