Throbbing headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, disturbed vision, inability to think clearly. Sound familiar? Migraines are fairly common, affecting adults and children. For some people, migraines might be patterned or they may occur suddenly. To continue normal functioning, we may try over-the-counter migraine relief, prescription drugs or good old-fashioned sleep. An alternative to these is on the horizon with CBD oil.
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a phytocannabinoid, a chemical compound unique to the cannabis sativa plant. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system inherent in all humans, often bringing relief for a number of ailments. Studies have indicated that the endocannabinoid system is involved in the processing of pain signals and is capable of inhibiting them. CBD in the medical world is still relatively new and researchers are analyzing how and why CBD is so effective, as reported by thousands of people. New research has illuminated evidence for medicinal and therapeutic uses of CBD for humans. Here’s what some of that research has concluded about CBD oil and migraines.
A 2010 issue of Experimental Neurology published research about the endocannabinoid system and migraines, finding that activation of the endocannabinoid system could be a therapeutic mechanism to reduce inflammatory and physiological elements of pain often involved in migraines.
A 2011 publication in The Journal of Headache Pain demonstrated a study that found that migraine attacks may develop due to dysfunction of the endocannabinoid system. Researchers in this study tested rats to discover that modulation of CB receptors could be useful in the treatment of migraines.
A 2010 study published in Nature Neuroscience found that cannabinoid receptors illicit powerful control over pain through CB1 receptors, which can inhibit pain signals in the central nervous system, via the production of anandamide.
In 2008, researchers analyzed the possibility of a concept called ‘clinical endocannabinoid deficiency’, which could be the foundation for migraines and other pain concerns, which they discovered pathophysiological and biochemical patterns for. This research was published in 2008 in Neuro Endocrinology Letters.
Research suggests that CBD can provide treatment for migraines and even help prevent them. Contemporary research provides evidence that CBD can be useful in pain modulation, though more research is needed to explain the mechanisms. If you experience migraines, CBD doesn’t produce serious side effects, unless you’re on certain medications, such as blood thinners. Experimenting with CBD yourself may be well-worth a try to see if it works for you. Consult your doctor, especially if you are currently taking medication(s).
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