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Migraines and Medical Cannabis

Do you frequently suffer from migraine pain despite taking over-the-counter or prescription medication? Medical cannabis prescribed by Dr. Melissa Singer and Dr. Lisa Rankin of Coastal Integrative Medicine in Stuart, FL, could help you manage your migraines more effectively.

What is medical cannabis?

Cannabis, commonly called marijuana, has many medical uses. It can be used to reduce pain and inflammation, lower anxiety, improve appetite and relax tight muscles.

Medical cannabis is marijuana prescribed by your doctor to treat a specific health issue, like migraines. Unlike opioid drugs, cannabis is much less likely to cause addiction or overdoses.

How does medical cannabis help migraines?

Cannabis has an effect on the pain receptors in your brain. Using cannabis regulates your brain's response to pain signals and reduces pain caused by migraines. Medical cannabis may also decrease inflammation, which can be a contributing factor in migraines.

According to a study published in Brain Plasticity, medical cannabis can reduce the number of migraines you get and may make it possible to take migraine medication less often.

Do you feel nauseated or vomit when you have a migraine? These problems affect many people who get migraines and make it difficult to work or take care of your family. Fortunately, medical cannabis eases nausea and vomiting. Using the drug may eliminate the symptoms or reduce bouts of nausea and vomiting.

Am I a good candidate for medical cannabis?

During your visit to the Stuart, FL, medical office, your doctor will review your migraine symptoms and medical history before recommending medical cannabis or other treatments.

Medical cannabis may be a good treatment option for you if:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription medications aren't adequately controlling your migraines
  • Migraine pain interferes with your ability to participate in your usual activities
  • Your medication causes unpleasant side effects
  • You often experience nausea and vomiting with your migraines
  • You aren't currently pregnant or nursing

If you and your doctor decide that medical cannabis is a good treatment option for you, she will help you obtain the Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card you'll need for your treatment.

Relieve your migraines with medical cannabis. Call Dr. Singer and Dr. Rankin of Coastal Integrative Medicine in Stuart, FL, at (772) 344-1409 to schedule an appointment.

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