For Women Only: How CBD Can Help with Menstrual Cramps

“Wait! Cancel everything… it’s that time of the month.”

Is this your monthly routine? Do your period cramps stop you in your tracks and leave you wanting to do nothing but curl up in bed? If so, you’re not alone! Up to 90% of reproductive-age women suffer from painful periods that affect their daily lives.

To this day, women are still discouraged from openly talking about their bodies, especially when it comes to discussing their periods.

Because of this, it can be a challenge to find natural remedies that support your menstrual cycle while still taking care of the painful cramps you’ve become used to.

Not anymore.

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in cannabis. Unlike its psychoactive sibling THC, CBD won’t leave you feeling high. Instead, CBD not only combats the psychoactive effects of THC, but also relieves pain and reduces inflammation.

CBD  offers that much-needed relief you’ve been looking for from those pesky period cramps. It helps relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and alleviate other common symptoms such as bloating and mood swings. 

Many women are discovering that CBD products are the best tools they have ever tried when it comes to treating their painful periods. But how do they stack up when compared to NSAIDs like Ibuprofen?

NSAIDs Effect on Painful Periods

NSAIDS work by inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme in your body that is responsible for producing the prostaglandins that cause the painful symptoms many women deal with each month. But there is a downside. Unfortunately, NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects as well, and therefore should be used in moderation.

The better alternative…

Interestingly, scientists have recently discovered that CBD can also inhibit the prostaglandin-producing enzyme (COX-2) – much like the alternative, NSAIDs. CBD is able to accomplish this without the gastrointestinal side effects, allowing you to use it as needed. In addition, CBD has also been shown to help minimize the production of this enzyme in the first place… I’d call that a win-win!

Other Relief Options

Since CBD will not eliminate prostaglandins from your body entirely, it’s recommended that you combine this treatment with other natural treatments to help reduce the side effects of prostaglandins. Other natural treatment options include:

1. Using a hot water bottle to apply heat.

Using a hot water bottle may seem a little out-dated, but they can help bring about as much pain relief as NSAIDs can. Since heat increases blood flow to the painful area, delivering an abundance of oxygen, a hot compress can soothe and relieve painful cramps. Heat has also been found to desensitize the same pain receptors that CBD takes effect on.

2. Fish oils.

Studies have shown and documented that daily fish oil supplements in your diet can help reduce pain during your periods. Because prostaglandins are produced from omega fatty acids, a diet containing higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids could potentially shift your body away from producing as many inflammatory symptoms.

It’s recommended to start taking pain relievers before the symptoms appear. Whether you decide to take NSAIDs, CBD, or other blends of treatment, try and catch the pain early. If you wait until you’re already in too much pain, the prostaglandins will be working in full force and will be much harder to bring under control.

If you find yourself dealing with heavy bleeding and/or extremely painful cramps, it’s best to discuss your symptoms with your Doctor. These could potentially be symptoms of a more severe underlying problem.

If you or someone you know struggles with painful periods and other side effects, it’s time to give CBD a try. Giving up a few days out of your month doesn’t have to be your reality! Let CBD do the work so that you can get back to enjoying your daily routine. 

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