How you ever woken up with a headache and it wasn’t a hangover? Or what about a sudden throbbing behind your right eye for no apparent reason? Or maybe you did a challenging workout and now your sore neck is making your temples pulsate in pain?
I’ve experienced all of these headache types (as I’m sure you have, too) and they are equally irritating as they are inconvenient.
Although painkillers might solve the mental strain, the acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage if you take too much — better be safe than sorry and find something natural — prevention over cure. Also it’s better to target the headache instead of numbing the entire body. So, here are some alternatives to get rid of a headache fast.
Although inhaling lavender oil and doing exercises are great and have some impact to removing the throbbing pain, they don’t really take the headache away. After being introduced to CBD, I’ve realized this could be the solution to headaches. There are many different forms: CBD balm, CBD tinctures, CBD gummies, and CBD oil.
Next time you have that eye-twitchingly painful headache, reach for that CBD oil, and roll it over your temples and down your neck, covering the top of your shoulders. I promise you in a few minutes you can say bye-bye to your headache!
What is CBD?
CBD (which stands for cannabidiol) is a component of marijuana, it does not get you “high.” According to Harvard Health, CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Dr. Jordan Tishler, a member of the medical advisory board for cannabisMD and president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists, told U.S. News that there are upwards of 100 chemicals in cannabis, and THC and CBD are just two of them. “Frankly, CBD hasn’t been researched nearly as much as THC,” he says. The likely reason for the lack of research is that cannabis has been illegal across the U.S. until recently and much of the funding for new medicines comes from the federal government.
What does CBD do?
While most of the results have been anecdotal, there is some strong scientific evidence for its effectiveness in treating childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. These studies showed that CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases, stop them altogether. It was so effective, the FDA recently approved the first-ever cannabis-derived medicine called Epidiolex, which contains CBD. But there is also a lot of anecdotal evidence for CBD and its ability to reduce anxiety, insomnia, stress, muscle pain, and as an aid in falling and staying asleep.
How does CBD help headaches?
While a 2017 literature review found that there could be some benefit to CBD for migraines, there is still more research required in this area. But many testimonials from people who have used CBD for headaches and migraines have claimed that CBD can reduce inflammation and pain. CBD helps to take the edge off, to relax and feel calm which is why I think it helps to provide relief for tension headaches because it relaxes those tight muscles.
In conclusion, we highly recommend CBD (Native Altas roll-on) to anyone who suffers from headaches either sporadically or often to give it a try for themselves and experience the transformative results. If you have any medical questions or concerns, it’s best to still consult your family doctor.