CBD and Periods
3rd September 2019 by
Let’s talk about periods. It’s been a ‘taboo’ topic for our current society and that may prevail, however, there are ways to really improve your whole experience of your monthly cycles.
There is a wide range of myths that tend to go hand in hand with period talk but like everything, there are variations of everyone’s experiences. Some people have a really easy time and having periods is just an indication of your pregnancy status, whereas there are some people who suffer terribly with pain and other complications.
We have all tried heating pads, baths, green tea and standing in the doorway in that position which kind of makes you feel better. These are often effective ways to helping with pain, however, it’s sometimes difficult to execute, and apparently taking a bath at work is unprofessional. I still beg to differ.
If like my workplace, walking around with a hot water bottle and popping to the nearest hotel for a bath isn’t acceptable and you suffer from a painful cycle, cannabidiol could be a little miracle in a bottle.
If you are new to CBD products, this article will tell you everything you need to know about the safety and benefits of using CBD during your period.
The Difference Between CBD and THC:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD are naturally occurring compounds found in the resinous flower of cannabis. THC is the substance which gives you the stoned effect and is psychoactive, CBD does not affect one in the same way. As a compound, CBD works through indirect actions, activating non-cannabinoid channels which help reduce blood pressure, regulate pain, inflammation, nausea and dopamine release.
Anti-Inflammatory Reasons To Use CBD For Menstrual Cramps:
One of the effects of using CBD is that it reduces inflammation, this can help lift the pain and the cramps you experience during your menstrual cycle.
Some experts predict that the CBD industry will grow by 700% by the year 2020, there is a growing popular demand for CBD and the market is growing with the increase in education. The more we understand about CBD products, the more likely we will be able to find even more beneficial uses for them.
CBD Oil May Help You Relax
Cannabidiol has been used to treat depression and anxiety because CB2 receptors bind best with the endocannabinoid 2-AG which are involved in regulating pain management, immune system functions and inflammation. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including increasing appetite pain-sensation, mood and memory, a mixture of these benefits do wonders whilst on your period. CBD tends to have a calming effect both mentally and physically, sometimes it sounds too good to be true, but it really is worth trying out!
If these products have been used to treat a whole variety of mental health issues including depression and anxiety, imagine how effective they would be for your menstrual cycle.
CBD Comes in Many Styles
There is a huge variety of CBD products and many choices for someone wanting to place CBD in their diet. Many people have heard of CBD oil which you place under the tongue and leave for 60 seconds, CBD oil is a long-lasting way of tasting CBD and would be recommended as a top-up dosage for really awful days of cramps. You can also find chewable gummies which are a nifty and discrete way of taking your CBD before a meeting or on the train. If you’re a smoker and prefer to feel as though you’re smoke, the vaporisers are a smart, slim epoch which produces tasty smoke with 0% THC.
Purchase CBD Products Online
If you’re wanting to purchase CBD products in the US and Europe, this is absolutely possible as CBD products are completely legal in all 50 states and also in Europe, you can get them shipped right to your door.
Having an easier period might be as easy as a few drops under your tongue, or maybe a gummy bear or two. You deserve to have a calmer and smoother cycle, and you may have just found the products.
No matter what, don’t sell yourself short when it comes to exploring the effects of CBD products, your body will most likely thank you.
Let’s talk about periods. there are ways to really improve your whole experience of your monthly cycles. There are often effective ways to helping with pain, however, if you suffer from a painful cycle, cannabidiol could be a little miracle. Anti-Inflammatory Reasons To Use CBD Oil For Menstrual Cramps
I Really Need CBD Brands to Stop Lying to Me About Period Cramps
I was scrolling through my emails recently, exorcising spam, when one subject line caught my eye: “CBD for PMS? 🙌🏼Hallelujah! 🙌🏼.” The hemp company’s newsletter could not have been more on point—I was smack dab in the middle of one of my most painful periods to date. I opened the email, and my heating pad slipped as I shifted to the edge of my seat.
Could this really be the magical answer to the burning ball of fiery knives inside my uterus? I thought.
The newsletter was riddled with seemingly relatable Friends GIFs, clever alliterations, and marketing buzzwords to get the reader to buy, buy, buy! “PMS Pain Be Gone!” it read. But what it didn’t have was products that have been proven to—in any way, shape, or form—actually minimize excruciating period cramps.
I was floored. Not just as someone with intense period pain due to endometriosis, but also as a C-suite-level marketing professional. I couldn’t tell what was worse, the cramps in my uterus or the knife in my back.
One of the products was a patch with only 15 mg of CBD, also called cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis that does not produce a high. Using that to try to manage my pain would be like putting a Band-Aid on a gushing head wound. How do I know this? For starters, I typically consume between 30 mg and 50 mg of CBD in a single dose when I’m taking it to manage my pain. And as much as I feel CBD assists me in my pain management, it’s not my cure-all. I could replace my blood with CBD oil and I would still have intense cramps. If something has only 15 mg of CBD, I don’t have to try it to know it’s not going to cure my PMS. Not to mention, there’s just no science or regulation behind these claims.
I quickly grabbed my phone and did what all opinionated millennial women do: rant on social media. Messages immediately poured in. I was not alone. Other women had similar experiences with the new wave of CBD products. Screenshots of high-end packaging and their ingredient labels flooded my DMs. Once again, I was taken aback by the prices, claims, ingredients, and minimal CBD contents.
If a product hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the brand behind that product cannot legally claim it will cure any ailment. From the FDA itself: ”Unlike drug products approved by the FDA, unapproved CBD drug products have not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process, and there has been no FDA evaluation regarding whether they are safe and effective to treat a particular disease, what the proper dosage is, how they could interact with other drugs or foods, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns.”
This is an incredibly personal issue for me because my periods are definitely not normal. I received my official endometriosis diagnosis after a laparoscopy in the summer of 2015. I have been working ever since to manage the painful, frustrating symptoms, which I’ve dealt with unofficially for over a decade. Traditional painkillers barely scratch the surface of my pain, and I had trouble getting doctors to take my level of pain seriously.
Up until my surgery, I was subjected to bouts of extreme discomfort and frequent UTIs. Sex was painful, and sometimes I would bleed during or after. I developed depression and anxiety while going through these unsuccessful battles with an ever-growing list of symptoms that went undiagnosed for years. I was opposed to opioid use and searched for an alternative. Not only do I understand the allure of using cannabis for period paid—I do it myself, and I find that some products really do help.
CBD and hemp brands are marketing their products for managing pain and period cramps, but as someone with endometriosis, I know they won’t help me.