CBD for Migranies
Does CBD help Migraines?
In the U.S., more than 38 million people suffer from migraines. Some migraine studies estimate that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. population have migraines, and 2-3 million migraine suffers are chronic. (more info at www.migraine.com)
Although there is limited research on CBD's effects on migraines there has been a lot of people advocating for its pain relief. I personally have only experienced a true migraine once in my life and the pain was something I never forgot. The piercing agony that overcame me was one of the worst feelings. I did suffer from headaches regularly and have experienced significantly fewer since taking CBD on a daily basis.
A migraine is a headache disorder that often affect one half of the head. They tend to be pulsating and last from 4 - 72 hours. Symptoms can be visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, touch and smell and tingling or numbness. The underlying issues of migraines are not fully known but it is believed to involve the nerves and blood vessels of the brain but may also be caused by problems in the cervical spine. Depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances are common for those with chronic migraines.
How CBD helps migraines
Recent studies show that migraine headaches may be due to endocannabinoid deficiency and abnormal inflammatory response. When introducing cannabidiol (CBD) into our body it bonds with our CB1 & CB2 receptors, helping the endocannabinoid system (ECS) maintain vital health functions and restore balance in our body. When the body suffers from cannabinoid deficiency, using CBD can boost your body's production of endocannabinoids restoring balance to your ECS and helping relieve migraine pain.
*For more info on the endocannabinoid system check our our blog post CBD & endocannabinoid system*
We know CBD is an anti-inflammatory, helps with restful sleep, helps with depression & anxiety, can relieve nausea and supports the endocannabinoid system by reacting with receptors in the body. So when I have people ask me if CBD can help migraines I tell them its worth a shot!* Even if it doesn't cure your migraine it will certainly help manage the negative side effects.
I would recommend taking a tincture on a daily basis to see if it helps with your migraine/headache and when one occurs curl up with some CBD tea or soak in a hot bath with a CBD bath bomb, or both!
Where Should I Buy CBD From?
Where you purchase your CBD products is up to you, though ensure that it is a respected retailer that tells you the CBD content on the packaging, as many don’t. We always recommend our own LivKind 500mg CBD Tincture as we provide our lab results, how much CBD is in it, a full list of ingredients, and a recommended serving size. If you’re looking for a tincture that is completely clear and upfront on what it is and how to use it, you’ll love it.
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*You should always contact your Dr if you are already taking medication for migraines and shouldn't stop taking medications without discussing with your Dr first. The FDA has not approved hemp or CBD for any medical purposes, and LivKind makes no medical claims about CBD or our products.
Additional Source: CBD A Patients Guide to Medicinal Cannabis by Leonard Leinow & Juliana Birnbaum