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!
CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil vs. Hemp Extract vs. Hemp Seed Oil
There is a lot of confusion about the differences between hemp oil vs. hemp seed oil, CBD oil, or hemp extract. Most of this confusion stems from the fact that hemp and marijuana plants are from the same Genus (or category) called Cannabis.
Within this Genus there are three species, but many subtypes, often called strains (but more properly called cultivars.)
People grow hemp for incorporation into other products. These products range from clothing to paper to makeup to cereal. Hemp is really a raw material. Think of it like other resources such as cotton and wood.
Using hemp as a raw material was common prior to early last century. People used hemp for paper, for clothing, and for rope.
Hemp seed oil is most often sourced from the Cannabis Sativa plant seed, also known as Industrial Hemp. Hemp seed oil production is regulated, and is tested for THC and CBD levels. However, hemp seed oil contains neither of those cannabinoids. Tests have shown that there are no cannabinoids present in the seeds of the hemp plant.
Hemp Seed Oil Nutrition
So just some quick nutrition information! Hemp seed oil contains a fatty acid profile of 4:1. For most people, an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 4:1 is ideal–that’s 4 omega-6s for every 1 omega-3. Anti-aging experts suggest even smaller ratios, maintaining a 1:1 ratio or higher in favor of omega-3s. 4.
The average American eats a ratio of anywhere from 12:1 to 25:1 omega-6 to omega-3. Not good. So Hemp seed oil is a good option for an oil with a good fatty acid profile.
CBD Oil, Hemp Extract or Hemp Oil
CBD Oil, Hemp Extract or Hemp Oil (not hemp SEED oil) is an extract that contains naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, Cannabinoids, and other beneficial phytonutrients from the hemp plant. They often refer to CBD oil to as “Hemp Extract” or “Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil.”
Cannabis oil is commonly from the marijuana plant but can vary depending on the manufacturer as Cannabis is also the botanical name of the Industrial Hemp plant. Cannabis oil from the Marijuana strain is extracted from the Marijuana plant. It contains high levels of THC and lower levels of CBD Oil. Cannabis oil from the Marijuana plant is illegal in most states. People use it for medicinal purposes and as a recreational drug. Cannabis oil production is not regulated.
Hope Botanicals sells THC free products and well as one product that contains the federal allowable limit of THC at 0.3% or less.
FAQ: Questions and Answers
Q: Is Hemp seed oil the same as Hemp Extract/CBD Oil/Hemp Oil or medicinal cannabis oil?
A: No, Hemp seed oil and CBD oil both are made from the same plant though. Hemp seed oil is beneficial containing a lot of antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant. This means it contains little to no CBD or THC. Hemp seed oil is often sold in 16oz bottles to 1 gallon jugs.
Q: Will CBD oil make me fail a drug test?
A: Depends. A lot of products contain a small amount of THC (usually the federal allowable amount of 0.3% or less) and if you use this, you will fail a drug test. If a drug test is a concern, you’ll want to find a product that contains 0 THC and says so on the label. If it doesn’t say “0 THC” on the label, it likely contains THC. Labs should be available on any product you purchase.
Another option is to purchase a CBD isolate which means all other cannabinoids and THC have been removed from the oil in a lab.
Hope Botanicals carries mostly 0 THC products, CBD isolate (called Hope Rx Clear) and one product, Super Full Spectrum Tincture, which contains 0.3% THC or less (0.3% is the federal allowable amount of THC). We use Hemp Seed Oil as the carrier oil for all our tinctures as we believe there is a natural occurring synergy between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD oil.
Q: How do I understand the label?
A. To delve further into the names for CBD oil, you will see labels that say “Full Spectrum” and “Broad Spectrum”. Full spectrum generally indicates the oil contains some THC, because full spectrum oil is mostly known as containing multiple cannabinoids, including THC. But with the advent of new extraction technology, labs can now extract the THC and leave behind multiple cannabinoids. So, to see a label that says “Full Spectrum with 0 THC” is not uncommon.
Broad Spectrum has generally been the term for oil that contains CBD with no THC, with slight amounts of other cannabinoids. Once again, new technology is enabling labs to extract the THC and leave behind other cannabinoids.
To emphasize the point, if you’re looking for a CBD product that contains 0 THC, look for “0 THC” on the label.
