If you dread that time of the month, every month, because of the horrible cramps and nausea—know you are not alone. And if you’ve tried everything, from pain killers, to hot water bottles, to sitting in the fetal position for hours on end—know you are also not alone. Around 80% of women experience menstrual pain in their lifetime.
While the uterus sheds, it contracts, and if it contracts too strongly, it can press up against blood vessels, cutting off oxygen to the uterus, causing major cramps. In 5% to 10% of women, the pain is enough to disrupt their daily lives. So, we found the source. Now, how do we treat it?
How does it work?
Cannabis has been used to treat women’s menstrual pains for centuries. History even shows that Queen Victoria consumed cannabis tinctures to relieve her menstrual cramps. If it’s good enough for the queen, then it must be great! Most painkillers help to reduce pain by blocking the signals to the brain.
There are CB1 and CB2 receptors located in cells throughout the uterus, implying the ability for menstrual pain relief. The possibilities of getting your CBD range from consumption to topical application. If you don’t like the idea of ingesting a product, a pain relief cream might be your solution! Many women have reported CBD as a woman-on-her period’s best friend.