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CBD is a very touchy subject for some. However, it shouldn’t be anymore! Ever since the US Farm Bill was passed in December 2018, CBD is now legal to consume (sort of) in the US.
This article will briefly explain what CBD oil is and how it MAY affect migraineurs.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. CBD is simply an isolated extract from a plant called Cannabis Sativa. Ah, this is where it gets weird for some. People hear the word Cannabis and their ears perk up with delight or disgust.
To clear the confusion, Cannabis Sativa is a family of plants—including marijuana and hemp. They are separate plants. Marijuana makes you high because it contains high levels of THC (the psychoactive compound). Hemp contains extremely low levels of THC and will not make you high.
On a federal level (in US):
Hemp = legal (ever since the US Farm Bill was passed)
Marijuana = illegal
When CBD is hemp-derived, it’s legal! Fortunately, most brands get it from hemp anyway, but it’s necessary you do your due diligence to confirm before you buy.
On a federal level (in US):
CBD extracted from hemp = legal (ever since the US Farm Bill was passed)
CBD extracted from marijuana = illegal
Could it Help with My Migraines?
Dozens and dozens of peer-review studies have been conducted on CBD. However, the studies have never been targeted at migraines specifically. By determining if they would work for migraineurs, we merely have to indirectly infer based on other studies. Obviously, this is problematic and imperfect—but it’s the only thing we can do until a direct study is conducted.
In 2018, the Frontiers of Neurology published an article which indicted that CBD had anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective substance. Additionally, the same study indicates that CBD is safe because it does not alter heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and psychomotor and psychological function are not negatively affected.
Additionally, there was a study conducted in 2012 that found CBD to be effective at relieving some types of chronic pain and inflammation.
And potentially the least bias source in the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed CBD non-addictive. In a double-blind, randomized study, the WHO said there was no difference in addiction risk between CBD and the administered placebo.
Beyond all of this, even the FDA is starting to take notice of CBDs natural medical properties. In 2018, the FDA approved the first drug containing CBD. Sure, it was only for rare forms of epilepsy, but it’s a step in the right direction for CBD to be used for other medical conditions.
In summary, there is simply not enough evidence to say for sure that CBD may be beneficial for people suffering from chronic migraine headaches. However, the studies surrounding CBD make it a promising candidate.
If you’re still itching to learn more about CBD (dosage, legality, more medical literature, third-party testing, the importance of quality assurance), please check out this ultimate CBD oil guide for migraines.
This list is just a rough guide, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol.
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