Many women consider painful periods to be the norm and suffer severe discomfort with every menstruation. The quality of life is violated. But there is a way out. Stay with us, and we will tell you how to use CBD for period pain relief.
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Every woman has thought 'how to stop heavy periods' at least once in her life. In medicine, painful period cramps are called dysmenorrhea. It is expressed as a cramping or aching pain in the lower abdomen, possibly also in the lumbar region, and is accompanied by general malaise. It is a fairly common complaint among women, regardless of age group.
Causes of Painful Periods
There are primary and secondary types of dysmenorrhea. Primarily it occurs in young girls when a menstrual cycle is established. During this period, the level of hormones fluctuates, which can affect soreness during menstruation. In a year or half after the onset of menstruation, primary dysmenorrhea can go away on its own.
Secondary dysmenorrhea can occur in older women. It is already associated with several other heavy periods causes, including:
● a change in topography that is, features of the location of internal organs;
● inflammatory diseases of the pelvic organs, uterus, and appendages;
● varicose veins and pelvic organs;
● chronic stress, lack of sleep, malnutrition;
● the presence of intrauterine contraceptives, which can cause a mild inflammatory reaction and painful menstruation;
● postpartum injuries.
Types of Dysmenorrhea
By the nature of the course, you can distinguish between compensated and decompensated dysmenorrhea. With compensated dysmenorrhea, all expressed manifestations of the process do not change for a long time. With decompensated, the intensity of the symptoms increases every year and may be accompanied by dizziness, loss of consciousness, etc.
The intensity of dysmenorrhea is mild, moderate, and severe. A mild degree can be stopped by spasmolytics or analgesics. In the second, moderate degree analgesics can help, although they effectively stop the symptoms, the pains are more prolonged, as well as disturbances in the intestines, migraine headaches.
The third, severe, degree is characterized by pronounced pain, impaired activity, autonomic syndromes, more pronounced headache, nausea, and diarrhea. The effectiveness of analgesics in severe cases is low, and to cope with pain, it is necessary to connect other symptomatic drugs.
Norm or Pathology?
To tolerate painful periods or not depends on the severity and intensity of the pain. From time to time, the nature of the menstrual cycle changes depending on lifestyle, seasonal changes, etc. Normally, during menstruation, a woman may feel slight discomfort in the lower abdomen, sensitivity, drowsiness. It is considered normal to occasionally use spasmolytics and non-steroids to alleviate the condition. But if the pain in the lower abdomen or lower back is pronounced, there are attacks of autonomic reactions (chills, a feeling of heat, migraine, even loss of consciousness), sharp bloating, and flatulence retention. Then you should consult a doctor to find out the causes of painful periods and prescribe complex therapy.
CBD Benefits for Menstrual Cramps Relief
A few centuries ago, British court healers treated a significant number of female diseases with cannabis. In particular, the doctor prescribed Queen Victoria a hemp tincture to anesthetize menstrual pains.
It is safe to say that hemp is already firmly rooted in medicine. In particular, in economically developed countries, people with pain syndromes often use it. Now, the analgesic properties of hemp have interested gynecologists. Hemp-impregnated tampons were designed to get rid of menstrual cramps.
In fact, it looks like a large capsule but is used as an ordinary tampon. According to the developers, relief comes pretty quickly. It is said about the onset of the effect within 15-30 minutes after being fixed into the vagina, depending on CBD dosage. The basis of the suppositories is cocoa butter. Cannabinoids, which provide maximum relaxation and analgesia without the characteristic narcotic effect, are added to it. Scientists say that this method of pain relief really works and can eventually be used to anesthetize labor.
The basis of the technology was the analgesic effect of CBD. The principle of the product is extremely simple – cannabinoids affect the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, and muscle tissue around the ovary. Also, they can eliminate the discomfort caused by menstrual pain that women experience throughout their lives.
A tampon simply soaked with CBD oil not only "works" as an effective hygiene product but is also a local anesthetic. Depending on the concentration, the action of cannabinoids can be local or spread throughout the body. In this regard, the use of hemp tampons solves not only the problems of the genitourinary system of the female body. Their use positively affects the general condition of the female body. It has a calming, analgesic, preventive, restorative, and other therapeutic effects. The CBD Origin has comprehensive reviews on different CBD products. You can learn even more about this magical remedy.
CBD Suppresses Essential Hormones during the Premenstrual Phase
So, what does CBD do to your hormones? In the premenstrual phase (which is also called the luteal period), hormonal changes can produce a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, pain, mood swings, irritability, and bloating. It is understood that levels of several hormones, including progesterone, increase significantly during this period (while levels of other hormones, including estrogen, decrease).
For many years, physicians have prescribed progesterone to treat severe forms of premenstrual syndrome, but recent studies have shown that it is ineffective. Although it is generally believed that unnatural premenstrual signs are associated with low progesterone at a time when it should be high, some forms of premenstrual syndrome are accompanied by an excessive increase in progesterone and a decrease in estrogen levels.
Premenstrual symptoms, critical enough to fall within the definition of PMS, are the result of hormonal changes. Besides, there is a reason to believe that CBD use lowers progesterone levels during the luteal phase, as well as alters other important hormones such as prolactin and cortisol.
The CBD inhibitory effect on the luteinizing hormone that begins at the time of ovulation is also observed during the luteal stage. It is the period between ovulation and the onset of menstruation.
Again, although the exact mechanisms of action have not yet been fully described, it is obvious that the endocannabinoid system plays a role, and that women experiencing abnormally severe symptoms during this period may receive relief from targeted cannabinoid therapy.
Indeed, millions of women around the world experience subjective relief from marijuana during the premenstrual phase, although this may be due to the ability of cannabis to reduce anxiety and relax the patient, rather than directly affecting hormone levels.
Why is CBD Legal?
CBD oil comes in a wide variety of products – from skincare products to massage oils, chewable pastilles, and mascaras. Therefore, do not even rely on the "buzz". The fact is that there is cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These are two natural compounds found in plants of the genus Cannabis. They have the same molecular structure, but a different arrangement of atoms – hence the different effects that they produce on us.
CBD affects physiology more, whereas THC has a psychoactive effect and is, therefore, a prohibited substance. Chemically, both compounds are similar to our body's endocannabinoids and are neurotransmitters – that is, they transmit information from cell to cell. Besides, CBD is extracted from ordinary hemp, while TCH is extracted from marijuana.
Today, women around the world continue using cannabis to calm painful cramps, and at the same time, experience significant subjective relief. However, formal studies confirming the effectiveness of hemp have not yet been conducted, and the biological processes underlying this phenomenon have not yet been determined.
It is well known that CBD can act as a powerful pain reliever. It is antinociceptive (it refers to such an effect on the nerves in which they stop sending pain signals). Besides, CBD can reduce inflammation, and perhaps this also contributes to the reduction of subjective discomfort.
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