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Say Hello to Nature Science CBD for Menstrual Cramps
Ladies, gone are the days of your period and menstruation cycle controlling you! Save yourself from the monthly headache by incorporating Nature Science CBD into your everyday routine. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
- Should I take CBD oil for period cramps?
- How do CBD and ibuprofen compare?
- How can I get the best benefits from CBD oil for my period?
It’s that time of the month again — time to call in sick, cancel plans, curl up in bed with a hot water bottle, and try to distract yourself with a non-stop stream of movies and TV.
If this sounds like your monthly ritual, you are not alone. Up to 90% of reproductive-age women suffer from painful periods — the medical term for it is “dysmenorrhea” — and it can completely derail your daily life.
In case you aren’t familiar, CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is a natural compound found in cannabis. Unlike it’s psychoactive sibling THC, CBD won’t make you high. Instead, CBD not only combats the psychoactive effects of THC, but also provides menstrual pain relief, reduces inflammation and beyond.
Now back to CBD and PMS. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to alleviate your cramp and PMS symptoms, CBD is your answer. In addition to a myriad of other health benefits like improving your sleep or enhancing your sex life, CBD will help you say sayonara to PMS.
1. Reduce breast and lower abdomen tenderness:
CBD is the ultimate natural cure for healing inflamed areas like breasts, stomach and low back. It regulates the vanilloid receptor –– that moderates period pain perception. So massage Nature Science Anma Dol Pain Relief CBD Cream in the affected areas to find some much-needed period pain relief from menstrual discomfort and irritation.
2. Manage stress and anxiety:
CBD helps the body manage and deal with stress. With its anti-anxiety properties, CBD not only inhibits the release of the stress hormone, Cortisol, but also slows the breakdown of endocannabinoid, Anandamide (more commonly known as the “bliss molecule”). Consequently, you will find yourself unbothered by even the most the painful and annoying PMS symptoms.
3. Prevent mood swings:
Hormonal imbalance is very common during PMS and unfortunately, plays a large role in causing mood swings. CBD can help you recalibrate your emotional responses; CBD interacts with our body’s Endocannabinoid system (a network of cell receptors throughout the body that cannabinoids like CBD activate). Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum Nature Science Absolute Premium CBD Oils will help your organism to run smoothly so that your period has less of an effect on your hormones.
4. Fight Inflammation
Cannabinoids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s no surprise that they are able to relieve severe menstrual cramps and inflammation during your time of the month.
5. Relieve cramping and bloating:
By improving digestive functions and reducing inflammation and nausea throughout your body, CBD can help attenuate menstrual cramping and bloating. Better yet, you can proactively prevent these symptoms by taking, Nature Science CBD Oils a few days before you start a painful period cycle.
How Does Nature Science CBD Helps?
More and more women are reporting that CBD and THC products are the best tools they have for treating painful periods. But how do they stack up when compared to NSAIDs like Ibuprofen?
Quite well, it turns out, but it’s worth a deeper look at why they work — exactly how cannabinoids’ anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, muscle-relaxing effects interact with your period.
This touches on the actual causes of pain & discomfort during your period, and how additional natural remedies can help combat these symptoms.
Your Uterus: Prepping for a Visit
In people who have periods, the uterus diligently prepares itself all month.
First, your body’s increasing estrogen told your uterus to build up its endometrial tissue. Then, after you ovulated, and the boost of progesterone helped plump up that tissue with arteries and blood — prepping to give a warm welcome to an incoming embryo … or in this case to prepare for menstruation.
Once your body discovers it won’t be hosting a guest, your progesterone levels decline — telling your uterus to roll up the welcome mat.
Your body takes back what it can from the endometrium, shrinking the tissue and cutting off blood flow to its spiral-shaped arteries. Without a proper blood supply, your endometrial tissue prepares to shed, and you likely begin experiencing pangs of pain.
Without progesterone, the endometrium loses its protection – creating a domino effect, and the perfect conditions for inflammation.
Prostaglandins: Inflaming the Uterus
While your progesterone was declining, inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins were increasing. Prostaglandins (particularly one called PGF2⍺) peak during menstruation, creating the following effects:
- Inflammation: certain prostaglandins trigger an inflammatory response, which leads to more pain.
- Pain sensitization: prostaglandins and other inflammatory compounds can actually prime pain-perceiving nerves to become more sensitive.
