Menstrual cramps are a pain in the backside, literally!
Don’t despair, feeling like the world is falling out of your vagina is completely normal. It can stop some women from doing the most simple of activities such as, going to school, work or even getting out of bed. The science around period pains is fairly straightforward…
The menstrual cycle is the body’s way of getting ready to have a baby. Your period will mark the start of your 28 day cycle which finishes at the start of your following period. During these action-packed 4 (ish) weeks, the uterus increases the levels of oestrogen and progesterone to build up the endometrial tissue to line your womb. The lining acts as a cushion for a fertilised embryo so it can grow into a baby (awww). If your egg isn’t fertilised during your week of ovulation then the lining is excreted et voila, you have a period! The cramps that most women experience are caused by hormones called prostaglandins. They cause the muscle around your uterus to contract, prompting it to shed that lining! We know it doesn’t sound all that glamorous but trust us there is method in the uterus’ madness.
Pain, pain go away!
Irksome as cramps can be, what can be even more infuriating is finding the pain relief that is right for you. For some ladies taking tablets is a no-go and using a hot water bottle is way too uncomfortable and impractical.
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid, derived from the cannabis plant. The endocannabinoid system or ECS produces its own cannabinoids which can target proteins called cytokines. Cytokines have been linked with causing inflammation and pain. Introducing more cannabinoids has been said to help support the ECS to tackle this. The ECS also regulates homeostasis within the body, meaning it aims to keep your body in a state of balance. Therefore, your temperature, sleep, appetite and mood can be attacked head-on. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us.
CBD can be taken in a variety of ways: sprays and drops are great if you want something that can reach your circulatory systems fast. Whether it’s your tummy, lower back or even your shoulders, period pain can strike in the weirdest places so a topical muscle balm can be your new best friend.
Now let’s talk dosage. The dose that’s right for you depends on a few factors. Your age, weight, metabolism, and the severity of your period pain, all affect what dosage you should be taking. If you have no idea what the right dosage of CBD is for you, we recommend starting off with 300mg solutions and increasing the dosage as required. Combining two different products, such as a muscle balm and drops can be a great way to get the most out of CBD.