The very best part of being involved with CBD is how many people we help with their discomforts. It truly is such an amazing feeling, when a client returns, usually bringing friends, and with a sparkle in their eye--thanking you for saving their life. Recently our staff at the store assisted a woman who has had migraines her entire life. She was skeptical, but desperate and so she left with her CBD products after learning how CBD may be beneficial for her. She returned a week later, with friend, and exclaimed that Yoshi, our wonderful CBD expert, saved her life. With tears in her eyes, she explained that she has not had a migraine in a week and how she has had migraines her entire life on a weekly basis. She was so appreciative and excited about life that it made me feel blessed for this truly amazing compound. I have seen the results from many who suffer from migraines, but she touched my heart with her sharing of her life long struggle and how we were able to assist. Her story left me more determined to reach those suffering. Clinical studies and scientific research are rare, but I dug up the following to help people with their decision to try CBD for migraines.
What Does the Research Actually Say?
The common thread you can find throughout the existing scientific research on this subject is that CBD oil can improve some migraine symptoms for most people.
In 2016, Pharmacotherapy published a study showing how the frequency of migraine headaches dropped from 10.4 headaches a month to 4.6 in a group of 121 medical marijuana users.
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research published a review last year showing a clear history of cannabinoid use in the treatment and reduction of migraines.
Uses and Safety Previous research studies have shown that CBD oil, unlike THC, does not cause a euphoric high or psychotropic effects, and is typically less controversial and safer for medicinal use. CBD oil has been shown, in a limited number of studies, to be effective in the treatment of many disorders, including diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and migraines.
A recent study discovered that the type of cannabis that CBD is composed of is very well tolerated and safe in humans. The researchers who conducted the study reported that when the type of cannabis with THC was given to study subjects, there was an increased heart rate, anxiety, and psychotic symptoms noted; but, when CBD oil—lacking THC—was given, there were no side effects (including psychotic symptoms).
ConclusionsWhile there is a lot of good to say about the use of CBD oil as a migraine treatment, there simply is not enough evidence to say conclusively that it will be 100% effective 100% of the time for 100% of the population.
Perhaps, in time, laws will change and more research can be done to develop CBD oil as a reliable migraine treatment, but we are simply not there yet.
What the evidence does show, however, is that CBD oil can absolutely help relieve some symptoms related to migraines.