Research on CBD and Headaches
Most of the research around CBD and headaches seems to have been done with general headache disorder or migraines in mind, not specifically tension headaches. But, let’s take a look at some of that research.
In a 2017 report by the University of California, San Diego, researchers gathered data from multiple, previous, research studies to measure the effectiveness of cannabis on headaches. They found that although there is not currently enough clinical trials to support the use of cannabis for headaches, there are sufficient anecdotal and preliminary results, as well as possible neurobiological mechanisms to warrant properly designed clinical trials.
In other words, the way cannabis works in our bodies supports it being an effective treatment for headaches and there are many people who have had good results, but we haven’t studied it enough to be able to say for certain. But, how does CBD react with our body? According to CannabisMD, CBD works by connecting with the cells in the brain and nervous system. These molecules are called cannabinoid receptors. When it comes to headaches, it could be used to reduce the feeling of pain and limit inflammation throughout the body.
This research was done with general headaches in mind, but what about tension headaches specifically? Although we were unable to find any studies on tension headaches and CBD, we believe that there is still good evidence to support CBD being beneficial to treat tension headaches. This is because CBD has been shown to be effective in treating the triggers of a tension headache.
What Causes A Tension Headache?
According to the US National Library of Medicine, tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They are associated with a feeling of tightness in the head or surrounding muscles. The most common trigger of a tension head is physical or emotional stress, but it can also be brought on by anxiety, eye strain, fatigue or overexertion.
CBD Oil for Stress Management
Since stress is the most common trigger of a tension headache, what effect does CBD oil have on stress? In a 2018 study by Washington State University, scientists found that the use of cannabis can significantly reduce short-term levels of depression, anxiety and stress. In another study by the New York University School of Medicine in 2015, looking specifically at CBD, researchers found that evidence strongly supports the use of CBD in treating generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder.