Period Cramps Got You Down? Have You Tried CBD?
CBD for period cramps?
If you are anything like me, then you dread when it’s that time of the month again. “Hello period cramps, bloating, nausea and headaches. Are you back again so soon?” I struggled with horrendous period cramps for years before I found CBD. It has helped me regain my life back!
My Painful periods
There are so many different types of female-related issues that cause period pain and chronic inflammation including PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome,) fibroids, interstitial cystitis and endometriosis, just to name a few. I am one of those women. At 15, I was diagnosed with endometriosis and spent a lot of my teenage years on numerous prescriptions as well as in and out of the ER. When I was 21, I was introduced to CBD and noticed some huge changes. Soon I found myself experimenting with different kinds of CBD and can proudly say I have taken CBD daily for the last 8 years and feel great. I am off all medications, have a regular periods with less cramping and I have not been in an ER since 2013.
So let’s dive in and see how CBD can help reduce your period cramps.
What about CBD?
CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid, which is a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. The cannabinoid is directly derived from the hemp plant, the cousin to the marijuana cannabis plant (you know the one with THC.) It is one of 100+ active cannabinoids that are all part of a compound system known as ‘The Endocannabinoid System’ (ECS.) Our bodies have an ECS and we naturally produce cannabinoids. For most people, their ECS is depleted because of stress, an unhealthy diet, anxiety, illness, etc. or for many, it may be due to what’s called a Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency. All humans have cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) throughout their bodies (more on this in a minute.)
How many Kinds of CBD?
There are three kinds of CBD (broad-spectrum, full-spectrum and isolate) and multiple ways to consume it.
means the CBD contains a BROAD range of naturally occurring compounds from the Cannabis sativa plant, but it will have zero THC and may be missing other natural compounds.
means the CBD contains the FULL range of naturally occurring compounds from the Cannabis sativa plant, including up to 0.3% THC.
is just 100% pure CBD – no other natural occurring compounds.
CBD and The Entourage Effect
Broad and full-spectrum CBD can produce heightened effects or what’s known as the ‘entourage effect.’ This happens because they have additional compounds that work synergistically together. (Remember broad-spectrum does not contain any THC, so it will not produce any unwanted ‘high’ effects.)
CBD works wonders with different ailments, especially pain, inflammation, nausea, anxiety and insomnia. It works more as a pain reducer – so it doesn’t take the pain completely away. Likewise with anxiety, it helps subside that black cloud or fog that seems to loom and helps you regain control of your mind. Above all, taking CBD can help balance the endocannabinoid system back into homeostasis without any of the psychoactive effects associated with THC.
CBD comes in multiple forms
- tincture/oil (CBD extract is mixed with food-grade high-proof alcohol or a carrier oil, like coconut, and placed under the tongue)
- edibles/pills (includes gummies, chocolates, softgels, etc.)
- flower/concentrates (includes vaping, dabbing, smoking)
- topicals (includes patches, balms, lotions)
- unconventionals (suppositories)
Period cramps and CBD
CB1 and CB2 receptor sites – Learn more HERE
So do you remember those CB1 and CB2 receptors I talked about earlier? Well those receptors are concentrated in the uterus. Women who have any chronic inflammatory female-related disease may also have a deficiency in CB1’s receptor production. As a result, your ECS is not being filled properly. In addition, these lower levels of CB1 receptors usually lead to more inflammation with exacerbated symptoms like pain, cramping and nausea. This is where CBD comes in.
CBD works as an anti-inflammatory agent, so it helps reduce pain associated with common menstrual cramps and pelvic pain as well as soothes symptoms of PMS with fewer side effects than opioids, hormones and surgery. To clarify, CBD may not get rid of the pain completely, but it can provide a lot of relief. CBD also works great for migraines, nausea, anxiety and insomnia that are accompanied with periods.
Which CBD products work best for period cramps?
Tampons and/or suppositories
Use before bed for a cramp-free good night’s sleep
Salves and balms
Rub all over pelvic area, stomach and any other achy spots as needed
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Use discreetly on the go or at work – lasts up to 12 hours
Oils and tinctures
Use a full-spectrum oil with at least 500mg daily
Edibles and gummies
Use regular gummies during the day to help with cramps and sleep gummies at night
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Some Final thoughts
In conclusion, please know that CBD is very personal, so what works for someone else may be different than what works for you. My ECS is extremely hard to fill up, especially around my period; so I go through A LOT of products. One of the biggest things you will have to figure out is how you want to take your CBD. Most importantly, remember that it can take weeks (sometimes 4-6) to reach a consistent therapeutic level. Once you’ve reached your therapeutic level, you will then use a daily maintenance dose to keep you in homeostasis. It takes time, so be patient. CBD is legal in all 50 states, however please check your local laws as some areas may have restrictions.
I am amazed how CBD has helped me reduce my pelvic pain during menstruation. Ultimately, I encourage all women to try CBD for any inflammatory female issue – and there are a lot out there. Hopefully you will notice a positive difference like I did and remember to be patient with yourself as you start this journey. CBD is very personal and takes time to figure out what will work best for you. If you have any questions regarding CBD, please don’t hesitate to reach out.