To all the ladies looking for an all natural pain killer for that time of the month – put the Midol down and grab some CBD oil! Read this post by CBD School contributor Sera on how CBD can help with menstrual pain.
Every woman is familiar with the discomforts that come by and visit once a month. For some, it’s worse than others, but almost all women will welcome something to relieve some of that uneasiness. For many, it’s just a matter of finding something that works. For others, it’s important to be able to deal with menstrual stress in a more natural way. That is where cannabis, and specifically the use of CBD come to the monthly party.
More and more women are finding themselves using cannbis to deal with menstrual cramps as well as stress and mood swings because it works. At the end of the day, CBD is just one of many alternative, herbal medicines that can be used to treat period pain, but so many women testify to how effective it actually is. Smoking weed is just one way to relax cramps a little bit when things get rough, but there are many other ways to incorporate CBD into your diet during that time of the month. Well, living with a medical cannabis grower taught me a lot about the different ways you can use this magnificent herb to make things flow a little better when you need them to.
CBD, one of the oldest medicines for women
It’s so refreshing to see the re-emergence of marijuana in the medical world, because once upon a time we relied on it as a staple in the medicine cabinet. In fact, one of the most common reasons that cannabis tinctures were prescribed to women in the 19th century was menstrual cramps. Queen Victoria was even known to have used CBD rich cannabis to lessen some of the pain she experienced from her cycle.
The point is that it isn’t all that strange that we find relief from menstrual pain through cannabis use, because we have been doing it for hundreds of years now. Modern technology has allowed us to grow cannabis specifically for the purpose of being rich in CBD, which makes this healing cannabinoid even more accessible to us now.
How CBD works to treat chronic pain
For the sake of understanding a little bit about how CBD actually works to reduce pain, we need a little crash course on cannascience. There is a system of cannabinoids in your body and brain. It’s called the endocannabinoid system. This system governs appetite, memory, pain sensation, creativity, motor control and many other sensations too. So, when you feel pain anywhere in your body, it is likely that there is a lot of activity taking place between receptors in that area. This is where your endocannabinoid system would kick into gear, restoring balance to the neuron/receptor war, and putting everything back into order.
Using CBD, whether through smoking, with oil or with topical treatments, triggers some of the cannabinoid receptors in your body that would otherwise be kicked into gear when some healing is taking place. It is just like giving your endocannabinoid system an extra boost for all the healing that it’s about to do. This is how cannabis can be used to relieve some of the pain experienced during menstruation, and it is the same way that those dealing with injuries can use cannabis to deal with their pain.
Cannabinoids are also responsible for other things that could cause a decrease in pain factor, such as relaxation of the muscles. Cannabis is well known to have a sedative or relaxing effect on the body and muscles. During a heavy period, where the muscles are cramping regularly, CBD can assist in relieving those muscle cramps.
CBD topicals and oils
So, most of us love smoking the herb, and that’s totally okay. But when it comes to using medical cannabis to treat period pain, there are ways to ingest that allow the body to absorb much more CBD. CBD Oil is the perfect example, because it is an extremely CBD rich extract of cannabis that is designed to reach the blood quickly. Whereas through smoking, you might only ingest minute percentages of CBD, through the use of CBD oil, you are able to absorb extremely high volumes.
When CBD is ingested internally, then the pain that is being triggered is the pain caused by receptors in the brain and body. This works almost the exact same way in the case of period pain as it does in the case of a headache. CBD knows where your pain receptors are, and it can help them from firing militantly.
The use of CBD topicals is something like attacking the problem from the other angle. There are many lotions and creams now made with cannabis that contain the healing power of CBD. By massaging it into your skin, you can essentially get the muscles around your uterus stoned (but don’t worry: CBD is not psychoactive so you won’t be getting high from this). Of course, the effect is topical, meaning it targets only the places where you rub the lotion. It works by relaxing the muscles and decreasing any inflammation that could be happening in the area.
The difference between marijuana oil and CBD oil
The fundamental difference between CBD oil and other kinds of marijuana oil is that CBD oil has zero or very little THC content. The cannabinoid that is responsible for the “stoned” effect that marijuana users love is THC. The production of products that are CBD only or CBD dominant is not because THC does not contain healing properties of its own, rather it’s to offer cannabis as a medicine to those who don’t desire the intoxicating effects of THC. CBD only medicine makes cannabis available and accessible to all kinds of people, including children and elderly people.
For women wanting to treat menstrual cramps, CBD treatments are effective because it means you don’t have to get on with life stoned (which isn’t such a bad thing either but there’s a time and a place for everything). In the case of the working woman or the working mother, where maybe it’s not the perfect time to be blazed, CBD treatments offer the perfect alternative. You can have your cake and eat it too with CBD!