Despite inquiries and requests over the last few years, I've dodged the topic of marijuana and migraines - Well, just the topic of cannabis altogether. After last night's results in Washington state and Colorado, I decided it's worth bringing up the topic. Sorry Mom and Dad, but this one's about the Devil's Weed. For the rest of you, try to stay focused and read on.
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Perhaps the title of this entry is a bit misleading, but studies over the years have shown a connection between auras during the onset of a migraine attack and premature stroke.
What's interesting about these studies, is that I am a sufferer of auras. I never understood what I was experiencing until I spoke with my neurologist and Jacki Ochs. Out of ignorance, I described them as dizzy spots but more immense.
In lay terms, aura is a sort of blindness related to migraine attacks. Before or even during the attack, the sufferer sees little colorful spots, which manifest into larger splotches. In my experience,they have been small colorful blindspots, which grow slightly larger, and often have a "strobing" effect between color and blackness.
I don't experience the full effect as many people do; mine are mild at best. What becomes difficult, however, is walking or driving long distances, as these little blindspots tend to throw off depth perception, and of course, block out areas of view.
Interesting is the fact they are most common with women. One study suggests high levels of estrogen in animals contributed to auras and premature stroke or stroke symptoms.
It's hard to say what this means in a definite sense, as migraine research is behind due to a severe lack of funds. Overseas, many countries are begining to use the phrase "Chronic Migraine Disease", while in the United States migraines are listed as a low-level disorder, which is often taken lightly.
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