CBD Oil For Headaches And Migraines
It seems the whole world is talking about cannabidiol (CBD) these days. CBD is a cannabinoid compound that is one of many found in the cannabis plant, with people reporting that it helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and provides pain relief for many physical conditions. But can you use CBD Oil for headaches and migraines?
Taken on its own it has various interesting qualities but it is when CBD is taken with all the other compounds in cannabis that it truly becomes a star player. There is a synergy at work in nature that medical herbalists recognise and utilise with all their tinctures.
This synergy brings a far more potent product and it is why all the products at CBD One use a whole plant full-spectrum CBD extract . Indeed, it would be more accurate to call our products cannabis oil instead of CBD oil.
This synergy is the balance of all the interesting chemicals within any particular plant that help it have healthful qualities without causing terrible side effects. It is also one of the reasons why pharmaceutical companies do not research herbal medicine in the same way they do a single, active, ingredient. You see, they can own a single compound but they cannot own a whole plant!
Profits come from isolating one compound and researching its effects and making a medicine from it. The problem with this is that using a single active ingredient often comes with two issues: 1. It makes the drug extraordinarily powerful 2. It causes awful side effects.
Nature is far more intelligent and gentle than a brute force pharmaceutical drug so often takes longer to show changes but does little, if any, harm.
The gentle nature of using whole plants means they are often remarkably safe to use and this is recognised by the World Health Organisation in its report about CBD .
Is CBD Oil Good For Headaches And Migraines?
There is a very simple answer to this question which may seem disappointing but is sensible. Will it help? We do not know.
There you go! We genuinely have no idea if our CBD products will help. However, one thing we can say with absolute certainty is that if you try CBD it will do you no harm. Now given that the Hippocratic oath suggests doctors should ‘help or do no harm’ we are already halfway towards doing this.
Let us compare this to taking one ibuprofen which you can freely buy over the counter at pharmacies. Figures from the British Heart Foundation show, “ People who had used an NSAID (like ibuprofen) in the previous fortnight were found to have a 19 per cent higher risk of hospital admission for heart failure”
So given that doctors are supposed to do no harm this is a worrying but very widespread problem that most of the public know nothing about. Well rest assured dear reader, CBD One products do not come with any such risk.
This means that taking our CBD products comes with no risk and may bring you some benefits. Because it causes no harm I would argue it is worth a try.
As an interesting anecdote, I was speaking at an osteopathic conference to a group of my esteemed colleagues about CBD. At the end of my lecture I offered them a sample of our Absorb Pure syringe pump.
The next day one of my colleagues rang me to explain that at the end of my lecture he could feel a terrible headache coming on, I’m sure it had nothing to do with my lecture of course. He told me that this was a regular occurrence and he knew that his next steps would be to go to bed and that would be the end of his evening.
However, half an hour after taking the CBD his headache had gone away and he was able to enjoy a nice dinner and social event with everyone else. He now uses CBD regularly .
Because cannabis extracts are such a complex substance, at least they are if they have been manufactured with care, they are very difficult to research because pinning down which bit of the plant is doing what is nigh on impossible. However, that is because researchers are trying to look at an incredibly complex group of compounds through a black and white prism.
This is, unfortunately, where modern medicine falls down because too often it is looking for one simple answer to all manner of complex problems that require complex answers. In relation to cannabis this means that there is plenty of interesting and compelling research but much is also difficult to pin down and assess with pharmaceutical methods.
However, because we know it is safe at least we can take the step of trying it knowing that we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Can CBD Oil Cause Headaches?
I have certainly heard of people reporting that they get a headache when they tried taking CBD so gave up.
I would urge patience because if you get a headache when you take CBD there are probably one of two things going on.
Firstly you may simply have taken too much CBD too soon. Lower your dose and try again. Our body can take time to get used to cannabinoids like CBD so start with two drops twice a day if you are using an oil and see what happens. If this causes a headache then half your dose, or even go to one drop a day for a week and build it up slowly.
Secondly you may be experiencing a herxheimer reaction. This occurs because the CBD may well be killing off toxic (for want of a better word) cells, this cell death can give headaches as the body processes all this toxicity. This normally lasts from one to three days but we are all different so listen to your body. This reaction can also make you feel a little floaty or tired.
Therefore, it can cause a headache but more often than not this is a temporary reaction and should fade away over the course of a few days. If you are experiencing any problems with it not going away perhaps you could get in touch with us through our healthcare advice service .
How To Use CBD Oil For Migraines And Headaches
The most effective way to take CBD is orally. Whilst patches that work through your skin may have a place they will generally be CBD with none of the other clever compounds in cannabis so make sure you supplement them with an oral product that is full spectrum.
