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How Can Hemp Oil and CBD Help Treat Migraines?

How Can Hemp Oil and CBD Help Treat Migraines?

Jan 07, 2017 / 0 comment / admin

If you or a loved one has ever experienced a migraine, you know how agonizing this type of headache can be. Unfortunately, though, there’s no surefire way to prevent or get rid of migraines. These headaches aren’t rare – in the United States, about twelve percent of people experience them, leading to many days of misery and missed work every year. It’s easy to see why finding an effective migraine treatment is important. As medical marijuana becomes more mainstream, researchers are discovering that hemp oil and other cannabis products rich in cannabidiol (CBD) might be able to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.

A Brief Introduction to CBD

What is CBD? CBD, also called cannabidiol, is one of the many naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, another famous chemical component of cannabis, CBD won’t get you high. That might be a bad thing for recreational users, but for many people who use medical marijuana to treat illnesses and chronic pain, it’s a very good thing. Cannabidiol’s lack of side effects means it’s safe for virtually everyone to take, including children, the elderly, and people who need to drive or be active at work all day.

So if CBD doesn’t produce psychoactive side effects, what does it do? Plenty. In fact, scientists are beginning to think that cannabidiol may be responsible for the majority of cannabis’ therapeutic effects. Cannabidiol is a great natural painkiller, and many people living with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia use it to ease their discomfort and help them sleep. CBD also prevents seizures, kills cancer cells, and reduces inflammation and oxidative damage throughout the body.

Cannabidiol is available in the form of high-CBD strains of raw cannabis as well as hemp oil. Hemp oil is many people’s preferred treatment method because it’s simple to consume and doesn’t carry the health risks of smoking. High-cannabidiol hemp oil extracted from industrial hemp is also available and legal everywhere, unlike cannabis-derived hemp oil.



Peppermint and Menthol for Migraine Relief

Peppermint and Menthol for Migraine Relief

Peppermint oil is concentrated from peppermint leaves, a hybrid of water mint and spearmint.

Peppermint’s key ingredient is menthol.

This article reviews the science behind why peppermint and menthol are popular migraine treatments.

Thirteen Reasons Why Peppermint May Relieve Migraines.

1. 2015 Menthol Gel Migraine Study

In a 2015 Thomas Jefferson University Study, a menthol-based gel was applied on the neck and behind the ears of 25 patients during migraine attacks (study).

After two hours, 28 percent of patients had no pain and another 28 percent of patients had only mild pain.

The results were impressive, but there was no placebo group.

2. Menthol on 118 Migraine Attacks

In 2010, Iranian researchers used menthol to treat 118 migraine attacks in 35 patients (study).

Menthol was superior to the placebo for pain relief, pain freedom, nausea, vomiting, phonophobia (sound sensitivity), and photophobia (light sensitivity).

3. Placebo Effect of Menthol and Beyond

Placebos that are topical ointments work better than pill placebos (study).

Therefore, it’s impressive that menthol outperforms the high placebo effect of a topical ointment (study).

Use positive thoughts while applying peppermint oil to harness the placebo effect (full article).

4. Tension-Type Headache Relief

A German study published in 1996 found that peppermint oil applied to the forehead and temples was just as effective at controlling tension-type headaches as 1,000 mg of acetaminophen (study).

The study analyzed 164 headaches in 41 patients.

Peppermint oil was also more effective than the placebo. However, the co-author of the study, Dr. Göbel, disclosed to The Wall Street Journal that peppermint oil had no benefit over the placebo for migraines in unpublished work (WSJ).

It’s possible that peppermint oil was effective for migraine pain relief, but no more effective in the unpublished study than the high placebo effect of topical ointments.

The research suggests that peppermint oil could control tension-type headaches before they transform into migraines.



CBD from Hemp Oil vs. CBD from Medical Marijuana

Many prospective medical marijuana patients are surprised by the number of similarities between hemp and marijuana. However, the resemblance should come as little surprise, since both hemp and marijuana are versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. As we dig deeper into the two plants, we begin to see how they can each play a role in the medical use of cannabis.

One of the misconceptions about CBD hemp oil products is that CBD from hemp oil is less potent than cannabis oil or CBD oil made from medical marijuana. While it is true that the percentage of CBD in hemp plants by dry weight is lower than the percentage of CBD in some specially bred marijuana plants, once the oil is extracted from the plant, this difference becomes negligible.

However, hemp cultivars also grow much faster than marijuana, so while an intensively bred high-CBD medical marijuana strain would take a full season to grow, a hemp farmer can often plant multiple crops a season, creating a more environmentally sustainable and conscious product.

While it has been warned that hemp is a bioaccumulator (absorbs and collects contaminants). It needs to be noted that all cannabis plants, including medical marijuana strains, are bioaccumulators. A medical marijuana crop grown with poisonous pesticides or fertilizers is more dangerous to a consumer than a cleanly grown hemp crop, and with minimal regulations in many medical marijuana markets, there is no guarantee that marijuana bought from dispensaries is healthy to use. Recently in Colorado, there have been a number of recalls for marijuana grown with dangerous, unapproved pesticides.


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