This is potentially extraordinary news for women everywhere! Women have been told to stay active and drink plenty of water, and while this may help minor menstrual pain or discomfort, it doesn’t even begin to touch more severe period pain.
We’ve been hearing so much lately about the efficacy and potentialities of CBD for pain in the body. Of course, more research is coming, but plenty of evidence is available right now for you to confidently consider CBD to deal with pain or discomfort in your body. Let’s discuss the options and effects of taking CBD for menstrual cramps.
What are Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) are throbbing pains in the lower abdomen and lower back. These pains can range from mild in some women to severe in many others. The cramps can occur before or during a woman’s menstrual period. Severe pain can interfere with your day-to-day activities, and many women find it completely debilitating.
During this time, some women also experience:
- Loose Stools
- Back and Thigh Pain
Conditions that can cause or worsen menstrual cramps include:
- Uterine Fibroids
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Cervical Stenosis
These and hormonal changes may be responsible for painful days every month. Unfortunately, the exact cause of menstrual cramps is still unknown. If your cramps aren’t caused by some other condition, they will likely lessen as you get older or after childbirth.
How CBD for Menstrual Cramps Works
CBD (cannabidiol) is derived from a cannabis plant – hemp or marijuana. In the 1990s, researchers discovered our bodies’ Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It consists of three components – enzymes, receptors, and endocannabinoids, which work whether or not you take CBD. While there is still so much more to learn about this complex biological system, we do know that CBD, in conjunction with the ECS, affects our sleep, mood, appetite, and memory.
CBD (as derived from hemp) is non-psychoactive. That means that it won’t give you a ‘high. CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effect.
CBD works by activating your ECS’s cb1 and cb2 receptors, causing your body to produce your own cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are sent wherever needed throughout your body, affecting homeostasis.
Cb1 receptors reside in the central nervous system and affect movement, coordination, appetite, pain, mood, memory, and other functions. The peripheral nervous system is where the Cb2 receptors are located and where they affect pain and inflammation.
Using CBD to treat pain is a 5,000-year-old practice that goes back to the Egyptians. They treated headaches, neuralgia, and toothaches. A 2019 study proved that CBD might help deal with menstrual cramps. Its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties can combat the pain and overall discomforts of monthly periods.
Are you dealing with painful menstrual cramps? Try our high-quality CBD products at Go Botanicals today!
Top CBD Products for Menstrual Cramps
When it comes to menstrual cramps, there are several products that can be effective in relieving pain. Here are our go-to CBD products for menstrual cramps:
Go Botanicals 1500mg CBD Gummies | Full Spectrum
Full-spectrum CBD gummies are formulated to provide benefits from the entire cannabis plant all in one dose. With 25mg per gummy, Go Botanicals gummies have a full spectrum effect that enhances the cannabinoids making them stronger and providing more pain relief. Plus, the berry flavor makes them an enjoyable way to alleviate the pain.
Go Botanicals 200mg CBD Roll-On For Pain
As the name suggests, Go Botanicals CBD Roll-On for Pain makes it easy to target specific areas of your body that hurt the most. This roll-on formula has 200mg of CBD infused with menthol to help quickly soothe the pain and inflammation. Not only is it long-lasting, but it is the perfect travel size and easy to apply.
Phasey CBD-Infused Chocolate
Phasey is an organic food company dedicated to soothing women's bodies with products like CBD-infused chocolate! We can't think of anything that defines the term win-win quite like chocolate infused with CBD to help with period cramps. Don't mind us as we purchase in bulk. These period chocolates can help alleviate menstrual cramps and are made with organic and pure ingredients such as coconut oil and cacao butter. If you like chocolate and have menstrual pain, these are definitely worth a try.
Noirebud G-Mint Tea
Tea has been known to provide a relaxing and calming effect, but when combined with CBD, it can also help alleviate menstrual pain. The G-Mint tea is made with simple ingredients, including hemp-derived CBD, mint leaf, and dried ginger mint. Simply heat up one tea bag, add honey or flavors of your choice, and enjoy the benefits.
Dazey Coconut + CBD Bath Soak
A bubble bath is a great way to relax after a long day, but if you have menstrual pain, you can up the ante with this Coconut + CBD bath soak. The Dazey CBD bath soak combines full spectrum hemp extract (15mg) with hemp-infused coconut oil to alleviate pain and soothes your skin.
The product is made with all-natural ingredients, including Pacific sea salt for increasing blood circulation and marshmallow root for reducing inflammation. Draw a hot bath, pour one packet into the tub, sit back, and relax.
How to Use CBD for Menstrual Cramps
Here are the ways you can apply CBD to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps.
CBD may come in the form of topicals like creams, lotions, and balms. You can apply them directly to your lower abdomen, lower back, and thighs – wherever you’re experiencing pain. You should still follow the product recommendations for dosage and do a patch test to ensure you aren’t sensitive.
CBD tinctures are extracts suspended in high-proof alcohol to steep the plant. The solution is strained and bottled along with other ingredients to add flavor or other benefits. Tinctures are taken orally with a dropper, with which you can put the CBD directly under your tongue or in a drink. Ensure you follow the directions on the label and start out with a low dosage and increase as needed.
Capsules or Pills
If you prefer, you may take CBD capsules or pills orally. These are pre-measured and labeled on the bottle which makes dosing very simple.
For continual pain relief, you should consider a CBD patch. They are transdermal patches that apply CBD directly to your bloodstream through your skin. CBD patches can last for several days of effective pain relief before needing to be replaced. These may be preferable if you want a medication you don’t have to worry about for extended periods.
Gummies (& Other Edibles)
CBD edibles are yummy treats that have been infused with CBD. The most popular type of edible is CBD gummies, but other edibles include cake pops, chocolate bars, cookies, brownies, wine, and various drinks, to name just a few. We suggest our gummies, which come in two daytime potencies (15mg and 30mg) and also a sleep gummy that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep while keeping the pain in check.
Even without CBD, a warm bath while enduring menstrual cramps is highly recommended. But if you can add a CBD bath bomb to your warm water, it can not only moisturize and heal your skin but also improve blood circulation to your uterus, reduce inflammation, and hopefully, relieve your menstrual pain. Create a relaxing atmosphere while you soak with essential oils, candles, soft lights, and music.
Drops in Your Drink
A high-quality CBD oil can be added to your beverages for ease of consumption. You can add drops to your coffee, tea, smoothies, or juice.
In a Tampon
CBD-infused tampons are a fantastic invention! Once inserted, they activate the cannabinoid receptors in your vagina, decreasing the inflammation that may be causing the menstrual pain.
CBD suppositories are small, round-shaped items that are inserted into your vagina. They dissolve inside you, releasing CBD oil into your vagina that’s absorbed into your bloodstream. They are especially effective at pain relief because the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract.
Related: Resources On Women's Health
Please note that the pelvic region of your body has one of the highest concentrations of cannabinoid receptors. This could point to CBD being a particularly effective treatment for menstrual pain. So, while there is still a lot of research yet to be done about CBD and its many uses, there is every reason to be hopeful.
Still have questions? We love to talk about CBD! Contact us by using the chat function while you shop, call us at 800.894.9688 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Did you know that Go Botanicals is owned and run by a woman? If you would like to discuss which product is right for you, ask for a woman representative when you contact us. We can't wait to hear from you.
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