Hope Botanicals uses the terms CBD, Phytocannabinoid-rich Hemp Oil, Full Spectrum and Super Full Spectrum.
You can always contact us for more information on products. We know it can be confusing and we want to help you figure out which product is best for you, your horse and your pets.
There is a lot of buzz circulating that celebrates the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for just about everyone suffering from any ailment. If you are just starting to research the benefits and uses of CBD, all of the wonderful success stories you hear might overwhelm you.
Uses for CBD Oil
Based on my research and the questions I frequently receive, here are the top 8 uses for CBD oil (in no particular order.)
Many women have asked me if CBD will help with Fibromyalgia. Doctors don’t know the cause of this painful issue, and Fibromyalgia sufferers are desperate for help. I took CBD for this condition and so I share my personal story. Within days of starting CBD, it helped to manage my pain and today I have little to no pain at all. I get a lot of feedback from women saying it helps control the pain, and that it works consistently.
The issue of our time. So many people are looking for relief from anxiety and are not willing to take, or are trying to get off of, traditional pharmaceutical options. The popular perception has been that you need THC for anxiety, but that is not true. In a clinical trial conducted at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in London, brain scans of participants given CBD revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety. You can read this research on CBD and anxiety here.
My first customer was a man with multiple myeloma blood cancer. He is in remission. There are many studies on CBD and cancer. NIH PubMed is a good resource for information. The side benefit that my customer didn’t know about is that CBD helped his kidney function. When opiates couldn’t control his pain, CBD did. You can read his story here.
Insomnia is a big issue that especially plagues women. CBD interacts with many receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain. These interactions create changes in neurotransmitter activity, hormones, and other cells throughout the brain and body. Through these interactions, CBD appears to affect many of the body’s functions including sleep-wake cycles. For those with chronic insomnia, a slight amount of THC with CBD seems to be very beneficial. Using CBD within the federally allowable limit of THC (0.3%) would be a good option.
Many parents of children with ADHD are looking for other options to prescribed medications for their children. There are many forums for parents researching CBD for ADHD and other subtypes. There is limited research on CBD for ADHD, but observational studies show it helps reduce the anxiety and hyperactivity associated with ADHD.
An issue that should be addressed is that some research has included CBD with THC or even medical marijuana. Opponents of CBD for ADHD like to bring this to the forefront of their opposition to CBD for ADHD. There is a clear differentiation between CBD and CBD containing THC or medical marijuana. CBD products can be a fairly broad spectrum oil (containing other cannabinoids and terpenes) without THC. This distinction needs to be clear.
We have known for years how inflammation effects every part of our well-being. CBD has shown to radically reduce inflammation in the body. In 2018, WADA (World Organization for Doping in Athletes) took CBD off the prohibited substances list, as athletes have known for a long time how well CBD works for inflammation and pain. Unlike ibuprofen, it is therapeutic for your body and good for your liver.
I receive many inquiries about CBD for arthritis pain. I also get many testimonials from customers that CBD has given much pain relief. People feel better, begin walking, and the cycle of pain fades. The research on CBD for arthritis is extensive, including this one that used a topical application of CBD. The application showed significantly reduced joint swelling and thickening of the synovial membrane.
According to another study about the positive effects of cannabidiol on arthritis symptoms, CBD has also shown to actually reverse the effects of arthritis. Using CBD daily in the form of a tincture or gel cap, along with a topical salve is a great protocol for arthritis.
I have many people contact me to ask about CBD for seizures in people. There have been popular CBD brands that have proven to provide relief from seizures and have been used for a few years now. The FDA approved a by-product of CBD in June 2018 that had good results but horrible side effects. CBD with the legal limit (0.3%) of THC or less has been shown to control seizures with NO side effects. To be clear, never use CBD with THC for seizures in pets, as pets do not tolerate THC. CBD without THC has been shown to control seizures in pets. Please see my future blog post on how to use CBD for dogs.
There are many promising uses for CBD, with more on the horizon as research continues on this amazing compound.
I get many inquiries about how to use CBD oil for horses with arthritis, and the effectiveness of CBD for arthritis. My answer is always yes! CBD will not only make your horse more comfortable, but according to research about the effects of cannabidiol on arthritis published by the US National Academy of Sciences, it may reverse the effects of arthritis. Read the full study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC16904/
While we do not have clinical tests of CBD for horses, there are rat and human studies. But having clinical tests on horses may not be necessary.
