Anyone who suffers from migraines will tell you how completely debilitating and draining they can be.
But - you guessed it - CBD can help. So how exactly does it work?
There is accumulating evidence of the powers of CBD, particularly in the treatment of chronic pain and inflammation.
Inflammation is the body’s instinctual reaction to anything it understands to be threatening to the immune system. Conditions like migraines and headaches often result from inflammation of the blood vessels of the brain.
CBD can help through its activation of the CB2 receptors in our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which help to restore balance in the body by regulating pain and inflammation. In turn, this assists with decreasing the frequency and intensity of migraines.
To understand in greater detail, read this 2012 study that found CBD and other cannabinoids to be helpful in suppressing persistent inflammatory pain for migraines, arthritis and other conditions associated with inflammation.
Some research even indicates that CBD has the potential to reduce individuals' pharmaceutical drug intake.
The analgesic properties of CBD and other cannabinoids serve as a great alternative to pharmaceutical medicines, as they are healthier for your body and your bank balance.
Ibuprofen is one of the most common pain relief medications, also targeting inflammation. However, few are aware of the long-term side effects of these painkillers which include liver damage, stomach ulcers and increased risk of strokes, heart attacks and blood clots.
As it stands, there are no recorded negative long-term side effects of CBD. In fact, as this study shows, when taken regularly CBD oil can also help to reduce the stress, anxiety and lack of sleep that often bring about these severe headaches in the first place.