- Vasoconstriction: the prostaglandins rampant during menstruation cause blood vessels to constrict, inhibiting blood flow to the endometrial tissue.
- Uterine contractions: People with higher prostaglandin levels have stronger, more painful contractions and doctors are finally acknowledging that this pain can be as intense as heart attack pain.
- Heavy bleeding: Unusually heavy periods could result from excessive inflammation, which increases tissue damage. People with heavy bleeding have higher levels of the enzyme the produces prostaglandins (COX-2), and medications to combat this process can decrease menstruation.
- Diarrhea: In addition to uterus contractions, prostaglandins also trigger smooth muscle contractions in the digestive tract — which might push your last few meals out a bit too soon.
(Note: some people claim that having sex helps to jump-start their periods — scientists believe that the prostaglandins in semen could contribute to this effect.)
We’re not trying to say that prostaglandins are all bad. They're essential for a healthy, functioning menstrual cycle.
However, numerous studies indicate that women with higher levels of prostaglandins also have more painful or heavier periods — and treatments that lower prostaglandin levels can be highly effective.
NSAIDs Work, Sort Of
When their periods kick in, most women reach for an Ibuprofen or similar NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug). Why are NSAIDs the most frequently-prescribed treatment for menstrual pain?
NSAIDs work by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for producing prostaglandins (COX-2). This means that NSAIDs could potentially decrease all the symptoms aggravated by prostaglandins — including inflammation, contractions and pain.
Unfortunately, NSAIDs can also have unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects, because they inhibit another enzyme (COX-1). For this reason, NSAIDs should be used with moderation, and people with certain digestive issues might want to avoid them entirely.
Nature Science CBD Oil: a Better Alternative?
Recently, scientists discovered that — similar to NSAIDs — CBD also inhibits the prostaglandin-producing enzyme. However — unlike NSAIDs — CBD preferentially inhibits COX-2 over COX-1, which means its anti-inflammatory benefits come without the gastrointestinal side effects.
Added bonus: Not only does CBD inhibit the COX-2 enzyme, but both CBD and THC physically stop your DNA from producing so much of this enzyme in the first place (via the PPARγ receptor).
Additional Cannabinoid Benefits
By decreasing prostaglandin levels during your period, you can reduce inflammation, pain and cramps. However, you cannot entirely eliminate prostaglandins.
This means that you could benefit from combining a prostaglandin-reducing treatment with other treatments that target the discomforts caused by prostaglandins.
CBD and other cannabinoids can also treat painful menstrual cramps in the following ways:
- Anti-inflammatory: Cannabinoids have many anti-inflammatory activities beyond reducing production of inflammatory prostaglandins. For instance, THC activates endocannabinoid receptors (CB2) located on your immune system’s killer cells (macrophages). When these receptors are activated, they prevent macrophages from releasing inflammatory proteins (cytokines).
- Pain-relieving: Although prostaglandins and other inflammatory molecules can make pain-perceiving nerves more sensitive, cannabinoids fight back by desensitizing these nerves. Both CBD and THC target nerve receptors that help decrease the sensation of pain (TRPV1 and CB1, respectively). Additionally, not only does CBD desensitize TRPV1, but those soothing effects can spread to neighboring pain receptors.
- Muscle-relaxing: Menstrual cramps are exacerbated by contractions of the smooth muscle lining the uterus — and cannabinoids are widely recognized to relax smooth muscles. THC and CBD both target different receptors embedded in the muscle tissue to relax contractions.
- Vascular-relaxing: Blood vessels are also lined with smooth muscle, and when cannabinoids trigger this smooth muscle to relax, blood flow increases. Increased blood flow could help provide relief to oxygen-starved tissues, further decreasing painful cramps.
Finding Relief With Nature Science CBD Products
Many women are shocked and surprised to experience how effective cannabinoids are at relieving menstrual cramps (especially cannabinoid suppositories).
But the science is pretty clear about why: CBD targets the cause — inflammatory prostaglandins — while also relieving the symptoms (especially with help from a little THC).
Perhaps this is why women and people who bleed have been using cannabis to treat period pain for millennia. Though there are increasing numbers of doctors and scientists who know why cannabinoids work to relieve menstrual cramps, many more of them are only just beginning to hear from their female patients about how well cannabinoids work for their periods.
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