Can CBD help with migraines and headaches?

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Can CBD help with migraines and headaches?

Can CBD help with migraines and headaches?

A growing body of research is beginning to suggest that CBD may have the potential to help prevent migraines and headaches and help ease the pain that accompanies them.

What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?

Headaches are, as the name suggests, generally associated with continuous pain in one’s head or face. This is not always the case though, and there are many different types of headaches that we all suffer from. Some of the most common include tension headaches, cluster headaches, and sinus headaches.

Migraines are often seen simply as a bad headache, but headaches are actually a symptom of migraines. Migraines are neurological diseases that involve nerve pathways and chemicals. The subsequent changes in brain activity have an effect on blood in the brain, resulting in a range of symptoms including, but not limited to, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and increased sensitivity.

Why CBD might be able to help with migraines and headaches:

Numerous studies have been able to link medical cannabis with the following effects, which are relevant to the treatment of migraines and headaches:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Offering pain relief
  • Easing nausea
  • Anticonvulsive properties

A recent, clinically validated survey of over 2000 people, found that an overwhelming majority of migraine and headache sufferers were able to find relief with the use of CBD oil. Around 86% of respondents reported a decrease in migraine and headache pains after using CBD for a trial period of 30-days.


As we mention often, larger human trials and more research is still needed for scientists to prove that CBD has beneficial properties when it comes to the treatment and prevention of migraines and headaches. Having said that, early research does suggest that it could have serious benefits in this area.

If you’re considering using CBD to help treat migraines and headaches, we advise consulting with your doctor first before introducing CBD into your daily regimen.

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Disclaimer: We recommend consulting with a qualified medical doctor or veterinarian when preparing a treatment plan for any and all diseases or ailments. Do not exceed more than 20mg of CBD(Cannabidiol) in your daily dose as per South African government regulations. Regulation amending s22(A)2 of the Medicine and Related Substance Act, 1965 (Act no.101 of 1965) Published 23 May 2019