CBD Oil for Headaches – Does it Work? Everything You Need to Know

How does CBD oil possibly help headaches?

Within the body lies a biological system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is primarily composed of endocannabinoids, which bind to cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found throughout the nervous system, especially in the pain-processing area of the brain.

Endocannabinoids have been shown to target similar pathways to traditional headache and migraine medications. This supports the theory that cannabinoids like CBD hemp oil can possibly treat headaches since they interact with the ECS in similar ways to endocannabinoids.

How to use CBD oil for headaches

While trying out CBD oil for the first time can seem quite intimidating, it is straightforward. CBD oils come in many forms, including tinctures, capsules, and creams (for topical application). Choosing what form you would like to take CBD in depends on your preference and how severe your headaches are.

An excellent way to take CBD oil is sublingually. Sublingual means “under the tongue,” so, as the name suggests, drops of CBD oil are placed on the delicate area under the tongue. This increases the rate at which the CBD gets absorbed into the bloodstream, enhancing effectiveness.

Before trying CBD for the first time, it pays to see your doctor. They will assess the severity of your headaches and whether CBD oil is the best option for you.

CBD side effects

Generally, CBD should be well-tolerated by many. However, individual body composition and needs mean minimal side effects can also occur. These include dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, and changes in appetite.

Side effects can be minimised by choosing good quality CBD products over cheaper and less reliable options. Higher-quality CBD products are often more expensive but are quality-tested for any contaminants that may be present.

The result? A more effective CBD product without any additional side effects.

CBD for Headaches: The bottom line

CBD can be used to possibly try and help ease the symptoms of many types of headaches, including migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. While headaches can come in many forms, the symptoms experienced are often similar and extremely painful.

As the correct dosage of CBD will vary depending on individual body composition and headache severity, talk to your doctor before self-dosing.

To speak to one of our experienced doctors about using CBD for headaches, please click here.

Disclaimer – medicinal cannabis and CBD oil are unapproved medicines in NZ which means that there is no conclusive evidence for their effect, apart from Sativex. Many doctors do not routinely prescribe cannabis medicines. The above article was written for general educational purposes and does not intend to suggest that medicinal cannabis can be used to treat any health condition. Please consult with your healthcare provider. 

MBChB (Otago), BSc (Auckland) - As our tele-medicine doctor and author, Dr. Waseem keeps busy educating both patients and doctors about medicinal cannabis. He also consults with people from all over New Zealand, offering a listening ear and giving the most relevant advice.

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