Anyone that suffers from migraines can tell you they are far different than the every-once-in-a-while sporadic headache that many of us get from time to time. Some studies suggest that up to 13% of adults in the United States suffer from migraines, and that migraines negatively impact the educational, professional or social activities of more than 90% of sufferers.
It’s no wonder that migraine suffers are so passionate (and relentless) about finding tools and treatments to treat their pain. One promising treatment is using CBD for migraine.
What is CBD Oil?
In case you aren’t already familiar with CBD oil, here is a quick primer.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of the many natural compounds known as phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. You are probably most familiar with the most “famous” phytocannabinoid, which is THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol.) THC is responsible for the “high” when you ingest certain strains of cannabis.
These phytocannabinoids (like CBD and THC) work like little messengers that we already have in our bodies. The little messengers that already exist inside us are called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids work in our nervous system and are also important to our immune function.
One of the reasons for the growing popularity of CBD, is that it has so many benefits to the body, without the psychoactive effect of a “high.” CBD works to nourish the endocannabinoid system in the body.
Why Would CBD Help With Migraine?
Some studies have shown chemical reactions and changes in the brain of migraine sufferers, but we don’t know for sure exactly what causes migraines. The American Migraine Foundation classifies migraine as a “neurological disorder that is characterized by over excitability of specific areas of the brain.”
Even though we haven’t been able to explain exactly what causes migraine, we do know that many migraine sufferers often have personal triggers such as:
- Foods and additives
- Hormonal changes
- Lights and sounds
- Hunger or thirst
A few things that stand out on that list are stress, fatigue, and hormonal changes.
CBD is anti-inflammatory
We know that certain intolerance to food, additives, alcohol, and sugars can create inflammation in the body, creating disease. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD helps to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body, which can help minimize migraine triggers.
CBD is anti-anxiety
If stress and anxiety are a major trigger for your migraines, the calming and restoring effects of CBD may help.
CBD is an analgesic
While not a trigger, pain is a common symptom of migraine. CBD is a pain-reducer and can help to dull or eliminate the pain associated with migraine.
CBD Oil & Migraine Studies
There are several studies that explore the effectiveness of CBD on migraines, with more research on the horizon.
The first is a study by the European Academy of Neurology that explored the use of cannabinoids (CBD is one!) to treat migraine. In this study, cannabinoids reduced pain in 43.5% of patients. The cannabinoid combination also outperformed the pharmaceutical, amitriptyline, by 5%! You can read the study summary here.
Another study looked at the overall frequency of headaches in those that used CBD and other phytocannabinoids as a migraine therapy. In 121 adults, the frequency of headaches over a one month period went from 10.4 headaches, down to 4.6! You can read the complete study here.
While there may not be overwhelming evidence from scientific studies to prove the effectiveness of CBD to treat migraines, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from personal experience and testimonials from those whose lives have been changed for the better! This particular study looks at a lot of this anecdotal evidence.
With the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp products containing less than 0.3% THC, as well as a burgeoning public interest, we expect more (and better) research on the therapeutic benefits of CBD on migraines.
How to Use CBD for Migraines
CBD works better as a preventative measure for migraine than as an acute treatment after the onset of migraine. For this reason, the most effective CBD regimen against migraine is a daily one! CBD is a natural supplement that is non-habit forming and safe for daily use.
Several of the above-referenced studies pointed out the importance of finding an appropriate dose. We recommend keeping CBD in your system by taking it twice per day. You can start with a minimum dose of 25mg each morning and night, and adjust accordingly. Make it a part of your morning and nighttime routines!
We offer top-quality, pure tinctures in natural and peppermint flavors. The tincture is held under the tongue for 60 seconds, then swallowed. Holding the tincture under the tongue allows it to be absorbed quickly into the blood stream. The natural flavor is mild, but the peppermint is also tasty and lightly sweetened!
We also have an easy to swallow gel cap that uses water soluble nanotechnology for maximum absorption. The effects of the CBD can be experienced quickly; within 15-20 minutes.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your migraine experiences, or questions about using CBD for migraine!