Have you tried CBD oil for migraine management?

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  • cleajoy
    1 month ago

    All of these responses are helpful. This, like all migraine options, appear to be “one size doesn’t fit all, ” and “trial and error.” One thing I read begged a question; if I have food allergies to tomatoes and melons could I also have a negative reaction to cannabis and/or CBD oil based on those food allergies?

  • tayray5873
    2 months ago

    Has anyone used the CBD oil while taking Topamax as a maintenance medication? Only research I can find online mentions Topamax for seizures—I just want to see if I can use CBD oil while taking Topamax? (I have a call into my dr as well–but am impatient.)

  • LuvABull.Amy
    3 months ago

    I have to agree it is trial and error if you want to try CBD oil and flower (bud) vs. edible. I have found indica (flower and edibles) to work best for me. 40mg edible (takes 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to begin working), has STOPPED not only a migraine but breaks the cycle. Big Pharma can’t touch that (or at least haven’t!!!) I like to lay down and let the medicine (edible) work. BUT you need to know it does take time to figure out what does and doesn’t work. CBD oil and cannabis is not for everyone. It’s not a magic bullet. However, it is another option if you think you have tried everything. Don’t ever give up. Keep trying wheather CBD oil, cannabis, natural treatments or big Pharma. Finding some relief is paramount, especially if you are chronic. (Intractable Chronic Migraines And Cluster Headaches). I have heard Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) talk about “legalizing marijuana federally. Our farmers need the crops.” I say patients need their medicine, bc we want to reclaim our lives!!!

  • MMS1956
    3 months ago

    I used this for a month or so and it didn’t do a darn thing. Big waste of money. Plus it needs to come from cannabis not hemp to do anything, as far as I’m concerned.

  • john0427
    3 months ago

    didnt help at all wish i just could find a doctor who would help but it seems to be impossible

  • gburns
    3 months ago

    I have tried CBD oil gel caps 10mg, gummies, vape pen – did not do much – went and got my card, ordered a vaporizer, bought CBD buds and THC buds (looked at all the info on leafly and other sites for the best strains) I am dry vaping the bud after I grind it up and it has lessened the intensity of my Migraines and, if I have a cup of black tea with it, it really helps – I was told it is a process of elimination finding the right strains that work. It would also have to build up in your system which could take one to 3 months of dry vaping every night depending on the intensity of each persons migraines. I use hybrid strains that don’t get you high (not looking for that – I am doing it for a medical purpose) I did though buy 2 that are high in THC and was told for a really bad migraine to mix a pinch in with the CBD strain – vape just before bed, go to sleep, this way you will never feel a high from it. Although I don’t think a pinch would cause that anyway. What I am trying to say is…you just can’t use any one of them for a few days or a couple of weeks – it has to be consistent over time to help an issue and everyone’s time frame will be different. Don’t give up – get more information and you will find what is right for you.

  • mrvildsmom
    3 months ago

    Originally I was trying CBC oil for a chronic neurological intch. I wanted to peel my skin off. Cod did nothing. I tried then for migraines, no such luck.i have not tried marijuana which I do believe has medicinal qualities. That may help an aqute migraine attack

  • Gigi8okla
    3 months ago

    I have tried two different brands of CBD oil that cost about $100 a bottle and were 1800mg and 2000mg twice a day. I have chronic daily migraines…….and I tried this as a last resort! Even tried it three times a day when the headaches were at their worse. I was so hopeful……but sorry to say, it did not help! I took them without fail for over a month! The brands I tried were CTFO 1800mg & Blue Moon TruBlu 2000mg. I also see a neurologist and have tried every migraine med out there! I even had the daith ear piercing………so I’ve done it all!!! I really wanted this to work!!!!!

  • AlisonBJ
    3 months ago

    I have not tried CBD oil. I take medication that may not work with the oil (unrelated to migraine). I’m not sure a lot of studies have been done to see if it counteracts other medications.

  • alsohere
    3 months ago

    I have found CBD and cannabis in general to be very helpful. I use the Select CBD brand lavender “relax” vape pen to deal with any nausea, stress, or muscle stiffness. It is mostly CBD so I am able to function though my day without being high. On days where I have more pain to deal with I smoke regular cannabis. For anyone else looking into this as an option, it is always a good idea to look strains up online before purchasing them to see their effects. Some strains worsen my migraines while others provide massive amounts of relief.

  • MMS1956
    3 months ago

    How about sharing with us the name of the strains that give you “massive amounts of relief”.

  • Jojiieme
    3 months ago

    I am sooooo allergic to the plant in any form!! Turns out it’s high in salicylate content, one of my worst allergens and also a trigger. 😉

  • bower1k
    3 months ago

    I tried CBD Oil as well. After about a month I developed what looked like contact dermatitis. After discontinuing use, it went away. What a miserable time that was! I so wanted the Oil to work!!

