How to Take CBD Oil for Migraines

How to Take CBD Oil for Migraines

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Migraines are one of the worst common problems you can experience. They go above and beyond the pain levels of the standard stress-related headache and, worst of all, a migraine can last up to 72 hours. During this period, many people find it impossible to undertake even minor household tasks, so they are forced to lie down in a dark room feeling absolutely debilitated and awful.  

Painkillers can be a good solution to alleviating the painful and uncomfortable symptoms of migraine headaches temporarily, but many people are concerned about the potentially harmful side effects that accompany over the counter brands.

All is not lost, however. There is an excellent solution to overcoming migraines and it comes from a cannabis plant.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD is just one of the active compounds present in a marijuana plant. Over the past year alone, CBD products have risen to fame due to their powerful abilities to naturally treat an array of medical conditions—and that includes chronic migraines.

What Does Research Say about CBD Oil?

There is still limited research investigating the use of CBD and hemp oil to effectively treat research. This is mainly due to rules and regulations put in place around the legality of cannabis in each state and country, but the lab studies that have been performed suggest that CBD is capable of relieving all forms of acute pain and also chronic pain. Migraines included.

What Is the Best Way to Take CBD Oil to Alleviate Migraines?

While certain states in the US are still debating the use of medical cannabis and cannabis-based products as a mainstream way of treating illness, the cannabis plant has been used as an alternative medical tool for nearly 3000 years, according to the National Cancer Institute. Its use has largely been focused on pain management, reducing inflammation and also to manage neurological symptoms, which is good news for migraine sufferers.

Cannabis-based oil is mainly taken by vaping or ingesting it orally. Newcomers to the world of CBD may want to start by consuming by putting a few drops of it under their tongue, or even eating a CBD-infused sweet as potential side effects are reduced via this method.

If you are experiencing a severe headache or a migraine and you don’t have to leave the house, vaping the oil might be more beneficial as it will work quicker. When you vape CBD oil, the beneficial compounds will be delivered straight to your bloodstream via your lungs, offering migraine relief.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

There aren’t currently any formal guidelines for how much CBD oil you should take if you are experiencing migraine attacks. However, several experts recommend using somewhere around 10–20 mg each day for treating severe and chronic pain, so could also work as migraine treatment.

When you take CBD oil for the first time, it is always advisable to start with a minute dose of the tincture and then work your way up. This will give your body time to adapt to the oil and also reduce the risk of any adverse reactions you might have.

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects Accompanying CBD Oil?

Generally speaking, the risks and side effects of CBD are incredibly minute. This is exactly why people are choosing cannabis-based products over addictive medications to treat their unbearable migraines and pain relief. If you are sensitive, in general, you could experience an upset stomach or feel drowsy. This will also depend on several other factors including the strain of cannabis you choose.

The effects of CBD can also be influenced by the way you ingest it. If you are not a smoker and you vape it, you might find you are susceptible to lung irritation. If you suffer from asthma or another type of lung disease, then vaping might not be the best course of action for you.

Will I Get High?

Pure CBD and CBD oils are derived from the cannabis plant, but not all oils are created equal. You can find some strains of CBD oil that contain only minor quantities of THC (the component of cannabis that makes you feel high when you smoke weed) and others that contain an almost equal balance of THC and CBD, in which case you might feel a gentle euphoria.

To make it easier for you to get your head around it, there are two types of CBD strains that are currently widely available for purchase.

  • CBD-dominant: Very limited amounts of THC or even none at all.
  • CBD-rich: Both CBD and THC are present in equal proportions.

There are no psychoactive properties in CBD oil, so even if you choose a product that contains just as much THC, the CBD component will counteract the effects of THC. So, if you don’t want to get high, but you want to benefit from medical marijuana- CBD could be an excellent choice for you.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Because of the fact that traditional cannabis contains psychoactive components, it remains illegal in many parts of the United States. That said, over the past couple of years, some states have legalized cannabis solely for medical purposes. Other states have gone ahead and legalized it completely. If you are lucky enough to live in a state where you can legally use marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, then you will also be able to access CBD oil.

