We have covered many things on Rick Simpson Oil, what it’s uses are and the benefits. There are articles covering RSO and Cancer, Skin Cancer, Arthritis and many more severe conditions which can be found on our blog-post page.
Now many wouldn’t see migraines in the same category, although anyone who has suffered from them in the past or still get migraines will know they are nothing to be sniffed at! Either-way, I found this really interesting account of someone who used Rick Simpson Oil to cure their migraines and enjoyed reading it so much, felt I should share it with our readers.
One evening, I was at a friend’s house, when I felt a pang all too familiar in my temple. A migraine was coming. Resignedly, I told her that I had to go home to get some shitty medicine that I knew from experience would not work. History as a guide, I thought I would spend the next 48 hours alone in a dark room. Instead, he threw me a syringe. “Try this,” he went on to say; “If it doesn’t work, you can go home. But it will work.”
My first time taking Rick Simpson Oil
The syringe was filled with an RSO concentrated THC-CBD hybrid, or “Rick Simpson Oil”, named for the adorable Canadian man who claims to have cured his cancer. I was sceptical, but I didn’t have much to lose. I squeezed a small spoonful on my finger and rubbed it on my gums. Half an hour later, my migraine is gone. I had no nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness, anxiety. My migraine wasn’t turned off; it just disappeared!
I could not believe it.
I had my first migraine about twenty years ago when I was nine-years-old. I don’t remember the details on the day; only the excruciating pain in my left temple. My vision blurred, and every noise seemed like an ice axe that plunged straight into my brain. I was crying, holding my head in my hands.
It lasted two days. After that first time, I started taking them regularly, once or twice a month. I was a generally happy and carefree child. But every time I felt that revealing vibration in my left temple, I wanted to die.
In what resembles to be a small miracle, oil has put an end to all this.
What the Doctors Say
Dr Michele Ross claims always to hear stories like mine. Neuroscientist and founder of IMPACT Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping guide clinical research on cannabis and health, Ross is a migraine sufferer. Use CBD to treat pain.
“CBD is perfect for pain and inflammation,” said Ross. “It’s just crazy how many things it can do!”
The Science of RSO
According to Ross, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are just two of the more than 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. These cannabinoids bind receptors in our brain: the CB1 receptor and the CB2 receptor. When associated with the CB1 receptor, THC is responsible for that feeling of euphoria that one experiences when one is high. When it binds the CB2 receptor, it helps with inflammation and pain relief. CBD also binds to both of these receptors but has a more delicate signal, and you won’t get high. CBD is responsible for much of the anxiety relief from marijuana ingestion because it binds to around 30 different receptors to help regulate the brain’s neurotransmitter system.
Ross claims that cannabis-derived drugs work so well for migraines because they are facing them from multiple angles. Unlike traditional prescription migraine medications, which typically work to reduce painful blood vessel expansion but don’t affect the underlying causes, CBD and THC treatments help solve several related problems simultaneously. Migraine in your body.
While research on medical cannabis is sadly underfunded, what little has been done is support for both of our experiences. A University of Colorado study published earlier last year, and a survey given at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Amsterdam this summer found that medical marijuana is more effective in treating migraine than traditional drugs.
This is significant. Migraine affects the lives of 39 million Americans (about 12 per cent of the population). The majority of migraine sufferers are women and, despite decades of research, their cause is still mostly a mystery. Some people have triggers, such as eating certain foods, drinking alcohol or engaging in physical activity. And most people with migraines have a family history of it.
For years, migraine was thought to be a kind of blood vessel disorder, as many migraine patients, like me, experience excruciating pain in their temples. Conventional wisdom believed that the pain caused by migraine originated from the constriction and expansion of the blood vessels, one of the leading causes of hangover headaches. But recent research suggests that although blood vessel disorders positively contribute to migraine pain, they are not the leading cause. Current theories of migraine pain have shifted to hormonal causes, such as an influx of estrogen or serotonin.
According to Johns Hopkins researchers, a working theory of migraine pain is that “excitable” brain cells do not function properly and cause the release of serotonin, which causes those annoying blood vessels to expand and contract. Of waves of pain through the temple. Most traditional migraine medications work to fight blood vessel expansion and block pain signals from the brain, but they don’t do it very well.
Even the most effective drugs work only less than half the time.
I know it too well. Since I started suffering from migraines, I have been prescribed a litany of medications. Imitrex left me dizzy, out of breath and with nausea. Rizatriptan gave me intense anxiety and a metallic burning awareness at the back of my throat. Some medication made me pass out for hours; some gave me pushes or a tightness in my chest that made me feel as if I had a heart attack. None of them has eliminated the pain. Countless over-the-counter solutions such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin and Aleve were equally ineffective.
“Many migraine medications end up worsening migraine symptoms,” said Ross. “For example, many people suffer from nausea and vomiting with their migraines, and the drugs that work to regulate serotonin can aggravate this. But cannabis is anti-emetic, which means that it suppresses nausea. Also, many migraines can be triggered or worsened from anxiety, which is not addressed by traditional medicine. CBD can help relieve stress. “
Never looked back?
When the THC-CBD syringe landed on my lap a year ago, I had practically stopped looking for real relief. I had accepted the fact that I had a chronic illness that would stay with me for the rest of my life, casually showing up to ruin the holidays or end an early night out.
RSO has worked miracles for me, but it still makes me feel high, which means I can’t bring him to work. And since I live in Chicago, I can’t legally get a prescription for this. Most states that allow medical marijuana allow prescription migraines, but here in Illinois, you have to be practically at the door of death to get a ‘scrip’.
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What about taking CBD Instead?
As a result, I started taking a tincture containing only CBD – legal in all 50 states as long as it is derived from industrial hemp – and I was encouraged by its ability to stop both anxiety and pain. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects. It doesn’t make me high, but I can’t say I feel entirely sober after four or five drops. I don’t feel compromised, just slightly more emotional and relaxed.
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So far, that emotion has been the only noticeable side effect. The first day I tried it alone, part of the Chicago Marathon was held right in front of my apartment. I found myself crying hysterically as I watched the colourful mass of humanity pass. (This was more than a little out of character for me.) For this reason, I was hesitant to take it regularly.
But given the options – unbearable migraine pain or occasional sports-related screaming – the choice is obvious. It’s a choice I didn’t know I had until recently. But he’s one I’m thankful for and also angry. What have decades of pain been wasted on? Overall, the solution for me was as simple as RSO.
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