MIgraines & CBD- With agonizing symptoms, up to 40 percent of people who take traditional medicine to treat migraines do not experience relief.
“Scientists and clinicians believe that migraine headaches may occur due to a combination of hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances and the activation of a collection of neurons and blood vessels of the brain.” (1)
Studies and testimonials are showing CBD to have positive effects for alleviating and preventing migraines. This may be due to chronically low cannabinoid levels in those who suffer or are predisposed with family history of migraines. CBD works as an analgesic, neuro-protectant and anti-inflammatory.
We all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) made up of neurotransmitters and receptors. It is responsible for regulating cannabinoid levels and keeping our body in homeostasis- a state of equilibrium.
A 2007 study found that anandamide, a chemical in the ECS that moderates psychoactive, feel-good effects, exists in the cerebrospinal fluid, but is deficient in those who experience migraines. (2) Chocolate contains anandamide, also known as the “bliss molecule”, which may explain why people crave it when they feel a migraine coming on.
Since CBD has no intoxicating effects, it can be taken preventatively, in a small amount daily and at the onset of migraine symptoms. Drops of oil tincture taken under the tongue is the most commonly used delivery system. Dosing is very personal and one should check with a doctor before use. Standard protocol is to start at a low dose and slowly increase as needed.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid with receptors that can inhibit anandamide from breaking down, therefore leaving more of the “bliss molecule” in the body to better control pain. A decrease in estrogen is also responsible for decreasing anandamide; All the more reason to introduce CBD into your daily routine.
CBD is not a cure-all, but evidence shows that it can provide an extreme reduction in migraine pain and frequency.
This article is for informational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.