According to Craig Carter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, DSNAP, quoted in this article from The Horse, “Diseases in all mammals are pretty much a mirror of the physiology and pharmacology of people, with some key differences. But the use of antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, and treatment protocols are all very similar.”
I always subconsciously knew this, but once I used CBD on myself and my horse, read more about it and watched the results, I had an “ah ha” moment. Because Western medicine has not explained this well, or hidden it, many people think what applies to them and what can help is separate from what can work for their horse.
CBD and Degenerative Joint Disease
My personal experience has been with a 17-year-old gelding with degenerative joint disease and tendon lesions. We started with stall rest to try to heal the lesions and that’s where the CBD came into play for me the first time.
We could not keep the horse quiet for stall rest, on any amount of medication. I just wanted to keep the horse quiet and had no expectation for healing from CBD. What I saw astounded me.
His joint, which had always been abnormally large from inflammation, was shrinking to normal size. I did not understand what was going on in the joint, but I could tell the horse was becoming more comfortable.
We eventually did arthroscopic surgery on the joint (one of the messiest joints ever seen according to the surgeon), but this surgery was against the advice of vets involved. They told us he would never be sound. It is now one year post-surgery, and the horse is sound, being ridden 4-5 days per week.
Is it the CBD that has healed that joint? Back to the first paragraph of this post and the study on arthritis. It’s a fantastic study and the results are stunning. But some of the summary statements stood out to me:
“Oral Administration of CBD has an equally potent therapeutic effect on established arthritis.”
“Daily oral gavage of CBD immediately after onset of arthritis resulted in suppression of acute CIA.”
“This finding suggests that the therapeutic actions of CBD include the suppression of TNF-α, a proinflammatory cytokine known to be a major mediator of arthritis.”
Do I think CBD has healed my horse? Yes. Do I think CBD can help other horses with arthritis? Absolutely yes without a doubt. Am I going to wait for a pharmacy company to prove it works? No!
I have done my own research and I’ve had the perfect patient to give CBD to. He’s a testament to the fact it works.
I have many other customers that tell me the same thing. Their horses are feeling much better, the equine chiropractors are noticing the difference, joint injections are being minimized and in many cases they eliminate NSAID’s.
I’m seeing a lot of arthritis in horses as customers are sharing their stories with me. To see arthritis in a yearling colt is a head shaker for me.
To have something natural you can use as a supplement for arthritis, whether your horse has it now or not, should be something to be very excited about.
In the horse supplement market, we’ve never had anything that could do what CBD does, backed by hundreds of research studies in many countries.
Will CBD Oil Slow my Horse Down?
Another common question customers ask is, “will CBD slow my horse down?” There isn’t a definitive answer to be found to that question, but the testimonials here on HopeBotanicals.com about Boogie and Cash dispel this notion.
Both horses are over 17 years old and have had some of the fastest times in their careers after going on CBD. Their owners put them on CBD specifically for arthritis. Their owners say they are super focused and just plain feel good.
The best thing about CBD for your horse is that it is natural, and it has no known side effects. It’s great for your horse for other issues, even those you aren’t fully aware of. As a daily supplement, there’s nothing like CBD for your horse.
How to Use CBD Oil for Arthritis in Horses
If it interests you to start a CBD regimen for your horse, CBD Oil is given as a daily supplement. We have two options for administration. The first is a tincture that is squirted into the horse’s lower lip using the included dosing syringe. Learn more about our CBD Oil Tincture for Horses here.
The second is pellets that are added to your horse’s regular feed. The pellets are palatable and horses readily eat them in their feed. Learn more about our CBD Pellets for Horses here.
A typical dose is 50-200 mg per day, depending on what issue you are treating, you can contact us for more help in getting started with a CBD regimen.
This is Mach, a beloved member of the Karl family. We know we’re probably being too sentimental but to have a special horse and then have them diagnosed with a disease such as polyneuritis is devastating. This disease is very similar to multiple sclerosis in people.
“Mach has been on Hope Botanicals CBD pellets for one month now. He is now down to 1/4 tablet of previcox once a day. On Friday, he bucked in his field and cantered in to get fed, for the first time in a year!” – Betsey
We love to hear these stories. It makes us pretty warm and fuzzy:)
Photos credit Betsey Karl (aren’t they amazing?)