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  • by Nicola Boulton August 30, 2022 5 min read

    Can CBD Balms Provide An Effective Relief For Migraine Sufferers?

    CBD balms provide effective relief for migraine. This article covers authorized migraine therapies, causes, and symptoms of migraine, prevention, and treatment.

    Due to poor quality of life and incapacity, individual and societal expenditures are substantial because of headaches. Approximately 47 percent of the population suffers from headaches, including migraines (10 percent), tension-type headaches (38 percent), and chronic daily headaches (3 percent). Women are 2–3 times more likely than males to suffer from migraines, and tension-type headaches are 1.25 times more likely than men. Migraine, tension-type headaches, and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias (particularly cluster headaches) are the main topics of the current reviews. If you're suffering from migraine, you're likely experiencing a 4-72-hour headache that is often unilateral, pulse-like, and of moderate to severe severity. It's also likely to cause you to be sensitive to light and noise.

    CBD and Migraines

    According to Baron et al. (2018), CBD oil may help alleviate pain and inflammation and treat migraines. This oil shows potential as a migraine therapy in particular. CBD "may still be a feasible topical treatment for certain people with migraine-related joint and muscular pain. Despite this, the FDA has not authorized CBD for use as a migraine therapy or pain reliever owing to insufficient evidence that it is either safe or effective. Due to its effect on brain receptors, CBD  can reduce pain. They are part of the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in pain and inflammation throughout the body. The benefits of medicinal cannabis that have been connected to migraine treatment include pain alleviation, nausea relief, inflammation reduction, and anticonvulsant properties.

    Migraine frequency can be reduced by identifying and avoiding migraine triggers. Depending on the individual, this can look like a variety of things. Still, for example, learning stress management strategies include keeping eyes away from bright lights, eating foods that don't cause migraines like coffee and alcohol, and figuring out how to sleep well and regularly. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating migraines, different drugs may lower the frequency and severity of attacks once they begin.

    Migraine Therapies That Have Been Authorized

    According to Richer et al.  (2016), prescribed medication for nerve pain, such as triptans, ergots, and nerve blocks in the occipital region of the brain, as well as over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and NSAIDs like ibuprofen or aspirin, migraine prevention drugs like beta-blockers, antidepressants, and seizure medications and treatments with Botox. A person can get the most from a variety of techniques. Treatment options may be narrowed down with the assistance of a healthcare professional and careful documentation of symptoms.

    Symptoms of Migraines

     A severe pulsing pain solely on a single part of the head is common in migraines. The senses of sight, hearing, and smell may be more acutely perceptible to the sufferer. Vomiting and diarrhea are other frequent symptoms. Hansen& Charles (2019) reported that nearly a quarter of migraine patients report experiencing an aura before their headaches begin. Sightings like zig-zagging lines, flashing lights, or dots may last anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes; partial loss of vision, numbness, tingling, muscular weakness, trouble speaking or locating words, and other symptoms are all possible. A stroke or meningitis might also cause the symptoms of an aura and should be taken to the hospital immediately if they are experienced for the first time. Recurring migraine headaches may range from a few hours to several days, depending on the severity of the assault. It's a disorder that affects a lot of people their whole lives. Migraine's origins are still a mystery to medical professionals. People with a history of depression or epilepsy are more likely to suffer from a form of the disorder.

    Any of the Following May Cause Migraine:

    Anxiety and stress, sleep disturbances, hormonal fluctuations, missing meals, dehydration, certain foods and drugs, bright lights, and loud noises all contribute to this.

    Treatment

    Some of these indicators are determined by how serious the symptoms are and how frequently they occur, as well as whether the individual is nauseated or if vomiting is a problem. According to Law et al (2013), antiemetics such as metoclopramide are used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, and others. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a neurostimulation therapy, may potentially be helpful. Patients often self-medicate for headache problems using cannabis, even though clinical studies have not yet been conducted on the drug.

    For migraine, Cameron et al.  (2014)  found that cannabis had a significant impact on the condition, and an experimental medical study of a synthetic cannabinoid found that it was effective in treating. However, proper placebo-controlled trials are required to determine the true effectiveness and side effects of cannabis treatment for migraines disorders. Cannabis may have some therapeutic utility in treating migraine headaches, Verma et al. (2021) looked at the endocannabinoid system's function in the disease's onset. A general lack of endocannabinoid tone may cause headaches, 72 Certain steps in the etiology of headaches, such as glutamate signaling leading to CSD,75 cranial blood vessel dilatation mediated by NO and CGRP,77 serotonin release from platelets,91 and afferent trigeminovascular nociceptive inputs, may be interrupted by cannabis. Despite the findings of these investigations, the mechanism by which cannabis prevents headache diseases remains a mystery.

    Attacks May Also Be Alleviated By:

    Place an ice pack on the forehead, drink water, and relax in a quiet environment. People who suffer from persistent migraines should discuss preventative measures with their doctor. If a person has a migraine attack for at least 8 days a month for three months, a doctor may diagnose chronic migraine.

    Migraine Preventive Medications Include:

    Hepp et al. (2015) noted Topamax, propranolol, and amitriptyline are examples of medications in this class. Acupuncture, dietary adjustments, and stress management are some options to explore.

    Conclusion

    Anyone who suffers from migraines should seek the advice of a physician who can propose the best course of action.

    The use of any natural remedy, including CBD oil, should be preceded by a trip to the doctor's office to rule out any potentially harmful interactions.

    References

    Cameron, C., Watson, D., & Robinson, J. (2014). Use of a synthetic cannabinoid in a correctional population for posttraumatic stress disorder–related insomnia and nightmares, chronic pain, harm reduction, and other indications: a retrospective evaluation. Journal of clinical psychopharmacology, 34(5), 559.

    Hansen, J. M., & Charles, A. (2019). Differences in treatment response between migraine with aura and migraine without aura: lessons from clinical practice and RCTs. The journal of headache and pain, 20(1), 1-10.

    Hepp, Z., Dodick, D. W., Varon, S. F., Gillard, P., Hansen, R. N., & Devine, E. B. (2015). Adherence to oral migraine-preventive medications among patients with chronic migraine. Cephalalgia, 35(6), 478-488.

    Richer, L., Billinghurst, L., Linsdell, M. A., Russell, K., Vandermeer, B., Crumley, E. T., ... & Hartling, L. (2016). Drugs for the acute treatment of migraine in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (4).

    Solomon, G. D., & Price, K. L. (1997). Burden of migraine. Pharmacoeconomics, 11(1), 1-10.

    Baron, E. P., Lucas, P., Eades, J., & Hogue, O. (2018). Patterns of medicinal cannabis use, strain analysis, and substitution effect among patients with migraine, headache, arthritis, and chronic pain in a medicinal cannabis cohort. The journal of headache and pain, 19(1), 1-28.

    Gallagher, R. M., & Kunkel, R. (2003). Migraine medication attributes important for patient compliance: concerns about side effects may delay treatment. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 43(1), 36-43.

    Law, S., Derry, S., & Moore, R. A. (2013). Naproxen with or without an antiemetic for acute migraine headaches in adults. Cochrane database of systematic reviews, (10).

    Verma, R., Hoda, F., Arshad, M., Iqubal, A., Siddiqui, A. N., Khan, M. A., ... & Najmi, A. K. (2021). Cannabis, a Miracle Drug with Polyvalent Therapeutic Utility: Preclinical and Clinical-Based Evidence. Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids, 4(1), 43-60.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton


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