Can Cannabis Relieve Menstrual Cramps?

Menstrual pain (aka dysmenorrhea) can be debilitating and uncomfortable during your period. Your uterus disposes of the lining it accumulates each month by triggering contractions through substances called prostaglandins, which cause pain and inflammation. The higher levels of prostaglandin, the more painful the contractions will be.

Women typically use painkillers, birth control, and natural remedies to alleviate monthly cramps. However, did you know that CBD is another effective way to relieve mild to moderate menstrual cramps?

CBD can prevent enzymes which produce arachidonic acid which transform into prostaglandins. Since there are fewer prostaglandins triggering contractions in the uterus, this results in less discomfort.

In addition, CBD reduces the discomfort and pain associated with cramps by quelling the body’s pain and inflammatory responses. When pain is caused by inflammation, your nerves feel immense pressure and ultimately sends pain signals.

By using CBD for cramps, it can soothe inflammation in the following ways:

  • Suppress proteins which cause inflammation, known as cytokines
  • Prevent the inflammation process in your body
  • Decrease pro-inflammatory gene regulation
  • Trigger other anti-inflammatory responses

CBD can also alleviate other symptoms associated with cramps, such as muscle and joint pain, headaches, gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety and depression, and insomnia. Since there are no side effects associated with CBD, it is relatively safe to provide cramp relief.

The most popular form of CBD to use for menstrual pain is vaginal CBD suppositories, which release the medicine into your vagina and uterus. Since it is directly administered to the affected area, relief from menstrual pain is nearly immediate. Furthermore, vaginal CBD suppositories enhance vaginal health. Other forms of CBD medicine for menstrual pain include CBD oil (ingest it through food), patches, edibles, and vapor.

Contact our medical marijuana doctors at New Jersey Alternative Medicine for more information today.

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