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

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10 Top Health & Wellness Trends this 2019

10 Top Health & Wellness Trends this 2019

This article first appeared on MadebyHemp.

This year has been a year when most of the world focused on health and wellness in a more holistic manner: both physical and mental wellness. And it is beginning to look like 2019 will be a glorious continuation of what we have been opening our minds up to in 2018. So what can we expect to see in the health and wellness sphere in 2019?

1. Ayurveda

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The 5,000-year-old health system, Ayurveda (in Sanskrit means “knowledge of life”) is responsible for a lot of health movements in 2018. Perhaps the most familiar of which would be the ketogenic diet. Ayurveda is an old system of medicine that incorporates plants and animal products, particularly fats. The practice of Ayurveda involves using fats both for consumption, meaning eating fats like ghee, and external use, like oils for the skin. The practice connects both mind and body in bringing about wellness.

2. More Plant Based Alternatives

2018 has seen the rise of plant based food, a whopping 23% rise in sales. Gone are the days when the choices we had regarding plant based food were TVP and tofu. Now it is beginning to look like there will be a huge movement in the plant based fish sector. Expect your local Whole Foods aisles to have more plant based fish meat choices. The plant based fish movement stemmed from the awareness of people of the negative impact of overfishing has on our environment.

3. More Sleep

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A lot of people, students and workers alike, are severely lacking in sleep. In the coming year, we will have a better understanding of our circadian rhythm and the effects of melatonin and cortisol on our sleep patterns. If these two hormones get out of whack, our circadian rhythm will be thrown out of its cycle and our sleep gets messed up.

4. CBD Oil

This year has seen a massive rise in popularity of CBD oil. Despite its being taboo in certain circles, Whole Foods Market’s projection predicts that CBD oil will have an even higher spike in popularity in 2019.

Expect that in the coming year, we will be learning more about the endocannabinoid system or the ECS. This is a major bodily system which compounds like CBD and other cannabinoids interact with. We have seen how CBD oil has helped manage anxiety and we’ve marveled at its anti-inflammatory and anti-seizure effects. Cannabis might also help with setting our sleep pattern straight. It most certainly helps with keeping a lid on anxiety and stress.

5. Eco-consciousness

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More and more people are becoming aware of global warming and the dire situation the Earth is currently in. Expect that in 2019, the strong rise of the eco-friendly movement will continue. It is predicted that the use of single use plastics and other single use items will see a further decline and the BYOB (bring your own bag) movement will continue to become more popular.

6. Mental Health

This year, mental health continues to be given its due importance. People are now realizing that in order to be physically healthy, you need to think about your mental health as well. Hemp based products (like CBD oil) has become a more popular alternative to the usual stress medications. It is predicted that 2019 will see the continuation of this mental health trend.

7. Oat milk

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Is oat milk the new soy? This year, sales have grown by an impressive 45%. Lactose averse people have found a good alternative to dairy and soy milk and the rise of its popularity does not seem to be ending soon. Grab yourself a bottle of oat milk this 2019 because it looks like they will be flying off the shelves still.

8. MCT oil

Aside from CBD, 2018 brought MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil into the spotlight. This oil is odorless and colorless and stays liquid at room temperature. Putting MCT oil into your coffee, making it “bulletproof” is a good way of boosting your energy. Expect to see MCT become even more popular in 2019 as more people become aware of its benefits.

9. Body Positivity

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Thanks to Rihanna and her Fenty brand, body positivity moved from the fringes to mainstream. Body positivity saw a rise in popularity in 2018 as more and more people focus on loving their bodies instead of shrinking them to fit into the mold that society wanted them to look. As more people shift their focus to mental health, this 2019 will see an even bigger rise in the body positivity movement.

10. Hemp based products

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Aside from CBD oil, hemp based products have found their way into our lives from our beauty products, to our food. With the 2018 Farm Bill already signed into law, hemp based farming will be legal nationwide. Expect that in 2019, there will be more choices in hemp based products.

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