Migraine headaches are a chronic headache disorder that can, in their most severe form, be highly debilitating for patients. Migraines can last from hours to days in duration, and be so painful that even the simplest of tasks become impossible.
There are a number of key symptoms that can make a migraine headache reasonably easy to identify. These include:
Current treatments for migraines are fairly generic pain medications. For many patients though, these medications don’t sufficiently dull the persistent agony that migraines can cause. They can also cause medication overuse headaches, which worsen the problem.
For this reason, many patients have sought out their own experimental home treatments for years, and cannabis has become one of the most popular.
Cannabis contains chemicals known as cannabinoids. Many of these chemicals have been studied by researchers at length, but one has been of particular interest to medical researchers who are investigating migraine treatments.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has been at the heart of a huge amount of scientific investigation in recent years. This chemical, which does not cause any psychoactive “high” effects, has been found to be very useful in the reduction of pain.
This finding correlates with centuries of anecdotal evidence in support of the use of cannabis to treat pain. In fact, cannabis has become synonymous with chronic pain as a result.
While the research conducted into the use of CBD for migraine patients leaves a lot to be desired, the results of various studies have been promising. The legal status of cannabis in the United States hampers research efforts. This has meant that not enough large scale studies have been conducted to conclusively recommend the drug to migraine patients.
However, the continuing anecdotal evidence is very encouraging. This, coupled with the promising findings of scientific studies, is why many people are cautiously optimistic that CBD pills will become a mainstream migraine treatment in years to come.