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CBD and Women’s Health: Addressing Menstrual Pain and Hormonal Imbalances

CBD products to help women's health

As CBD enters the mainstream spotlight more and more, the discussion around its benefits is growing. However, we have noticed that research and discussion around the component and women’s hormones is lacking.

In this blog, we wanted to share the little information that there is on this topic.

Before we get started, while CBD won’t produce a high and is not known for being addictive, we would recommend discussing its usage and benefits with a GP before trying it. It should also be noted that due to the legal restrictions on cannabis, the research surrounding its benefits is scarce.

How does CBD work with women's bodies?

When it comes to treating menstrual pain and hormonal imbalance, CBD is believed to work its magic in the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

This system is a series of receptors and transmitters that help to keep our bodies in homeostasis (a state of balance). This system is a pivotal part of our bodies as it contributes to sleep cycles, pain management, moods, appetites, memory, stress and immune responses.

CBD has been shown to help the ECS when it is struggling to stay stable, as it seems to interact with the receptors in the system to boost them and get the system to return to homeostasis. In doing this, CBD is thought to regulate hormonal levels.

During the several phases of menopause, the hormone levels in a woman’s body fluctuate, affecting the ECS and causing the symptoms felt during this stage of life.

Using CBD for pain

Overall, research into CBD as pain relief is still thin, but conclusions from research done suggests it can relieve pain experienced. CDB has been shown to help reduce inflammation and chronic pain, therefore, it is likely it will reduce pain felt during the menstrual cycle.

CBD is a natural alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. Research suggests that the use of this product could alleviate not just cramps but also back pain, headaches, joint pain and other painful symptoms.

Women have reported that using CBD products while on their periods has also helped them feel calmer, so it is believed that CBD can have a positive impact on a woman’s mental health.

How to relieve pain with CBD

There are a variety of ways that you can take CBD. Each method will have advantages and features. The choice of method may depend on individual preferences and the specific type of pain being addressed. Here are some common ways to take CBD for pain:

  1. CBD Oil or Tinctures: This is one of the most popular methods. CBD oil or tinctures can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) for fast absorption. Use a dropper to place the desired dose under your tongue, hold it there for about 30 seconds to a minute, and then swallow. Additionally, you can add it to your drink.
  2. CBD Edibles: CBD can be infused into various edible products such as gummies, chocolates, and cakes. Edibles take longer to kick in compared to tinctures but can provide a longer-lasting effect.
  3. Topical CBD Products: For localized pain, you can use creams, balms, or lotions infused with CBD. Apply the product directly to the area of pain or discomfort.
  4. CBD Suppositories: These are inserted rectally or vaginally and can be used for specific types of pain relief. They may provide fast absorption but are not as commonly used as other methods.
  5. CBD-infused tampons: These are an easy way to use CBD to help relieve pain. Once inserted, they activate cannabinoid receptors in the vagina, which are believed to reduce the inflammation that causes menstrual pain.
  6. Inhalation of CBD: Vaping or smoking CBD allows for rapid absorption through the lungs. This method may offer quick relief and is very convenient way to enjoy the benefits of CBD.

Using CBD for hormonal imbalances

Throughout their lives, it is common for women to experience hormone imbalances, which often trigger symptoms such as low moods, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, and discomfort.

CBD products are suggested to help regulate hormones when they are off-kilter, as they can influence cortisol – aka the stress hormone. As stress can be the trigger for many hormonal imbalances, this solution is a simple fix.

Estrogen and Progesterone impact the happy hormone, serotonin, which causes low moods during the menstrual cycle and menopause. Available data suggests that CBD can activate serotonin receptors, therefore, boosting mood too.

We want to support women who experience these symptoms and discomforts. If you are experiencing pain during periods or suffer from hormonal imbalances, discover our products today.

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