CBD may help reduce unpleasant period-related symptoms such as cramping, nausea and anxiety. If you’d like to give it a try yourself (in addition to the obligatory hot water bottle and tub of non-dairy Ben and Jerry’s, of course) we’ve highlighted eight ways in which the Good Hemp community has used CBD for period pain relief.
If your time of the month is pretty pants, we hope that these natural period pain relief methods using pure CBD oil will make it a bit better – whether you want to sip it, soak in it or, well, have sex with it!
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We’re guessing you’re here because, unlike the lucky few whose periods pass them by with little trials and tribulations, your menstrual cycle can be somewhat draining.
Because just because we’re on our period, doesn’t mean we don’t want to have fun! CBD can help you enjoy sex more when you’re on your period by reducing tension in the pelvic floor and relieving pain from cramps or penetration. A few sexier benefits (you’ll be pleased to know) can include increased sensitivity, relaxation – which can lead to stronger orgasms! – and in some cases, a boost to your sex drive. Let’s go!
CBD suppositories are small, round or cone-shaped objects that you can insert into your vagina, where they dissolve and release CBD oil which is then absorbed by the body. CBD suppositories are super effective for period pain relief as they allow the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream instead of working their way through the gastrointestinal tract first.
Medical marijuana has proven to have some significant medical benefits, most especially pain control. Although it isn’t strong enough to treat severe pain (such as bone fractures or post-surgical pain), it can be effective in relieving different types of chronic pain in many people.
There is also evidence that marijuana use during pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy loss due to the overstimulation of cannabinoid receptors in the lining of the uterus.
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Dr. Shepherd is board-certified in obstetrics-gynecology and is affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Shepherd appears regularly as an expert on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and more.
Though marijuana has not been shown to be cause birth defects, the presence of cannabinoid receptors in the fetal brain suggests that marijuana may impact a child’s cognitive and behavioral development in later years.
How marijuana is meant to achieve the relief remains unclear. At its heart, menstrual cramps are triggered by the release of inflammatory compounds, called prostaglandins, during menstruation. Women who produce are excessive amounts of prostaglandins are more likely to experience severe cramps.
Exercise is excellent for us at any time of the month, but especially when you are on your period. In fact, women who exercise regularly tend to have lighter, less-painful periods. But if you’re not up for a vigorous run during that time of the month, yoga is one way to get the benefits of exercise in a low impact way. Exercise, including yoga, release endorphins which naturally make us feel positive and happy. It also helps loosen muscles, encourages deeper breathing and decreases stress.
Acupuncture is the practice of partial insertion of hair thin needles into various parts of the body. While the needles are so thin you typically can’t even feel them, the body recognizes the micro-trauma and floods the insertion points with fluids and chemicals to ‘heal.’ This rush creates different effects in other parts of the body which has been meticulously mapped over hundreds of years of medical research and study.
Causes for extremely painful menstrual cramps include:
For many of us, avoiding the pill-popping in favor of using all-natural alternatives is preferable.
While more medical and scientific research is called for, several studies have shown that CBD, derived from the cannabis plant, appears to affect a certain group of molecules that are key to the inflammation process. When inflammation occurs, pain isn’t far behind.