Headaches are one of the most common pains that people experience. But for some individuals, what may be an occasional nuisance, for others can become a chronic disorder or condition, which occurs frequently and requires treatment in order to alleviate symptoms. Cannabinoid treatments have the ability to help those who experience frequent headaches.
There are many different types of headaches, although they are usually defined as either primary or secondary. In 90% of primary headache cases, headaches are the only symptom. There are many types of headaches that belong to this group, such as migraines and tension headaches. In the case of secondary headaches, headaches occur as a result of a specific condition.
Among the most common causes of primary headaches are: hereditary factors, age, stress, some foods, alcohol, hormonal changes, climatic changes, lack or excess of sleep and drugs.
Effects of cannabinoid treatment for headaches
There is an increasing amount of scientific research about the therapeutic effects of cannabis as a treatment for various conditions, especially as a palliative for the symptoms and side effects of some traditional medicines or treatments.
Cannabinoids are known for their analgesic, neuroprotective and muscle relaxant properties. This makes therapeutic cannabis an effective treatment for alleviating headaches, even when it they are sporadic.
In a survey conducted in nine different Californian clinics, researchers found that headaches are one of the reasons that therapeutic cannabis is used and that 40.7% of patients who undergo some form of cannabinoid treatment, experience noticeable improvements.
Other studies have also shown that cannabinoid treatments improve the symptoms of headaches. One study found that cannabinoids interact with the peripheral CB1 receptors, of which also play a role in analgesia and inflammation. These receptors are found in our body and in the brainstem, they are antagonized by endocannabinoids, which are responsible for inhibiting the transmission of pain stimuli from the brainstem to other parts of the brain. Another study investigated the mechanisms of cannabinoids for suppressing pain.
All of this research highlights the importance and benefits of cannabinoid treatment for conditions such as headaches, migraines and other types of headaches. Products such as cannabidiol oil (CBD) are increasingly being used to alleviate the intensity of the headache making it an effective and natural form of alternative treatment.