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Can CBD Help Headaches and Migraines?

According to the American Headache Society, migraines and severe headaches are leading causes of disability throughout the United States, disproportionately affecting women. Headaches can lead to caffeine or alcohol overuse, poor sleep, emotional stress and excessive use of pain relief medications. CBD is not currently FDA-approved for the treatment of headaches or migraines, but experts in the field of cannabis research are becoming interested in how chronic headaches and migraines might respond to various cannabinoids. While there aren’t any firm conclusions yet, here’s what you should know about CBD products for headaches and migraines and why RESET is the best CBD to use.

What Is a Headache?

The medical community does not fully understand what causes most headaches. While hard to believe given the experience, we do know that the brain tissue itself is never the source of pain because it is not capable of physical sensation - only perception. However, the blood vessels in the head and neck can signal pain, as can the tissues surrounding the brain. Pain can also be referred from the sinuses, jaw, scalp, teeth, and muscles of the neck.

Only about 10 percent of headaches have a known cause, which can range from fatigue and emotional stress to a skipped meal. The World Health Organization reported in 2016 that a shocking 50 percent of the global population qualified for the characterization of a chronic headache disorder. Among this rather large group of individuals, at least 30 percent reported experiencing a migraine in the last year.

What Is a Migraine?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “a migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, typically on one side of the head… It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.” While most common headaches last for 20 minutes to two hours, migraine attacks can last for hours or days, and the pain can be so debilitating that it interferes with daily activities. While some people are genetically disposed to migraines and severe headaches, environmental and lifestyle factors also play a role.

More Than Pain: The Cost of Headaches

Headaches don’t only cause pain and discomfort; they are among the most common causes of lost work time, leading to a financial burden and lowered quality of life. The World Health Organization reports that repeated headaches — and often the constant fear of the next one — may damage family life and social life while also predisposing the sufferer to other illnesses, including anxiety and depression.

Why CBD?

While the exact mechanisms of migraine pain are as yet unknown, scientists have constructed basic reasoning about what happens in the brain before a migraine starts. According to a 2015 review by migraine researchers in Boston, pain signaling is thought to become overactive in response to neural dysregulation and the release of inflammatory molecules by one of the twelve cranial nerves. New research suggests that the endocannabinoid system may play a key role in attenuating the release of these inflammatory molecules, and CBD could possibly support this process. According to Stephen Silberstein, director of the Headache Center at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, CBD may reduce neck pain and soreness and prevent nausea and vomiting without producing intoxicating effects.

The Migraine Centers of America reported that of those surveyed in 2015 by Care by Design, 100 percent of CBD users who suffered from migraines had experienced some relief from CBD.

RESET for Daily Use

While many forms of CBD are excreted from the body, RESET uses nanotechnology to offer high absorption in its hemp-derived CBD product, Balance. With high-quality ingredients, RESET is a pharmaceutical-grade product that has been responsibly lab-tested and outperforms comparable CBD oil competitors. Water-based CBD technology facilitates optimal absorption, which can be up to 80% more than traditional consumption.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, The Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.