How to use CBD for migraine relief

Although lawmakers in the United States are currently debating the use of cannabis and related products, the plant’s medicinal uses aren’t a new discovery. 

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cannabis has been used for nearly 3,000 years in alternative medicine. Some of these uses include the management of pain, neurological symptoms, and inflammation. 

CBD oil is taken via vaping or ingestion. Oral CBD is less likely to cause side effects, so beginners may want to start here. You can put a few drops of the oil under your tongue, take CBD capsules, or even eat a CBD-infused treat.

Vaping CBD oil may be beneficial if you’re experiencing a severe migraine at home and you don’t have to travel anywhere. The NCIexplains that the inhalation process delivers the compounds to your bloodstream much quicker than other methods. 

Currently, there aren’t any formal guidelines for proper dosing for a migraine. CBD Oil Reviewrecommends using between 2.5 and 20 milligrams (mg) per day for chronic pain. 

If you’re new to CBD oil, you should start with the smallest dosage possible. You can gradually work your way up to the full recommended dose. This will allow your body to get used to the oil and reduce your risk of side effects.

Potential side effects and risks

Overall, the side effects of CBD oil are minimal. This is one of the main reasons why people are opting out of over-the-counter or addictive prescription pain medications for migraines and are instead considering this oil for pain management. Still, drowsiness and upset stomach are possible.

Your risk for side effects may depend on the way you use the CBD oil. Vaping it, for example, may cause lung irritation. This can lead to chronic cough, wheezing, and breathing difficulties. If you have asthmaor any other type of lung disease, your doctor may advise against vaping CBD oil. 

Just as human studies are limited regarding CBD oil’s benefits, so are studies related to potential side effects. If you’re unsure about the potential side effects or how your body might handle them, talk with your doctor.