How CBD could ease your period pain?
Why does period pain occur?
Medically, there are two types of period pain: primary and secondary.
Primary period pains are characterised solely by the contraction of the uterus, in which hormone-like messenger substances, the prostaglandins, play an important role.
These messenger substances influence the sensation of pain and cause the uterine muscles to contract in order to expel the mucous membrane.
This primary period pain is common in women under 30 and women who have heavy periods.
Secondary period pain is usually caused by benign growths in the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps, where the lining of the uterus is located in the abdomen outside the uterus.
Secondary period pains can sometimes also be triggered by an IUD used for contraception, are externally caused and therefore cannot be treated with CBD.
Why not just use conventional painkillers?
For many, the easiest way to deal with period pain is to simply take painkillers until it no longer hurts.
In fact, conventional painkillers are widely used for period pain as they are perceived by many to be the easiest and most effective way.
However, these very painkillers such as ibuprofen, naproxen and so on should not become an everyday companion!
In the long run, these painkillers can cause very serious side effects. These include diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular problems or a massive weakening of the kidneys.
In addition, normal painkillers for menstrual pain have not worked at all for one in ten women.
How can CBD help against period pain?
A study by the National Library of Madison suggests that CBDa (a precursor of CBD) may inhibit the precursor of prostaglandins, the neurotransmitter responsible for primary period pain.
More detailed research on CBD and menstrual pain is unfortunately not yet known at the moment, but other studies suggest that CBD could contribute to pain relief in general.
Since almost no side effects of CBD are known and there are many positive reports about the use of CBD during menstruation, it is certainly worth trying it out.
The muscles of the uterus, which contract shortly before the onset of bleeding and thus cause the pain, can often be relieved by taking CBD beforehand and the often irritable and depressed mood can be harmonised.
CBD is also completely free of hormones and chemical substances and can be dosed individually according to intensity or need.
When using CBD oil, for example, we recommend that you simply drip a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue; the active ingredients are then absorbed directly by the oral mucosa.
When using CBD for the first time, you should start with a low dosage and find out for yourself how your body reacts to CBD for menstrual pain, or when the desired effect occurs.
How does CBD affect the body?
CBD can have a great effect on period pain, as the natural substance can dock to certain receptors in our brain and then has both pain-relieving and antispasmodic properties. Thus, CBD can be used for pain conditions of all kinds. CBD can influence various regulatory processes via the body's own endocannabinoid system (ECS), in which the receptors addressed are located.
Thus, the sensation of pain as well as the hormonal balance can be partially controlled. In addition, the metabolism is calmed down and the body has the possibility to relax and decompress better.
What should one pay attention to when taking CBD?
CBD oils are easy to dose and take, and there are different ways to use them for menstrual cramps. The following tips will help you find the right dosage and application of CBD oil:
When choosing a premium extract, pay attention to the concentration (min. 5 %).
Better to start with a low dose
Individual dosage - increase the amount consumed drop by drop.
Additional tip: drip a few drops of CBD oil directly onto a tampon.
When using CBD oils, the old saying really does apply: the proof of the pudding is in the eating! It is also possible to combine the application of the oil with other remedies, whereby here it is not so much the remedies of conventional medicine that are meant, but rather micronutrients from orthomolecular medicine.
There is no research on how CBD oil affects (unborn) children and therefore many manufacturers recommend not to use CBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you have had experience with psychosis, you should consult your doctor first. Since there is no THC in the oil, it should not trigger psychosis. There are even studies that suggest CBD helps against psychosis. We still recommend that you consult with your doctor.