Headaches and nausea are both common discomforts that affect the human body. Headaches are the pain around the head and nausea is a discomfort in your stomach that makes you feel like vomiting. Sometimes both headaches and nausea occur together, which may be a sign of serious medical conditions and need immediate treatment.
What Are The Causes Of Headaches And Nausea?
There are a variety of factors that can cause headaches and nausea like dehydration and low blood sugar. Dehydration occurs when the amount of water in your body is decreased. Low blood sugar level can be caused by many reasons including side effects of medicines, alcohol consumption, hormonal deficiencies and severe diseases that affect your liver or kidney.
Migraines can also be a common cause of combined nausea and headaches. They can cause symptoms like dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity and severe headaches. Other common conditions that can cause headaches and nausea are:
- Food poisoning
- High blood pressure
- Menstrual period
- Early pregnancy
CBD For Headaches And Nausea
People used cannabis to treat headaches and other related problems for hundreds of years. It is the presence of CBD that helps the cannabis plant to treat many health ailments. CBD can interact with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system. A 2016 study conducted to find out the effect of CBD on migraines showed many encouraging results. The study showed that CBD has the ability to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.
Another study in 2018 looked at around 2000 people who are suffering from migraine, headaches, and other body pains. Most of these people were using their prescribed medications. The participants received a safe dosage of CBD for a period of 3 months. After that period, most of the participants were able replace their prescribed medications with CBD.
There are enough anecdotal records that show positive results for the use of CBD to reduce nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy. CBD triggers 5-hydroxytryptamine-1A, a subtype of serotonin receptors that reduces the sensation of nausea. CBD can also modulate the flow of serotonin to reduce the stimulation of the vomiting centre in the brain.
Anandamide is an endogenous compound produced in the body which has anti-nausea properties. But due to the presence of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), anandamide degrades quickly. CBD has the ability to inhibit FAAH and slow down the anandamide decomposition in your body. This results in the increase in anandamide concentrations and alleviating nausea.
More scientific studies are essential for confirming the use of CBD for the treatment of nausea and headaches. Till then please avoid using CBD products for nausea and headaches without consulting a medical professional.