There are a number of studies which lead us to believe CBD could be effective in the treatment of migraines.
In a 2016 study by the University of Colorado, 121 migraine patients were given medical marijuana daily.
It was investigated whether migraine attacks can be prevented in this way. The results were outstanding: around 40% of the test subjects stated that the number of migraine headaches had halved.
However, one of the most promising treatment methods, according to some studies, is CBD.
Another study involved 48 sufferers of chronic migraines. The participants were given 10mg of one of two combinations of THC and CBD. One with a higher dose of (THC), and one with CBD, but practically zero THC. They found that doses of less than 100mg had little effect. But when a dose of 200mg was reached, acute pain dropped by a massive 55%.
The study also included a second phase. Everyday 79 migraine sufferers were given a dose of either 25mg of amitriptyline or 200mg of the THC-CBD combination for a period of three months. In addition ot this 48 cluster headache patients also participated in the study.
The results showed, after 3 months, that the THC-CBD combination worked slightly better than the amitriptyline. There was just over a 40% reduction in attacks, but the strength and frequency of cluster headache attacks only slightly reduced.
The study states that the difference was only marginal. But what is very positive here, is that CBD offers fewer side effects than amitriptyline, which is a strong drug often used to treat depression.
CBD offers a natural alternative to prescription medication which not only results in fewer side effects, but is also non-addictive.
Quick recap - what is CBD again?!
CBD, as a quick reminder, is the shorthand term for cannabidiol, which is one of the active ingredients in cannabis. More specifically, the cannabis sativa plant.
Unfortunately, many still associate the use of CBD with the use of cannabis, the illegal recreational drug. But this most certainly is not the case. CBD is not psychoactive and does not get you 'high'. It is the high THC content that causes these effects. Often low amounts of THC can be found in CBD products. Whilst this can most certainly be beneficial, there are often legalities to consider.
CBD - like THC - comes from the cannabis plant, is known as a powerful natural pain reliever, as well as having numerous other benefits. For example, it's anti-inflammatory, and also it's antidepressant-like effects.
But CBD and THC are not the only cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
In fact, the hemp plant contains over 100 cannabinoids!
CBD products often contain some of these other cannabinoids, as well as flavonoids and terpenes.
This is because the cannabinoids work together and enhance the effect of the products.
This is known as the entourage effect.
CBD products which have this mix of cannabinoids are referred to as full-spectrum products. Be aware that these can contain THC. Products that contain only trace amounts of THC are called broadspectrum. CBD products that contain zero THC are known as CBD isolate. These are the three types of CBD products you can buy.