  • Jojiieme
    3 months ago

    bower1k, your dermatitis might have been a sensitivity rash, similar to those experienced with food intolerances/sensitivities. It’s worth checking out if you’re more sensitive than you realise to other related plants, like tomatoes, berries, melons etc that contain salicylate (which is also in aspirin).
    These foods are also known triggers for some people, but often it’s hidden until specifically tested.

  • Bsue
    3 months ago

    I don’t know if I’m allergic to salicylates, but I’m starting to see that I get a migraine after taking a few drops of CBD oil for back pain and anxiety. I think maybe hemp triggers me! Drat! Why?

  • Jojiieme
    3 months ago

    Bsue, can you take aspirin and similar medication? Do you eat tomatoes, oranges, berries, herbs? If any of these things give you heartburn or a rash, or yes a headache, you’re probably sensitive to salicylates.
    Check out the Failsafe Diet (also known as Friendly Foods) for an easy list to start testing.

  • ChronicallyEverything
    3 months ago

    When I was much younger and way before weed was legal I would smoke it and get almost 100% relief from my migraines and from many of my other issues, especially my fibro symptoms, but now I live in Texas and even though it’s been medically approved in many states it’s been the opposite here. They’ve introduced laws aiming to ban all CBD products bc there’s little to no belief in science or belief in education or the need for it. They also want to do away with Kratom, which many ppl use to stay off of opiates and control pain. My pain management Dr told me if I test positive for CBD, THC or Kratom he will drop me from his practice so I can’t try it even if I wanted to, which I do, desperately. If there was a medical mj law passed in Texas I would be 1st in line to get it when it became available bc I know it works for me, but until then I’ll continue suffering with the rest of the ppl living in the southern US. It’s insane really, given the scientific evidence based studies that have come out of states like Colorado and California that have proven that opiate related deaths drop significantly when marijuana becomes legal, that opiate addiction treated with marijuana is much more successful and the rates of failure drop significantly, but it’s still illegal federally and on the state level in many places. It blows my mind.

  • E.R.
    3 months ago

    I ordered the kind of CBD oil that is w/o the intoxicating component. I put first 6, then 12 drops under my tongue at bedtime hoping that my morning migraine wouldn’t happen, or be lessened. I did that for three nights. Nothing positive happened (worse, I think). I had great success with Topamax (actually, it was a miracle cure!)– but my speaking became almost gibberish and Montefiore Headache Center said to stop it immediately). Imitrex works well but there’s a limit of 4 per week, and it wears off after about 4 hours, and when I take it I can’t do anything — I lose a whole day in a daze, or tired and asleep. My paraplegic son lives in Seattle, where marijuana is legal, and is in terrible pain all the time (from a spinal syrinx). He’s been kept relatively pain free on morphine in the nursing home for years, but the hospital cut his morphine in half at the same time my NY doctor cut my codeine. (Pressure from above.) They knew he would be in terrible pain and were apologetic but suggested a vape and marijuana (the kind that makes you stoned) as a substitute. So he spends hours a day stoned and incoherent and of course the weed has to be paid for by him or us. The good news is that it does help him with the pain. He’s 62. I’m 83.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi cleajoy,

    In New York, if I’m not mistaken, it depends what the doctor recommends. There is no choice here about strains, it’s either indica or sativa, and again what the doctor recommends.
    I hope that makes sense.
    Nancy

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 months ago

    One of our members on Twitter shared their experience with CBD oil as well and stated…”I have. And I have had good results. It’s not a miracle drug but it does help with the pain, inflammation and nausea. I will continue to use it as long as I can.”

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    3 months ago

    Yes, I find cannabis, medical marijuana, very helpful. I use a tincture (oil) at bedtime and vape for breakthrough pain.

    It is very helpful for my restless leg and periodic limb movement disorder as well.
    Nancy

  • cleajoy
    3 months ago

    Is there a difference in efficacy between vap and oil? Is there a particular strain for migraines?

  • alsohere
    3 months ago

    Hi cleajoy, I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ll share what I know. Vape or vaping is the inhalation of water vapor that contains the active components of cannabis. Vapes that are mostly CBD are available, but they all contain at least trace amounts of THC (the part that gets you high). Vapes are usually battery powered and very discreet. They don’t use dried flower material, and instead rely on resin type concentrates, which are also sometimes called oils as far as I know.

    I think that what you’re referring to as oil is more like a tincture, and is usually taken orally or sublingually. They also mostly contain CBD and are not meant to create a high. I have personally found these to be less effective, but they may work for others.

    There isn’t necessarily a particular strain for migraines, but by looking online at websites like leafly you can see reviews and gain an understanding of whether a strain might be useful for you. I would also recommend (assuming that there are legal dispensaries near you) going in person to talk to the budtenders. I’ve had good luck with finding strains just by telling the budtender what I’m looking to use it for.

    Hope this helps!

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