Can CBD Help Relieve Endometriosis and Period Pain?

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For millennia, periods of menstruation have been hidden, out of shame or fear. They then became a little less shameful, but again and again still a taboo subject whatever their nature.

So what about period pain ? At all times, at all ages and for all genders, they are a subject to be avoided and, when they are mentioned, it is generally to say that "it's normal".

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Anti-inflammatory and natural relaxant, CBD can help relieve period pain

So it all depends on the definition of “normal”. If we consider normal what is common, then yes, period pain is normal. But, in the XNUMXst century, is it really “normal” that 50 to 80% of women of childbearing age experience regular pain ? that 5 to 10% of them have to interrupt some of their daily activities two to three days each month for three decades?

That endometriosis (10% of women) has no definitive treatment? Probably not. With its soothing and anti-inflammatory effects, the cannabidiol (CBD) is probably not on its own the solution to all the ills of the world or, at least, of settled people. Nevertheless, if he can help to appease them, he has his role to play.

So, Can CBD Really Alleviate Pain Related to rules ? Answer right away.

Relieving painful periods with CBD

CBD, like most other cannabinoids, acts on the body through its ability to activate our endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Interacting in particular with our nervous and immune systems, the SEC is distributed in many parts of the body, including the female reproductive system.

If we know today why it works, the idea is not new: decoctions made from honey and cannabis were already used in ancient Egypt to calm cramps caused by menstruation and Queen Victoria had cannabis prescribed to calm these same symptoms, as early as the XNUMXth century.

If theprecise action of CBD on painful periods is still poorly understood, we already know that it is capable of acting on several key points such as anxiety reductionmuscle relaxation and  pain relief generally.

So many good points in the specific case of the rules. At present, therefore, CBD cannot be considered a remedy for menstrual pain, or even a treatment. On the other hand, he can bring comfort to those who suffer from it.

Why is treating endometriosis so difficult?

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Women are left alone with endometriosis

Often accompanied by strong pains, it is still unknown, at least from a medical point of view, and continues to deteriorate the comfort of life of those who suffer from it. Then, Can CBD Relieve Endometriosis, as it does with other milder period pains? This is our topic of the day.

Let's start by talking about a recurring problem in our health system (in France as elsewhere in the world): medical research neglects women. Or a tad more than half of the world's population. Just that. And if it neglects women, imagine the fate left to intersex people or people suffering from gender dysphoria.

In short, what we want to get at is that we see a obvious delay in women's health, both in research and in the development of treatments.

In other words, little research is done on what are commonly referred to as “female diseases”. And when we look for less, inevitably, we find less. Worse, certain diseases, considered by some practitioners as "diseases of men", are sometimes ruled out a priori in women and, consequently, underdiagnosed.

A striking example, in France, 56% of women die of cardiovascular disease, compared to 46% of men. The fault of this famous under-diagnosis, punctuated by a tendency to first treat female symptoms with anxiolytics rather than taking them seriously.

Regarding endometriosis

Regarding endometriosis, it is believed to affect 10% of women and 40% of women who suffer from chronic pelvic pain. Here again, it is underdiagnosed since it is poorly understood and can in many cases be asymptomatic while continuing to cause sometimes serious damage to the body (ovarian cysts in particular). Because of the ignorance of endometriosis, it is taken care of quite late, with a average of 7 years between when the disease starts and its diagnosis. The time to create problems that are sometimes difficult to reverse.

Problems due to endometriosis and limitations of current treatments

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No current treatment cures endometriosis

The endometrium is simply the inner lining of the uterus. Normally, it is evacuated during menstruation.

When a person has endometriosis, these tissues fail to drain properly. They grow outside the uterine cavity, gradually migrating and colonizing nearby organs. follow chronic inflammation, injury and other ovarian cysts.

The problem (apart from unpleasant symptoms to say the least) is that there is no no general screening test for endometriosis, not even in women at risk.

As the disease is generally diagnosed late, the lesions can be severe and the best solution is often surgery, in order to remove the clumps of cells. To this day, surgery remains the only treatment allowing complete elimination of lesions.

To limit the pain, we generally recommend a first hormonal treatment. Flat, and size, it removes the rules (depending on the treatment) at the same time as it reduces pain and, sometimes, stabilizes lesions.

Weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes, acne, vaginal dryness and other celebrations can also be invited to the party of side effects.

Using CBD When Suffering From Endometriosis?

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Without being a treatment, CBD helps relieve pain associated with endometriosis

You will understand, the best way to fight against endometriosis would be toencourage medical research and the development of treatments to be able to both better diagnose cases earlier and treat them at an early stage of the disease.

Unfortunately, CBD does not have this power. It is therefore in no way presented as a treatment and, in the event of pelvic (or other) pain, it should not replace regular gynecological consultations, the only ones able to make a diagnosis on endometriosis.

What CBD can do, however, is help relieve pain associated with endometriosis, particularly disabling for some women.

The reason for this is very simple: CBD interacts directly with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), a set of sensors scattered throughout the body (including the reproductive system) and having a direct influence on our nervous and immune systems. Better, it does not present no major side effects, unlike conventional treatments!

