CBD AND YOUR PERIOD
CAN THIS SO CALLED “MAGIC OIL” REALLY WORK ON PMS
There’s a lot of talk right now about CBD. Not just when it comes to your period but in general and while we can be a sucker for a new trend, we wanted to give you the low down.
SO, WHAT IS CBD?
CBD, also be known as a cannabidiol is extracted from hemp plants and is one of the many chemical compounds to be found in cannabis. It’s a non-psychoactive component of cannabis so it’s not going to get you high!
Rather than get you high (which is from the compound called THC), CBD is a different arrangement of atoms and serves as a muscle relaxant. CBD actually blocks the high associated with THC so you get all the benefits of cannabis but none of the high as a kite problems. However, they both have been turned to for pain relief and both have been said to have many health benefits - from relieving anxiety to reducing pain. And yep, you got it, menstrual pain.
HOW DOES CBD HELP WITH MENSTRUAL PAIN?
When we have our period, our progesterone takes a steep downturn and prostaglandins increase. Prostaglandins are all about inflammation.
When prostaglandins increase it manifests in the body as inflammation, pain and heavy bleeding - common PMS symptoms. And this my loves, is where CBD steps in and kicks ass by increasing the levels of two neurotransmitters which play a major role in the body’s reaction to inflammation and pain - anandamide and adenosine.
CBD and it’s anti-inflammatory properties are about 60-100% more effective than other painkillers. PLUS it doesn’t have the associated health risks that ibuprofen does and requires a much smaller does.
Meaning that you need a lot less of CBD to do a much better job.
SO, IS CBD ILLEGAL?
Umm, that depends where you are. Make sure you check which country you live in or where you’re getting it delivered to!
DOES CBD HAVE ANY HEALTH RISKS?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved CBD back in 2017 and says “the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that, in it’s pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm. As such, as CBD is not currently scheduled substance in its own right (only as a component of cannabis extracts)”
SOME THINGS TO NOTE!
There haven’t been enough extensive studies to really prove the benefits or if CBD is truly the answer when it comes to menstrual pain, but saying that, lots of women say that it works so the choice is yours.
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