If you find yourself curled up into a ball, binging your favourite TV show, holding onto your stomach for dear life pleading to God for the pain to stop on your period— you are not alone. The majority of women (upwards of 90%) experience painful periods either chronically or occasionally. Depending on the severity, it can last for up to three days and significantly derail your life.
Thankfully, CBD is here to help. Unlike NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), CBD has a targeted impact on the proteins and signalling molecules that are specifically responsible for cramps, bloating and pain. NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen can be helpful in the moment, but they have long-lasting detrimental effects on your gastrointestinal health, for instance. CBD does not.
CBD decreases the production of prostaglandins, a hormone signalling molecule that is responsible for the initiation of inflammation, by inhibiting COX-2, the enzyme responsible for its production. What are prostaglandins responsible for? Pain sensitivity, smooth muscle contractions (cramps), inflammation, heavy bleeding and even— diarrhoea.
Using CBD to treat period pain is simple: take it as an oil three times a day, or if you want to get fancy, obtain suppositories and/or CBD soaked tampons. Taking it as an oil will give you relief within an hour, whereas inserting it into the vagina will have you feeling better in minutes.