When it comes to period cramps, CBD is up for the challenge.
Cramping Your Style
Ah, yes. That time of the month has descended upon you once again. You cried at a detergent commercial and ordered $47 worth of Chinese take out just for yourself. Aunt Flo is preparing to make her entrance, but just as your emotions start to settle down...the cramps set in.
You know what we’re talking about.
One moment you’re feeling a bit bloated, the next, like a small alien has climbed into your body and started doing pull ups with your organs. (But please, men, tell us how bad your colds are.)
What Exactly Are Menstrual Cramps?
Menstrual cramps are a completely normal, not-so-fun part of your period that tend to start one to three days before your period, peak 24 hours after the onset of your period, and might last another two to three days.
The symptoms of menstrual cramps include:
Throbbing or cramping pain in your lower abdomen, which can be severe for some women
Pain that radiates to your lower back and thighs
A dull, continuous ache through your body
The pain happens when the muscular wall of the womb (or uterus) contracts to help the womb lining shed, as part of your period. When the womb contracts, it compresses blood vessels in the womb lining which temporarily cuts off the blood and oxygen supply. The lack of oxygen makes the tissue in your womb release chemicals that cause pain, and voila, you’re on the couch, clutching a hot water bottle in fetal position, cry-texting your mother.
Though menstrual cramps are very common, there are things you can do to help with the pain and mitigate the symptoms.
CBD is known to help with feelings of nausea, anxiety, improving digestion, bloating, and inflammation (a major cause of period cramps) in the body, among other things. All of these symptoms can occur during PMS and your period.
How Can CBD Help with Cramps?
Though CBD will not help your uterus from contracting, it can interact with the neurotransmitters in your brain to help reduce the pain that might happen during your period. This pain may stem from:
Inflammation: CBD affects the endocannabinoid receptor’s activity in the brain which has been shown to up the production of dopamine and help reduce pain.
Body tenderness and soreness: At the start of your period, it’s normal to experience tenderness in your abdomen, lower back, breasts, and sometimes even thighs. CBD helps regulate the vanilloid receptor that regulates pain and sensitivity.
Stress and Anxiety: CBD is known to help alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety. When you’re not feeling great physically, it’s normal to not feel great mentally. CBD can help calm your nerves.
Where to start?
Harmoni gummies by Soul CBD are a lifesaver (and a cramp saver). Not only do they contain the highest quality CBD to help fight the pain of menstrual cramps, they also contain chaste berry root extract, magnesium, and dandelion root that help to decrease PMS symptoms like bloating, breast tenderness, migraines, fatigue, & mood swings.
Though menstrual cramps are a normal part of your period, intense pain should not be. With the help of products like Soul CBD’s Harmoni gummies and more, there are natural, effective remedies out there to help you take back control of your body when you have your period.