For many of us, headaches are an irritating but occasional nuisance. But for roughly 1 in 8 Americans, nearly 45 million people, the regular sensation of head pressure or pain is a major source of stress and discomfort.

That’s why we’re excited about the growing body of research suggesting that both CBD and THC for headaches may be viable options for supporting relief. If you or someone you love suffers from persistent headaches, today’s post is for you.

THC and CBD for Headaches: Distinguishing Between Headache Types

Let’s begin by discussing exactly what a headache is. While all of us can sense the experience of pain in the head, the fact is there are several different types of headache, ranging from tension headaches to migraines to cluster headaches.

Tension headaches are the most common type, typically characterized by a dull, aching head pain and a sensation of tightness or pressure in the forehead or the sides and back of the head. What causes tension headaches? They’re usually sparked by muscle contractions in the neck and scalp, often in response to stress, head injury, or some other instigating factor.