Is CBD Oil an Effective Treatment for Migraines?
All around the world people suffer with Migraines, a common yet debilitating problem. Globally, 14% of the world population currently suffer with migraines, which is approximately 1 out of 7 people.
People with chronic, severe migraines may not find relief from the drugstore. Many pain relievers cause undesirable effects when used for prolonged periods. Side effects may include a worsening of headaches, gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers as well as other common side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision.
The unpleasant side effects of pharmaceutical drugs is causing migraine sufferers to look for alternative treatment options. Plenty of research suggests there may be an organic alternative to treat migraines which is just as, and possibly even more, effective than modern drugs, and without side effects – cannabidiol, also referred to as CBD.
How CBD Helps with Migraine Symptom Relief
CBD, a component found in many plants, particularly the cannabis plant, has been a subject of intrigue for many researchers and interested people for over 30 years. The fascination with this compound is mainly because instead of producing psychoactive effects, or a “stone” like THC, another component of cannabis, it reacts rather interestingly with our body. There have been several researches to understand this reaction, and among them were studies to find out how CBD could help in alleviating migraine pains.
A 2017 study titled “The Use of Cannabis for Headache Disorders” was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Researchers studied how consuming cannabis orally affected headaches. Twenty six people who were suffering from migraine headaches due to medication overdoses took either a drug called nabilone or ibuprofen, along with cannabis as a treatment for their symptoms for a period of six months. They used a combination of cannabis and ibuprofen or cannabis and nabilone for a period of eight weeks each. A break of 8 weeks was taken in between the treatments.
The researchers concluded, by the reports from the participants, that these combinations could effectively treat headache disorders. Participants also reported that apart from migraine relief, they also experienced a better quality of life.
Another study, which was published by Pharmacotherapy in 2016, explored how the use of medical marijuana could affect migraines. 48 subjects were surveyed, and researchers discovered that out of these, 40 percent reported their migraines decreased in frequency when using cannabis. However, some reported experiencing drowsiness as a side-effect, while some said they had trouble trying to figure out what the right dose for them was.
It is important to note that both of these researches studied cannabis, and not CBD oil. This is because there is not enough literature on scientific studies of cannabidiol. However, since CBD is one of the top components of cannabis, one may assume that these effects studied here also applies to CBD as well. In order to fully understand just how CBD helps in alleviating migraine symptoms so effectively, more research, including clinical trials with human subjects are required. Such extensive studies will help us to better explore and understand not just its effects on migraine but the various benefits CBD is believed to have for the body.