Homegrown in Maine: Discreet ways to self-medicate over the holidays

Those who suffer from migraines know just how debilitating they can be. Fortunately for those who medicate using cannabis, they have an easy way to soothe their head. Scientists have long theorized cannabinoids are beneficial in regards to regulating migraine headaches, and according to the Pharmacotherapy Journal, cannabis usage is associated with a decrease in their frequency as well.

Staff from Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science and investigators from the University of Colorado assessed the effects of medicinal cannabis on the migraine frequency. 121 adults were monitored over the course of one months’ time. In the study, a whopping 85% of test subjects concluded medicating with cannabis decreased how many migraines they were afflicted with. A much smaller 12% claimed using cannabis prior to the migraine reaching full power would cause it to dissipate before doing so.

The most likely way to stop a migraine during its onset were methods of inhalation. Those who chose to use edible cannabis had to wait a longer time for the relieving effects to kick in. In past studies, scientists theorized endocannabinoid deficiencies might be the cause of the migraines, and the activation of CB2 receptors as the therapeutic result from medicating.

As we move further and further into the future of medicinal cannabis as a celebrated industry, we draw closer to more solidified theories and conclusions on how cannabis and migraines interact. What strains are the most effective for migraines? Which cannabinoids in particular seem to help the most? Which delivery methods are most effective at the start of an attack? Which delivery methods are most effective taken pre-emptively to avoid migraines all together? As more patients suffering from migraines emerge and start turning them into figurative cannabis migraines, more details and first-hand experiences emerge on the net.

While acceptance of medicinal cannabis continues to grow, it is still often practical to medicate discreetly without causing a scene at your holiday celebrations. Smoking flower is almost always going to raise some eyebrows and get some nostrils flaring. There most certainly are other methods of cannabis consumption to mask the scent. For those who are relatively new patients, here are some more discreet ways to medicate.

Vaporizers are a much more discreet option than, say, an expertly rolled cannabis cigarette. While there is still a very noticeable odor when vaporizing cannabis oil, it will not leave a lingering scent just from sitting in your pocket. It is also a very convenient “emergency fix,” in that you can slip away, have your medicine ready for you, and simply inhale the vaporizer’s contents to soothe your anxiety, back pain, or whatever else ails you. Be advised, cannabis oil is much higher in THC content, and if you over-indulge you may find yourself increasing the anxiety you’re trying to repress!

Skip the “pot brownies” trope, and consider making yourself some Christmas cannabis cookies! So long as they are kept out of the reach of children and others (unless, of course, you are a caregiver), they could be the perfect delicious treat to help you de-stress and medicate discreetly over the holiday season. Merry Christmas, indeed!

Tinctures are a great way to medicate without ever having to leave the party -  you can easily add some to your eggnog. Whether you mix it in with bottled water, or carry a small vial with you for periodic drops, it is a great means of medicating. Every form of medicinal cannabis does have different overall effects, and this varies from person to person. In my personal experience, tincture inspires a more relaxing euphoria than most other methods of medicating. This is great to cure anxiety or alleviate stress for this very reason, whereas some people might find oil and its high THC percentage may cause them to have panic attacks as mentioned above.

Another option that is arguably the most discreet of all is a topical rub. Those uninitiated into cannabis culture may not even be aware that such products exist. Topical cannabis rubs can be applied at leisure (again, as long as the legality of medicating is acknowledged and respected) in nearly any circumstance without raising any eyebrows.

Whatever your preferred method, medicinal cannabis is an amazing stress relieving and anxiety fighting medicine, so talk to your caregiver or dispensary about the strains and doses that are right for you. A little planning will help make for a relaxing, happy, holiday season to enjoy with your friends and family. 

John Reilly covers news about the New England Medical Marijuana programs for Canna Care Docs, who qualify patients into medical marijuana programs in Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  cannacaredocs.com

Last modified onFriday, 24 February 2017 17:08