Migraines are the most common and disabling neurological disorder in the UK, affecting 1 in 7 people, making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.
Each September the Migraine Awareness Trust use this week to “raise general awareness of migraine as a serious public health issue and to reduce stigma.”
As with most invisible illnesses, many people still don’t understand the complexity and severity of Migraines, simply brushing them off as nothing more than a bad headache. Whilst almost all of us have experienced painful headaches, whether overtired, stressed, hungover, or dehydrated, headaches have nothing on Migraines.
While most headaches have a cause, such as those listed above, and can easily be treated with over the counter medication, home remedies, or a healthy meal and good night’s sleep, Migraines are much more complex and debilitating.
Unlike headaches, which tend to last a few hours, Migraines typically last up to 72 hours, and while most people can still function with a headache, those suffering from Migraines are rendered unable to leave the house. As well as the debilitating head pain, symptoms include sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, sickness, dizziness, fatigue, stomach pains, and difficulty concentrating.
Migraines have a number of causes as therefore a whole range of treatment options. Causes can be emotional – depression, anxiety; physical – exhaustion, low-blood pressure; dietary – dehydration, caffeine; Environmental – changes in atmosphere, bright lights; and certain medicines. Changes in diet, lifestyle or surroundings can help temper the pain and other symptoms of Migraines, but there is no cure or foolproof preventative treatment for Migraines. Over the counter and prescription pain medications can also help relieve the pain associated with Migraines, along with anti-sickness tablets and alternative treatments such as acupuncture.
In lieu of formal scientific research into CBD as a treatment for Migraines, all we have to go on is anecdotal evidence from sufferers who have tried it. Like most other chronic pain conditions, traditional treatments for Migraines mostly involve pain killing medicines such as paracetamol based medicines and anti-inflammatories. Therefore there have been reports of CBD helping to relieve Migraine pain, as CBD helps the body’s Endocannabinoid System to maintain a sense of balance and manage the body’s sensitivity to pain.
More scientific studies are either currently under way or planned for the next few years to examine the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids such as THC in the treatment of Migraines.
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