So... what is the deal with cannabidiol oil - CBD and migraines? When you hear the word cannabis, you might immediately imagine a smoky room full of stoners getting high, and you might wonder what on earth that has to do with treating migraines. (Hint: getting high definitely does NOT have anything to do with treating migraines!)
While CBD does come from the cannabis plant, it’s an entirely different substance from the high-inducing THC cannabinoid that’s prevalent in recreational marijuana. You can learn about the differences between their atomic structures if you want to understand how they each react with the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system, but for the purposes of this article, it’s enough to say that CBD oil will not get you high!
Scientific understanding of CBD and its potential healing qualities and possible treatment solutions is very much in its infancy, and no studies relating specifically to migraines and CBD have been carried out. Add to that the complex issue of its legality as a substance (and even the legality of trialing its use in medicinal experiments depending on where you are in the world) and you have a pretty complicated avenue to explore!
But studies have been carried out on CBD’s potential to reduce chronic pain, and results found in favor of its efficacy. Depending on the kind of pain a migraineur suffers from, CBD could well become an important part of a pain management medication plan.
There is also current speculation about the ability of CBD to raise serotonin levels within the human body. If true, this could hold relevance for migraine sufferers who have reduced levels of serotonin because a possible migraine trigger is the dilation of blood vessels caused by a lack of serotonin. But there is also research that shows that cannabis can have an adverse effect on serotonin and cause levels to reduce, which would have the opposite of the desired effect for us!
If you're feeling pretty skeptical about CBD and migraines and the supposed benefits, let's weigh up some pros and cons to consider should you get the opportunity to experiment with this option for pain relief.
The absence of trials relating specifically to CBD and migraines means there are no guidelines, recommended dosages or hard facts to draw on.
Whether or not you’ll have access to CBD oil depends on where you live; and whether or not your doctor knows enough about it to prescribe a safe, low dose to begin with is the next lottery to play!
But, if it’s something that interests you, I’d encourage you to do as much research as you can and seek out an expert who can help you get the legal access and guidance you need if you think it’s an option you’d like to explore further. And I’d love to hear how you get on!
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CBD and Migraines Page Source:
1. Stephen Silberstein, MD (2018) Migraine World Summit. Cannabis For Migraine: Examining The Evidence. Available [online] at: https://www.migrainesavvy.com/migraine-world-summit.html