A Guide to CBD for Migraines

Jun 15, 2021Posted by: brian sorel

Guide to CBD for Migraines | iCBD blog

Migraines are so common that you most likely know at least one person, or you know a friend of a friend who suffers from them weekly. With new research and developments, CBD for migraines as well as CBD, in general, might be a new wavelength of healthcare. With its anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits, the CBD expansion into chronic illnesses and other chronic conditions (like migraines!) could revolutionize the industry as soon as more research is done. 

How can CBD be used for Migraines? 

There are many ways that you can use CBD for migraines, to help relieve chronic pain, or even help with everyday issues. Whether you decide to apply it topically, take it orally, or inhale it, CBD can have strong effects both at the onset and as a preventative measure for migraines 

CBD when used topically can help to relieve any muscle aches or pains that may be caused by migraines. Neck pain or tension at the top of your back is a common side effect of migraines and massaging a topical CBD product or oil onto the skin can help to relax the muscles and relieve some of that pain. CBD applied topically can also help to relieve potential nausea or vomiting. Try this iCBD 500mg CBD Topical Roll-on Gel to start. 

CBD can also be taken orally in many ways. You can take a pill, use drops, use a mister, mix it in your drinks, or eat something with CBD infused like these iCBD 500mg Broad Spectrum Watermelon Gummies. Taking a CBD oil or drops under your tongue is the fastest way for CBD to take effect orally as it absorbs quicker, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the other options as all are equally effective. 

The last way you can take CBD for migraines is by vaping or inhaling it. iCBD has several vape products in different flavors and strengths like the iCBD Mint Vape Pen in 250mg and the iCBD Mango Vape Pen in 500mg. Vaping is the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD but comes with the most risk of diseases. 

Studies show that taking CBD under the tongue or vaping it at the onset of a migraine can help set off some of the side effects and offer relief faster. It can also be taken preventatively to help lower the number of migraines throughout a month. 

What are Migraines and what causes them? 

Migraines are one of the most common chronic neurological conditions worldwide, with around 39 million Americans suffering from them at some point in their lives, and around 1 billion people around the world have migraines at some point. Migraines are essentially strong, throbbing headaches that tend to have varying side effects and triggers depending on the person. While there are preventive medications as well as ones to take when one pops up, they aren’t always effective enough. Migraines often pop up as a response to a trigger like specific foods, lack of sleep, or other environmental conditions.

There is no known cause of migraines or the development of them, but it is known that women experience migraines at higher rates than men, and they are also more common in younger adults aged 18-44. 25% of school-aged children and teens aged 15-18 experience migraines, especially if they are female. Though migraines are often underdiagnosed and undertreated, through CBD research and further developments the trend may start to change. Using CBD for migraines may be the newest breakthrough.

How can CBD help with the root cause or side effects of migraines?

Every brain has neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids which help regulate the body’s pain, stress, and immunity. This is the part of the body that the cannabinoids from CBD attach to and interact with. As there isn’t much research on CBD and other cannabinoids yet, no studies are concrete, but there are a few things that can be hypothesized. Migraines and other chronic diseases are thought to be potentially caused by a deficient endocannabinoid system, and so CBD can help to repair the neurotransmitters and heal that part of the brain.

Migraines often have many side effects, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Lack of energy 

Though CBD itself also has its side effects, it can help to relieve many of those side effects associated with migraines. CBD limits the breakdown of the chemical compound anandamide, an important part of the endocannabinoid system, and helps keep it working properly. CBD also has many anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief effects which can help with the throbbing pain side effect.  

What is a safe dosage/usage of CBD for migraines?

Because of the lack of research into CBD and other cannabinoids, there is no definite answer to how much CBD for migraines. Most researchers and specialists recommend talking to your doctor and determining what method and dosage to use. CBD can interact with other medications and either make them more potent or cause them not to work as well as they should. CBD can also interact with those medications and render them both useless.