Say Goodbye to Migraines with CBD
Migraines are a series of painful, often debilitating, neurological effects that generally target one side of the head, lasting about four to 72 hours, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. In addition to the pain caused by a migraine, an individual may experience: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, numbness of the extremities, as well as hypersensitivity to light, sounds, scents, or touch.
Although there is a lack of clinical research regarding the treatment of migraines with cannabidiol (CBD), it’s anti-inflammatory, pain alleviating, and anti-convulsant properties show promise as an effective treatment for migraines.
What Causes a Migraine?
The direct causes and pathology of migraines are not yet fully understood, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and strokes (NIH). For some individuals, a migraine may be caused by stress, hormone imbalance, a poor diet, dehydration, or inadequate sleep.
How are Migraines Treated?
Currently, migraines are treated with prescriptions such as sumatriptan or over the counter medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Drugs that were originally tailored for depressive disorders, epilepsy, or high blood pressure have also been effective at reducing or alleviating migraines, the NIH reports.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the main compounds found in the cannabis plant and it has been federally legal since the Agriculture Improvement Act passed in December 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported.
In the last few years, research has shown CBD as an effective treatment for a variety of inflammatory, dermatological, psychological, and neurological conditions including: arthritis, acne, anxiety, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s Disease.
One of the main reasons why CBD is so effective at treating these conditions boils down to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, discovered in an article published in Future Medicinal Chemistry.
CBD oil has been deemed safe for both human and animal consumption, according to Bentham Science. With that being said, many CBD products are not regulated by an organization such as the FDA, the Journal of American Medical Association reports. Therefore it is important that consumers buy only third party tested CBD from a reputable company.
CBD and Migraines
Although there has yet to be any studies done on the effectiveness of treating migraines with CBD products, Frontiers in Pharmacology published a study of how the endocannabinoid system and the impact cannabinoids have on migraines in 2018.
The study published by Frontiers in Pharmacology found that users who treated their migraines with low doses of cannabis often found relief from their symptoms. They found that a variety of cannabinoid receptors throughout the brain could be effective for blocking migraines. Furthermore, Frontiers in Pharmacology suggested CBD should be further researched as a treatment for migraines due to it’s anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and anti-epileptic properties – all without psychoactive effects.
Additionally, the Director of the Headache Center at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. Stephen Silberstein, said in an interview with the American Headache Society that there would be no interaction between CBD and migraine medications, as they have very different functions.
Silberstein also said that CBD could eliminate the nausea associated with migraines.
Migraines are defined as a series of excruciating, often debilitating, neurological effects including: pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and hypersensitivity, which last about four to 72 hours.
While there has yet to be significant research on CBD as a treatment method for migraines, CBD’s anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and anti-epileptic properties support that it could alleviate symptoms or block migraines altogether.
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