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That dreaded time of the month, the cramps are here, and you just want to call in sick and have a duvet day with your hot water bottle. Well, you are certainly not alone, over 90% of women experience dysmenorrhea (painful periods) and 1 in 10 women are affected by endometriosis. Unfortunately, for many women, there are little to no solutions available for pain management. You’ve either got over-the-counter pain killer and your hot water bottle, or in the case of endometriosis, you can go under the knife and have your endometriosis tissue removed. At best, surgery will reduce your symptoms, but it is not a guaranteed ‘cure’ and depending on where you live, it can be very expensive.
The cheaper option would be to reach for your non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. However, long term use of NSAIDs has been found to cause acute renal failure (kidney damage), so for a long-term solution, this might do more harm than good. A better solution would be to opt for something natural such as CBD. Now, I’m not going to sell you dreams and say “buy [insert magic product here] and all your problems will be solved!”, because unfortunately, the reality is, even with extensive research to find the root cause of diseases such as endometriosis – there still remains no cure.
What I will do, is give you the facts and recommend products that will help with different stages of your monthly cycle, so that periods do not always have to bring your life to a halt. A 2019 study of Australian women with a confirmed endometriosis diagnosis found that, CBD was amongst the most highly rated method of pain management - in terms of self-reported effectiveness. The women in this study gave CBD oil a 6.33 rating on a ten-point-scale, with only heat (6.52/10) and cannabis (7.6/10) ranking higher.
So how does it work? After ovulation, progesterone starts to prepare the uterus for pregnancy, thickening the lining and prohibiting muscle contraction in the uterus that would reject an egg. When no guest arrives, your progesterone levels begin to drop, triggering menstruation. As your progesterone levels decline, prostaglandin levels peak. Prostaglandin is the chemical responsible for pain sensitization, heavy bleeding, uterine contractions, inflammation and even diarrhoea. Research has shown that similar to NSAIDs, CBD inhibits the prostaglandin producing enzyme but without the detrimental side effects. This, in effect, reduces inflammation and relaxes your uterus muscles.
So, for those of you who would rather avoid drugs (in all its forms), we recommend trying our CBD oil tincture. These come in three strengths, labelled Bronze, Silver and Gold. If you are suffering from endometriosis, a stronger dose of CBD such as the Gold edition would be best for effective pain management. Try implementing it into your routine, maybe having it in your morning coffee or directly consuming it as oral drops. We hope that combining these with other self-management techniques such as heat (your trusted hot water bottle) and relaxation, can help alleviate the pain.
For less acute periods, the tinctures still have great benefit when it comes to cramps, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and anxiety. Our bodies go through a lot during menstruation, aside from the monstrous cramps, there’s also hormonal effects that can affect our mood and motivation. CBD contains neuroprotective properties that help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, making your week spent with mother nature that little bit more bearable. And if you just need to relax and unwind, run yourself a bath with one of our CBD baths bombs for muscle relaxation and tranquillity.
Lastly, be sure to consult your doctor before introducing any new remedy into your routine. Start off with smaller doses and/or strengths if you are unsure how much you personally need, you can
always increase or decrease your dose the more you understand how CBD interacts with your body. To learn more about our products and CBD as a natural remedy, head over to our Pulse CBD blog