Cannabidiol oil (CBD) may relieve pain and reduce inflammation, and it shows some promise as a treatment for migraines.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over one hundred compounds found in hemp. CBD comes from the cannabis or hemp plant, these are the plants from which our high-quality CBD is derived, from Colorado USA.
Some claim that cannabis reduces the symptoms of some types of headaches, but there is little evidence that CBD oil is an effective treatment option for migraines. Still, for people who have yet to find an effective migraine treatment it may be worth trying, as everyone’s body chemistry and genetic makeup is different.
Anyone who wishes to use CBD should speak with a doctor before using it. They should also check that the product comes from a reputable source to ensure safety, and they can provide an up to date certificate of analysis.
Why would CBD oil work for migraines?
People used cannabis for thousands of years to treat headaches before it became illegal, and CBD oil is now becoming more accessible for its pain-relieving benefits.
There is a lack of scientific evidence about its effectiveness for this purpose. Still, researchers have suggested that one or more substances present in hemp may have therapeutic benefit for headaches, including migraines. It is important though to remember that many of the studies may use the entire marijuana plant, and its effects are different than CBD oil.
There is evidence that CBD oil can reduce inflammation and pain from arthritis, and it may work similarly with migraines. In a review of studies published in 2017, researchers saw a useful and effective role for marijuana in treating migraines. Still, there are not enough studies on using CBD oil specifically yet.
As the studies come in examining the effectiveness of CBD oil, there will be further changes in laws and recommendations. Both the causes of migraines and the possible effects of CBD remain unclear, more studies specific to the components of hemp and cannabis, such as CBD, are necessary.
What does the research say?
CBD oil may be an option for pain relief, authors of a study from 2012 suggest that CBD oil can help to relieve some types of chronic pain. However, the study did not relate specifically to headaches or migraines.
Results of a 2016 study indicate that medical marijuana may reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, but this research was not specific to CBD oil. More research is needed to determine what dosage and formulation would be most effective.
Authors of a 2009 study found evidence to suggest that cannabis compounds may treat chronic pain in people who have been taking opioids for long periods and want to reduce use. In July 2018, an Australian study did not find a link between the use of cannabis and a reduction in pain or lower use of opioids.
However, the results depended on participants reporting their use of cannabis, and most of this was illegal use. It also focused on the effects of marijuana as a whole, rather than CBD or another specific cannabinoid. What this tells us there is still so much research to be completed on the exact science of how CBD interacts with our bodies and the internal receptors throughout it.
For most health conditions, including migraine, a medical professional is likely to recommend other proven treatments before CBD oil. Identifying and avoiding migraine triggers can reduce the frequency of migraines. Strategies could include:
- Stress management
- Avoiding allergens or bright lights
- Following sleep-enhancing practices
No treatment works for everyone, but some medications can reduce the frequency of migraines and diminish the intensity once they start.
There is an apparent trend, and that is CBD oil is already proving to reduce stress, aid and improve sleep.
So the question is if by using CBD oil to support the suggested strategies that are given by medical professionals, then surely the risk of migraine triggers are reduced? And does using CBD oil in fact aid migraine suffering?
We always recommend you speak with your doctor before using CBD if you have concerns and always buy reputable CBD products, Tailored Wellbeing CBD products are made from the finest materials and our test certificates are available on request as well as our website.