The Definitive Guide to CBD for Migraines
Do you suffer from migraines? Have you ever had someone downplay your pain, saying you just have a headache? Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine knows that it is absolutely not your common, everyday headache by any means.
I have suffered from migraines since I was about 12 years old. My parents thought that I was just experiencing stress headaches due to the problems I had started having with my school work. It was actually the other way around: the migraines were causing me to have problems concentrating, studying, and completing my assignments.
My migraines were not diagnosed until many years later, when I was about 17. The doctor prescribed a medication I was to take daily to prevent migraines. I did not like the idea of taking medicine every day for something that I experienced only about twice a week.
It didn’t take long to discover that the migraine medication did not work at all. I was still regularly experiencing terrible migraines along with nausea, vomiting, mental confusion, extreme sensitivity to light, dizziness, and much more. Nothing specific seemed to trigger these episodes and no medication, over-the-counter or prescription, did anything to alleviate the pain and misery that came with the migraines.
I got married at the age of 22, and I learned that my sister-in-law Leslie also suffered from migraines. No medication had helped her either. She had tried everything, even going to a self-styled “herbologist” who actually gave her Belladonna – poisonous Deadly Nightshade! – tablets for her migraines! She would supposedly be safe as long as she didn’t take too much of the deadly stuff!
Leslie read an article about CBD and the success people were having in treating all kinds of conditions with it, including migraines. She tried CBD oil and she was completely amazed at how well it worked. She bought me my first bottle of CBD oil.
Leslie is a very no-nonsense person, so I knew that if she was endorsing this treatment, then it was the real deal. I was almost looking forward to my next migraine so I could try it out for myself! Of course, I didn’t have long to wait.
My next migraine turned out to be a doozy. Nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, excruciating pain, the whole nine yards. I headed straight for my medicine cabinet and my bottle of CBD oil.
Two drops of CBD oil later and my migraine and all the nastiness that came with it was already fading away. Within half an hour it was as if I had never had a migraine at all. I was so happy I literally got tears in my eyes.
These days I only get the occasional migraine, and when I do I still head for those two little drops of CBD oil or one CBD gummy candy for complete relief. It works almost immediately and there are no side effects from the CBD to deal with. I am able to relax and let this natural wonder substance do its thing.
As much as I love and trust my sister-in-law, I have to admit that I seriously doubt I would have believed her (or anyone else) if I hadn’t tried CBD and experienced its effects for myself. There’s a saying that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. That is NOT the case with CBD, so please don’t miss out on everything it has to offer.
The formal name for CBD is Cannabidiol. It is a naturally-occurring derivative of the cannabis (marijuana) plant. Since CBD has no psychoactive effects, it does not produce a feeling of intoxication or being “high”.
More and more beneficial uses for CBD are constantly being discovered. Migraine relief is just the tip of the iceberg. This amazing substance is taking the world by storm, much to the relief of people who are tired of dealing with the ineffectiveness of synthetic medications as well as side effects and risk of dependence that accompany the use of a number of them.
Although few “official” studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of CBD specifically on migraines users of the product are happy to share their stories about how much it has helped them. Scientific studies carry some weight, but it is the migraine sufferers who have found relief from this awful pain who can give firsthand insight into its effectiveness. They are excited to share their experiences in the name of helping other migraine sufferers find relief.
Anyone who deals with migraines on a regular basis knows the frustration of hearing doctors say that the cause of these headaches can’t be pinpointed. Much more than just a headache, migraines disrupt every aspect of your life from your job or school work, to your time with your family to social activities and everything in between. Along with agonizing headache pain, migraines are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, physical weakness, high blood pressure, and much more.
It is believed that CBD’s ability to relieve swelling and inflammation is what makes it effective in the treatment of migraines. Testing has shown that during a migraine attack blood vessels located all over the brain’s surface become swollen, causing pressure and pain. By relieving the swelling, CBD works in relieving the headache pain.
The most commonly used form of CBD is oil. The oil is easy to use and can be customized, one single drop at a time, for each user. It works within minutes and relieves the migraine itself as well as all of the awful issues that generally strike along with it.
CBD has a number of healing benefits besides relieving migraines. Its treatment as a pain killer alone makes it invaluable. It works without the risk of developing any dangerous addictions.
The crisis of drug addiction has become a tragic epidemic in society today. Pain medications, opioids in particular, are at the center of the crisis. Sadly, a growing number of these addictions end in death.
CBD has shown great promise as a tool in the fight against drug dependence and addiction. It works by influencing the human body’s endocannabidiol system which contains specific receptors that interact with chemicals like endocannabinoids. Some of these chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are responsible for controlling specific moods, including the good moods and feelings of euphoria that are associated with drug use.
There’s a great deal of evidence to suggest that CBD interrupts the connection between these neurotransmitters that cause the cravings for opioids and their effects. When the desire for the drug is interrupted and then eliminated, the addiction can be broken. This is a significant step in the successful treatment of drug addiction.
CBD is helpful in the treatment of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and a number of other mental health issues. It is effective in relieving the numerous physiological effects of these conditions as well.
One of the most promising benefits of CBD is its ability to reduce issues related to cancer and the harmful side effects of chemotherapy. Further, there is some evidence which is currently being researched extensively that suggests CBD may even be able to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Another benefit of CBD’s effects on the body’s endocannabinoid system is that it can be used in the treatment of neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. It has already been widely used to treat seizures, especially in children who suffer from a specific epilepsy disorder called Dravet syndrome. It has also shown promise in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.
Heart health can also benefit from the use of CBD. It has the ability to relieve hypertension which can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. Its ability to decrease stress is also good for the heart and the circulatory system.
CBD comes in several ready-to-use forms. The most popular CBD products are oils and gummy candies. Other types of CBD products include capsules/pills, vapes (for use in electronic smoking devices), and topical creams/lotions. When purchasing these products, always be sure to choose a reputable dealer whose products contain pure CBD.
Pros of CBD use:
- No psychoactive effects (no intoxicating feeling of being “high”)
- Treats pain, swelling, and inflammation
- All-natural with no risk of addiction
- Treats anxiety and depression
- Decreases the risk of heart disease
- No harmful side effects
Cons of CBD use:
- CBD is illegal wherever marijuana is illegal
- May cause drowsiness
- Temporary, mild side effects may include dry mouth, dry eyes, dizziness
- As with any treatment, CBD works differently for everyone
It won’t matter if a thousand people tell you how wonderful something is, you won’t know until you try it for yourself. I suffered from migraines long enough, and I was never happier to find a product as I was when I found out about CBD. It worked like magic, and I say that with all sincerity.
CBD got rid of my migraine pain and every nasty thing that came along with it. I didn’t have any side effects to deal with as I had with other medications I tried. I didn’t have to worry about what kind of harmful chemicals I may be putting in my body as I did with synthetic medications.
If you have migraines, do yourself a huge favor and give CBD a try. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Find out for yourself, then spread the word so others can get help for their pain too.