A 2017 study [in English] thus showed a link between ECS and endometriosis pain management. While this research needs to be further developed, it raises the hope of being able to better manage the symptoms while awaiting definitive treatment:

"The interactions between the ECS and the mechanisms associated with pain in patients with endometriosis occur at several levels: changes in the central and peripheral neuronal system, involvement of neuropathic and inflammatory pain, psychological interaction with the experience of pain, hormonal variability of pain and expression of cannabinoid receptors, enzymes and ligands. "

How do you use CBD for pain relief from endometriosis?

CBD has analgesic effects proven, those which are the easiest to exploit at the current stage of research. To use it well in the context of endometriosis, it is important first of all to choose a product that suits your needs.

Which CBD products to use for endometriosis?

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Different means exist, the simplest of which is most certainly theregular use of eye dropsCBD oil quality when the pain occurs. A CBD infusion also encourages relaxation, with a easy grip mode and which also allows you to enjoy the comforting and soothing heat of the infusion. Other countries have also developed tablets and CBD suppositories (rectally or vaginally), which we may see arriving in France soon.

Tips for maximizing the effects of CBD on endometriosis

CBD is not a magic bullet. If he can bring some comfort to people suffering from endometriosis, his help is nevertheless more than appreciated! A few simple tricks can help you get the most out of this soothing cannabinoid and maximize the extent of its effects.

Start with a low dosage

Overdosing CBD is not dangerous, but not helpful either. Start with the lowest dosage recommended on the packaging of your cannabis-derived light product. Otherwise, follow our advice to properly dose your CBD.

Gradually increase the dose (and frequency)

Gradually increase the dose until you get the desired effects. At first, take CBD oil drops two to three times a week may suffice, even if it means going to a daily use when pain and other discomfort related to endometriosis are felt more.

Keep a journal

Make a habit of indicating the discomfort caused by endometriosis in a notepad or a small calendar. It could simply be a score between 1 and 10 (1 for low discomfort, 10 for intense pain). Also specify if you have taken CBD that day and how much. After a few cycles, you will be able to notice trends very easily. You can then determine the influence of taking CBD in your particular case and determine the frequency and the optimal dose to relieve you.

Choose quality CBD derivatives

This last tip is probably the most obvious. Nevertheless, it is sometimes good to remember the obvious. CBD is a natural product, extracted from the cannabis plant. Criteria as varied as the type of agriculture used, the method of cannabinoid extraction and the list of ingredients present in the finished product all influence its quality. AT, we guarantee you a strict selection of CBD products from a natural and responsible agriculture, without chemicals or pesticides and 100% legal. Find them now in store!

What we know about menstrual pain

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About 80% of women experience menstrual pain at one time or another

Against all odds, not much. Even though menstruation affects just over half of the world's population, the subject is still only very superficially treated by the scientific literature.

It is thus estimated that approximately 80% of women suffer, more or less intensely, from what is called premenstrual syndrome (SPM, or PMS in its Anglo-Saxon form). Still poorly understood, it nevertheless finds the beginnings of an explanation in a 2016 study published in the Journal of Women's Health, an American health journal.

The study, carried out on more than 3.300 women, in fact showed that women with PMS tend to have a much higher than average C reactive protein (CRP) level. Synthesized by the liver, this protein usually appears in the blood in the event ofinflammation of the body.

In summary, the presence of this protein in the blood at the time of menstrual pain seems to indicate the presence of acute inflammation in the body, linked to C-reactive protein. It would therefore be linked to the onset of pain and represents a real opportunity to improve the daily lives of millions of transgender women and men around the world.

Symptoms commonly associated with (pre-) menstrual pain

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Period pain takes many forms that are difficult to contain

Generally spreading over a maximum of ten days (until the onset of menstruation), menstrual pain takes various forms and can be combined with one another.

They are also potentially amplified during periods of stress and approaching menopause.

Among the symptoms identified, we find in particular:

  • Mood disorders,
  • Anxiety,
  • Abdominal cramps,
  • Back pain,
  • Chest pain,
  • Weight gain,
  • Feeling of hunger,
  • Nausea,
  • Acne,
  • Insomnia,
  • Intense fatigue,
  • Migraines.

Among these symptoms, there are several disorders known to be able to be soothed by taking CBD.

This is for example the case of the fights acne with CBD, that against the back pain or improved sleep. Therefore, the question of the interest of CBD to help calm menstrual pain before and during menstruation arises legitimately.

Recommended CBD products for period pain

If you suffer from period pain and want to try to relieve it with CBD, some products are better suited to your needs than others.

Here, in order of preference, is our selection of CBD products recommended for results without noticeable side effects, without addiction and with 100% legal products :

  • CBD oil: Certainly the most versatile and easy to use way to benefit from the anti-inflammatory and soothing effects of cannabidiol. Simply place the desired amount under the tongue, mix the drops with a culinary preparation or opt for capsules that are easy to dose and avoid the taste of light cannabis.
  • CBD infusions: the softest product, ideal for a moment of saving relaxation. In the form of a hot drink, the infusion combines the good points to relax and therefore effectively soothe the pain associated with periods.
  • CBD flowersCBD resins and pollens : smoking is prohibited, but flowers, resins and pollens rich in CBD lend themselves very well to the infusion or, if you vape, to a use in a plant material vaporizer.
  • Concentrates (crumble, crystals): for “homemade” products at a lower cost.
  • CBD e-liquids: not recommended if you do not smoke or vape, CBD e-liquids allow you to enjoy the rapid and marked effects of CBD and can therefore replace your usual e-cigarette liquid.