There are various types of headaches such as tension headaches, sinus headaches, headaches caused by hyper tension (high blood pressure), diabetes related headaches and many more… and then there are migraines. The biggest down side of Migraines other than the excruciating symptoms is the fact that there is no real cure for the condition. Only someone who has experienced severe headaches can testify to the unspeakable misery it brings. Fact is that CBD has been used for migraines virtually since the time of the Roman Empire and even before. CBD is a medically significant Cannabinoid that causes no psychoactive side effects. CBD is effective against many painful conditions, including headaches. No wonder then that CBD Oil can be effective against migraines as well. Considering the fact that migraine is to a large extent a tension headache, and CBD is a stress relieving substance.
Research on the use of CBD oil for migraines is limited. This is due in part to its regulated nature and obstacles with cannabis legalization. Still, some laboratory studies have suggested that CBD oil may help all forms of chronic and acute pain. This includes migraines.
One 2017 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research explored the positive effects of oral cannabis. Over the course of six months, 26 people who experienced medication overuse headaches took either ibuprofen or nabilone with oral cannabis to treat their symptoms. Each combination was used for eight weeks at a time. They also took eight weeks off in between the two combinations.
At the end of the study, participants reported more improvements and better quality of life when taking the cannabis-nabilone formula. It’s important to note that researchers assessed the combination of substances used, and not cannabis alone.
In 2016, Pharmacotherapy published a study on the use of medical marijuana for migraines. Researchers found that of the 48 people surveyed, about 40 percent reported fewer migraines overall. Drowsiness was the biggest complaint, while others had difficulty figuring out the right dose.
How CBD works
According to Tech Times earlier research has shown a connection between migraines and a deficiency of endocannabinoids. Cannabis and its tinctures have been used to treat headaches, including migraines, for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. That’s because our bodies’ own natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a crucial role in who suffers from migraines.
CBD works by interacting with cells in both the brain and nervous system. Though the relationship between these cells and receptors isn’t fully understood, their interaction is thought to affect the immune system. For example, CBD may prevent the body from metabolizing anandamide. This is a compound associated with pain regulation. Maintaining high levels of anandamides in your bloodstream may reduce your feelings of pain. CBD is also thought to limit inflammation within the body, which may also help reduce pain and other immune-system responses.
CBD for migraines also helps if you feel a headache coming on. Many migraine patients report using a sublingual product, or vaping or smoking a strain high in CBD when they feel or “see” a migraine on the horizon. Not only is CBD for migraines more effective than prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, it’s safer. There are many OTC and prescription choices for treating and preventing migraines, but they all have side effects and many are not a long-term option. For instance, many people’s first instinct is take an OTC NSAID mixed with caffeine, like Excedrin, for a migraine. But these drugs cannot prevent migraines and can cause heart, liver, and stomach problems if taken regularly.