A new study has shown that the use of cannabis for headaches can be beneficial as it reduces headache and migraine pain by up to half. However, the study suggests that it is cannabinoids or other constituents like terpenes that play the central role in headache and migraine relief.
Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, according to a recent study led by Carrie Cuttler, a Washington State Universityassistant professor of psychology.
The study, published online recently in the Journal of Pain, is the first to use big data from headache and migraine patients using cannabis in real time.
Interestingly, the study found a small gender difference with significantly more sessions involving headache reduction reported by men (90.0%) than by women (89.1%). The researchers also noted that cannabis concentrates, such as cannabis oil, produced a larger reduction in headache severity ratings than cannabis flower.
Cannabinoids or terpenes?There was no significant difference in pain reduction among cannabis strains that were higher or lower in levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), two of the most commonly studied chemical constituents in cannabis, also known as cannabinoids.
Since cannabis is made up of over 100 cannabinoids, this finding suggests that different cannabinoids or other constituents like terpenes may play the central role in headache and migraine relief.
Simply said, they aren't sure exactly which cannabinoids/terpenes is the one or combo treating headaches. They just are finding that the plant cannabis has some amazing constituents that need a lot more research. Until then if you have headaches, migraines or any other pain give whole plant full spectrum Hemp Extracts a try for more therapeutic value. Most of our clients see results with our 750mg Full Spectrum Hemp derived CBD extract.
Here is a link to the complete guide on headaches by the National Headache Foundation. https://headaches.org/resources/the-complete-headache-chart/
When we steam distill cannabis flowers we get the essence of the plant, known as terpenes. More than 20,000 terpenes appear throughout nature, in every plant, every flower, and even some insects. About 200 – are found in cannabis. But these days, cannabis terpenes are huge in the medical community. Once thought responsible only for the aroma & taste of plants (as an evolutionary defense mechanism against predators), terpenes are now known to possess serious medicinal value. In cannabis, terpenes work in synergy with each other and cannabinoids like THC and CBD to enhance or buffer the plant’s medicinal strength. That’s what the term entourage effect means. Each terpene also has its own unique powers which we will present in upcoming posts about each terpene of the cannabis plant.
Cannabis essential oil is not intoxicating, and does not contain THC. It is made from the Cannabis sativa plant, its flowers and upper leaves. Cannabis essential oil benefits include pain relief, sleep aid, relaxant, and skin balancing. As with every essential oil, I believe you have to find the botanical that works for you, your body, your internal chemical composition. With that said there is now a DNA test that will pin point not only the cannabinoids most beneficial for you, but also which terpenes are best for you. Order your cannabis DNA test kit here.
By diffusing cannabis essential oil, one almost immediately receives the calming and uplifting benefits. CEO diluted may also be applied topically for localized relief. For ingestion, one would want to work with a Clinical Aromatherapist. We are in the French camp on ingesting EO's, which is to say we find it perfectly safe and take full responsibility for our ingestion. This is a personal choice that we will leave up to you.
In a study, Cannabis Essential Oil: A Preliminary Study for the Evaluation of the Brain Effects results suggest the occurrence of the positive relaxation and anxiolytic effects of Cannabis Essential Oil, (CEO). These findings provide evidence that brain wave activity autonomic nervous system response and mood states were affected by CEO.
A recent study confirmed that cannabis compounds may be effective at preventing cavities and gum disease than current oral hygiene products.
The study, Cureus Journal of Medical Science, found that the cannabinoids CBD, CBGA, CBG, CBN, and CBC killed more bacterial colonies in plaque than commercial toothpastes such as Colgate, Oral B, and others.
The researchers made their discovery after collecting plaque samples from 60 healthy participants. The plaque was collected with sterile toothpicks and spread across petri dishes. The dishes were then hit with either a mixture containing one of the five cannabinoids mentioned above, or a mixture containing one of the common toothpaste brands. On average, the cannabinoids prevented the growth of bacteria better than any of the three toothpaste products or controls.
Researchers concluded that cannabinoids compounds could also slow the development of antibiotic resistance seen in difficult-to-treat infections like MRSA. CBG is the cannabinoid to treat MRSA and we offer it in several different formulations.
Of course one doesn't have to wait for a cannabinoid toothpaste. One can simply drop a few drops onto their toothbrush, add a little of your favorite toothpaste and brush away bacteria. For that tooth that always is causing problems, try dipping a toothpick into the cannabis extract and carefully work it around the tooth and gum. Also, if taking cbd/cbg extracts sublingually, simple swish around in mouth before swallowing your daily dose.