Ever tried a CBD oil to combat period pain, only to be deeply disappointed? You’re not the only one, because the truth is – CBD isn’t all that great at helping with those monthly cramps.
There are many things the CBD molecule is great for, although it’s considered by many experts to be particularly well-suited to mood disorders and imbalances. The way it directly activates serotonin receptors and supports the endocannabinoid system does suggest that there are ways in which taking a regular dose could help regulate hormone levels for an all-round easier period. However when it comes to managing cramps, in my experience, CBD on its own just doesn’t cut it.
But what about broad spectrum products? Well, when there’s a good range of other cannabinoids and terpenes present, that’s a different story. This is because CBD oil can offer you so much more when the “Entourage Effect” is able to take place.
What is the Entourage Effect?
Before we go any further, it’s worth understanding a little more about what cannabis researchers call ‘the Entourage Effect‘.
Cannabis, from which most CBD oil is derived, is made up of many, many active parts. These include over 140 cannabinoids (CBD is one of them), often over 100 terpenes, and an array of flavonoids. We’ve a long way to go before we can begin to understand the true extent of each component’s therapeutic value, but so far we have discovered that they all appear to possess incredible and unique properties – meaning that some can be utilised on their own to target a specific issue, but they will work most effectively in tandem with each other, a phenomenon that is known as the Entourage Effect.
Is CBD good for reducing period pain?
The CBD molecule itself certainly has something to offer when it comes to easing the strain of a period – particularly if you suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
There’s an awful lot going on in your body at this time of the month. As your period approaches, estrogen, dopamine and serotonin levels are lowered. This is normal, but some experience a much bigger drop than others, which can result in horrible PMS symptoms like depression, anxiety, sadness, anger and mood swings. An abnormal reaction to these hormonal changes can result in a serious serotonin deficit, which can lead to PMDD.
The CBD molecule can help with all of the above, as it directly boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine. At the same time, the overall support CBD offers to your endocannabinoid system can not only help balance out hormonal fluctuations, but also regulate endocannabinoid levels, which have been shown to be involved in female reproductive processes.
Why choose a broad spectrum CBD oil?
Although CBD on its own evidently has its benefits, there’s a lot that can be said for a wide variety of other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids too. This extends not only to mood and hormonal balance, but dealing with menstrual cramps too.
Apigenin, for example, (a flavonoid phytoestrogen found in cannabis and other plants), also binds to estrogen receptors to support estrogen release. This is actually the same thing HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) does for those experiencing challenging menopausal symptoms, and it can drastically improve the lives of women who struggle with unusually low levels of these hormones around their period.
CBG (a minor cannabinoid) and THC, both of which can be found in Ardoa Organics’ broad spectrum CBD oils, directly activate the endocannabinoid receptors. This can make a huge difference in reducing spasms and pain, especially if the person using the oil suffers from an endocannabinoid deficiency.
CBDA (a cannabidiolic acid found in raw cannabis material) is also well worth mentioning. Studies have shown that CBDA is 1000 times more effective than CBD at reducing anxiety and nausea through its activation of serotonin receptors (so this is likely to translate to problems caused by low serotonin levels in the run up to your period too). It also inhibits an enzyme called COX-2 – an action mimicked by NSAIDS which is known for having a potent anti-contraction effect, proven to be effective in relieving menstrual pain.
How much CBD is good for menstrual cramps?
As usual, dosage is entirely unique to your own body – so it’s a matter of gradually increasing your dose until you find the right amount for you.
You can find broad spectrum CBD oil products that contain CBG and CBD on Ardoa Market:
- Indigo66 night-time oil (available on Ardoa Market UK and Ardoa Market EU)
- Emerald90 comfort oil (available on Ardoa Market UK and Ardoa Market EU)