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Have you tried CBD oil for migraine management?

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  • Mal 1
    2 months ago

    Hi does anyone know if you can use the CBD oil while still on amitriptyline and topamax

  • TheoOwston
    5 months ago

    They said that medical cannabis is very effective when it comes to insomnia, migraines, and anxiety. At first, I was doubtful so I started doing my own research and read articles about marijuana. I found out that each marijuana strain has different uses for different diseases. Like this strain http://www.gyo.green/gyo-seedbank-cinderella-99-bst-c99-f.html This one is very effective when it comes to stress and mild anxiety. Let me hear your two cents with this.thanks

  • MariaR
    7 months ago

    Yes! My brother and I both get complicated migraines and CBD has helped us both tremendously. 200-300 mg taken as soon as aura appears cuts down the migraine from 8+ hours to about 2, brings back most vision, diminishes pain, and minimizes post-migraine hangover and recovery time. We are so grateful for this relief after years of trying everything under the sun without any improvement.

  • tinaka
    6 months ago

    Could you be more specific? 200-300 mg of oil? That seems really high or do you mean 1 ml of a 200mg bottle which would be around 6.6 mg? And where do you get it?

  • Midwesterner
    5 months ago

    I started using CBD oil little over a month ago-it has reduced migraines where I need to use a shot of sumatriptan from 2+ per week to 3 in a month. The bottle of CBD I’m using is 30 ML total with 250 mg CBD per bottle. The instructions on the website suggest the bottle should last about a month, which is about right. I use every night before bed as preventative-about 3-4 drops under my tongue. I also use during the day as needed to treat oncoming migraine symptoms while they are still very mild. I’m in a non-friendly marijuana state, so only place to get CBD is online. The version I use does not contain THC.

  • SouthernHempGirl
    7 months ago

    Check your ingredients, if it’s loaded with vegetable glycerin, MCT Oil, etc then you won’t get the full effects of the CBD. Your oil should have no more than 2 ingredients three if you choose a flavored CBD Oil.

  • Javagirl
    4 months ago

    Looking for help in getting CBD Oil. What brand of CBD oil are you using? I am tired of the meds from the dr not working at all. Any help you can give to get a pure product would be appreciated!

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi @Javagirl, I am really sorry to hear that you are not finding any relief from any of the treatments that have been prescribed to you. If you are interested, a contributor of ours shared a recent article on this topic. You can check it out here if you’d like. I sure hope you find the relief you are looking for & deserve!

  • SouthernHempGirl
    7 months ago

    Hi there, Hemp Derived CBD Oil is now federally legal in the US. The 2018 Farm Bill was just passed by the US Senate and House. Just waiting on President Trump’s signature.

  • QueenAnnesLace
    7 months ago

    I just got hemp CBD oil, but after three full doses it hasn’t even cleared a “mild” migraine. I had to take my pill. (Which I hate doing since I get so few per month.) Is it something I need to have in my system for awhile before it works

  • SailorGrl
    7 months ago

    Make sure you are using full spectrum hemp CBD oil. Some of the preparations are loaded with other stuff. I usually wake up with migraines at 4am. I did the other day and took my 30MG sublingual morning does, the I massaged 10MG directly into my forehead. Headache gone. Downside: I slept through my alarm. Good luck!

  • seagull
    6 months ago

    Hi
    I am new to this blog but not new to migraines, get them regularly past 5 years. Tried many things without success and now want to try CBD oil.
    Where do you get it from and how much (how many mg) to you take? I get only nightly migraines 2-5am!
    Thanks

  • Paulina2018
    7 months ago

    @Smith17, fortunately the Farm bill just passed. CBD will be easier to manufacture with less restrictions on shipping. I live in California, so I order CBD. I had a 2 month migraine, even Toradol couldn’t touch. With CBD, my migraines just don’t develop. Anxiety was a trigger, not anymore.

  • Smith17
    8 months ago

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

  • AdrianF74
    5 months ago

    Been there done that. The only place where I was able to purchase CBD legally was this verified place here https://bit.ly/2D9bX36 Fast shipping, great quality.

  • cleajoy
    9 months 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
    10 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
    11 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
    11 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
    11 months ago

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

  • gburns
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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!!!!!

  • kp34
    6 months ago

    I hope you’ve found some relief. Your story is similar to mine. Oddly enough, these are the things that have helped me. I got a nighttime bite guard even though my dentist said this was not a contributing factor. I sleep at an incline (research blood circulation to brain when lying flat), I only sleep on my sides and not belly, PT to strengthen my shoulder and neck AND a low dose of Zanax. Hope this helps! This is two years of trial and error.

  • kara2460
    6 months ago

    How much and when do you use the Xanax? During a migraine? And what do you do to sleep at an incline?

  • kp34
    6 months ago

    Oh…and I use alieve from time to time.

  • AlisonBJ
    11 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
    11 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
    11 months ago

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

  • Jojiieme
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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.
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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

  • beachbumgirl
    6 months ago

    Hi Nancy-
    I discussed with my migraine specialist about trying marijuana.
    His suggestion was 4 parts cbd to 1
    Part thc. I called the dispensaries in the area and they don’t carry this strength.
    May I ask what works for you and
    Where you get it?

    Thank you in advance.
    Carol

  • cleajoy
    11 months ago

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

  • alsohere
    11 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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