It is simple to describe migraines to people but experiencing it is another story. Migraine or headache is one of the challenging disorder to treat. Having this condition can ruin your plan throughout the day. Migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that usually felt one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea, disturbed vision, and sensitivity to sound and light. Most common treatment done by people is taking over-the-counter pain medication, however, it is less effective if it occurs frequently.
Causes of Migraines
Studies have linked the causes of migraines to be genetic cause, however, there are a number of factors that can trigger migraine including:
- Hormonal changes in women
- Bright or flashing lights
- Loud noises
- Strong smells
- Too much or not enough sleep
- Sudden changes in the weather or environment
- Overexertion (too much physical activity)
- Caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
- Skipped meals
- Medication overuse (taking medicine for migraines too often)
- Certain foods and food additives such as:
- Aged cheeses
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Some fruits and nuts
- Fermented or pickled goods
- Cured or processed meats
Because it is related by genetic factors, the risk of migraines in family with history migraines is high, medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and epilepsy. Lastly, women are three times more likely to have migraines than men.
Using Medical Marijuana for Migraines
Research of CBD and medical marijuana has resulted in many positive outcomes. Although, research about marijuana is still ongoing. The preliminary results of marijuana treating constant migraines may help stop and prevent it. While other studies haven’t produced any results yet concerning migraine related studies.
CBD is included in the ongoing research that do not have enough data to fully give the proper information about treating migraine. Just like other natural supplement, treating migraine is very challenging as it may lead to various factors including stress-related. CBD may benefit migraines relating to simple factors like not enough sleep, diet, or exercise while it is difficult for chronic migraine with unknown cause.
The legality of CBD for Migraines
Only a few states in the United States legalized the use of medical marijuana because of the high level of THC. The level of THC is the source of the psychoactive effects that you can find in marijuana or the one giving the “munchies.” But CBD has a very low level of THC of less than 0.3%, hence, it does not create any psychoactive effects. With very low THC, distributing it to most legal states is allowed as long as it follows the regulations.
Pain Relief with CBD
Cannabidiol is one of over 120 chemical compounds found in cannabis or hemp strain. It acts in the body by communicating with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for regulating bodily functions and maintain homeostasis. Since research using CBD to arthritis has proven to be effective in reducing inflammation and pain, it may be possible that it will have a similar effect with migraines.
According to the review of studies published in 2017, researchers saw a useful and effective way for marijuana in treating migraine but there were not enough studies about using CBD oil yet. Varieties of articles have written about different ailments and its wonders but not on migraines.
Another study conducted by the University of Colorado sample size of 141 people suffering from constant migraines. People who participated took CBD daily and about 50% shows the reduction in the number of migraines was possible in 40% of the population. This may eventually be proven a hundred percent that helps treat migraines but for now, you can try if it works out for you.