CBD Oil comes with a long list of potential health benefits. But can using CBD Oil affect our periods? Read this article to learn more! Find out in this article, how CBD can help play a role in the menstrual cycle of women. To better understand the effect of CBD on the menstruation cycle, it is paramount to fully understand what CBD is and how CBD works with the human body. Most people tend to confuse the terms CBD oil and hemp seed oil. Although both oils are obtained from hemp, they are…
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CBD Oil has definitely taken the crown for the next latest and greatest natural health trend. With CBD touting health benefits like reducing inflammation and helping with anxiety, who wouldn’t want to try it out? I certainly have!
With most fads in the holistic health space, there’s potentially more hype and hyperbole than true evidence to support the trend. Often times these health trends are either not worth your time and energy (I’m looking at you, celery juice), or are actually doing us more harm than good.
So where does CBD fall on the spectrum of evidence versus hype?
There’s certainly research to suggest that CBD can be a useful tool in overcoming many health concerns. And I’ve seen first hand in my own practice how using this supplement has benefitted women in a number of ways.
CBD can be used in a variety of ways, such as through consumption, sublingual absorption, and/or inhalation. I’ve even seen it applied topically in lotions and oils.
(Heck, I even saw it added to a cocktail when I was out for my birthday dinner earlier this month!)
Despite the promise of CBD, we need to be empowered and conscious consumers, and not blindly follow each and every health trend as it comes along.
That’s why I’ve made it my mission to give you resources so you can make those choices and feel empowered in your own health and life. To be fearless in your pursuit of health.
I hope these resources will help you to not obsess over health trends and fads that actually aren’t worth obsessing over in the first place.
And my greater mission is to free you from the pattern of fear-based health decisions and dogma, enabling you to live a fearless life in pursuit of your greater purpose!
Can CBD Prevent Amenorrhea Recovery?
That’s why, when a member of my Get Your Period Back program wanted to know whether or not her beloved CBD Oil could be affecting her hormones and menstrual cycles, I started researching.
Keep reading to learn what I found about the impacts CBD Oil can have on our periods. I’m going to dig into everything that I found, from hormone production, fertility, and even PMS symptoms.
What is CBD Oil?
Before we dive into how CBD Oil can affect your period, let’s take a closer look at exactly what CBD Oil is and why it’s so popular.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent cannabinoid found in the cannabis (or marijuana) plant.
You may be more familiar with the other cannabinoid, THC. This is the substance that is responsible for the psychoactive “high” people get with marijuana use.
But CBD is not THC. And it won’t get you high.
CBD Is Not Marijuana
CBD actually works in a completely different way in our bodies than THC from marijuana. This different mechanism of action is mainly why it comes with all those potential therapeutic benefits and less of the problems that THC can cause.
CBD has very little affinity for our cannabinoid receptors, unlike THC. Instead, CBD works in non-cannabinoid receptors and channels. This enables it to exert its physiological effects and potential medical benefits. This keeps it from producing the psychoactive, mind-altering effects of THC.
Essentially, CBD offers many of the benefits of marijuana – mainly relaxation and stress reduction – but without an altered mental state.
Plus, it comes with a long list of potential medical uses. These potential benefits make CBD extremely popular in alternative health communities. It’s especially popular with people who would prefer to avoid cannabis/marijuana but still desire the potential health benefits.
Did you know that most CBD Oil on the market is actually derived from hemp, not cannabis? And when CBD comes from the hemp plant, it contains no THC. This absence of THC is why it’s able to be sold legally across the United States.
CBD Oil Benefits
CBD Oil comes touting a long list of potential health benefits. And while the majority of its health benefits are not yet backed by hard science, we can’t discount the clinical evidence that this supplement can actually work.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of just a few of the studied benefits of CBD Oil use.
I’ve included links to peer-reviewed journal articles for each proposed health benefit. Just click on the blue underlined text if you want to dive into the research on that specific topic.
Some potential health benefits of CBD include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Relieving nausea
- A potential seizure treatment in epilepsy
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing the incidence of diabetes (in non-diabetic mice)
As is common with any new health trend, most of these studies have only been completed in animals. Not humans.
Getting approval for animal studies is a lot easier and less time consuming than approval for human subjects. It’s typical that the first studies on any newly researched topic are done on animals.
And while animal studies are better than no studies at all, we have to be aware that these health benefits may not translate to humans.
Does CBD help YOU Sleep better?
The woman who asked about CBD oil was concerned that her sleep improvements from using CBD would disappear if she stopped taking it.
The question is, why was CBD necessary for this woman to sleep in the first place? What else could be helpful for sleep that doesn’t have the same hormonal impacts as CBD?
It seems natural and intuitive that using CBD Oil could help improve sleep. Research has shown CBD can reduce anxiety and help you feel calm. Using this supplement to improve sleep quality is just a natural assumption to make from there. (One that I have definitely tested myself!)
I’ve even talked to several women in my Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook and my online program Get Your Period Back, who have tried CBD Oil to help improve their sleep, often with no success.
In my research for this article, I uncovered a few studies (this one and this one) that show CBD use can actually make you more alert. This is the exact opposite of what you want when you’re trying to sleep! (THC is actually the compound in cannabis that makes you sleepy.)
Why Might CBD Help With Sleep?
That being said, CBD may be beneficial for alleviating insomnia by sedating the body, but rather by combatting the causes of insomnia like stress and anxiety. This could be why some people find that using CBD helps them sleep better, while others notice no benefit at all.
This doesn’t mean that CBD Oil will never help anyone sleep better. Obviously, the post I shared above showed that the woman in question was experiencing a benefit.
But the science to support the use of CBD for better sleep is mixed. This explains why there’s so much individual variability in its effects.
At the end of the day, anything that could help reduce stress in this woman’s life would likely be an appropriate replacement for CBD if she was concerned about hormonal side effects. This shows the importance of doing your own research and being an educated consumer when it comes to health trends.
Sometimes we want to take the easy way out and use a supplement rather than changing our habits. But as you’ll learn in just a moment, using CBD oil isn’t without risks. And it may not be the best choice in all situations, even if it does indeed help with sleep!
How CBD Oil affects Your Period
Now, let’s take a look at how using CBD Oil can impact your monthly period. If you’ve read my blog for any time, you know by now that our hormones work in a very delicate balance in our bodies.
The slightest disruption, like from a stretch of poor sleep or working out too intensely, can completely throw our hormones out of whack. We women have to be careful about making too many major changes at once.
The same can be said for introducing a new supplement or diet change into our routine. And CBD Oil is no different.
When it comes to trying new supplements or products, I always err on the side of caution until I’ve done my research and educated myself on any potential risks.
If you’re interested in using CBD Oil, keep reading! I’ll share with you what the research says about how using CBD Oil can affect your period, from ovulation to PMS.
How CBD Oil Can Affect Ovulation
Ovulation is a significant marker of a healthy menstrual cycle. It’s what enables women to get pregnant or to have a “real” period. (Not just a drug withdrawal bleed.)
Ovulation occurs when one of your ovaries releases an egg every month. This phenomenon results from a surge in two hormones, Luteinizing Hormone (LH), and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH).
LH and FSH closely regulate the levels of our primary sex hormones. And LH and FSH are regulated by Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH), yet another hormone that comes from our pituitary gland.
GnRH is basically the master hormone when it comes to orchestrating our menstrual cycles and reproductive health.
Without enough GnRH, we won’t produce enough estrogen, progesterone, LH, or FSH. And without these hormones at their optimal levels, we can’t have a healthy, ovulatory menstrual cycle. And we may even stop ovulating altogether.
How CBD Affects Amenorrhea
This is where the use of CBD can potentially come into play.
Research shows that the use of cannabinoids indirectly modifies GnRH secretion.This change to GnRH secretion can cause hormone disruption in both females and males.
In females specifically, chronic exposure to cannabinoids has been shown to delay sexual maturation, cause menstrual cycle disruption, depress ovarian follicular maturation, and reduce serum concentrations of LH and sex hormones. These disruptions can lead to reduced levels of estrogen and progesterone and potentially even cause anovulatory cycles.
This is not what we want to see happening in women with amenorrhea!
Now, most of the research links marijuana use and specifically the cannabinoid THC to these changes in our reproductive hormones, not CBD. But CBD and THC are two very similar compounds. So even though there are no studies that currently show THC-free CBD oil from hemp affects ovulation, these results do warrant some caution.
If you’re using CBD and not getting a period or experiencing unexplained infertility, it’s a good idea to take a step back and stop using it for a little while.
I’d recommend working with a trained practitioner (like me!) to figure out why you aren’t getting a period in the first place. We can then determine if CBD Oil is something that would be beneficial in your health and wellness routine.
Did you know I’ve developed a FREE training dedicated to helping women regain normal menstrual cycles naturally? CLICK HERE to register and watch!
How CBD Oil Can Affect PMS Symptoms
When it comes to reducing the common symptoms of PMS, evidence for the use of CBD is much stronger. (And more positive!)
Inflammation is the primary driver behind the pain and discomfort many women experience around the start of their period. And there are several studies that show CBD has a positive effect on reducing systemic inflammation.
