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HOW DOES CBD AND MAGNESIUM WORK FOR MIGRAINES
I had my first one at age 12.
I'll never forget it.
I went with a friend and their family to this lake where there was a giant playset built right on the bank of the lake.
The memory is hazy (being a few decades old) but it was very cool.
Suddenly, I had numbness in my left hand.
This slowly spread up to my lips and tongue.
The family I was with panicked but I don't remember being particularly scared.
After 5-10 minutes, my vision became affected...like looking through a prismed tunnel.
My thought process became muddled and slow.
Speech was affected slightly.
Then came the pain!
Throbbing, intense pain at the base of my neck.
I just wanted to sleep.
I would learn after the next 20 years exactly how this pattern would unfold and what to expect.
Migraines would hit me a few times a year for most of my life.
Too much or too little sleep seemed to lead to them.
Certain foods appeared to be triggered (you must read the section below about the type of CBD to take...90% of the brands out there may be causing more harm by pushing "full-spectrum")
It was all just guesswork.
My usual migraine usually lasted a day but I had to sleep it off to get through.
The "hangover" would last a few days if not a week though.
I tried the main medication available and it sent me into week-long migraines.
One of the scariest weeks of my life!
I worried I wasn't going to come out of it.
I can now say that personally, I have found a way to avoid migraines altogether and prevent them when I feel the telltale "weirdness" coming on.
Magnesium Glycinate (or any of the ‘ates" but Glycinate works best) and CBD (only Isolate...we'll explain below).
We'll look at both because if I can help one person avoid the suffering of a migraine, then that's payment for me finding a way out of that mess.
Most importantly, we'll see what research is saying on the matter.
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Current Research On What Really Causes Migraines
That's the estimated percentage of people in the US that suffer from migraines.
Count me as one of them!
Let's look at we know about them and there are some important clues there:
- First, women are 2 times as likely as men to suffer from migraines.
- Menstrual migraines are a known thing and occur during hormone flux within the cycle
- Most common onset of migraines is during puberty (hormone flux)
- Migraines tend to improve in the '50s and '60s
All these have one thing in common.
It's interesting that you can go the first 10-20 years of your life and never experience a migraine.
What changes is our hormonal balance?
This also shows during the monthly cycle woman have.
Take a look at the hormone levels during a cycle.
It's a series of very extreme waves all peaking at different times!
A highly choreographed dance of very powerful chemicals.
Of course, all this flux calms down after menopause (hint hint – 50's and 60's).
So hormones are our first big clue as to what is going on with migraines.
The 2:1 ratio between women and men is the clincher.
Our primary difference is our hormonal makeup and pathway.
It's not just the presence of hormones though.
It's the CHANGE or flux that matters.
It's best to think of it this way.
Hormonal flux IS stress in the body.
Almost every system we have in our body and brain has tethers to our hormones.
- Neurotransmitter. Intimately.
- Immune system. Yes.
Hunger. Appetite. Mood. Blood pressure. Directly under the control of hormones.
- The chemical that makes you feel hungry is a hormone.
- The chemical that makes you feel full is a hormone.
Secondly, let's look at the newer theory of nutrient exhaustion.
The two primary candidates are magnesium and methylated vitamin b12
It's easy to fall down the rabbit's hole on this so we'll stay somewhere near the surface.
First, one theory is that magnesium exhaustion in the brain sets off a cascade effect that triggers migraines.
This is especially true for people who receive visual auras with migraines.
A brand new study pointed to potassium channels in the brain called Tresk channels and migraine: