CBD and Marijuana
Historically, a number of Marijuana users have reported that Marijuana use reduced their frequency of migraines and related aura symptoms. This was supported by research in 2016 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/
) that identified medical Marijuana extracts could possibly be of benefit to anyone suffering from chronic pain such as Arthritis. CBD, although only using part of the Marijuana plant, has been taken up by some migraine sufferers in an attempt to try and alleviate some of the symptoms and frequency of their migraines.
The evidence so far
No official research has been carried out in this area yet and so there is no hard evidence to support this theory. However, many migraine sufferers are reporting that CBD is a valuable and effective aid in the debilitating and painful symptoms of migraine.
It is not indicated that CBD should be used as a sole treatment for migraines. However, when used alongside a healthy lifestyle and effective stress management, some suggest CBD can complement the regime by acting as an anti-inflammatory.
Forms and methods of CBD use
CBD has been previously suggested as an effective pain reduction for arthritis and has the benefit of being available in many forms. These include capsules and topical oils to apply to the skin. CBD can be added to food and drink as well as inhaled through vaping.
Professionals offer precautions for anyone considering vaping, due to the increased risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases.
In addition, experts are cautioning potential users to consult with their GP before self-administering CBD. CBD has the potential to interact dangerously with other medications and, depending on the changing legislation, may require a prescription. A GP would also be able to advise on the recommended dose and method of use, before you begin any treatment.
CBD, although not currently recommended for migraines, has the potential to be the subject of increased research in this area as both a pain relief and anti-inflammatory aid. Whether CBD could be used as a stand-alone treatment and replace medications such as Botox and Sumatipran remains to be seen.