By brooke w.
I am a family nurse practitioner with over 3 decades of clinical practice meaning that I follow evidence based science . However, I believe we are still in the dark about what causes migraine and certainly are far from curing it. When I became menopausal I started to experience migraines. I won’t belabor the details so to summarize, I saw 3 neurologists and tried many preventative medications, none of which worked without severe side effects. I was able to treat migraines with a sumatriptan/naproxen combo but needed this about 3-4 times a month, again, with side effects.
Over the span of approximately 10 years I have used a migraine diary to help eliminate the triggers and experimented with herbal and mineral supplements. After much study/ trial and error, I found magnesium, butterbur, coQ-10, calcium, vitamin D, B-2 and melatonin to decrease the intensity and frequency of the attacks. You can find the strengths and doses on line. I stopped alcohol years ago but was slow to leave caffeine. Once I finally did, there was a remarkable improvement! 2 helpful dietary authors are David Buchholz MD and Heidi Gunderson.
But I was still not migraine free until now. I have been startled by the effectiveness of oral Cannabidiol (CBD oil) from hemp and THC ointment from cannabis. Once informed about the benefits of oral oil and topical THC (when visiting a dispensary in Oregon) I found more anecdotal and nutritional information online. Please note, I never liked smoking marijuana when I tried it as a teen; it made me paranoid and depressed. Therefore, I was very skeptical when visiting the dispensary and explained I was interested in the medical benefits only. I was convinced to try these products and am now a believer! I stay on the same supplements, get regular exercise and sleep plus avoid triggers. I highly recommend starting the hemp oil sublingually. You will need to go to a dispensary for the THC ointment but it’s a wonderful muscle relaxant.
CBD Unlimited-Phytonutrients for health. Very helpful staff you can call and discuss their products with them. They cannot give medical advise. My experience is 2-3 drops under your tongue for 60-90 seconds twice daily. Some will titrate up to 5 drops. Easiest to drop the oil into your hand then lick it. Since the oil is from hemp it is legal to purchase although pricey. But who can put a price on pain relief!
ProjectCBD.org: Good information about how it works without any “high” since it has no psycho-active component.
GreenbridgeMed.com-on line medical support using hemp and cannabis
HelloMD.com: Migraines: How I Got off Pain Meds and Found Relief with Cannabis
Hope this helps fellow sufferers 😀