CBD & Migraines
Migraines are a severe type of headache, characterized by intense pain on one or both sides of the head. Migraines can be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light or loud noises.
Migraine headaches are commonly relieved by addressing the major symptoms with pharmaceutical pain medications. However, statistics show that in many cases, these medications do not effectively reduce the intensity nor the frequency of migraine attacks. Data from the World Health Organization states¹ that over 50% of migraine sufferers abandon their prescribed medications due to a lack of results.
Therefore, finding an alternative, therapeutic option to combat migraines is a priority for many. One potential alternative is taking CBD for migraines.
What Are Migraines?
It is important to clarify that not all headaches are migraines, nor are all migraines the cause of headaches. Headaches are a common form of pain experienced by humans. The pain sensations are often due to a dilation of the arteries located in the brain².
A migraine is a recurrent, throbbing, and intense headache. The pain typically starts suddenly and may be preceded or accompanied by other visual or gastrointestinal symptoms. Various surveys report that almost 50% of migraine sufferers report their symptoms are moderate to high intensity.
Although migraines can begin at any age, they typically manifest for the first time before an individual’s 30th birthday. Although the exact mechanisms are not understood, it has been observed that migraines occur much more frequently in women than in men. There is also a possible genetic predisposition to developing migraines. This is indicated by the fact that the majority of sufferers have relatives who also suffer from the disorder.
How Does CBD Help Migraine Headaches?
Medical studies³ have observed that most people who suffer from migraines have significantly unbalanced levels of important neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Consequently, low serotonin levels can lead to persistent dilation of the blood vessels in the brain, which increases the frequency of migraine attacks.
Luckily, several CBD focused studies⁴ have shown that CBD can increase serotonin levels and also reduce the dilation of blood vessels. Increasing serotonin levels may, in turn, moderate the onset of migraine attacks⁵.
Additionally, on multiple occasions, research has shown cannabinoids have great potential as pain relievers⁶. These factors give CBD great potential as a viable alternative to more conventional migraine relief methods.
Taking CBD for headaches
Now, you may be interested to try CBD to see if it will help with your migraines and headaches. New CBD users often start at 15mg/day, taking half in the morning and a half in the evening. Then, they gradually increase their daily intake until they feel the desired benefits. 25mg/day is the most commonly reported amount for regular CBD users.
You have a few options to take CBD products such as oils, creams, edibles, and capsules. If you want to feel the results quickly, within 15-20 minutes it is best to use CBD oil. Simply put the CBD oil drops under your tongue and wait 60 seconds before swallowing. If you consume the other products it may take up to an hour to feel the effects as the CBD is absorbed differently. Feel free to experiment with what method and serving size works best for your migraines!