CBD mania is going strong but let's be real, we're still a li'l fuzzy on the details. Our Period Specialist, Dani, hit up an expert to answer all our questions. CBD can reduce unpleasant period-related symptoms such as cramping, nausea and anxiety. Try these 8 ways of using CBD for period pain relief.
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by Toni Brannagan | April 03, 2019
Note: Before you try any form of cannabis, check your local and state laws. CBD products made from industrial hemp are legal within the U.S. as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.
It seems like CBD is *everywhere* these days, promising miracle cure after miracle cure. (Seriously, bodega CBD oil? Nah.)
I don’t know about you, but I’m still not exaaactly sure how CBD works … or if it can deliver on all the promises to cure all my period woes, that some super aggressive targeted Instagram ads keep claiming.
Intent on demystifying CBD, our period specialist extraordinaire, the radiant Dani Berkowitz from our PMS Weekly series on Instagram
!), hit up Charlotte Palermino from Nice Paper
, a platform that helps educate people about everything CBD and cannabis, and the social justice issues that surround those subjects.
Dani: Let’s start with the basics — what does CBD stand for?
Charlotte: In its most layman terms, CBD (or Cannabidiol) is found in both hemp and cannabis. It’s one of the most predominant chemicals in this plant, and depending on the strain, you’re going to find different levels of CBD. Hemp, however, has high CBD, and very low THC.
CBD is just a chemical compound, and you actually already produce very similar compounds to what’s found in weed. Everybody has an endocannabinoid system that is responsible for a looot of shit like regulating your mood, and even digestion and fertility. It attaches to your neural receptors, and your brain — CBD activates these receptors, and some of the research shows that it helps with things like inflammation and serotonin regulation.
Dani: So, let’s say I have really bad cramps — if I were to use CBD as a way to alleviate that, how would it work for me and my body?
Charlotte: Everybody’s endocannabinoid system is unique, so it’s hard to say exactly how CBD would work for other people, but I can speak to my personal experience.
For me, I have debilitating pain, my legs actually go numb, my back locks up, all those fun things. So, I actually take a lot of CBD every day. I take about 100 milligrams of full-spectrum hemp under my tongue, and I smoke hemp pre-rolls. (I’m half-French, my family smoked cigarettes around me, it’s a way for me to never pick up a pack of Marlboro Lights ever again.)
So for me, I take the full spectrum tincture, which I put under my tongue. I’ll also use a trans-dermal patch from a dispensary with a very high milligram dosage. It’s almost like a nicotine patch. With something like CBD edibles, you’d have to eat a lot order to feel the effects, because of something called your first-pass metabolism.
Anybody who’s ever had a THC edible knows that when you eat THC, you get high, and it’s because of how THC gets processed in your digestive system. CBD actually just breaks down. With CBD edibles, only 6% of what you’re eating gets into your bloodstream. With a tincture, you’ll get around 27%, maybe a little bit higher. With trans-dermals though, you don’t have to go through any metabolism.. Again, it’s what works best for you — so, I use a mixture of topicals and sublinguals to stop me from taking, like, 40 Advils.
Dani: Can you tell me a little bit about what your experience is in consulting people with endometriosis, PMDD, or PCOS?
Charlotte: I’ve connected with a lot of people that have general pain. One really interesting case was vaginismus
. People were able to use CBD lube to help them with their muscle contractions, so some were able to have penetrative sex for the first time. Or, non-painful sex for the first time. Women are often expected to live with pain, as if that’s just the cards we’ve been dealt, but at the end of the day, there is a pain gap we should be able to bridge, and cannabis is really exciting for that.
For endometriosis or other very serious health concerns, you should see a doctor, but what I will say is that CBD is not a one-and-done. You need to take it every day. It’s not going to do anything if you take a 25 milligram gummy bear one time. I would suggest starting by testing, preferably when you’re not already on your period and your pain threshold is at its highest. I’ve personally found that CBD results in a dampening of pain — the pain won’t completely go away.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity, but Charlotte had a whooole lot more to teach us—and she even brought along some pretty cool recs to show-and-tell—so don’t forget to check out the whole interview on our IGTV
Do you use CBD or cannabis to manage your period pain? What are your faves? Share them with us in the comments.
8 Ways To Try CBD For Period Pain Relief
We’re guessing you’re here because, unlike the lucky few whose periods pass them by with little trials and tribulations, your menstrual cycle can be somewhat draining.
