Let’s have a look at another commonly used migraine preventing medicine: propranolol. This is what is called a beta blocker. It works by binding to beta receptors in your body and is used in those who have had heart attacks and heart problems in the past. Again, look below to see the list of side effects:
For those who are having a migraine attack, 29% found that it stopped their headache completely.
This may be why so many people find relief in using cannabis.
CBD Oil and Migraines: How long has it been used for treating migraines?
I usually recommend that patients use CBD oil on a continual daily basis as a preventative measure for migraines. Usually, this means taking about 50 – 100mg of CBD oil. I have found this to be an effective means to reducing the frequency of migraine attacks.
Light and noise become your worst enemy as they usually just make it worse.
When having a migraine attack, I encourage the use of inhaled CBD as opposed to CBD oil. Inhaled CBD (either as a vape or flower) works much faster than having it in an oil form.
CBD oil is a prescription-only medicine in NZ and is available in other countries without a prescription.
Studies suggest that CBD and cannabis are at least as good as common migraine preventive medications, without the side effects. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Dr. Steven Zodkoy, a medical consultant at Monmouth Advanced Medicine, a New Jersey chiropractic clinic, noted that his chronic migraine patients use CBD in a preventative capacity. Zodkoy said that CBD helps to mediate their overall stress level, which is helpful as migraine patients often become fearful of triggering an episode. “Physiologically, CBD has a relaxing effect on the body, which makes it more pliable to adjust to stress. I have been using full-spectrum hemp products/CBD with my migraine patients for a few years with excellent results.”
Given this context, many migraine sufferers are receptive to new treatments that promise to help manage migraine pain. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has recently captured the attention of scientists and patients alike. CBD’s analgesic effects, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-nausea qualities may help relieve the symptoms associated with the condition.
A 2019 review published in “Current Opinion in Neurology” suggests that CBD may have a role to play in alleviating the pain associated with migraines. CBD can affect the function and activity of signaling pathways by targeting the receptors that play a role in pain control.
The review also points out that CBD can suppress the release of certain proteins, which are linked to inflammatory pain and modulate the immune cell system. The modulation of the ECS with cannabinoids could offer a tolerable and pharmacologically sound treatment for migraines; however, the study’s authors expressed the need for further studies to explore the mechanisms by which this occurs.
There is clinical evidence that suggests this hypothesis could hold validity. A 2007 study published in the journal “Neuropsychopharmacology” showed evidence of depressed anandamide levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of migraine sufferers. Low anandamide levels are a possible indication of an impaired ECS. These findings point to cannabinoids as a potential therapy for chronic migraine sufferers.
While there are still no clinical studies exploring the efficacy of CBD oil as a treatment for migraines, several scholarly reviews and studies point to the importance of modulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the use of cannabinoids such as CBD as a potential therapy.