CBD Oil may also be able to help reduce those mood swings, irritability, and anxiety that make getting our periods that difficult to endure.
CBD has been shown to act on various receptors in the brain to produce calming, restful, and anti-anxiety effects in animal models. And while we can’t directly translate the results of animal studies to humans, research like this can give us an idea for how CBD might affect our own moods.
There are no studies directly looking at the use of CBD Oil for PMS yet. Go figure, right?
But the studies that are out there are substantial enough to show that using CBD Oil can potentially help relieve some common period symptoms.
That’s why companies like Maxine Morgan are now offering CBD products specifically designed to help with the pain, cramping, and discomfort commonly associated with PMS.
For me personally, after testing this new Maxine Morgan CBD product during my menstrual cycle, I did notice a significant decrease in cramping pain. And I really only had to take it for 1-2 days to get the benefit.
Getting to the Root of Your PMS Symptoms
Using CBD Oil around the start of your period has the potential to give you relief from many PMS symptoms. And if you’re like me and have a history of PMS, this can be a big blessing.
However, these PMS symptoms, as frustrating as they are, are signals from our bodies trying to tell us something about our hormones.
PMS symptoms like mood swings, cramps, or night sweats could actually be a sign that your hormones are imbalanced. I know in my case, my PMS gets far worse when I’m under a lot of stress, not eating well, not sleeping enough, and/or exercising too little or too much. I’m not perfect, but I definitely try to practice good awareness when I’ve let my healthy habits slip!
Don’t Miss The Big Picture
Using CBD Oil to reduce these symptoms may seem like a gift from God. And I’m 100% on board with taking products to help with symptoms in the short term. I do it myself.
But in the long run, there are better solutions for PMS. Especially the type of PMS that debilitates you for a day or two (or more) every month.
Getting to the root cause of why you’re having PMS symptoms in the first place will give you the freedom to be your healthiest self without relying on supplements.
Using supplements like CBD Oil to help with your period symptoms is fine in the short-term. Working with a trained practitioner to get to the root of these symptoms can help banish your PMS for good.
My Recommendation for CBD Oil
Jumping on natural product health trends can fun and exciting. Trust me, I’ve been there myself! I love when I get to try free samples that get sent to me from innovative new companies.
But the truth is, many of these hot new products are generally not well studied. And many of the companies selling them are often making unsubstantiated claims about their effectiveness. This leaves us having to make guesses about whether or not something will be safe or effective for us. Or take a “try and see” approach.
THC-free CBD Oil is a relatively new product on the market. This could be why there aren’t that many studies performed on both its effectiveness and potential side effects. Particularly in humans, and especially women, who are notoriously under-studied.
Should You Use CBD?
When it comes to our periods and the health of our hormones and fertility, using CBD Oil should be done with caution.
A good quality CBD product might help some common symptoms of PMS when used in the short term. We definitely have evidence that CBD offers more than just a placebo effect. And as a PMS-prone woman myself, I’m very happy to have products that help me feel better in the short term.
Taking CBD for a couple of days at the start of your period could help you have a more manageable level of symptoms. Using it once in a while to help you sleep could also be part of your healthy lifestyle.
But the fact is, chronically relying on supplements or quick fixes is not the best method for long-lasting success. In any area of our health.
Instead of consistently relying on CBD Oil, or any supplement for that matter, to manage your symptoms or help you get through the day, you need to dig deeper.
Working to uncover the underlying cause of why you’re experiencing those symptoms in the first place will be so much more valuable than stopping at simply masking the symptoms.
And once you know why those symptoms are happening, you’ll be more empowered to make the lifestyle changes required to help resolve those symptoms at the root.
Living a Fearlessly healthy Life (With or Without CBD)
When it comes to CBD Oil, the jury is still out on whether or not it has negative effects on our periods. In some cases, it may help, and in other cases, it might hurt. We just don’t know for sure how this product is going to impact our hormonal health over the long run.
My recommendation? If you’re using CBD Oil on a regular basis and not getting your period, taking a break from using CBD is a good idea.
And if you’re using CBD to help reduce symptoms of PMS or other potential hormonal imbalances, getting to the root of those symptoms will serve you so much better in the long run.
It’s fine to use CBD here or there when necessary, but don’t forget to assess why you might be having more significant PMS in the first place. I’m preaching to the choir here, but we can’t just ignore the reasons why our body is out of balance hormonally.
My mission with this platform is to help you get to a place in your health and fitness journey where you don’t need to rely on trendy health supplements or fear-based decision making to feel your best. So I don’t want you to be afraid of CBD, or for that matter, obsessed with it either!
