Menstrual pain, also known as dysmenorrhea, can range from uncomfortable to debilitating. You can use birth control, painkillers or natural remedies to relieve those monthly cramps. But, did you know you can also use the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD)? Marijuana medicine with CBD can alleviate mild to moderate menstrual cramps, and we will explain how.
During your period, your uterus gets rid of the lining it accumulates over the month. To remove the lining, it has contractions triggered by substances called prostaglandins. Since prostaglandins also have a role to play in pain and inflammation, the contractions cause feelings of pain. When you have higher levels of prostaglandins triggering the contractions, you have more severe cramps.
About five to 10 percent of menstrual cramp cases have an underlying condition causing the pain. These disorders can cause severe cramps:
If you have high levels of menstrual pain every month, we recommend seeing an OB/GYN. The causes behind serious menstrual cramps can result in complications such as infertility and life-threatening infections.
Research indicates that CBD has a direct impact on cramping’s cause. Cannabinoids like CBD block the enzymes that cause arachidonic acid to turn into prostaglandins. As we covered earlier, higher prostaglandin levels cause more pain. With fewer prostaglandins triggering your uterine contractions, you can feel less discomfort.
CBD also reduces the pain and discomfort from cramps by suppressing the body’s pain and inflammatory responses. Pain and inflammation often go hand-in-hand. When inflammation causes pain, it puts pressure on your nerves and prompts them to send pain signals. When you use CBD for your cramps, it soothes inflammation in multiple ways, including:
With no significant side effects, CBD can provide cramp relief with relative safety.
Did you know CBD helps with additional period and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms? You can use this miracle medicine to treat:
CBD’s ability to address so many period symptoms makes it the perfect addition to your medicine cabinet.
Thanks to CBD’s increase in popularity, you can find a wide range of products containing the cannabinoid. The way you take CBD medicine influences its interaction with your body. So, which types of CBD products work best for menstrual pain?
Vaginal CBD suppositories release medicine into your vagina and uterus, making them an ideal remedy for cramps. Since they administer CBD to the affected area first, you can experience fast relief from menstrual pain. As a bonus, suppositories spread medicine throughout your bloodstream, so you can get benefits for symptoms in other parts of your body.
If you live in a state that has marijuana “lubricant,” you can also use it for your period symptoms. While marijuana lube has the primary purpose of increasing sexual pleasure, it also enhances vaginal health. You can use it during penetrative sex to relieve any discomfort caused by PMS or your period. It may also help when applied internally, but we recommend talking to your OB/GYN before trying this method.
When you use medicine on or in your vagina, watch out for symptoms like irritation or infection. CBD products for vaginal use should have a pH-balanced, contaminant-free formula, but everyone has a different body. Discontinue use if you experience burning, itching, foul smell or unusual discharge.
While vaginal suppositories have the most direct effects on period cramps, you can use other kinds of CBD products to get relief. Any medication that enters your bloodstream will help because it travels throughout your body. More products that work for menstrual cramps include:
A marijuana-certified medical professional or trained dispensary staff member can help you decide on the right product for your symptoms. When looking for a doctor for your period symptoms, you can select the “OB/GYN” category in the “Specialty” drop-down menu.
To learn more about CBD and marijuana for your period, read our guide to PMS and guide to menstrual cramps. Our blog posts about combining cannabis with sex and the marijuana lube revolution will teach you more about cannabis for sexual health.