How CBD Could Play a Role in Menstrual Pain Relief

That abdominal “twisting” – and sometimes even disabling – pain that can come during a menstrual cycle? A standard, monthly occurrence for maybe half of you out there.

CBD might be able to add some relief to that.

What Do You Know About Menstruation?

Before we get on with CBD, let’s start with menstruation, and what it’s all about.

Although almost half of you experience this monthly phenomenon, it’s not that common knowledge – even amongst females.

So, let’s go through a few reminders:

  • Approx. 75% of all who menstruate experience menstrual-related symptoms (MRS) such as cramps, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, depressed mood and anxiety. 20-40% also experience premenstrual symptoms (PMS) (which means that symptoms start even earlier for them). About 9% suffer from a disabling PMS symptom and 89%, of those, go undiagnosed.
  • It’s been clinically proven that those who have some form of MRS are at greater risk of developing other disorders such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders. 
  • Women’s reproductive health is underrepresented in science. There also aren’t MRS treatments available today which do not introduce significant side effects (e.g., fatigue, insomnia, dysphoria, sexual dysfunction) or increase medically relevant risk factors (e.g., breast cancer). Nor are there any remedies today that treat the psychological set of symptoms.
  • Menstruation is “taboo” in some cultures. A social push-back can often discourage individuals from learning about their menstrual conditions. Thus, some who experience severe forms of MRS may never identify that they do and be able to seek the appropriate treatment.

Especially in places where a female’s menstrual cycle is disregarded, and open dialogues discouraged, individuals who face menstrual symptoms may mistakenly attribute them to unrelated or personality-driven factors like a lack of happiness or ambition. Instead, fluctuations in mood and energy levels are inherent and predictable facets of the natural physiological processes associated with the menstrual cycle. In essence, these changes are a consequence of the ordinary workings of the body during this time, rather than being indicative of any personal shortcomings.

Maybe it is time we gave periods a little more “credit”.

How Does CBD Come Into Menstrual Pain Relief?

During the menstrual cycle, the uterus has to shed its lining and does this through a contraction of muscles. This is what can become painful for some.

In the field of scientific research, the general topic of menstrual cycles is underrepresented. That, of course, also means it is the case for studies investigating the correlation between menstruation and CBD. However, relieving menstrual pain has been significantly reported by CBD users around the world.

While there are no CBD studies currently available specifically on menstrual pain, there are studies that show CBD could be able to relieve other menstrual discomforts such as low back pain and abdominal cramps. CBD has also been extensively proven to treat symptoms of inflammation, something that is also closely tied to menstruation.

Overall speaking, CBD is well-known for having pain-relieving properties. With studies dating back to 2003, it is one of the most comprehensively studied topics within the scientific field of CBD research.

One peer-reviewed study confirms the pain-reducing potential of several CBD-rich treatments while also noting the substantially mild side effects that arose from each treatment. 

This peer-reviewed study contains a review of over ten studies that each confirmed their positive findings when they individually researched a form of chronic pain

A Promising Foundation for Future Menstrual Pain Research

Based on the substantially positive results so far, we’re curious to find out what more will be discovered about CBD’s ability to relieve pain. We cannot say for sure just yet, but the odds seem to be in favour of CBD being able to relieve menstrual pain as well. We are also happy to be receiving more and more reports of this effect from you as a result of having used LAYV’s CBD oils (you can find them at the bottom of our product page).

In the end, we hope you’ll be able to find something that can help you with the physical pain – so you can then hopefully deal with the mental toll a little better, too!

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