Life can be hard for women who experience painful periods, PMS, PMDD, menstrual pains, and general pelvic discomfort.
Although there are several NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) that can help with pain and inflammation during this time of the month, many women don’t respond to these drugs or experience side effects and discomfort.
Research has shown that CBD may also offer anti-inflammatory potential. Since PMS and PMDD are syndromes and discomforts linked with inflammation, Hemp Oil could be a potential future ally when it comes to occasional menstrual pains.
This is thanks to CBD’s interaction with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates several bodily functions and is responsible for maintaining the body’s natural balance. There are indications that CBD could be beneficial with inflammation through this interaction.
With an increasing body of research focused on CBD and its potential, perhaps we could soon make a breakthrough regarding women’s health and wellbeing.
What Are PMDD, PMS, and Menstrual Pains?
What Is PMS?
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a syndrome that some women experience in the week(s) before their period.
PMS is characterized by tiredness, irritability, stomach bloating, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, and general discomfort.
What Is PMDD?
Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a more severe form of PMS. In this case, the general bodily and mental uneasiness is more intense and severe.
With PMDD, women experience pain, cramps, heavy headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression.
While some women are lucky enough to not experience any menstrual pain, many others suffer on a monthly basis.
Menstrual pain is characterized by painful cramps in the stomach and back. The pain can come in waves or in a constant fashion, often becoming debilitating.
What Causes Menstrual Pain and Discomfort?
Research suggests that PMS is associated with a drop in serotonin levels in the brain.
Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that is responsible for our mood. Low levels of serotonin have been associated with depression and mental anguish. Food cravings and problematic sleep patterns are also associated with low levels of serotonin. For instance, high levels of serotonin have been linked with a feeling of a full stomach; the reverse also seems to hold true.
Menstrual pain is caused by a contraction of the womb while it’s trying to shed its lining during the monthly period. The hormones involved in these contractions are also associated with pain and inflammation. Pain-relievers and anti-inflammatories aim at suppressing their action.
As for PMDD, it is related to low levels of specific hormones, like serotonin. It is a more severe form of PMS.
How Does CBD Work in the Human Body?
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for many functions such as reproduction, appetite, mood, temperature perception, inflammation, pain reflection, memory, sleep, and more.
Our ECS works with two endocannabinoids—i.e. cannabinoids created in the body: 2-AG and anandamide. When there is an imbalance, our ECS releases these endocannabinoids to alert the neurotransmitters to fix the problem. These two endocannabinoids attach to their respective receptors, called CB1 and CB2. These receptors can read and transmit cannabinoid messages.
For instance, when we get hot, our ECS alerts our sweat glands by releasing its endocannabinoids. The sweat glands eliminate extra heat through sweat, thus keeping our bodies ventilated and cooling them down. Also, our ECS triggers our feeling of thirst: we head to the kitchen for a glass of water to replenish our bodies with fluids.
CBD and the ECS
It would appear that CBD helps the ECS to work better and to make more effective use of its endocannabinoids. CBD also shows a strong affinity to 2-AG and appears to work in a similar fashion. The CB2 receptors that interact with 2-AG are found in the immune system, which is responsible for inflammation, and 2-AG has been shown to help with inflammation and mood.
How Can CBD Help with Menstrual Pains, PMS, and PMDD?
There is still a relatively small body of research regarding CBD’s effectiveness in helping specifically with PMS and PMDD.
However, as one paper quotes, “CBD compounds have been studied and proven to treat and relieve symptoms such as chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression, and insomnia, to name a few. Since many of these symptoms often present themselves to women who suffer from PMS, CBD may be an appropriate, natural alternative treatment when it comes to managing these occurrences.”
Further research is required to fully understand and quantify how Hemp Oil may help with these syndromes.
It is theorized that, by reducing inflammation, CBD may act in a similar fashion as NSAIDs, with fewer side effects.
Regarding the occasional anxiety and depression that is sometimes associated with PMS and PMDD, there are several studies supporting the view that CBD may help with mood disorders. For example, this 2009 paper concluded that “CBD was shown to have anxiolytic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective properties.”
The CBD found in Hemp Oil appears to interact with serotonin in an indirect way. It may help our brain respond more efficiently and actively to the existing levels of serotonin, thus making better use of it. By helping our brain use serotonin better, CBD may help alleviate occasional symptoms of anxiety and depression.
If such an effect is proven by further studies, it would be highly helpful to women who are suffering and experiencing the unpleasant side effects of their periods.
How Can I Use CBD Before and During My Period?
If you feel you need to support your mental health and physical strength before your period, you can take a Synchronicity Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil capsule or tincture.
There is no official recommended daily allowance regarding CBD. Therefore, consumers have to adjust their dosage on their own. It is suggested that you “start low, go slow”—i.e. start with a low dosage of 5 to 15 mg per day and increase it slowly until you reach the desired effect.
Interestingly enough, the researchers who explored CBD’s anxiolytic effects also found that “CBD does induce anxiolytic-like effects at lower doses (2.5–10 mg/kg) that completely disappear at higher doses.” This may support the possibility that CBD may be biphasic—i.e. that it may have an effect at a low dose and no effect—or even the opposite effect—at a high one. CBD seems to act in a bell-shaped dose-response curve, making dosage a crucial aspect of taking Hemp Oil.
Synchronicity Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Products
To help you calculate the right dosage for you, our Synchronicity Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil capsules and tinctures are available in several strengths (and flavors):
- Our CBD tinctures come in strengths of 1000mg and 500mg. Try them in Natural Hemp, Peppermint, and Berry Lemonade flavor.
- Our CBD capsules come in CBD strengths of 50, 25, and 15 mg.
All our products contain Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, which means that they contain the full botanical wellness of Hemp. They contain CBD as well as all the other cannabinoids such as CBC, CBN, CBG, CBDV, CBDA, and THCV. Our THC levels are always below the legal threshold of 0.3% as our consistent tests show. You can check the exact contents of any of our products when you view the Certificate of Analysis online.
Our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products also contain all of the terpenes, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins found in Hemp. We do not isolate CBD: we take the whole-plant wholesomeness of Hemp and gently infuse it into our products.
We are certain that our customers will find the Hemp Oil product that will improve their quality of life. See our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products online or try out our trial kit to decide which ones work best for you. We offer free shipping on all orders.