Cannabidiol – CBD for Migraines

To many, the word migraine is simply a synonym for headache. But for the 13 million Americans who suffer from migraines, and the 3 million whose migraines are chronic, it’s far more ominous. Migraines are debilitating – so much so that 91 percent of sufferers have to miss work during an attack.

The symptoms of a migraine include throbbing, pulsing pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, blurred vision, and for some, vomiting. With few reliable treatment options, sufferers have turned to CBD oil, and research supports their claims that it alleviates the symptoms of migraines.

WHO EXPERIENCES MIGRAINE?

About 15% of the population suffers from migraine at some stage in their lives. Migraine often first appears in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood, but affects the greatest number of people between 35 and 45 years of age. Migraine is less common in children (about 2-5%) and affects girls and boys about equally. However, in adolescents and adults the disease disproportionately affects women (22% vs 10% lifetime prevalence).

In women, migraine frequency and severity are affected by hormones and, as a result, often change during adolescence, pregnancy and menopause. Beginning around menarche (the first menstrual cycle), its prevalence increases during reproductive years and then decreases around menopause. In women the symptoms of migraine tend also to be more severe and longer lasting. Women often experience an improvement in migraine during pregnancy, however, unfortunately it typically reappears following birth. After about 70 years of age the prevalence of migraine decreases to that of the middle teen years. At this stage there are less women suffering from migraine, but those who are may experience them more frequently, though accompanying symptoms such as nausea and photophobia are usually less pronounced.

Migraine treatment options

There is no single cure for migraines. Traditional treatment options target the symptoms, using painkillers and antiemitic drugs to alleviate pain and nausea. Lifestyle choices and diet can also reduce the frequency of migraines. Another treatment that has become popular is botox.

While lifestyle and nutritional changes may lessen the likelihood of migraines, no treatment completely prevents them or alleviates all the symptoms.

The role of the endocannabinoid system

The endocannabinoid system, which is what CBD affects, has been shown to have a role in causing migraines. Deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system are definitely part of the picture, if not the whole of it. The endocannabinoid system plays a role in the nervous system and immune system, and is connected to inflammation and pain of all kinds. And researchers have been investigating whether CBD’s impact on the endocannabinoid system can alleviate and prevent migraines.

CBD and other cannabinoids

Studies have in fact been done on the effect of the full spectrum of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have long been used to treat migraines, and only legal problems have limited its usage.

Reports from those who have used cannabis to treat their migraines have been positive, indicating that it works, at least in alleviating symptoms. However, the psychoactive properties in THC may be undesirable and cause problems for those who want to spend their day as usual.

CBD oil is therefore the best option for regular treatment of migraines. Since it has no psychoactive properties, and no serious side effects, it can relieve symptoms without affecting the sufferer in any adverse way. Instead of migraines being crippling, they can be managed with CBD treatment, and the sufferer’s life does not need to be interrupted.

Clinical trials

As of yet, there have been no double blind clinical trials published to support CBD’s effectiveness in treating migraines. This is, in part, due to legal issues. CBD oil in general has been ignored by the medical community for a long time, meaning that far less research has been done than would be ideal for conclusive results.

However, a lot of anecdotal evidence exists, as well as the connection between the endocannabinoid system and migraines. There is therefore plenty of rationale for CBD as a treatment for migraines.

CBD oil may well be the future of migraine prevention and treatment. If you suffer from migraines, use CBD oil as part of your treatment regime.

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