At CBD One we have two types of oral products for you to try:
Our CBD oils which tend to be more on the calming side and are taken under the tongue. Generally two or three drops two or three times a day but please tune into how you are feeling and increase or lower the dose accordingly. CBD dosage is more of an art form than a science as we all react differently and have our own sensitivity to it.
Or our Absorb range which tends to get in your system fast and have a more energising effect. Most people take one shot of Absorb a day. They are designed to be added to a hot or cold drink and can transform your morning cuppa into CBD Tea or CBD Coffee !
When it comes to which strength to start with I usually suggest people start with a middle strength product. Starting in the middle means you can increase or lower your dose as you see fit and means you will be using a decent amount of cannabinoids to hopefully see some positive changes.
If budget is an issue you can always start with a low dose and take twice as much of it to mimic a stronger product if you are not feeling anything change.
Please also remember to be patient! Whilst some people might see rapid changes, I have seen others only see a difference after two or three months, who are then bowled over by the improvements. I have also seen people think it is doing nothing, so they stop taking it and then they notice problems returning that they had not realised had gone away.
Always keep in mind that you are taking a natural product and nature works to her own rhythm no matter how impatient we may be so allow nature to take its course.
How to Use CBD for Headaches
Few everyday ailments feel as debilitating as a particularly hard-hitting headache. These frustrating little intruders have the power to put you in a state of all-out discomfort and misery, affecting your ability to see, think and get things done on a day-to-day basis. For this reason, those of us who suffer from chronic headaches tend to be on a constant quest for remedies that actually work. Indeed, finding the right solution — whether it is taking your daily serving of CBD drops or cutting back on the caffeine — could be truly life-changing.
The Rise of CBD for Pain
If you’ve been paying attention, you already know that cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly emerging on the scene as an untapped resource for supporting everything from quality sleep to post-workout muscle recovery. But studies have shown that it also has the unique ability to lessen feelings of pain and discomfort? And headaches are just the tip of the iceberg. Many people rely on this mighty little compound to help with joint pain, inflammation, muscle soreness and more.
So, how does CBD help with pain, exactly? To put it simply, CBD works within the body’s endocannabinoid system, a complex biological network that helps us regulate sleep, hunger, pain and discomfort. This system is made up of receptors, enzymes and endocannabinoids. When it comes to pain, we’re particularly interested in two key receptors — the C1 and C2 receptors. CB1 receptors regulate signals sent to our brains, while CB2 receptors are key regulators of inflammation that help modulate pain.
Scientists believe that CBD has an impact on feelings of pain and inflammation because it serves as an antagonist to the body’s CB2 receptors, effectively blocking them. In other words, it’s believed that CBD can help the body manage pain and discomfort because it blocks those key signals from being sent throughout the body. This is why you might feel more comfortable and relaxed after taking a few drops or gummies.
Does CBD Help with Headaches and Migraines?
We know that CBD can support the ongoing quest for pain relief, but does that apply to headaches? People who suffer from chronic or intense headaches know they’re among the toughest ailments to kick to the curb, in part because there are so many things that can cause them to begin with. Is it dehydration, stress, external stimuli or something more serious? When you can’t pin down the cause of your headache, it helps to turn to remedies that broadly address pain and inflammation.
Both anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that CBD can help treat migraines and headaches. Because of the many years of cannabis prohibition, we’re still in the early stages of research on this topic. With that said, reputable medical journals such as Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, put out by the American Headache Society, have acknowledged and contributed to the growing body of support for CBD in treating headaches and migraines. There is also a fair amount of evidence out there showing that CBD can help with the management of chronic pain as a whole.
How to Use CBD to Ease the Pain of Headaches
With this in mind, it’s important that you know exactly how to use CBD for headaches. There are so many different products on the market. Figuring out what to take, when to take it and how much of it to take can be downright confusing. With that said, understanding how to take CBD properly for your specific condition — in this case, headaches or migraines — can help ensure that you get the most from each serving.
- Take the Right Product — While CBD alone is a powerful way to combat pain and discomfort, you might consider taking a CBD product that’s formulated with other natural pain-fighting ingredients. For example, our CBD Relief Capsules are formulated with white willow bark extract, bromelain, turmeric extract and other ingredients that help with pain regulation. Willow bark has been called “nature’s aspirin” because it contains salicin, a compound similar to aspirin. Bromelain is a natural enzyme derived from the pineapple, which has known analgesic properties, while turmeric has been proven to have as much pain-reducing power as ibuprofen .
- Take CBD Daily — In addition to helping halt pain signals from reaching your brain, CBD also has the ability to boost your body’s production of its own endocannabinoids — the natural molecules your body produces to signal pain. This suggests that not only should you take CBD when you start to feel pain coming on, but that you should integrate it into your daily routine to help encourage your body to naturally ward off pain and inflammation before it starts.
