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.