CBD, Migraine and Me

July 20, 2021

Everyone with migraine is not the same and everyone with chronic illness is not the same. ‘But you don’t look ill’ is something we hear so many times.

Migraine – the volcano!

“Migraines are often referred to as an invisible illness. We Migraineurs master the art of hiding our pain to others.”

Types of migraine are:

  • Migraine without aura.
  • Migraine with aura.
  • Chronic migraine.
  • Menstrual migraine.
  • Hemiplegic migraine.
  • Migraine with brainstem aura.
  • Vestibular migraine.
  • Abdominal migraine.

Even with a diagnosis, chronic illness and how the fatigue takes its toll on you, changes from day to day. Some days are absolutely fine we drink, we party, we shop, we work and other days are overwhelming.

You can’t lay your head down you can’t move without hurting. We have Postdrome migraine symptoms which may include poor concentration, extreme fatigue, body aches, depressed mood and confusion. As a result, some individuals report the postdrome being as debilitating as the headache phase. Each stage of a migraine may vary in length and severity.

“A chronic illness is a long-term health condition that may not have a cure”

Like the majority of people with a chronic illness I am on preventative medication, however anyone with a chronic pain condition will tell you anxiety surrounding the condition builds up.

You have to live with many side effects from the medication you are on.
You live your daily life on the edge of a volcano never knowing when it will blow!

“Migraine is the third most common disease in the world with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7% (that’s around 1 in 7 people). Migraine is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. Chronic migraine affects approximately 2% of the world population

CBD

I have been diagnosed with chronic migraine and I have undiagnosed daily pain. I started using CBD a few years ago, I cannot recall the precise time, managing pain after a while does tend to merge together! Initially using Holland & Barratt CBD but at the time the mg per bottle were so low the impact was very slight. I then started to get CBD from vape shops. As you may or may not know if you are purchasing you need to be incredibly careful that the product is regulated.

It’s so important that you know what the ‘oil’ IS within the bottle – by that I mean what the bottle is mixed with, I went through a phase of using cheaper oil and like many of you know it can lead to upset stomach.

The UK CBD market is estimated to grow to around 1B by 2025. Globally the CBD industry will be worth 12.3B by 2025. In the UK we have the strictest regulations. With the introduction of the Novel food license, a number of CBD companies will not be around anymore! This is positive news for us the consumer as here in the UK with the strictest regulations in Europe we will have THE best quality CBD!

How do I take CBD?

So what do I use CBD for . . . I use it daily. I personally have found oil the best, 3 or 4 drops in the morning and 3 or 4 drops at night. As I mentioned earlier I have daily pain, it keeps my daily pain to a minimum thus keeping the frequently of my migraine attacks reduced. I have tried gummies/capsules/spray and personally I like oil.

It also keeps my anxiety around my migraines reduced, again if I can reduce a ‘trigger’ of stress this again leads to less migraines attacks. With so many triggers leading to migraine including light/sound/screen time/insomnia/smells being only a few, if stress is one that I can reduce by using CBD then that’s got to worth it, hasn’t it!

Migraine is about daily pain management it’s a complex neurological disease with no one clear answer, however a combination of things in my ‘tool box’ can help manage the chronic illness.

There are many ways CBD can work hand in hand with migraine. I have used it as a preventative daily to stop triggers so by that I mean I use it to bring down the anxiety and stress. It helps to keep me on a level so that a migraine is not brought on. It can also be used to help with anti-inflammatory so all those daily pains in the neck and shoulders are alleviated. For these I would take typically 3 to 4 drops in the morning and 3 to 4 drops at night and usually 1000mg, however on bad pain days I would use 2000mg and the same amount of drops – this is my personal experience with CBD. The dosage depends on bmi/height/weight/age and what you are taking it for.

Another use for CBD and migraine, which is talked about in the migraine community is to take a full half pipette on the onset of the attack/flare up. I have personally tried this and it postponed the pain so I could continue ‘normal’ activity and did not have to take Opioids/Sumatriptan /Ibuprofen on occasion.

And the final thing I use it for is insomnia – anyone with migraine/chronic pain knows how hard it is to sleep. If it’s not the meds keeping you up it’s the pain. The drops before night really help to have a consistent and peaceful night’s sleep. A lot of people take just before they go to bed. Personally I take them a few hours before so I’m all nice and chilled and pain free when I sit down to relax of an evening.

CBD is all down to personal preference and what works best for you and your situation.

(Stats https://www.migrainetrust.org/)

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To read more about Linsey Knight, her experience with CBD and her work to raise awareness for those suffering with chronic migraines you can visit her blog.

Linsey’s twitter CBD page – CBDhour

Disclaimer – Linsey Knight is not a medical professional, she has been diagnosed with chronic migraine for over 10 years and has taken cbd to help manage this for years. This blog is based on her personal experience with cbd and talking to other people with chronic illness and migraine disease. Please consult your doctor if you wish to take CBD for pain

 

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