- Take CBD When You Feel the Pain Coming On — One of the worst things about headaches is that they’re impossible to predict. But you can use CBD as a tool for unexpected pain management. If you feel a headache coming on as a result of a particularly stressful week, too much time spent staring at the screen or a night of drinking, you can take CBD as needed to support your body’s ability to manage the pain. Keep CBD travel packs with you in your luggage, car or desk drawer at work so you can immediately address headaches that occur out of the blue.
- Choose a Format that Works for You — CBD comes in a wide variety of formats, including gummies, drops, capsules and topical creams and lotions. Be sure to choose the style that’s easiest for you to stick with. For example, many people find it easier to take a CBD gummy or two daily as well as when they feel the pain coming on. Taking a gummy or drops can be more pleasant and more convenient because it doesn’t require you to go find a glass of water.
- Get the Serving Right — Serving sizes can have a huge impact on whether or not you’re successful in using CBD to address certain ailments. The key is finding that sweet spot where you enjoy the desired effects. But here’s the thing: Every person is different, and variables such as weight, tolerance and genetics can impact how your body handles CBD. Read our guide to CBD serving sizes for insight on how much CBD to take, depending on a variety of factors.
- Choose a Pure Isolate Product — When using CBD to address pain, make sure to always choose a product labeled “CBD isolate” rather than “full-spectrum” or “broad-spectrum” CBD. The isolate label indicates that the CBD product has no trace of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the hemp-derived compound that provides the psychoactive effect or “high” feeling we often associate with cannabis. While there is evidence to suggest that THC is also helpful for managing pain, it is not the best choice for people who want relief without the mind-altering effect.
- Read the Ingredients List — Not all CBD products are made with high-quality safe ingredients, so make sure you always read the label and choose products that are third-party tested. Note that certain CBD products may contain ingredients that are known to trigger migraines and headaches, including toxins like pesticides and mold. This is especially true with regard to CBD edibles, such as gummies or candies, so it’s always important to look for 3rd party testing.
Integrating CBD into Broader Self-Care
Here at Soul CBD, we recognize that CBD is a powerful tool in the ongoing quest for feeling great. We also believe that it should be only one piece of the puzzle. Integrating CBD into your daily routine can contribute to quality self-care and can help you manage symptoms. But if you find that regular headaches are holding you back from living your daily life — preventing you from working, spending time with friends or even enjoying your downtime — then you likely need to make a larger lifestyle change.
Here are some ways to ensure that your headaches don’t turn from moderately frustrating to downright debilitating.
- See Your Physician — While the occasional one-off headache is more than likely no big deal, the World Health Organization warns that recurrent headaches may be associated with a headache disorder or something more serious. If you suffer from chronic headaches, it’s crucial that you speak to your physician to rule out any potentially serious causes. Taking into account a physical exam as well as any other signs or symptoms, your doctor may be able to connect your headaches to a specific cause, which can make treatment easier.
- Drink Enough Water — You already know that dehydration can take a huge toll on your general wellness. If you don’t get enough water, your body simply won’t have the tools it needs to produce enough energy, regulate your mood and support your body’s core functions. Without enough H2O, you’ll also be a lot more prone to recurring headaches. The brain needs water to thrive. When you don’t get enough, it can shrink, pulling away from the skull and signaling pain receptors.
- Avoid Headache Triggers — No two people are alike, and all have their own sets of sensitives, but there are some triggers many headache sufferers share in common. For example, alcohol is a common trigger because not only does it cause dehydration, but it also releases inflammatory properties throughout the body, causing pain. Other things that can cause or exacerbate headaches include:
- Poor diet
- Hormonal changes
- Loud noises
- Bright lights
- Certain smells
- Lack of sleep
- Weather changes
Finding the Right CBD Products
When using CBD to treat headaches, the best thing you can do is partner with a supplier that focuses on quality and safety above all else. Soul CBD is your source for the best CBD products because we use organically farmed, all-natural CBD that’s third-party-lab tested to ensure safety and effectiveness. On top of that, our products are always made of CBD isolate and contain zero THC. They’re also gluten-free, to help ensure that you don’t unknowingly take something that could cause or worsen your headache.
So, which Soul CBD products are best for keeping in your anti-headache arsenal? While many of our products will do the trick, our CBD Relief Capsules are an easy, controlled way to get the right dosage at the right time. Not a big fan of pills? No stress. We’ve also got powerful and effective CBD Oil Drops and CBD Gummies to help you get relief in the way that makes the most sense for you. Ready to try it out? Explore all of our premium CBD products to find a formula that feels right for you.