For years, I suffered from terrible migraine headaches, with no relief. I am not alone in this problem. Thirteen percent of the population in this country deal with migraine headaches. 85% percent of migraine sufferers are women. It is the third common illness in the world, and the resulting cost of healthcare and lost productivity adds up to $36 billion annually. A migraine is way different than a bad headache. When I suffered a migraine, I dealt with a throbbing and merciless pain along the front and sides of my head. My eyes would be sensitive to light, and I’d get tired and nauseous. Sometimes I’d even throw up. The doctor prescribed various medications, but these helped very little. After reading up on the long-term side effects of the medication, including liver and kidney damage, I started looking for something safer and more natural. A neighbor of mine recommended medical marijuana as a natural remedy. I was a little unsure about this, so I did some reading on the subject. I learned that in a recent study, the participants were given a combination of the cannabinoids THC and CBD. In the first phase, different dosages of the two were administered to figure out the most effect level to treat migraines. Given 200 mg of THC and CBD for three months, patients reported a 55% reduction in pain. For the second phase of the study, the volunteers were split into two groups. The first group was given THC/CBD supplements, and the second group took amitriptyline, which as an antidepressant and a conventional treatment drug. The cannabinoid therapy proved far better at both lessening the frequency and pain of migraines. With such obvious potential in medical marijuana as a treatment for migraines, I knew I needed to give it a try. There are none of the harmful side effects of traditional medicines, and it’s much less expensive. Fortunately, medical marijuana has recently been legalized in my home state, and I’m able to take advantage of his natural and safe remedy.