For some of us, migraines can be a recurring nightmare due to the amount of pain and discomfort involved. While prescription drugs such as painkillers have always been the go-to when it comes to pain management, there are some who have turned to more holistic means of treatment. Specifically, hemp (a variety of the cannabis plant) seed oil. Historically, cannabis has been used to treat pain medically since the sixth century. With the increase in acceptance of its usage, cannabis and hemp are seeing more applications in the field of medicine.
Difference between hemp and cannabis
Cannabis sativa and hemp belong to the same species of plant life. To be considered hemp, a cannabis sativa plant would need to have a THC concentration of under 0.3 percent THC. There are many varieties of cannabis sativa, all of which have different amounts of THC and cannabidiol (CBD).
About hemp oil
The minimal amount of THC found in hemp oil means that consumption of the product won’t trigger an outright euphoric reaction, but it can provide enough relief to help you get rid of that painful ocular migraine. Means of consumption are not limited to tinctures, but also pills, lotions, and other edibles like chocolate. The product is extracted from the stalk of a hemp plant, primarily for its CBD content. To cope with ocular migraines, experts suggests starting with 10 milligrams, before slowly increasing or decreasing the dosage to see what works best for you.
For the first-timer, the variety of cannabis-derived products may seem confusing at first but it’s important to be able to recognise the differences. Hemp seed is extracted from hemp seeds and they contain little to no THC or CBD. Hemp seed oil is typically sought after for its healthy fatty acid profile. On the other hand, CBD oil (where cannabis is legal) is made from the entire plant, including the flowering portion, which can be either cannabis sativa or hemp. In countries or state where cannabis is illegal, CBD oil can only be produced from hemp, meaning the stalks of the hemp plant. The final product is cannabis oil which is derived from cannabis sativa and can contain varying concentrations of THC and CBD. Legality concerns aside, the consumption of cannabis oil with higher levels of THC can also bring about psychoactive reactions, which can be problematic for certain situations.
There is still much ongoing research surrounding this subject, but it is good to know that the world is slowly becoming more open to the idea of alternative treatments. It might not be long before this form of treatment becomes considered as a safe and legitimate solution for ocular migraines worldwide.