CBD for Menstrual Cramps
Given its widely acclaimed benefits for pain and inflammation relief, it comes as no surprise that CBD has been widely studied and suggested to alleviate more specific conditions such as menstrual cramps. Many women have reported the benefits of using CBD for menstrual cramps. At Vermont Hemp Health, our whole flower CBD products are best equipped to provide the relief you want and need by diminishing menstrual pain and discomfort.
CBD has an impressive list of benefits that combine to create the perfect remedy for menstrual pain:
- CBD has potent analgesic benefits and reduces the severity of painful sensations.
- CBD is an anti-inflammatory compound that alleviates the internal inflammation associated with menstrual pain and cramping
- CBD promotes hormonal balance and inhibits hormones responsible for the contractions that cause cramps.
- As an antispasmodic and muscle relaxant, CBD prevents the contractions that cause cramps. As a muscle relaxant, CBD causes tension to disappear, soothing the muscles that might otherwise contract and cause menstrual cramps.
Which Whole Flower CBD Product is Best for You?
The Benefits of CBD Oil, Topicals, Flower, and Capsules for Menstrual Pain
How CBD Works in Your Brain and Body to Provide Relief from Menstrual Pain
Through a lock-and-key mechanism of action, CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors responsible for any given bodily system and signals whether or not there is dysfunction – if there is, it generates the release of neurotransmitters necessary to promote recovery from any underlying symptoms of physiological imbalance. These include pain, mood, appetite, anxiety, stress, inflammation, cramps, sleep, hormonal balance, and nearly any other physiological system or bodily function that you can imagine. Recent studies have found that CBD relieves menstrual pain by inhibiting the overproduction of inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins, which reach peak levels during menstruation and can lead to pain sensitization, inflammation, uterine contractions, digestive problems, and generally higher pain and discomfort levels during menstruation. CBD has been scientifically shown to increase levels of anandamide, which is a main cannabinoid neurotransmitter that is produced by the human body. Increased levels of anandamide have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, and also lead to higher levels of adenosine, another neurotransmitter essential to inflammation management.
Prostaglandin Reduction and Menstrual Pain Relief
CBD’s Prostaglandin-Reducing Abilities is a Major Advantage in Treating Menstrual Pain
In this respect, CBD is unrivaled by any extant treatment available for menstrual cramps. Over the counter medications and NSAIDs cannot impact prostaglandin production, and therefore cannot inhibit the cramps themselves that become the cause of menstrual pain – they can only slightly reduce the pain itself when ingested if they are effective at all. In a recent interview, women’s health expert Dr. Mary Clifton highlighted CBD’s prostaglandin-reducing abilities as a major advantage in treating menstrual pain: “Prostaglandin are breakdown products of arachidonic acid. So, when you take a Motrin you block that breakdown of arachidonic acid to prostaglandin and so it isn’t terribly responsive to narcotic pain management.” Studies have shown that treatments capable of reducing prostaglandin levels are by far superior, if not the best available, treatment options for reducing menstrual pain.