Let’s talk about periods.
We all get them, and we all hate them.
You could strive to live a totally natural lifestyle, avoid pain-killers and processed food...
...but a few hours of cramps and weepiness could have you reaching for extra-strength motrin and a bag of hot Cheetos.
So if you’re trying to live more holistically and get away from using so many chemicals (that aggravate your period symptoms anyways), you can try CBD.
It helps nearly any symptom you get during your cycle, and with consistent use, may be able to balance your symptoms so your periods become more manageable.
How CBD Can Balance Your Body and Mind During PMS
Comforting your PMS emotions
Anxiety and stress
Sublingual CBD is widely known to calm anxiety and stress. Many women who use it during stressful times report feeling like their emotions were “reset,” or that they were subtly calmed back to their normal state.
Since CBD oil is non-psychoactive, you don’t have to worry about what time of day you take it. So if you have to go to work or take care of your children, you won’t be impairing your ability to go about your normal routine.
You can take it anytime you’re feeling stressed.
The depression that usually accompanies anxiety during PMS can also be relieved by CBD, because it affects how your body handles serotonin.
Researchers believe that during PMS your body may have enough serotonin, but just isn’t using it effectively.
So if you get the blues while you’re PMSing, it could be that you need to regulate instead of medicate.
Managing the physical effects of PMS
Do you find yourself up all night a few days before your period starts? These sleep disturbances are caused by many things--some being the emotional stress from fluctuating hormones or your body’s inhibited use of serotonin.
CBD may be able to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night. Researchers are still trying to uncover why this is.
It could be that CBD helps regulate your sleep. Or it could also be that CBD helps relieve the conditions that are causing your sleep to be disturbed.
Either way, CBD can help you feel more rested and relaxed throughout your cycle.
Topical CBD helps reduce painful, hormonal acne by suppressing the cytokines (inflammation stressors) that cause the red, painful bumps around your chin and jawline.
It can also soothe and regulate your skin if your skin seems to change types throughout the month.
Since CBD is suitable for both dry and oily skin, you can always reach for your holy grail CBD serum instead of changing from dry-skin-friendly to oily-skin-friendly products throughout the month.
How CBD Can Soothe and Relieve Your Body During Your PeriodRelieving painful cramps
Relaxing tired muscles
The relaxing, pain-relieving qualities of CBD are probably the first thing you think of--and the main reason why you’re reaching for it when your cramps start.
CBD has been shown to block neuropathic and chronic pain, which cover a wide variety of symptoms you get on your period.
So if you get nasty cramps that go all the way down your legs, try a CBD cream instead of reaching for a pharmaceutical pain-killer.
Suppositories for an effective doseSome women have found CBD vaginal suppositories do wonders to relieve their period cramps.
As an alternative to putting CBD cream on your lower abdomen, you can try this to get more concentrated effects closer to your uterus.
There are premade CBD suppositories out there, but you can DIY them using coconut oil and CBD tincture you may already have.
(Suppositories absorb very easily into your body, so start off with a smaller dose than what you would take sublingually)
Keeping your body in balanceRegulating your gut-brain connectionIf you’ve heard the buzz about probiotic skincare, you know how important our gut-brain axis is.
But researchers have also discovered the endocrine system may be part of that axis--and mainly regulated by the endocannabinoid system.
Since CBD has been known to positively affect your gut, it can help a lot during your period, like if you get IBS-like symptoms.
If you tend to get nauseated on the first couple days of your cycle, CBD can suppress the nausea and stimulate your appetite.
Managing symptoms for the long-term
Do you feel like you’re hit by a train when your period starts, and struggle to maintain motivation or productivity?
Some women report that they’ve made their periods more manageable by consistently taking CBD—or at least taking it during the days leading up to their periods.
They say it helps keep the body and mind balanced, helping you not be so shocked by how horrible you feel on your first day.
What products to look for
The case for CBD relieving PMS and menstrual symptoms is mainly based on anecdotal evidence. But the positive effects are so widespread and sworn by, they’re hard to deny.
There are randomized, double-blinded studies coming to confirm the efficacy of CBD.
As always, ask your doctor before you start using CBD products or taking CBD sublingual drops.
CBD is very friendly to most people because allergies are so rare. But it can have some rare interactions with other medications (this is more commonly known as the grapefruit effect).
When you’re looking for CBD products to buy, look for these qualifications.
Our CBD meets those qualifications and are of the highest standards. If you’re looking for relief specifically for PMS or menstrual cramps, here’s what we would recommend.
We also have a more concentrated version of The Tincture and Relief Cream if you respond better to an intense dose of CBD.
