Client testimonial: Boutique Cannabis helps me manage my chronic headaches
Boutique Cannabis recently sent out an email survey to 1000 random customers on our email list with the primary objective of understanding roughly how many of our clients are using our cannabis products for headaches. We determined that almost 18% of those surveyed were using our products for the purpose of treating headaches. One particular testimonial we received regarding the benefits of cannabis for treating headaches stood out the most to us and we’d like to share it with you:
Dear Boutique Cannabis,
If you’ve ever had an excruciating headache before than you can imagine how debilitating they can be. For me, it started with 11 days straight of throbbing on the right side of my head – all along my temple and behind my eye. If I didn’t take Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours, the pain would grow insurmountably. Eventually, I went to my family doctor seeking help. He told me that I was suffering from chronic migraines and gave me a few pharmaceuticals, told me to ditch the Advil and to go home and rest. While driving home, I pulled-over numerous times questioning whether or not I was going to make it home. After stumbling around the elevator like I had lost a fight with can of bear mace, I found myself frantically pacing around my apartment in panic – I thought my head was going to explode. Nothing was helping and there was no way for me to relax. Finally, I jumped in the shower to try both hot and cold water. The cold amplified the pain, but the steaming hot water provided almost instantaneous clarity and calmed my symptoms.
In this brief moment of clarity, I realized there was a strong likelihood that this had something to do with inflammation and that I should go find the bottle of Ibuprofen and go to the hospital. After jumping in-and-out of the shower a few times, I found a bottle of Advil and choked back a few extra strength tabs. Eventually, I passed out from the pain to awaken in a puddle of my own sweat. It took a few visits to the hospital and a couple different CT scans, but it was determined that I was suffering from a terribly painful neurological disorder called, cluster headaches, caused by a severe case of sinusitis.
I was paired with a notorious E.N.T surgeon to help me with my problem. He told me there was a 4 year wait list for the surgery I needed but that I would be bumped up the wait list if I were to try a cycle of antibiotics. I had an appointment a couple weeks later with my surgeon to determine whether or not the treatment was effective – it wasn’t. His next recommendation was to try a much stronger strain of antibiotics that were sure to get the problem ‘under control’. The therapy would last 2 months, and I knew that any healthy flora my immune system had left would be completely wiped out with these pills. I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. The only way for me to get the surgery I had been told was needed to fix my problem was to cooperate with my doctor. I had already been hospitalized 3 times in less than a week and given steroidal anti-inflammatories to calm my symptoms.
This entire situation escalated in the span of a few weeks. I knew that I would be sick as a dog the second I finished this “therapy” so I went on medical leave from work, and started researching how I could help myself heal. 48 hours after taking 2 months of these super antibiotics, my tonsils did swelled up to the size of golf-balls as the infection in my sinuses not only flared right back up, but it got worse and started to drip down my throat.
At this point, I had lost all faith I had left in the medical system. I was sicker than I had ever been and in terrible pain with no real answer to my problem in sight – other than a potential future surgery being dangled in front of me. I was offered a bunch of prescription drugs to help my pain and more antibiotics to treat my sinus infection, but something about doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result seemed insane.
A few of my close friends that regularly smoked weed recommended I try using Cannabis to help with my headache symptoms. Although reluctant at first, I tried started smoking pot when I felt a headache coming along. To my surprise, It helped a lot. I started smoking weed everyday because my symptoms were lessened so much. I ended up reading 30 some-odd books pertaining to self healing and to this day I haven’t had used pharmaceutical medication for anything. I have, however, smoked weed almost every day for the past 5 years and haven’t had a serious headache since.
I’ve been ordering premium flower from Boutique Cannabis to treat my headaches for almost 3 years now.
Thank you for everything you do!
Is there evidence for cannabis as a headache treatment?
Yes, but it’s extremely limited. Cannabis has a history as a headache remedy going back a few millennia. Ancient manuscripts from the Mesopotamia region dating to the second millennium BCE, for instance, advise the use of cannabis to “bind the temples,” according a survey of history and scientific study of marijuana use for headache relief compiled by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego. Physicians from ancient Greece and the Middle Ages of Europe also kept weed in their arsenal of cranial pain therapies. Many prominent pioneers of modern neurology wrote of its benefits in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Once social perceptions changed during the “Reefer Madness” era of the late 1930’s, its clinical use declined.
Because the US Controlled Substances Act of 1970 labeled it a schedule 1 drug, with supposedly high potential for abuse and no medical value, it was pretty much shut-out of modern medical research. Physicians have little-to-no understanding of how marijuana works, but emerging scientific evidence and the testimonies of black-market users suggest that it does. For patients with chronic pain, cannabis might also be a suitable alternative to the increasingly deadly and problematic use of opioid painkillers.
How exactly does cannabis help with headaches?
The endocannabinoid system, the brain’s network of reception sites for the active chemical compounds in cannabis, works to establish a homeostatic balance throughout the body’s systems. When any one particular system is overactive, the endocannabinoid system tends to quiet it down and try to bring it back to a functional balance.
The first clinical trial to demonstrate the effectiveness of marijuana in treating migraines was conducted at University of Colorado’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy and published in 2016. A group of 121 adults used medical marijuana to treat migraine headaches. Frequency decreased from 10.4 to 4.6 headaches per month among the group, and about 40 percent reported fewer migraines—or the prevention of them—through smoking. The study left many questions open, like the best strains and right dosages, suggesting those for further research.