CBD Oil for Migraine: High Hopes (Don’t Get the Wrong Idea)

CBD Oil for Migraine: High Hopes (Don’t Get the Wrong Idea)

Migraine has a way of wreaking havoc on your entire life. You can’t work, you can’t focus, and those plans you had for tonight? Yeah, you can forget those too. This is why migraineurs are willing to try just about anything for relief.

From pharmaceutical drugs to avoiding certain foods, retreating to dim lighting, relaxation techniques, and Axon Optics with Avulux® precision-tinted lenses… you’ll give it a go. So when something comes along that shows promise as a treatment, you’re interested. Such may now be the case with CBD oil for migraine.

Due to regulations and changing laws in your state, you may not have had the chance try it. But several studies have linked CBD oil with pain relieving properties, and also documented its safety. This prompts a lot of migraine sufferers to try CBD oil for migraine relief.

But Will I Get High?

Actually, no. What many people haven’t learned is that CBD is just one of 120 different substances found in cannabis. It’s not at all like THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the mind-altering components of cannabis. In fact, CBD is completely non-psychoactive and has no mind-altering effects. Pure CBD oil for migraine does not make you “high,” and has been shown to be safe even in high doses. So while you might feel good using it due to pain relief, you won’t feel like you’re high.

Could CBD Oil for Migraine Help Me?

We don’t know for sure about migraine, because as of now, CBD hasn’t been studied for migraine specifically. However, it has been studied for its effects on chronic pain. For example:

  • One study conducted in 2009 found evidence that cannabis compounds may be useful in treating pain in long-time users of opioids who want to lessen their use.
  • In 2012, another study found CBD oil to be effective at relieving some types of chronic pain and inflammation, including arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
  • In 2016, a survey conducted by Pharmacotherapy indicated that medical marijuana (though isolated CBD was not part of this study) may reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, where users reported a reduction in 10.4 migraines a month down to 4.6 per month.

Because of the varying legal status of cannabis among states, specific data on CBD oil for migraine is somewhat limited. This is due to small sample sizes and simple lack of study on CBD alone (as opposed to medicinal marijuana as a whole). As referenced in a recent paper published in Headache Currents, pure CBD oil hasn’t been studied for its effects on migraine. However, it has shown promise for migraine relief when combined with THC.

The data we do have seems promising for CBD as a migraine treatment. At the very least, its recorded safety means it may be a viable alternative for those who want to reduce pharmaceutical drug intake. As more and more people try isolated CBD oil for migraine, we can begin to gather the supporting data.

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