Everyone has, at some point, experienced a headache. It might be located in a particular spot, or encompass the whole head down to the neck. It might throb, or radiate, or feel like a sharp pain or a general ache. It can last for a short time or for days, and depending on its causes and severity, can sometimes require medical treatment. Most headaches we experience are tension headaches, caused by tight muscles around the neck, jaw, and shoulders.
It’s no wonder these are the most common type of headache — they’re typically associated with stress. Other kinds include sinus headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines. These are all considered primary headaches, which typically aren’t symptoms of an underlying disease. Secondary headaches, however, are caused by an underlying condition, like a stroke, flu, a concussion, an ear infection, or a brain tumor.
If headaches are severe or sudden, or accompanied with other symptoms like vomiting; fainting; fever; confusion; or trouble seeing, walking, or speaking, it’s important to see a medical professional right away. Frequent headaches that aren’t emergencies might warrant a trip to the doctor, especially if they get in the way of work and sleep or don’t respond to over-the-counter medication. As for natural treatments, cannabis is known to decrease inflammation, which could help with migraines, and cannabinoids may calm an overactive endocannabinoid system. cannabisMD will keep you updated with current research on effective treatments for headaches, including cannabis and CBD.