CBD and Migraines
Migraine headaches are one of the most common and painful ailments affecting a significant percentage of the world’s population.
The symptoms associated with the onset of a migraine are seemingly endless and highly debilitating: excruciating pain combined with nausea and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Managing migraines normally involves medications that can be both expensive and full of uncomfortable side effects.
In her book “Cannabis Revealed”, Dr. Bonni Goldstein explores the possible internal imbalances that trigger headaches in migraine sufferers and the potential for cannabinoids to help promote the body’s natural homeostasis and reduce the severity of the migraine headaches. As Dr. Goldstein puts it,
“Often migraine sufferers report that headaches begin in response to a trigger, such as bright light, hunger, hormones, or certain smells or foods. The trigger event causes an imbalance in the brain, which should then trigger the production of endocannabinoids to maintain homeostasis. If one is deficient in endocannabinoids, the imbalance continues, leading to development of the migraine headache. The trigger may also cause inflammation, which may become out of control and contribute to the resulting pain.”
By supporting the proper functioning of our endocannabinoid system, Dr. Goldstein believes cannabinoids could potentially help migraine sufferers.
"An overwhelming majority of migraine sufferers found relief with the use of CBD oil, according to the results of a recent study. Data from a clinically validated survey showed that 86% of respondents reported a decrease in headache impact after using a cannabidiol (CBD) formulation for a 30-day trial period." - Forbes Article & Study