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Can CBD oil help with migraines?

If you suffer with migraines, you’ve probably tried every treatment under the sun. While some sufferers do find a method of relieving the pain and other debilitating symptoms of migraines, there are many for whom over the counter or prescription medicines just do not work. This is because your migraine triggers and symptoms are unique, therefore what works for another migraine sufferer may not have the same benefits for you. Although research into CBD oil for migraines is at an early stage, it is thought that it could be very helpful to migraine sufferers, particularly those for whom nothing else has worked. 

How does CBD oil work to relieve migraine symptoms?

Historically, cannabis was a common treatment for headaches until it became illegal. Fortunately, modern methods mean that cannabidiol (CBD) can be safely extracted from the plant without any psychoactive properties (meaning it won’t get you high). Some evidence has shown that CBD oil can help reduce pain and inflammation in people with arthritis and it’s thought that it relieves migraines in the same way. 

Another theory is that migraine sufferers have a deficiency in their endocannabinoid systems. This system controls many processes in the body, including pain. Your body produces its own cannabinoids, but some research shows that migraine sufferers may have a deficiency in the ECS (endocannabinoid system). If this is true, a daily dose of CBD oil could make up for the deficiency, therefore reducing the frequency of migraines or even stopping them altogether. 

How to take CBD oil to relieve migraines

Some migraine sufferers choose to take CBD oil at the onset of an attack and others use it as a daily preventative measure. With either method, there are a number of options for taking CBD oil. Capsules are an easy to manage option, especially for a daily dose, as you can easily and precisely regulate how much you are taking. You can also take CBD oil as drops or a spray into the mouth, apply it to your skin or add it to food and drink. These methods require a little more care when measuring doses, but do suit some people better. Inhaling or vaping CBD oil is another option, but this can cause lung problems in the longer term. Whichever method you choose, it is advisable to start with a low dose and monitor how well it works for you.