With the amount of CBD products available today, it’s hard to know what’s actually going to work. How do you tell a quality product from something that just says “CBD” on the packaging?
Here are some things you can look for to help you navigate the market and make sure you’re buying safely and supporting ethical companies.
GMO (genetically modified organisms) refers to plants whose genes have been artificially altered. Through genetic engineering, scientists have been able to modify plant structures in ways that seem beneficial.
This includes getting rid of unwanted genes in plants, rather than naturally breed them out.
Or making them resistant to pesticides.
Some people believe that GMO is a good thing for hemp, mainly because you would be able to control and predict the amount of THC in a batch. This solves the problem of harvests “going hot” and suddenly having a THC level higher than the US legal standard of 0.3%.
On the surface, this would make CBD industry regulations easier. But there are still many concerns about using GMO hemp.
Top Concerns With GMO Hemp
Many GMO crops have been modified to prevent the plant from absorbing pesticides (“Roundup Ready” plants). But in that process, the nutrients of the plant become less potent.
This effect has been observed among several types of agriculture, with the small animals not being able to survive off of the nutrients of GMO crops. In fact, it’s considered a large part of why bees are dying out.
Not only do GMO crops potentially harm the environment, but it would also allow big business to take over the industry.
Say a small farmer worked for years, crossbreeding hemp to create the ideal plant that’s nutrient-rich and contains the right amount of THC to be legal…
But then, in a lab, a corporation artificially created the same strain, and patents it.
Suddenly, the plant is intellectual property, and the small farmer wouldn’t be able to profit off of their hard work.
A race to artificially create the most profitable, legal hemp encourages a game of quick wins, not necessarily what’s best for the earth.
We also don’t yet understand the long-term risks of GMOs in our diet.
The research is unclear at this moment, with no agreements if it’s harmful or not harmful.
The American Cancer Society has done a lot of studies about the effects of GMOs, as many people remain suspicious that GMOs may be a cause of cancer. Although there’s no evidence it does cause cancer, they have not done studies to prove it does not cause cancer.
Since we can’t be sure about the consequences of GMO CBD on our health, we suggest sticking to non-GMO products.
Third-party tested CBD
The next thing you should look for in CBD products is third-party testing. Third-party testing keeps companies accountable and prevents them from taking advantage of a highly unregulated industry.
Lack of regulations on the industry
Because CBD is newly legal in the US, the industry is still widely unregulated. Companies have been exposed for using shady practices to get bigger profits. This includes selling products made from cheap, low-quality, sometimes infected hemp. Or exaggerating a product to be more high-quality than it actually is.
You can protect yourself from false advertising by only buying from companies that offer third-party testing. If you call the lab and provide the batch number, they will give you the test results themselves so you can know you’re not getting duped.
Testing for safety
Third-party lab tests also test for the presence of heavy metals or pesticides.
Unfortunately, there are companies out there who would cut corners that much to buy and sell infected products to make more money.
There’s so much infected hemp because it’s also used as a phytoremediator.
Basically, it cleans the soil it’s been planted in.
It’s been used to rapidly heal the most toxic environments, like Chernobyl and other radioactive sites.
Not that you’d be getting hemp straight from Chernobyl, but there are many places in the US where the soil contains heavy metals and pesticides. If you stick to third-party tested CBD, you can be confident you’re not putting any nasty toxins in or on your body.
You may have heard that isolate is called the “purest form of CBD.” But the truth is, it’s missing a lot of the natural parts of the plant that also gives you health benefits. CBD isolate doesn’t contain some cannabinoids, the terpenes, and the flavonoids present in full-spectrum CBD.
When you use full-spectrum CBD products, you get all of the health benefits from each part of the hemp. This is called the “entourage effect.”
The entourage effect is when all parts of a plant work together for one, magnified therapeutic benefit. With CBD isolate, the taste, smell, and some effects are removed to get a “pure” form of CBD.
Think of it like eating an orange for vitamin C...but without the sharp scent you get when you first peel the orange, and without the energy you get just from the flavor. You’d still get the nutrients, but it’s just not the same.
We recommend full-spectrum CBD oil so you don’t miss any part of the synergy of the hemp plant.
CBD Oil From European Hemp
Many of the highest quality CBD products come from European hemp. Because they’ve had a thriving hemp industry for years, farmers aren’t under vague regulations like they are in the US.
The soil in the mediterranean climate of Europe is very rich and nutrient dense. And since hemp farmers in Europe have more experience, they know how to rotate their crops to produce the richest harvest without using GMOs.
We’re proud to source our CBD from European hemp for these reasons.
Click here to learn more about our products and how we strive for the highest quality.