By John Martinez in association with Axon Relief (Guest Post) –
If you’re active in the migraine community, you may be noticing that CBD oil is starting to pick up steam as a possible treatment for migraine headaches.
However, are the floods of positive anecdotal evidence backed by scientific data?
The short answer is: not really.
However, despite CBDs lack of a sound scientific background, there are a few studies that make the subject very promising.
For those who have never heard of CBD oil, I’ll briefly explain so that everything is on the same page.
What the heck is CBD oil?
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is an isolated extract from a plant called Cannabis Sativa. “WOAH — pump the breaks. Isn’t that marijuana?”
And here is where people’s ears either perk up with delight as they remember their midnight munchies and endless laugh-fest OR they look away with disgust.
To clear the air, Cannabis Sativa has two species: hemp and marijuana.
Marijuana will make you high. Hemp will not make you high. They are completely different plants with different properties. For years, the two species were viewed as identical, and clumped together and deemed as illegal. On a federal level, they WERE classified as a schedule 1 drug. Yes, that means hemp used to be in the same category as heroin and meth.
Regardless of the position you hold with marijuana, CBD is not marijuana. In fact, as of December 2018, the US federal government agrees — finally!
Because CBD has low levels of THC (the component that makes you high), the US Government removed CBD derived from hemp from the list of controlled substances. This was a part of their 2018 US Farm Bill that was overwhelmingly passed in December. So yes, CBD is now legal on a federal level (with a few conditions). Unfortunately, marijuana still remains illegal.
You can learn a little more about the laws surrounding CBD oil here. That link will also dive a little deeper into things like dosage, side effects, benefits, etc.
Could CBD Help with Migraineurs?
The main problem with CBD oil and people with migraine headaches is the lack of studies. There are plenty of studies on how marijauna affects people with migraines, but not isolated CBD. For example, in 2016, there was a survey conducted by Pharmacotherapy which indicated that “medical marijuana” may reduce the frequency of migraines. The people in the study reported a reduction from 10.4 down to 4.6 per month.
Of course, this is problematic because we don’t know what component of marijuana is actually helping. Could it CBD? Yes! Could it also be THC? Well, yeah. And couldn’t it be all of the 120 substances marijuana contains working together?
I think you get the point. We need more studies to know for sure.
But, we do have studies seeing how isolated CBD affects people with other conditions. In one study, CBD was deemed to be effective at relieving certain types of chronic pain and inflammation.
Additionally, the Frontiers of Neurology published a study which indicated that CBD had anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, and neuroprotective substance.
So, in a nutshell, CBD oil seems to be beneficial for some conditions. Could it work for people with migraines? Possibly. The best way to know is to just try it yourself. Once again, if you’re still curious about CBD oil, I urge you to check out this article.
Interested in trying out CBD oil for migraine? Check out our partner, Axon Relief.
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