Can Cannabidiol help with your headaches ?
Yes, we’ve all had at least once that head-splitting migraine, and it’s not exactly pleasant. For some of you, migraines may be a recurrent thing, whilst others may suffer from severe migraine attacks which can last several hours or even days. And with such headaches, even the simplest of activities can worsen your symptoms. But what if you could use CBD oil for your migraine ? Could this natural substance help alleviate your pain symptoms ?
Most people turn to pain medications such as paracetamol, however you may be concerned by the side effects. Especially in the long-term. Enter the star of the show, Cannabidiol (CBD)! A natural cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant, CBD is continuing to grow in popularity due to its many therapeutic benefits. Keep reading to find out all the information you need to know concerning CBD oil and how it may help your migraines.
Studying The Effects of CBD Oil on migraines
Research on the effects of Cannabidiol is still very limited. For migraines, current research shows how Full Spectrum CBD oil may help with headaches. The lack of research is mainly due to the many regulations and legislations around CBD as well as the lack of funding.
However, as Cannabidiol’s popularity is increasing, so is the interest in this cannabinoid’s research. More and more studies as well as numerous accounts from CBD oil users clearly show that the cannabinoid plays an important role in pain management – and that includes headaches as well as chronic pain.
How CBD oil interacts with our body
The exact mechanisms of how CBD works within our body are not fully understood. However research shows that CBD interacts with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). How? By influencing and interacting with our CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors, improving their efficiency. These receptors are responsible for many bodily processes, including our immune system.
It is also widely thought that CBD may prevent or delay the body from metabolizing our endocannabinoids, meaning their effects will last longer or even be improved. Anandamide for example is an endocannabinoid produced by our body associated with pain management. With CBD helping to improve the efficiency and delaying the metabolization of this endocannabinoid when it interacts with our receptors, this may lead to better and longer-lasting pain reduction.
Using Cannabidiol as an anti-inflammatory is also common, however it is often best to use a topical CBD product to really target the inflammation. CBD oil in this case is likely to be less effective as it will affect the entire body instead of one localized area.
That being said, a lot more research is needed in order to fully understand how Cannabidiol interacts with our body.
How to use CBD oil
The legality of Cannabis has been an ongoing debate for decades, especially in Switzerland where it was still legal not that long ago in some cantons. For thousands of years, cannabis has been used as a natural remedy for many different ailments such as:
- neurological pathologies
- mood regulator
But how to use CBD oil? The big problem here often comes with the lack of information regarding proper dosage. We’ve written an entire article on CBD dosage, so make sure you check that out if you have any questions. It is quite a complicated topic, and you need to make sure you give yourself the proper dosage to benefit from your cannabidiol experience.
You’ll also find a nice WikiHow article on how to take CBD oil. Unfortunately Swiss CBD legislation does not permit us to talk about the most common consumption method, however CBD oil can be applied topically as well as vaped.
Depending on the consumption method, the amount of time it will take for you to feel the effects of CBD oil will vary. Vaping will be much faster than a topical application for example, since it enters your bloodstream much quicker.
If you’re looking for the ideal CBD dosage for your migraine, well, there isn’t one. We are all different and we all react to Cannabidiol differently, so the best you can do is follow the dosage guidelines and see how your body reacts. Then, adapt your dose accordingly. We always recommend starting with a low CBD dosage and gradually increasing it until you reach your desired effects. This will allow your body to get used to cannabidiol and reduce the risk of side effects as well. Remember that it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor for his or her advice as well.
Cannabidiol’s side effects
Research shows that swiss CBD oil’s side effects are minimal, which is also why many people are choosing it over other medication with strong side effects. Notably, unlike certain pharmaceutical drugs that tend to be very addictive such as morphine, CBD oil is a non-addictive substance.
That being said, there are still potential side effects that can occur when using swiss cbd oil which you should be aware of:
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Changes in appetite
- Dry mouth
- Changes in mood
The way you consume your Swiss CBD oil can of course influence the side effects you will feel. Vaping the oil for example may cause more of a dry mouth than a topical application and potentially irritate your lungs. So just like traditional vaping, if you suffer from any lung diseases it may be a better idea to use another consumption method.
It’s also important to know whether Cannabidiol will interact with any medications you’re taking. So if you’re under antidepressants, antibiotics or any other kind of medication, it’s best to consult your doctor first.
Will CBD get you high?
This is a recurring question, so we also want to emphasize this point over and over again. No. CBD will not get you high. CBD oil is made from cannabis, but the active ingredient in the cannabis plant that gets you high is THC. “But Full Spectrum CBD oil contains THC, right?” Right. However, the amount of THC in CBD products is too low to feel those psychotropic effects. Research is also suggesting that CBD may help counteract the effects of THC. So rest assured: unlike medical marijuana – which is usually very potent and will get you VERY high – CBD products will not have any such mind-altering effects.
Is CBD Legal ?
CBD in Europe and Switzerland is legal, however marijuana’s popular psychotropic component, THC, is still illegal in many countries. In the case of Full Spectrum CBD oil products, they need to contain less THC than the legislation of that country stipulates. In Switzerland, CBD oils need to contain less than 1% THC, but in France for example, the limit is 0.2%.
So it’s important to know your own country’s cannabidiol legislation when purchasing your CBD oil from abroad. Otherwise, customs may seize your goods. To prevent such issues, our 1807 Blends swiss CBD oil always contains less than 0.2% THC, even though the legal limit is 1%.
CBD oil for headaches
As we’ve previously outlined in many of our articles, more research is needed concerning CBD oil before it can become a conventional and universally accepted treatment option for migraines. That being said, you can speak to your doctor if you’re thinking about trying cannabidiol. Doctors will be able to advise you on the correct CBD dosage and any other aspects that may pertain to your personal health.
And if you buy our Swiss CBD oil to try and treat your migraines, be sure to read our article about CBD dosage. Just like any other treatment, your body may need to get used to cannabidiol so it may take some time for you to feel the effects.