Another decade and it would be a century since Sir William Osler, the father of modern medicine, proposed the use of cannabis in treating migraines and headaches. In the years that followed, though, the United States government waged a "war on drugs," and that led to the species being much-maligned. Nonetheless, the perception in the last decade has dramatically shifted, favoring its legalization for medical use.
Even if regulations and prohibitions hindered the efforts to study the plant and its effects on humans, one study after another shows that indeed, this plant could alleviate migraines. Its exact mechanism, however, remains a mystery.
Choosing one or two strains can be confusing, considering that Homegrown Cannabis Co. has an extensive catalog of in-house strains. Moreover, even strains that share similar cannabinoid levels vary in efficacy.
Thus, to take away the hassles of choosing the best strain for migraines, here are the most effective as observed by consumers - the people who use this strain for such purpose.
7 Proven Strains to Keep Migraine at Bay
As many people are discovering, cannabis can help with migraines. These are the top picks for dealing with this condition. Note that this list is alphabetical.
- Blue Cheese
The cheese family is a testament to the greatness of Skunk, from which it descended. And, the cross with Blueberry brings yet another illustrious together, birthing Blue Cheese. This strain boasts of contrasting but surprisingly delightful flavors. It delivers just enough to take the mind to a soaring high and then complementing it with a profound body stone.
At 14-18% THC, the psychoactive effects of this strain are not overbearing. Apart from the euphoric, uplifting buzz and full-bodied relaxation, it can also mitigate muscle spasms and pains, including migraine. Depending on the dosage, it could also have sedating effects that lulls one to sleep.
Homegrown Cannabis Co. provides two types of seeds for this strain.
Blue Cheese feminized seeds are, by far, the most popular among home growers. It has a quick flowering time of only 8-9 weeks and could yield up to 500 grams per square meter using hydroponics and 600 watts HPS.
For about the same time that it takes the photoperiod variety to complete the flowering period, Auto Blue Cheese is already ready for harvest. Although the potency is slightly lower, its ridiculous growth cycle more than makes up. Moreover, the yield of up to 400 grams per square meter is not shabby at all. It is even possible to attain a bigger stash by starting multiple batches of plants.
- Blue Dream
For many people, Haze is the embodiment of Sativa strains - except some of its growth patterns. Hence, crossing it with Blueberry gave rise to a hybrid that covers up some of the weaknesses while introducing new strengths. Blue Dream balances the stimulating cerebral effects with a relaxing body high.
In small to moderate dosages, this strain promotes mental clarity, which may take on a dreamy quality once the Indica effects reach its peak intensity. It is unlikely to cause a couch-lock, but the body bliss could induce laziness. The presence of caryophyllene also enhances the analgesic properties so much so that it could relieve migraine and other pains.
Attaining the full potential of this strain is possible by starting Blue Dream feminized seeds sourced from Homegrown Cannabis Co. These seeds come with an assurance of stable genetics. When grown using the Sea of Green technique, its yield could be as high as 600 grams per square meter.
- Chemdawg #4
Of all the strains to come from this lineage, Chemdawg #4 is arguably the most distinguished - and for a good reason too. It can uplift the mood before putting one in complete bliss, following the initial elation.
Its scent, reminiscent of the cleaner Pine-Sol, should be familiar to fans of OG Kush and Sour Diesel. It so happens that these highly-regarded legends are also descendants of Chemdawg #4. At any rate, it is a valuable commodity not only for recreational use but also medicinally. Among its most notable therapeutic benefits is obliterating stress and pain.
Growing this plant may require prior experience in gardening. Moreover, it also needs higher than average vertical space as it could reach 210 cm indoors. Ideally, it should grow under the Screen of Green setup. After 9-10 weeks, the expected harvest ranges from 450-550 grams per square meter. For convenience, obtain Chemdawg #4 feminized seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co.
- Cinderella 99
Going by Cindy or C99 and whatever anyone wants to call it, one thing is for sure with Cinderella 99. It is one of the all-around strains that appeals to practically all kinds of consumers. For one, it exudes a universally regarded pleasing sweet, fruity scent. Its effects, meanwhile, are euphoric and uplifting with a dreamy quality.
