12 Jan Endometriosis, Menstrual Pain and CBD
There are few things in the world as agonising as menstruation and endometriosis. Seriously, if you’re not someone who suffers with either of these things, you won’t understand. Up to 1 in 10 woman suffer from endemtriosis and it’s a world of hurt! But, there are a handful of ways to help prevent the pain from becoming unbearable.
CBD is one of those options, and it does lend itself well to a more open audience. If you’re prepared to learn what CBD is, how it can help, and why it’s a good idea, then you’re in luck, because it can work wonders. Read on as we explain exactly how CBD can help you with these debilitating issues.
What is CBD?
So before we get into the world of CBD for menstrual pain, we need to make sure everyone understands what it is.
Cannabidiol. CBD, in this particular instance, is derived solely from the hemp plant but the THC (the compund responsible for the ’high’) is removed – At Primitive CBD we all the THC from all our products. Therefor you get the full, natural benefits of the plant without any of the high.
What is important when selecting CBD is knowing that it is of the highest quality, organic, free from herbicides and pesticides. You don’t want to be putting any nasties into your body when trying to help it.
How Does CBD Help?
So, how does CBD help with menstrual pain and endometriosis?
Well, primarily, the CBD can act as a very powerful form of pain relief. The interesting thing about CBD is that the body is actually programmed to absorb it. What you may not know is that we have an intricate system of nerves inside the body (ECS). These nerves act as natural receptors for CBD, which means that we can absorb them into the body and utilise the healing powers.
Generally, it’s the pain relief and anti-inflmmatory elements that you are looking for when it comes to CBD. Obviously, menstrual pain and endometriosis are two pretty challenging issues to face.
According to Ethan B Russo (neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher specialising in researching and developing innovative approaches targeting the human endocannabinoid system), this may well be down to CBD’s activation of the TRPV1 vanilloid receptor, which can be overly expressed in endometriosis patients.
“Cannabidiol is a stimulator of the TRPV1 receptor that is able to desensitize it. That’s a way of saying that after a little bit [of stimulation], the TRPV1 receptor doesn’t respond anymore. So it’s a way of treating pain.”
Therefore, being able to introduce a powerful and reliable form of natural pain relief into the equation whilst alongside fighting the inflammation it is definitely going to help with the debilitating challenges that are undoubtedly going to come from these issues. Hopefully, by taking a large quantity of the edge off, you get to experience a more mild form of pain that is much more manageable.
Studies have shown that when using CBD products there is a significantly greater benefit from using ‘Full Spectrum’ oils rather than isolate or broad spectrum. This means that as well as the CBD, the oil contains various other cannabinoids (up to 120) that work together to create a more theraputic effect (Entourage Effect) increasing the effectiveness of the CBD.
So, to wrap this all up, it should be obvious that when it comes to menstrual pain and endometriosis, CBD should be one fo your first places to look. Both of these conditions can really impact and restrict peoples lives, so to get some pain relief can be a great help. CBD can be used alongside over the counter medications, contraceptives and paracetamol.
CBD products for endometriosis haven’t quite got mainstream appeal just yet, but they’re definitely growing in popularity. It’s only a matter of time before everyone starts to embrace them for the useful and innovative product that they actually are! It’s all about that natural pain relief go see you through the most agonising moments.
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- Russo EB. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. Br J Pharmacol. 2011;163(7):1344-1364