There are over 3 million cases reported in the U.S. each year from people that suffer from migraines. If you have ever suffered from a major headache, you know that they are extremely painful, and can be debilitating to the extent that light, sounds, and smells can trigger even more intense pain. Migraines can make you feel desperate for any type of relief you can find; ice packs, dark rooms, & silence, but it usually doesn’t always help. For those who haven’t yet found their go-to relief, a more holistic approach may be of service.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring organic molecule found in Hemp and Medical Marijuana plants that interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. The ECS helps regulate homeostasis within the body, or maintain equilibrium between organ systems. Cannabidiol interacts with the CB1 & CB2 receptors throughout the Central & Peripheral Nervous Systems to help reduce inflammation, pain, and regulate the frequency that migraines may occur. Cannabidiol CBD has grown increasingly popular due to the minimal negative side effects of the molecule.
What are Migraines and Headaches?
A Headache is a painful sensation felt in the head area, and can range from mild to intense. Headaches radiate pain in different patterns such as a constant dullness, pounding, or sharpness when interpreting senses such as lights and sounds. On average, this condition lasts anywhere from a couple minutes to a couple hours.
A Migraine is a severe headache; usually lasting at least 2 hours with some even lasting days. These headaches are sensitive to the slightest changes in environment, such as sound, light, movement, and smells. In some cases, migraines can be so severe and consistent that medical treatment is necessary to help maintain & control the condition.
A headache or migraine may come on due to environmental stressors, internal health issues, or due to an abrupt injury to the body. Usually treated with over the counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, as well as ice packs and rest until the pain goes away; headaches and migraines are extremely common, and usually don’t result in professional help.
How is CBD an effective treatment for Migraines and Headaches?
It’s important to first note that there has yet to be any conclusive medical research articles published on Cannabidiol being an effective treatment for migraines due to the variability of dosing/effect on each person, and the youth of the topic.
CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties, which if used as an at-home treatment for chronic migraines, may relieve symptoms associated with the ailment. With regular use to maintain equilibrium, Cannabidiol may help relieve the onset and continuous pain of a headache and migraine by soothing the pain & photoreceptors firing off in the brain.
Most people tend to find pain relief around 20-30mg of CBD, but depending on the severity of the headache, their sensitivity to the molecules, weight, and metabolism, the dosage may vary. It’s best to find what dosage provides enough relief the first couple of times so when an intense migraine comes on, questioning how much CBD to take won’t be an issue. We provide easy, simple, and free dosage guides at our Cannafyl CBD – Phoenix store location to help you decide on the best dose to start at! You can also check out our Dosage Guide on this website.
Does CBD contain psychoactive properties?
CBD does not get you ‘high’ per say, but may have some psychoactive effects on select individuals highly sensitive to the molecule. So to be transparent, Yes, a full-spectrum CBD does contain some psychoactive components, BUT they do not tend to impair an individual unless they take a large dose. It is important to “Start low, Go slow” when it comes to figuring out your dosage with a product, and to remember you can always take more, but you can’t take less.
The most effective CBD products are a Full-Spectrum CBD, or whole plant product, containing less than .03% hemp-derived THC in the formulation. This means that all the naturally occurring cannabinoids are together, therefore working together more potently, and boosting the effects of the CBD.
If you tend to be sensitive to THC, or have not tried it, or just can’t even use it due to work drug testing, consider trying a THC-Free CBD product, like an Isolate or Broad-Spectrum CBD. Isolate products are where the CBD molecule, or Cannabidiol, is isolated by itself with no other cannabinoids.
Isolates are great for those who solely are looking for the anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, and anti-anxiety aspects of CBD, but they do build a tolerance in the body over time, causing one to increase their dose frequently with prolonged use. There are also Broad-Spectrum based options where all cannabinoids are available excluding any of the THC molecules. Broad-Spectrum CBD is growing wildly popular for those limited by THC, and provides great relief, plus the added benefits of the CBG, CBDv, CBN, & CBC molecules.
What are the side effects of CBD for Migraines and Headaches?
One of the great things about CBD is that it’s a natural alternative to many pharmaceuticals, especially because of the minimal potential side effects associated with taking a dose! Most people experience little to no negative side effects when taking CBD, and if anything, they feel nothing but positive effects taking place as their lifestyle changes.
The most common question I receive at our Phoenix store location is, “What does CBD feel like?”. I usually have a hard time explaining what it feels like, so I usually say, “When it kicks in, it’s sort of like an onset of relief and release of your symptoms, rather than another feeling taking over the symptoms, masking them like a pain killer.” The CBD rather soothes the receptors in your body that are firing off, creating pain, inflammation, anxiety, and more.
I would expect to feel a release of overall symptoms, once the proper dosage is achieved, after about 45 minutes to an hour. The results last about 6-8 hours, and in most people work as needed. It is best to consistently dose CBD for the most benefits, but in some cases, it is not necessary for less chronic ailments.
There have been reported cases of adverse effects for some users of Cannabidiol. Common negative symptoms may include diarrhea, feeling intensely drowsy, low hunger, and even the “cotton mouth” experience common with cannabis, or dry mouth. These side effects may occur if one takes too much for themselves, a certain drug interaction, or their body does not interact well with the CBD molecule itself. We would recommend lowering your dose and see if the side effects subside, otherwise stop completely.
What CBD products are best for the treatment of migraine?
When it comes to what CBD products are best for headaches and migraines, it comes down to user preference. As long as you are sourcing your product from a reputable, safe source following FDA approved guidelines, then a variety of products may bring some relief.
The fastest way to get relief for a headache or migraine is to inhale CBD, by vaping or smoking CBD Hemp products! Inhaling CBD will provide relief for pounding headaches, stress, promote relaxation, and soothe the inflammation. There are a variety of vape products like E-liquids that can be used in an electronic cigarette device, pre-filled cartridges with distillate products, and even disposable vape pens! Hemp flower has been increasingly popular as the experience of smoking the flower doesn’t get you high, just chill! There are pre-rolled hemp cones that leave the tedious work of a set up out, or you can buy loose flowers to use! When it comes to dosing your CBD vape, it’s an as needed product, meaning you can take puffs as needed until relief is met. Effects of inhaling CBD usually take place immediately or within 20 minutes, and lasts about 2-5 hours in most people.
The most popular, and most efficient way to receive the benefits of CBD for a migraine or headache, is to dose a CBD tincture oil, capsule, or edible. Our Cannafyl Balance Tincture Oil – 1000mg is perfect for migraines! A tincture oil is taken sublingually, or under the tongue, and held there for around 1 minute before swallowing. A capsule or edible is taken as directed, by ingesting immediately. These ways of ingesting your Cannabidiol usually take around 30-60 minutes to “kick in”, and the effects last around 6-8 hours.
Every body is different, and the dose of CBD depends on your weight, severity of ailment, sensitivity to the molecule, and the quality of product chosen. It is best to play around with what works best for you, and to consult your doctor or pharmacist before changing any prescribed pharmaceutical regimen. CBD may provide a natural alternative to your current headache & migraine remedies, providing relief from the sensitivity and stress of light and sound.