Updated: Aug 3, 2019
People used cannabis for thousands of years to treat headaches before it became illegal and there is also evidence that CBD oil can reduce inflammation and pain in arthritis. It may work similarly with migraines.
CBD Oil and it use for migraines:
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, cannabidiol or CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Since pure CBD does not get its users “high,” it is typically seen as a safer and less controversial form of therapy for patients.
From the little research that exists, CBD oil has been shown to be an effective treatment for arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, depression, and migraines. The research has also shown that CBD is safe, even in high doses.
The research we do have about the effect of CBD oil on migraines is positive. However, due to the legal status of cannabis, adequate research is still limited due to small sample sizes, reliance on self-reports, and lack of research on CBD-specific (as opposed to medicinal marijuana) treatments.
What Does the Research Actually Say?
The common thread you can find throughout the existing scientific research on this subject is that CBD oil can improve some migraine symptoms for most people.
According to a 2015 survey taken by Care By Design—a brand of marijuana products manufactured in Sonoma County—100% of patients with headaches and migraines reported some decrease in pain or discomfort, though 37% of those users also reported decreased energy levels.
In 2016, Pharmacotherapy published a study showing how the frequency of migraine headaches dropped from 10.4 headaches a month to 4.6 in a group of 121 medical marijuana users.
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research published a review last year showing a clear history of cannabinoid use in the treatment and reduction of migraines.
While there is a lot of good to say about the use of CBD oil as a migraine treatment, there simply is not enough evidence to say conclusively that it will be 100% effective 100% of the time for 100% of the population.
Perhaps, in time, laws will change and more research can be done to develop CBD oil as a reliable migraine treatment, but we are simply not there yet.
What the evidence does show, however, is that CBD oil can absolutely help relieve some symptoms related to migraines.
All research and potential relief aside, be sure to consult the laws in your state. Many states have yet to legalize even the prescribed use of CBD oil due to its connection with the marijuana plant. Even in states where doctors can legally prescribe CBD oil, there may still be a lot of red tape to get through before you can obtain access.
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