Nearly a year ago, I published an article here on VaporBlog about how my formerly anti-cannabis mom was considering trying medicinal marijuana to deal with her severe migraines that she’s been suffering from for the past nine years now. Since she started getting them nine years ago, she’s been prescribed a large number of pharmaceutical drugs by various neurologists (many of which have bad side effects), and none of them have helped (some made things even worse!). After getting a new neurologist this winter, my mom inquired about using cannabis, and he enthusiastically said ‘try it!’. Unfortunately due to the current situation in Canada, medical marijuana can not be prescribed for migraines, but fortunately I was able to source some high quality cheese for my mom to try. As I mentioned in my first article, my mom has asthma so smoking was out of the question. Moreover, since she needs to feel the effects immediately in order to prevent the migraine from occurring, edibles were also less than ideal since they take time to start taking effect. Fortunately, vaping avoids the harmful byproducts involved in combustion, while at the same time delivering a rapid dose of medication when its needed most.
The other day, I had a text from my mom saying that she could feel a migraine coming on, so I packed up some bud and vapes at my apartment and quickly set off to her house. When I got there she was feeling very nauseous (a side effect of the migraines) and had a lot of pain in her head. Once I loaded an Arizer Air bowl with some cheese and showed her how to use it, she took three good sized puffs. Although she didn’t find the smell or taste of cannabis enjoyable (I told her she’ll get used to it soon enough!), within five minutes she began to see a huge improvement in her condition. Her nausea faded away almost instantly (usually it ends in vomiting), and the intense pain was suddenly brought down to a manageable level. After a few hours (and some laughs!) my mom went to sleep and woke up symptom free! She was absolutely astonished at how well cannabis works compared to the other medications she was taking, and I left her a vaporizer, some bud, and a promise to get a hold of some Girl Scout Cookies for her (she’s been reading on leafly that it can be a very effective strain for migraine relief!). From now on, my mom plans to take a small dose whenever she feels a migraine coming on.
For me, this is a huge victory, not only because I’ve been able to change my moms views on cannabis, but also because I can finally rest assured that my mom has now found a safe and effective natural treatment for her migraines. She’s now excited to be able to start living again and not worry about planning her schedule around possible migraines! I do wish she would have listened to me and tried it earlier, but I’m just glad that she finally has! I would also like to send out a very heartful thank you to all of you who sent me e-mails regarding your own personal stories involving cannabis and migraines. I sent each and every e-mail to my mom, and she was very surprised (and inspired!) by all the messages detailing experiences similar to hers which were effectively treated using cannabis! Keep checking back, as I plan to write a follow up story a month from now outlining how she’s doing as well as her treatment regime.