Migraines

Why Take CBD for Migraines?

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 1 in 4 American households have a member suffering from migraines. Those who only experience the occasional headache can usually find relief in a dose of Tylenol, but for those who experience acute, debilitating migraines on a recurring basis, traditional migraine medication can be problematic.

Most prescription medications for chronic migraine attacks are often ineffective and pose unpleasant side effects. If you are someone who seeks long-term relief from migraines without the side effect risks, CBD oil could be a potential alternative.

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with Doctor Lynne Marie Morski

The video above features Doctor Lynne Marie Morski from Octagon Labs, who speaks on the subject of CBD as a remedy for migraines.
Morski clarifies how CBD is processed by the endocannabinoid system: it does not make you high the way THC does, but it helps promote cognitive and sensory functions, which help to alleviate migraine symptoms.

While the mechanisms surrounding CBD have yet to be fully researched and understood, some theories involve its interaction with the Trigeminal Vascular System (TGVS), which may be connected to the occurrence of migraines. It’s also been suggested that people who are prone to migraines often have an endocannabinoid deficiency, which make CBD all the more practical as a treatment for the condition.

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Whether you’re seeking relief from muscle pain or migraines, it’s important to find the safest and most effective CBD product for your needs. This is why we present a Smart CBD Decision-approved brand every month, so that you can rest assured that you’re purchasing the right treatment for your pain-related ailments.

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The pain relief attributed to CBD starts with special chemicals known as cannabinoids. While many cannabinoids are found in multiple plants, they tend to get the most attention for their appearance in cannabis–hence the name. While tetrahydrocannabinol has been the focus of marijuana discussion throughout the past decade, the limelight has gradually moved to the cannabinoid known as cannabidiol (CBD).The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has held a patent on CBD since 2003 for its use as an antioxident, neuroprotectant, anti-epileptic, and anxiolytic.

When cannabinoids enter the human body, they are integrated through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a series of receptors and endogenous cannabinoids that help to establish balance in the body by responding to signals with hormones. While we do not fully understand the ECS, we can use it as a way to view how CBD affects the human body, and it appears to have a lot to do with the alleviation of pain. Unlike THC, CBD does not make you high. Rather, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, and it encourages the production of anandamide, which is a chemical that buffers pain.

While THC has been noted as an effective treatment for migraines in several studies like this one.

The ways in which CBD appears to alleviate chronic pain shows demonstrates CBD’s strong potential in the treatment of migraines via the endocannabinoid system.

If you are suffering from chronic or episodic migraines, CBD might be an effective treatment for you. That being said, it is recommended to first consult your physician to confirm that it’s suitable for you and calculate the correct dosage and treatment plan based on a series of factors including your body chemistry, weight, and the intensity/frequency of migraines.

Before purchasing any CBD product, check for credibility on reputable sources, and always make sure that the company offers a certificate of analysis conducted by a third-party lab.

CBD has so far appeared safe in terms of interactions with other medications. Further research may find issues with use in conjunction with specific pharmeceuticals. 

According to WebMD:

“Cannabidiol (CBD) in doses of up to 300 mg daily have been taken by mouth safely for up to 6 months. Higher doses of 1200-1500 mg daily have been taken by mouth safely for up to 4 weeks. A prescription cannabidiol product (Epidiolex) is approved to be taken by mouth in doses of up to 10-20 mg/kg daily. Cannabidiol sprays that are applied under the tongue have been used in doses of 2.5 mg for up to 2 weeks.

Some reported side effects of cannabidiol include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness. Signs of liver injury have also been reported in some patients, but this is less common.”

CBD is believed to assist migraines with its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to encourage the release of hormones in the nervous system which help to regulate pain. Peer-reviewed published studies have examined its potential ability to alter blood flow and pressure in the brain related to migraine symptomatology.

Studies suggest CBD is a safe compound that, in small doses, is suitable for children under doctor’s supervision. CBD actually first gained attention for its effectiveness in treating seizures in several children, Charlotte Figi being the most notable. To date, thousands of American children have taken CBD without adverse reactions.

Currently, there is only one CBD-derived pharmaceutical product that has been approved by the FDA: Epidiolex, which is a drug for severe cases of epilepsy. CBD only became a federally legal substance last year, which brought it under the jurisdiction of the FDA.

The FDA is currently developing guidelines and regulations for its approved uses. Until then manufacturers can’t make treatment claims about their CBD products.

The lack of regulation in the CBD market can make it difficult to find brands that are safe, suitable and effective. There are many availale online and in stores locally. Keep an eye out for brands that are endorsed from reputable sources (see our brand of the month for guidance), and always look for products that offer a certificate of analysis from a third-party lab.

Many anecdotal reports of CBD improving migraines symptomatology exist. We cannot say what CBD can treat currently, but the research we have suggest its a promising avenue for migraine treatment in the future.

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