The recreational benefits of this strain are only the beginning. It is also a highly potent medicinal plant. Augmented by a unique combination of terpenes, it can ward off stress and mitigate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. On the physical side, it can ward off pains. It helps patients deal with migraines primarily as a result of the compounded effects.
Cinderella 99, a relatively small plant, is also highly resilient, making it one of the easiest-to-grow strains in the catalog of Homegrown Cannabis Co. The feminized variety has a quick flowering time of 7-9 weeks in which it could produce up to 450 grams of buds per square meter.
A new type of seed is also available - one that cuts down the flowering period while still retaining photoperiod qualities. Cinderella 99 Fast Version can fully develop its flowers in as little as 6 weeks while still providing the same yield as the feminized variety.
- Green Crack
This strain, so named due to its ability to deliver a sharp, energizing buzz, is a fast-acting remedy to emotional and physical discomforts. Green Crack could also quickly enhance the mood, leaving one elated and upbeat. When used in moderation, it can inspire creativity. However, a higher dosage could lead to an intense, trippy ride.
Because of the negative connotation associated with its name, some people called it Green Cush, or simply Cush. In combatting fatigue and stress, it has the potential to motivate and keep one productive and physically active, making it an excellent daytime strain. More importantly, it can be a quick fix - mitigating inflammation and pain.
Green Crack is a surprisingly small plant. It requires regular monitoring of environmental conditions, particularly humidity. Keeping the temperature and moisture content within the optimal range prevents the proliferation of molds and other diseases. Starting from feminized seeds obtained from Homegrown Cannabis Co. practically eliminates the chances of males emerging. After 7-9 weeks developing its flowers and trichomes, the yield per square meter could reach 650 grams.
Nearly everything about this strain - in one word - is sweet. Lavender exudes a soothing floral fragrance that is reminiscent of its name. On appearance, dark purple hues on the fringe of the leaves is a sight to behold. As for effects, it provides full-bodied relaxation, thereby eliminating stress.
Its medicinal benefits also extend to physical ailments. The sedating, numbing body buzz not only induce drowsiness, but it also uplifts the mood while alleviating muscle pains, including migraines.
For an Indica hybrid, Lavender is quite tall, ranging from 180-350 cm. During the flowering period that lasts 8-9 weeks, it develops incredibly dense flowers with thick coatings of trichomes. Once ready for harvest, the expected yield is up to 400 grams per square meter.
- Northern Lights
In more ways than one, Northern Lights is to Indica what Haze is to Sativa. Arguably the most recognizable strain in the world, this quintessential cultivar has helped shaped the cannabis landscape, lending its genetics to generations of hybrids. From a humble beginning in the mid-80s, it has traveled to the Netherlands from Seattle, USA. Here, further developments took it to new heights and the upper echelons of legends.
Upon consumption, this strain stimulates the mind, ushering in the sense of happiness. Gradually, a soothing sensation creeps into the body, intensifying to bring one to the ultimate bliss. It does not end though in a dreamy relaxation. Patients suffering from stress, depression, and chronic pains - including migraine - have found relief with its use.
Moreover, it is only one of the few strains that Homegrown Cannabis Co. provides in four different seed types.
By far, the most popular is Northern Lights feminized Seeds. It has a flowering time of 7-9 weeks and could produce up to 500 grams per square meter.
Northern Lights Fast Version seeds are another option. It is similar to the feminized seeds with one striking difference, a much quicker flowering time in which the flowers develop fully in as little as 6 weeks, and still produce the same yield.
Breeders and home growers wishing to produce seeds or engage in experiments projects could choose regular seeds of Northern Lights. It provides the same yield as the others, but its traits might be a little bit better and much closer to the original mother plant.
Lastly, Auto Northern Lights takes only 8-10 weeks from the time of germination to harvest. It is also not too shabby when it comes to production, yielding 350-500 grams per square meter.