People generally reach for an Advil, Tylenol, or Aleve when they have a headache. Dangers lurk in every bottle of medicine though.
Most people do not understand how these drugs work. They simply swallow the pill, and their headache will sometimes disappear. However, these medications do have risks associated with them and their use for an extended period of time can increase the risk that something goes wrong. Additionally, the medicine has other negative side effects that you might not even know about.
This article will focus on the reason why headaches occur. Understanding the cause will show the multiple ways to treat the cause. Next, we will examine the risks and negative effects of over-the-counter medication such as Advil, Tylenol, and Aleve. Finally, we will examine the cause of the increase in CBD usage to treat headaches. Also, we’ll examine the positive side effects of using CBD to cure a headache.
What Causes a Headache?
Many different things can cause a headache in humans, which makes headaches quite unique and also difficult to cure. Some of the many things that cause headaches include stress, lack of sleep, lack of physical activity, tumors, dehydration, concussions, and toothaches. That is just a small sampling of the potential causes of a headache.
Many people think headaches are a pain in the brain, but the brain cannot feel pain. The pain associated with headaches actually results from inflamed tissue or the release of chemicals that stimulate a pain response.
Headaches may also occur in different places on your head including the side of the head, in one location, in the “middle” of the head, or even all over the head.
No matter where the pain occurs one thing stays the same: a throbbing, or pulsing, pain will almost always occur, which is caused by the blood vessels pumping up against the skull.
Conventional Headache Treatments and Its Risks
The most typical treatment for a headache is an over the counter medication such as Tylenol or Advil. These drugs work by reducing inflammation in the inflammatory area. However, the anti-inflammatory effects take place in areas other than the spot causing the headache. Some of the areas include the stomach and the kidneys.
Ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding because of this anti-inflammatory side-effect. You may notice that ibuprofen packaging has a warning written on it to always consume with food. The food serves as a buffer to prevent the anti-inflammatory from damaging the lining of the stomach and causing bleeding.
Drugs that contain acetaminophen such as Tylenol and Aleve do not have anti-inflammatory effects, but they have other negative side-effects. The effects mainly relate to the risk of liver damage from taking too much acetaminophen over a long period of time. Additionally, Tylenol (acetaminophen) has a relatively low threshold to cause death. 8000mg of acetaminophen may cause death, which is double the 4000mg maximum daily limit. More shockingly, 8000mg of acetaminophen is only 16 extra-strength Tylenol pills. Yes, 16 pills of extra-strength Tylenol in one day is enough to kill you, and that is more than the amount in a bottle of Tylenol.
Generally, these OTC treatments are fine if taken sporadically. The danger increases for those that suffer from chronic headaches. However, the negative side-effects still make OTC headache treatment a risky endeavor.
CBD for Headache Relief
CBD for headache relief is a relatively new treatment for headaches. You might have even heard about CBD treating headaches on the news or read about it online. Many sufferers of chronic headaches will tout CBD as a “miracle cure” for their ailments. Others will claim that these claims of a “miracle cure” are nothing more than a hidden agenda to push the legalization of marijuana.
Thankfully, science has emerged that backs up the claims made by those that suffer from chronic headaches. CBD may help alleviate the symptoms of some types of headaches.
The first step to understanding how CBD can help cure headaches involves learning how CBD interacts with the body. The body actually has cannabis receptors located in almost every cell, when activated these receptors place the body into a state of homeostasis. While in homeostasis the brain will return to a normal release of neurochemicals (too many may cause headaches). Homeostasis also causes a reduction in inflammation in inflamed cells, which can cause a headache.
Why CBD is a better way to treat headaches
CBD is quickly becoming a popular method to treat many different types of medical conditions. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects. In other words, CBD will not make you high. It has all the benefits of cannabis with none of the negative side-effects (getting high).
It is also an entirely natural chemical found in the marijuana plant and not produced in the laboratory. The CBD is often extracted from a marijuana plant in a laboratory, but CBD occurs naturally. CBD is also legal in all 50 states because it is produced from the hemp plant, which contains less than 0.3% THC and has no psychoactive effects.
The biggest reason CBD is a better way to treat headaches is because of the lack of side effects. More precisely, using CBD has zero negative side effects and is not lethal. This is a sharp contrast to OTC medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage if used for long periods of time. OTC medication is also lethal at a relatively low dosage, making it shockingly easy to overdose.
Final Thoughts on CBD
CBD is a great way to treat headaches. It is natural, has zero negative side effects, and is legal. OTC medication is not natural and has many negative side effects, but is still legal, surprisingly. Some of the negative side effects of OTC medicine include bleeding of the stomach, liver damage, and death.
The better way to treat headaches is obvious just from the side effects of OTC medication. Using OTC medication to treat a headache is similar to burning down a house to kill an ant. It will work, but the negative consequences make it a bad decision.