After serving thousands of patients at HelloMD we have seen a pattern emerge: cannabis helps real people with real conditions. People from all walks of life are turning to cannabis in lieu of opioids, other medications or alternative therapies because they are feeling the results and relief, with little to no side effects.
We have started a series of cannabis case studies to outline the positive impact cannabis is having within people's lives. In this week's cannabis success story we speak with Liz who has long suffered from insomnia and migraines. Cannabis has allowed her to not only sleep better but to manage her migraines effectively.
I have always had insomnia, even as a kid. Why I have never been able to sleep is a mystery to me and my doctors. Once I became an adult I also started to experience migraines. Once they started it was not unusual for me to experience anywhere from fifteen to twenty a month. They are excruciating and have caused constant pain for me.
Prior to trying cannabis I used Ambien nightly to help me sleep as well as other prescription sleeping pills. For my migraines I tried every drug available including injections. Nothing was working, my migraines were still as bad and I still was not sleeping well. I really tried everything, I exhausted every option before I tried cannabis for the first time.
I began using cannabis 4 years ago, after becoming depressed that nothing else was working. I had heard it might help me so I researched it. First, I started by smoking an indica flower as a preventative treatment, to see if it might work. At the time, my neurologist was having me keep a sleep journal. After a couple of months of smoking it became clear that I was sleeping much better. The only change I had made was smoking cannabis.
Overall, the severity of my migraines decreased drastically and I was sleeping! Now I take a very active approach and make sure that I smoke regularly as a preventative measure. I typically smoke in the evening just before bedtime, this works for me.
I make sure to smoke an indica every night before I go to bed. I am not really picky about which one, they all seem to make me drowsy and I typically smoke a pipe. My goal is to make sure I always have some THC in my system, which is the preventative measure for me. When I have a migraine, I find that strains higher in CBD, like Cannatonic or Harlequin, will help me manage the pain.
"I have had life long insomnia. With cannabis I fall asleep faster, and I’m able to drop off peacefully rather than tossing and turning and waiting forever to get that drowsy feeling."