CBD may help reduce unpleasant period-related symptoms such as cramping, nausea and anxiety. If you’d like to give it a try yourself (in addition to the obligatory hot water bottle and tub of non-dairy Ben and Jerry’s, of course) we’ve highlighted eight ways in which the Good Hemp community has used CBD for period pain relief.
1. Adding Drops to Your Drink
Good Hemp’s pure CBD oil happens to be the perfect natural remedy for period pain. And you can feel good using it, too! As you know, we only use CBD isolate that’s extracted from 100% non-GMO hemp and is produced without any unwanted nasties or chemicals involved. Since our carrier, hemp seed oil , is high in omega 3 fatty acids but low in saturated fat, it’s also one of the healthiest CBD oils available in the UK.
A few drops of this potion can help alleviate cramps by reducing inflammation, which is the root cause of pain. Consider yourself a mixologist? Our original , citrus and peppermint-flavoured CBD oil drops make a great addition to your morning coffee, anti-PMS smoothies or even that well-earned after-work mocktail.
2. Applied topically
If you’re not a fan of the taste of CBD, you can also add our pure CBD oils to topical rubs or balms that you can massage directly into the skin. This is a popular option if you wish to soothe any achy areas that are causing discomfort during your period – such as your abdomen, groin or lower back – as it gets to work directly on the affected area. CBD can also help you say goodbye to your hormonal acne, as it is great at reducing sebum production, one of the main causes of acne. Just add a couple of drops into your moisturiser and apply (remember to cleanse first!)
3. In a Warm Bath
In addition to research suggesting that CBD can moisturise and heal the skin, drawing a CBD-infused bath can help reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation to your womb, resulting in less period pain. Add some drops of CBD oil to your bath along with soothing essential oils and fragrances, light a few candles and press play on your favourite Spotify playlist. Your womb will thank you later.
4. In Chocolate Brownies
What if we told you it’s possible to ease your chocolate cravings and ease period pain at the same time? There are plenty of indulgent recipes available for CBD-infused chocolate goodness – why not try adding a few drops of pure CBD oil to our mouthwatering hemp brownie balls or omega 3-rich hemp protein brownies ? You’ll have a tasty AF snack and period pain relief all rolled into one bite.
5. As a Suppository
CBD suppositories are small, round or cone-shaped objects that you can insert into your vagina, where they dissolve and release CBD oil which is then absorbed by the body. CBD suppositories are super effective for period pain relief as they allow the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream instead of working their way through the gastrointestinal tract first.
Fun fact: did you know that the pelvic region has one of the highest concentrations of cannabinoid receptors ? Another reason why inserting CBD suppositories is one of the most effective ways of CBD intake, especially for targeted period pain relief.
6. In a Tampon
Similarly, CBD tampons are brilliant for period pain relief. When inserted, they activate the cannabinoid receptors in our vagina, reducing the inflammation that causes menstrual pain.
At Good Hemp, we’re a big fan of Daye ’s CBD-infused tampons. They come in sustainable packaging, are sanitised for safety, and give you the right dose of CBD where you need it. This is how Daye cares for you as well as for the environment – a combination we love .
7. By Vaping
Another efficient way to get CBD into your bloodstream is to inhale it. If you need quick pain relief, using a vape pen is a great alternative to other methods – you’ll start to feel all the benefits in seconds. When you inhale CBD it’s absorbed into your entire body, instead of one targeted area – this means you’ll get to experience all the benefits of CBD , including its stress and anxiety-relieving properties.
Before trying this method, be sure you purchase high quality cartridges that are “solvent free” to reduce risk of vaping contamination, or ask your doctor to recommend a calibrated vaporiser, which will help you accurately control the dose of CBD you’re taking.
8. In a Lube
Because just because we’re on our period, doesn’t mean we don’t want to have fun! CBD can help you enjoy sex more when you’re on your period by reducing tension in the pelvic floor and relieving pain from cramps or penetration. A few sexier benefits (you’ll be pleased to know) can include increased sensitivity, relaxation – which can lead to stronger orgasms! – and in some cases, a boost to your sex drive. Let’s go!
If your time of the month is pretty pants, we hope that these natural period pain relief methods using pure CBD oil will make it a bit better – whether you want to sip it, soak in it or, well, have sex with it!
Disclaimer: CBD oil might not be enough to relieve severe period pain or endometriosis pain. If you need more severe pain relief, please talk to your doctor.