Since the pandemic, there’s been an increase in headaches and migraines due to many life-changing factors. Covid-19 is a massive social change leading to increased headaches, particularly the shift to remote work and online school. So, if you’ve tried the painkillers and preventives and found that they haven’t been helping, you’ll be pleased to know that cannabis relieves tension headaches and migraines in many ways.
Increased Remote Work, Increased Tension Headaches And Migraines
According to researchers from The Ladders, 25 percent of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by the end of 2022, and remote opportunities will increase through 2023. This shift to remote work has increased headaches and migraines worldwide. The reason is related to stress, anxiety, isolation, muscle strain, and screen-time. Let’s go over how cannabis can help.
Cannabis Reduces Muscle Tension And Inflammation
The source of many headaches and migraines is prolonged muscle tension.
Sitting down and staring at a screen all day locks your muscles in place as if you were holding up a dumbbell curl all day. You end up with a lot of strain on your neck, eyes, face, shoulders, and back muscles. Your muscles have been overworked and locked in a tense state. This tension causes inflammation because your muscles have been in an unnatural position for long periods. You then get off the computer, and now your neck, shoulders, eyes, and facial muscles, are no longer conditioned to moving around and staring at far distances.
Relieving the tension in the muscles by relaxing them, and reducing inflammation, are both ways that cannabis relieves tension headaches.
Cannabis Makes Loneliness, Depression, Stress, And Anxiety, Manageable
Remote work causes loneliness, depression, stress, and anxiety. Loneliness and depression happen when you spend time alone in a room, isolated from people, and the only interactions are with your computer. Anxiety increases when you’re no longer conditioned to what’s outside of your room and not experiencing in-person interactions. Depression, stress, and anxiety are significant causes of tension headaches and migraines.
Cannabis helps by making depression, stress, and anxiety feel lighter. Your capacity for activities that would deteriorate your mental health will increase, and in return, you’ll reduce the chances of developing headaches and migraines.
Cannabis Lowers Blood Pressure
A sedentary lifestyles come with health risks such as obesity, diabetes, and increased blood pressure. When sitting at home all day, doing work on the computer and then sitting down to eat, and then sitting down to watch tv or movies, you’re not getting needed exercise. You may develop increased blood pressure or have hypertension. Hypertension is one of the many causes of migraines. According to Everyday Health, high blood pressure can not only cause migraines but cause headaches that involve vertigo, loss of vision, or stroke.
Cannabis lowers your blood pressure and increases your heart rate. Both are beneficial for a sedentary person in reducing the chance of developing migraines and headaches.
Cannabis Promotes Better Sleep Quality
Lastly, being in front of screens means you’re staring directly at a blue light source for hours. Basically, this isn’t good for our circadian rhythm, our body’s internal clock — a complicated function telling us when to wake up and when to go to sleep. Screens trick us into thinking that it’s still daytime. After being on the computer for a long time, your brain may take longer to create melatonin, the sleep hormone that tells your brain that it’s time to sleep. Poor sleep is a major trigger when it comes to headaches and migraines.
Cannabis can help you get to the deep sleep that you desperately need. Cannabis relaxes your muscles, reduces inflammation in your joints, reduces your anxiety, promotes relaxation — all of this contributes to a better quality of sleep.
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