Late last year, we sat down with some truly inspiring individuals who have struggled through numerous physicians, medications and clinical recommendations for years before considering the potent effects of natural or alternative medicine such as cannabis or cannabidiol. This included artists, creators, entrepreneurs, musicians, and others you might see in the community every day. We asked each of those people to share their story on how cannabis helped them find their chalice. Today we’re sharing Tanya’s story.
Migraines Impaired Tanya’s Ability to Function
Tanya is a young mother who’s passionate about helping others discover a healthy plant-based lifestyle. As a longtime Chalice customer, Tanya was happy to help us better understand what she defined as her chalice. Here’s how Tanya defines her purpose:
Doctors diagnosed Tanya with migraines and insomnia at a very young age. In response, her physicians placed her on very heavy medications that she says clouded her developing brain and affected her personality. However, Tanya is not alone.
Migraine pain and symptoms affect 29.5 million Americans. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that “migraines are the most common form of disabling headaches that send patients to see their doctors. About three out of four people who have migraines are women, most commonly between the ages of 20 and 45.” Researchers hypothesize that cannabidiol (CBD) may be able to lessen the effect of migraines because CBD appears to control which chemicals can bind to the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. A 2017 study by Current Psychiatry Reports noted that THC, a chemical found in all strains of marijuana, reduced the release of neurotransmitter serotonin in blood platelets, effectively acting as an anti-inflammatory for certain types of migraines.
Many women experience migraines in conjunction with their menstrual cycle, and a recent survey found that 40% of female cannabis users are doing so to treat PMS. Since marijuana has minimal side effects in comparison to pharmaceuticals, it may be an excellent place to start for those seeking a remedy for pain of many types, including migraines.
Benefits of Cannabis vs. Migraine Opioid Medication
Unlike certain strains of marijuana, drowsiness is a side effect common among migraine and pain medications. Tanya’s pharmaceutical regimen made her feel like she was always “out of it,” and it makes sense that her energy and clarity returned when she began using cannabis. Contrary to popular belief, not all types of marijuana make you “sleepy.”
In fact, different strains of cannabis can produce an array of effects. One variety can literally make you extremely drowsy while another can give you an energy boost not too dissimilar to caffeine. This highlights the importance of buying marijuana legally from a reputable dispensary that understands the user’s needs before recommending a specific strain. Different types of cannabis contain varying cannabinoid concentrations as well as distinct combinations of scent-producing chemicals known as terpenes.
Learning about Marijuana Strains that Help
Terpenes within the cannabis essential oils partially determine whether a particular strain “boosts” energy or has a “calming” effect. Over 200 terpenes have been found in marijuana. While the physiological effects of terpenes on humans are not well studied, scientists have concluded that they provide an “Entourage Effect” with cannabinoids.
In general, Indica dominant varieties contain sedating terpene profiles responsible for the well-known “high” effect. Sativa dominant strains, such as the Kush Green that Tanya prefers, tend to be energizing. Users often describe their high as clear and stimulating.
By utilizing strains with different terpene contents, people suffering from similar conditions to Tanya can use cannabis as a way to treat debilitating migraines without the common side effects of opioid pharmaceuticals.
Less Migraine Symptoms, Better Living with Cannabis
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH CANNABIS, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, ABSOLUTELY LIFE CHANGING!
Due to debilitating migraines, Tanya could barely function as a parent. Now, at the onset of symptoms, she can use this natural remedy to get through her migraine, and still be the best version of her that she needs to be.
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