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Migraines and headaches - does CBD help?

May 13, 2019 3 min read

Migraines and headaches - does CBD help?

If you prefer to use CBD then you must be aware of all the benefits that come with it. CBD can help to deal with a number of diseases and works to reduce inflammation and pain. It is also a better solution for migraines or headaches. Migraines are the most annoying pain that lasts anywhere from 4 to 72 hours and it can get worse with any activity. Though many painkillers can reduce the pain, however, there are a number of side-effects of these painkillers. That is why using CBD is a better option because you will not have to suffer from any side effects.

CBD and migraines

Cannabis has been used for a number of years for its medical benefits. Though the evidence for its effectiveness and safety is lacking, however, studies suggest that some compounds present in cannabis have therapeutic advantages for headaches and migraines.

A study was done in 2017 due to which researchers were able to find the effective and useful role of cannabis for dealing with migraines, but there is still a lack of study in this regard.

Another study previously done in 2016 indicated that cannabis may have an effect in reducing the frequency of migraines and headaches. However, the study did not describe the dosage and formula of CBD to overcome migraines.

Another study published in Cannabis and Cannabis research in 2017 witnessed the positive outcomes of oral cannabis. 26 people who met with medication overuse headaches, consumed ibuprofen, nabilone along with oral cannabis to overcome the symptoms, over the time of six months. Each combination of medicines was used for 8 weeks and there was also a difference of 8 weeks between the combinations. The end results of the study revealed that the participants witnessed better improvements and a better quality of life while consuming nabilone and cannabis combination. However, this is to understand that the combination of compounds was used and not cannabis alone.

Pharmacotherapy issued a study in 2016 on the effects of marijuana on migraines. The research found that among the 48 participants, 40% of people observed fewer migraines overall. The biggest complaint was drowsiness and some had problems in determining the right dose.

How does it work for migraines?

CBD interacts with cells present in brain and the nervous system, these molecules are known as cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. However, the relationship of the receptors and cells is not fully understood but their interaction has an effect on the immune system.

CBD helps the body to deal with the metabolizing anandamide, which is a compound associated with the regulation of pain. By maintaining high levels of anandamide in the bloodstream, the feelings of pain can be reduced. The same phenomenon can be applied for migraines.

Apart from that, there is evidence of CBD limiting inflammation in the body, which further reduces the pain or other responses of the immune system.

CBD can be used in a number of ways for migraines relief including consuming CBD oil or pills. Vaping CBD oil is more beneficial in migraines as it delivers in the bloodstream faster.


This article was written by an independent and third-party author specialising in CBD, hemp and cannabis research. Any opinion, advice or recommendation expressed in the article does not reflect the opinion of Formula Swiss AG or any of our employees. We do not make any claims about any of our products and refer to our disclaimer for more information.

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