Treating Headaches and Migraines with CBD

Headaches, and especially migraines, have a particularly nasty way of showing up in our daily lives at exactly the wrong time. Whether we’re just finishing our work day, or walking out the door to hang out with friends, we’ve all experienced just how devastating these ailments can be.  

For people who suffer from chronic migraines, it can seem almost impossible to live a normal life. Migraine headaches often cause much more than just pain. From nausea, to sensitivity to light and sound, or even dizziness and fainting, migraine headaches wreak havoc on sufferers.

Because of this it is no surprise that people who fall victim to these types of chronic pain are willing to try just about anything for relief.  Oftentimes, this means resorting to prescription or over the counter meds, most of which, have a laundry list of side effects. 

With its ever-increasing popularity however, more and more people are now reaching towards CBD as an alternative for treating many types of chronic pain. In comparison to almost any other form of treatment, the benefits of CBD are unmistakable. Derived from the Cannabis plant, CBD provides an all-natural replacement for traditional pain relief options.

Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding cannabis leaves many people wary of CBD.  In this article, we will talk about CBD, and its use as a treatment for headache and migraine. We will also discuss some of the usual concerns that encompass the CBD industry, and its assumed correlation to THC. Lastly, we will cover the different types of CBD treatment options and products available, and how to make sure you choose the one that’s right for you.

Is CBD legal? This is commonly the first question asked by anyone considering the switch to CBD. If this worries you, allow me to alleviate your concerns. The answer is yes. As of December 2018, CBD is legal nationwide.

What Does CBD Feel Like?

Another issue that leaves many people apprehensive of CBD, is the comparison to THC and the “high” that it provides. While CBD and THC are both derived from the same plant, they are two entirely different things. The simplest way to look at it is this. THC is almost always classified by how it will make you feel when you take it, CBD usually can’t be felt at all. While extremely high doses of CBD have been said to give the user a relaxed feeling, CBD is not intoxicating, does not produce a high, and is most commonly used for pain management.

CBD Products and Treatment Options

CBD can be absorbed into the body in many different ways. Products containing CBD vary from lotions and rubs, to oil, vapor, capsules, edibles and many more. With so many options available, you may feel overwhelmed in trying to choose which one is right for you. Here, we will cover some of the pros and cons of each.

CBD Pain Relief Rub

A truly remarkable treatment for migraine is a CBD topical cream, salve, or lotion. Applied to the face, neck, or shoulders, CBD lotion quickly and efficiently relieves pain. It can be used even after the onset of a migraine or headache. By absorbing into your skin and calming the nerves that are commonly associated with causing migraine pain, these creams and lotions can take effect almost immediately after use.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tinctures

CBD oil is a liquid compound that contains CBD. Usually made by mixing another type of oil, such as coconut oil, with CBD. CBD oils are generally sold in bottles with droppers, and can be deposited under the tongue for absorption. This is one of the most popular methods of CBD consumption because the user has complete control over the amount they wish to take. It is also one of the fastest acting treatment options available. After being placed under the tongue, CBD oil can start to take effect in as little as two minutes.


While capsules are increasing in popularity every day, their use for migraine pain is limited. Capsules are the slowest acting form of CBD and can take anywhere from thirty to ninety minutes to begin working. You should also consider that a common side effect of migraine is swelling and inflammation in the stomach, so it may take even longer for a capsule to absorb under these conditions. If taken on a daily basis however, capsules can be used as a preventative measure for chronic migraine. 

Inhalation (Vaping)

Inhaling CBD as a vapor is, without question, the fastest route to absorption. The vaporized CBD is carried into your lungs and directly to the bloodstream. It then travels through your body and the effects are almost instant. However, as of now there have not yet been any proven studies on whether or not CBD vapor is harmful to your lungs. 

Cannabis has been used throughout history as a treatment for all sorts of pain. It was only recently discovered that CBD, as well as some other derivatives of cannabis, are the factors mainly responsible for its pain-relieving properties. We now have the ability to extract only the CBD from the cannabis plant. This means that today we can harness, and use to our benefit, all of the amazing properties of cannabis, without any of the side effects that it was once shunned for. CBD has been hailed by the media and even called a miracle drug.      

Choosing what dosage of CBD is right for you may be a little tricky. Everyone is different when it comes to this and the course of action most recommend, is simply trial and error. Just as you would with any other medication, the safest thing would be to start small and work your way to a higher dose as you discover what works for you.  The positive side of this is that CBD is safe even in high amounts, simply pay attention to what your body is saying to you and make the decision for yourself.


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