Women know when their menstrual period is due. The alert is mild for some women, severe for others.
Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) throb in the lower abdomen before and during their periods. Such cramps often lessen with age and after delivering birth.
Symptoms include pain that lasts from one to three days before the period’s onset and peaks after 24 hours before subsiding over two to three days. For those experiencing severe pain, it may spread to the back and down the thighs.
PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) increases all the symptoms. Pain is more severe and widespread, headaches are intense,
Women use heating pads, over-the-counter NSAIDs, calcium and magnesium supplements, Vitamin E, and herbal remedies. They work out, avoid caffeine, get massages, and more.
Almost all treatments are variations of diuretics and acetaminophen, each of which has side-effects. And, despite the huge market, there is little research into better solutions.
Looking for solutions off-market
Women of all ages are turning to CBD to help with menstrual/period cramps. But, it takes some explanation and education.
The cannabis plant includes scores of chemical cannabinoids that interact with the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS winds its way through the brain, body, and all its organs. And, cannabis elements act directly or indirectly on the neurological receptors that maintain the brain-body balance.
The best-known elements are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). THC binds to brain cell receptors to agitate the psychoactive processes producing euphoria, altered sensory perception, and sometimes hallucinations and paranoia. THC is only found in cannabis plants.
CBD comes from the cannabis or hemp plant, both members of the same botanical family. Whether from cannabis or hemp, CBD produces no psychoactive effects. One problem with CBD from cannabis is that it is not legal everywhere because it has some element of THC. CBD from hemp is legal everywhere and available online.
What’s in it for you?
There is another problem. The FDA doesn’t like cannabis. It lumps it in with cocaine and heroin. That means research does not get done. Scholars don’t conduct the serious long-term research using human subjects needed to find how and why CBD affects menstrual/ period cramps.
Without it, you have to rely on anecdotal history. There is a long history of women using CBD to reduce inflammation, pain, headaches, and more. But, there is still an increasing amount of research on animal subjects indicating the valuable properties in CBD:
- Anti-inflammatory: CBD reduces inflammation in joints. But, it also treats inflammation in soft tissue and smooth muscle throughout the system.
- Anti-emetic: CBD helps fight nausea and vomiting attached to severe menstrual cramps.
- Anti-migraine: CBD reduces inflammation in the brain corridors that lead to excruciating migraines for some.
- Anti-anxiolytic: While CBD does not trigger psychoactivity, it can prevent or modify mood swings. It has even been used to counteract the activity and effects of THC.
- Sedating: CBD relaxes all systems although CBD from hemp does not produce the couch-lock sedation of some cannabis strains.
CBD is also anti-spasmodic. Its ability to stop involuntary muscle spasms has been used in medications treating epilepsy. That same mechanism reduces cramping in and around the uterus.
What to look for
Celebrities have endorsed cannabis treatments including THC tampons. But, the hemp CBD products come in many forms facilitating easy and discrete use.
There are all kinds of CBD products that you might find useful in fighting menstrual cramps. There are oils, pills, edibles, lotions, drinks, and more. You will find that one method of consumption serves you best.
- CBD Oil can be administered sublingually. A few drops under the tongue releases its benefits directly to your system through your mucous membrane. That bypasses your digestive system and liver to quickly enter the bloodstream.
- CBD Candies sell as gummies and lollipops. You should start with one or two gummy bears, gummy rings, gummy pop bottles, or mixed gummy options. If comfortable with the intake, you can try some more. The same goes for CBD lollipops in different flavors.
- CBD Capsules are oil-based, so they absorb easily. Convenient and easily measured for dosing, capsules are increasingly popular.
- CBD Lotions come as alcohol-free topicals for application and massage benefits.
- CBD Syrups include sucrose, natural flavoring, propylene glycol, 75mg CBD, and 10mg melatonin per bottle. A natural sleep remedy helps reduce pain-induced insomnia.
- And, for those still into old marijuana habits, full-spectrum CBD comes as concentrates or e-juices and cartridges for vaporizers and e-cigarettes.
CBD for your menstrual cramps
Women search for pain relief every month. You know you are not alone, but the facts are still shocking. According to statistics provided by Florida Hospital:
- Almost 85% of American women experience premenstrual syndrome in the childbearing years.
- About 5% of these women are disabled by PMS due to the extremely severe symptoms.
- PMS is most common in women between 20 years old and 40 years old but can occur in any woman of childbearing age.
- Patients with one child and a history of depression are more likely to experience PMS symptoms.
- The suicide rate for patients with depression is much higher in the second half of the menstrual cycle (14 days before the period begins).
- Symptoms can get worse as patients age and approach menopause.
CBD derived from hemp offers a convenient, discrete, and legal way to potentially relieve symptoms.
The most serious and severe symptoms may result from issues like endometriosis, adenomyosis, cancers, and more. So, you must secure the medical tests and diagnosis before self-treating.
But, full-spectrum CBD products are proving a real option to many suffering women.