Nearly everyone on the planet has had a headache at one point or another; in fact, it is the most common type of pain. It’s also a major reason people visit the doctor and miss work or school.
Tension headaches are the most common type. These are often related to stress, and if you don’t get enough sleep, skip meals, work too much or worry too much, you’ve probably had one before.
Migraines are another common type of headache, and they can be severe. People who have migraines may experience a pulsing or throbbing pain, sensitivity to light and sound, vomiting and nausea. Others may experience auras with their migraines — including flashes of light or sudden blind spots. The pain of a migraine can last for a few hours to a few days, and the pain can be disabling.
Whether you have a stress-related tension headache or migraines that make it difficult to function for hours or days at a time, there is a natural, effective solution — CBD oil.
Research shows that CBD can be an effective treatment for people suffering from migraines and headaches. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a component of the cannabis plant. Because it is non-psychoactive, CBD does not cause the “high” typically associated with cannabis use, but it does present many positive effects for people with migraines and headaches.
Research shows that people with migraines and headaches report a decrease in pain after using CBD oil, and a study of medical marijuana users conducted by the journal Pharmacotherapy showed that marijuana can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. It is believed that CBD is the compound in marijuana that is responsible for that reduction.
Most headaches are caused by some type of inflammation, and CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties. A study conducted by Future Medicinal Chemistry found that CBD significantly suppresses inflammatory responses, which is what causes migraines and headaches. A 2017 study presented at the European Academy of Neurology also showed that CBD is more effective at reducing chronic migraine pain than opiate painkillers — and unlike those painkillers, CBD is not addictive or habit-forming.
One of the most effective ways to use CBD oil for migraines or headaches is the sublingual method. This means placing a few drops of the oil under your tongue, allowing it to permeate into your system. We recommended starting off slowly with a small dose, allowing your body time to adjust to the treatment, then slowly increasing the dose until you achieve the migraine and headache relief you desire.