Menstruation is a natural and healthy part of life. A sudden change in menstruation or disappearance of a period altogether can be the first glaring indication that something is not right inside the body.
So, menstruation and the pain it causes is a positive thing. But that certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t exhausting and frustrating for women who suffer severely during their cycles, which very many do.
Symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, headaches, back pain, breakouts, cramps, nausea, and constipation are common side effects of a period for many women. While there are medications to help with the symptoms, many find them to be ineffective or come with adverse side effects.
One of the standard treatments for period pain today is opiate painkillers. With the current opiate epidemic America is facing, these drugs can be fatal. It is believed that 1 in every 3 people in America known someone with an opioid addiction. So, it’s not wondering that so many women want to avoid these medications if at all possible.
Thankfully, new research is showing that this does not need to be the case anymore. Doctors and researchers are discovering how cannabidiol, or CBD oil, can be used to treat cramps and back pain during the menstruation cycle.
Studies have shown that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is the system in the body responsible for regulating pain modulation and mood. The fact that CBD can support this system and result in a pain relieving, mood stabilizing effect, could be highly advantageous to women in menstruation.
Topical CBD lotions have been proven to reduce back, abdominal and headache pain, which are common side effects. CBD infused skin care products can combat the hormonal acne breakouts which often come hand in hand with a period. CBD capsules can reduce overall levels of stress and anxiety. And CBD oils can be used to bring an overall benefit to the body during these difficult few days.
While there is much more research needed before CBD can become a mainstream treatment for menstrual pain and other symptoms, the data so far appears to be very promising. Hopefully, with more research scientists can work towards developing a safe and effective CBD-based treatment shortly.