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.