It’s that time of the month again — time to cancel plans, call in sick, curl up in bed with a heating pad on your stomach and try to distract yourself with an endless stream of movies.
If this sounds like your monthly experience, you are definitely not alone. Up to 40% of women who have periods suffer from painful, debilitating periods that severely affect their daily routine.
If you suffer from intense menstrual cramps you may wonder if there is a more natural approach to relieve the aches & discomforts. Thankfully, there is.
As of late, more & more women are praising CBD products as their holy grail for treating painful period cramps.
How does Hemp CBD Work to treat Cramps?
The anti-inflammatory nature of CBD products makes them ideal for reducing headaches, nausea & cramps. CBD targets the cause, inflammation, while also relieving the following symptoms:
Painful Inflammation: Cannabinoids play a huge role in combating inflammation by desensitizing the nerves that increase the sensation of pain (TRPV1 & CB1). The soothing effects of CBD spread to neighboring receptors, increasing the relief. Did you know that menstrual cramps are heightened by contraction of the smooth muscle lining the uterus? And cannabinoids are widely recognized as smooth muscle relaxers.
Vascular Relaxing: Blood vessels are also lined with smooth muscle and when Cannabinoids trigger the smooth muscle to relax, blood flow increases. This increasing of blood flow could help provide relief to oxygen-starved tissues, which further decreases the unbearable cramping.
Natural Ways to Treat Menstrual Cramps
Apply heat Your best friend in this time of the month is a heating pad. Some scientists believe that heat desensitizes the same receptors CBD works on. Heat increases blood flow to the area, which soothes those overworked muscles and delivers oxygen to oxygen-starved tissues. If you don’t have a heating pad laying around, go the old fashioned way and use a hot water bottle. This will do the trick as well!
CBD We love the 1200 Full Spectrum CBD oil for its high dose per pump, making it perfect for cramping relief. Add to its effectiveness by also using the Botanical Balm, which is infused with 300mg of Hemp CBD and soothing lavender, a well known anti-inflammatory herb.
Tea Grandma wasn’t kidding when she said tea solves all the world’s problems. Okay, well maybe not all the problems, but ginger & chamomile tea are amazing at relieving menstrual cramps. Studies show ginger tea can soothe upset stomachs and help with inflammation as well.
Avoid These Foods Foods like grains, dairy and vegetable oils can create inflammation in the body, so it’s best to avoid these at least for a few days. Focus on soups, healthy fats, bone broths and fruits to keep you hydrated, but also fed with all the good vitamins your body needs.
Women who have tried CBD for menstrual cramp relief have been surprised to experience how effective cannabinoids are at relieving menstrual cramps.
How much CBD do I need?
A good dose of about 30mg of CBD oil should do the trick. But, because every body is different, we recommend experimenting until you find what works for you.