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Canna(bliss) for Women: It’s That Time of the Month

Being a woman is tough. And, as many of us are aware, it can certainly be painful.

Many women suffer from menstrual cramps – maybe these cramps occur occasionally, or maybe they occur every single month, like clock-work. The pain from menstrual cramps can range from mild to severe and can involve the lower belly, back, and thighs.

Some women, however, are living with a disorder called endometriosis. According to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, endometriosis affects approximately 1 in every 10 women of reproductive age. Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (endometrium), grows outside of the uterus. This can be an extremely painful condition because the displaced endometrial tissue acts as it would if it were inside the uterus – it breaks down and begins bleeding with each menstrual cycle – only it has nowhere to go, which leads to what can often become severe pain.

Whether you suffer from endometriosis or just the typical discomfort that comes rolling around with your monthly cycle, CBD oil may be the solution for you.

While interest in CBD and all of its potential benefits has been growing at an alarming rate over the past decade, studies on the ways in which CBD affects the female body specifically have only recently started popping up. Even though this research is preliminary, it isn’t hard to take the bounds of research that have already been conducted on CBD and apply them to the common issues that many women face during that time of month.

So, what can CBD do for you during that monthly visit?

Pain and Inflammation

During your period, your body releases inflammatory compounds in the tissues within your pelvic area. This inflammation causes other symptoms such as pain and bloating to worsen. Since CBD has been proven itself to be a strong anti-inflammatory, it could be a better (and safer) alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSADs). Side effects and complications of NSAIDs are common and serious and can lead to death if consumed regularly.

As sudden changes in hormone levels begin, they trigger contractions in the muscle tissue within the uterus. These contractions are the cause of the inflammation, pressure, and discomfort that are often associated with menstruation. CBD can be effective in managing this pain and inflammation through its ability to modulate pain thresholds and inhibit the release of proinflammatory molecules, similar to ibuprofen. In particular, CBD is able to reduce the inflammatory process by lowering the production of cytokines by the immune system, and by inhibiting some of the receptors responsible for pain perception.

Mood

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, has become a well-known term to describe the emotional symptoms that occur in the days or weeks prior to a woman’s period. These symptoms can include anxiety, depression, irritability or anger, and general mood swings. CBD has been widely used as a natural mood-

booster. In fact, a growing body of research has found that CBD boosts serotonin levels and elicits an anti-depressant response faster than some of the most common prescription drugs.

Sleep

Two common symptoms of menstruation include both fatigue and insomnia. The World Health Organization reports that CBD can result in less REM-sleep disruption due to pain or other discomfort. In short, CBD may help a person fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer by calming the nervous system and inhibiting the receptors responsible for pain perception.

So next time you feel those cramps coming on, you might want to reconsider reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen and try something more natural, safe and effective.