I want you to be able to view true health as so much more than trendy products and quick-fixes. And I want you to use your health habits as a tool to pursue your bigger purpose and make a meaningful impact in the world!
If CBD oil helps you live your best, healthiest life, that’s great! There is potential for CBD to be a useful, healing product for many people. But use caution if you’re not sure how CBD might be impacting the full picture of your health. We just don’t know for sure how CBD will impact each of us individually.
And don’t let a quick-fix product like CBD oil stand in the way of you discovering true healing of your body, mind, and spirit. You need a complete approach to self-care. And a big part of that is exploring what your body truly needs to be healthy.
Now I want to hear from you. Have you tried CBD Oil? Did you notice any health changes, good or bad, while taking it? Let me know your experience with this popular product in the comments below!
The effects of CBD on the menstrual cycle of women
Three-quarters of women experience some form of pain during their menstrual cycle, and for 10%, the pain is disabling to the point of completely affecting their daily lives. In medical language, this condition is known as “dysmenorrhea” and can be life-threatening for any woman. The pain results from the natural contractions of the uterus to rid itself of unused endometrial cells.
For the vast majority of women around the world, menstruation brings not only the discomfort of discharge, but also a general discomfort that handicaps them in all their daily activities. In this article, we will look at how and why you can use CBD to relieve menstrual cramps and improve your quality of life as a woman.
The menstrual cycle and women’s health
The intensity of pain caused by menstrual cramps can change from person to person. While some women feel no pain at all during menstruation, other women may experience very severe pain. At times, this pain is so intense and prolonged that it can cause anxiety and even lead to depression because of its impact on health and well-being.
Other than factors directly related to the cycle, other factors can contribute to menstrual cramp pain. These can include poor diet, emotional stress, and lack of physical activity.
Menstrual cramps can be both distracting and embarrassing. Approximately 10% to 15% of menstruating women experience pain so severe that they have to miss work or school.
The topic of menstrual cramps can be both distracting and embarrassing.
The topic of menstrual-related health problems is not yet well studied, and the common perception of menstrual pain is that it is nonspecific or almost nonexistent, as if women were destined to suffer without much complaint. Moreover, the specific solutions offered by medicine are very few and very often end with the administration of painkillers or the prescription of contraceptives (both drugs with quite heavy side effects).
Is it possible to naturally reduce menstrual pain?
For centuries, cannabis has been a valuable ally against menstrual pain for women around the world. This highly effective natural remedy then fell by the wayside for many decades in the West, while Chinese medicine, for example, continued to promote its use; in the form of concentrated oils or infusions to rebalance the internal balance of women during menstruation.
In Europe as well as in the United States, following the recent legalization of cannabis or CBD (depending on the country), a somewhat more objective view is finally beginning to emerge in many countries about the benefits that cannabis derivatives can provide for the care of the body and mind.
Can CBD relieve period pain?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming increasingly popular with women who want to relieve menstrual pain without necessarily resorting to common painkillers. Cannabidiol has long been studied for the treatment of many forms of pain, including neuropathic and chronic pain.
Recently, scientific interest has also focused on cannabidiol, specifically for use in combating menstrual pain. Indeed, cannabidiol acts weakly on CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. However, it is able to interact with several neurotransmissions in the central nervous system.
In particular, its involvement in the regulation of endogenous adenosine levels has been noted. In fact, the pain-relieving effects of CBD appear to be antagonized by substances that inhibit adenosine A1 receptors, which are themselves involved in the transmission of pain.
The effects of CBD on pain transmission have been shown to be significant.
Women are turning to CBD
This is why more and more women are turning to CBD-containing products. There are now such a variety of products on the market that they cater to everyone’s needs. The important thing, however, is as always to seek out and purchase certified products that are the result of a controlled and rigorous production cycle.
CBD and menstruation
At the root of the pain caused by menstruation are chemicals called prostaglandins. Their increase, which peaks on menstrual days, causes inflammation, bleeding, and pain.
When pain occurs, many people resort to ibuprofen or similar nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These work by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for prostaglandin production. This means that NSAIDs could potentially help decrease prostaglandin-aggravated symptoms, including inflammation, contractions, and pain.
However, NSAIDs can also have serious gastrointestinal side effects, so they should be used sparingly in all cases. In some cases, people with certain digestive problems should avoid them altogether. CBD may also be a better alternative to NSAIDs for such conditions.
CBD is free of side effects
Recently, scientists have discovered that, like NSAIDs, CBD also inhibits the enzyme that produces prostaglandins. However, unlike NSAIDs, CBD does not have gastrointestinal side effects.
Added to this is the fact that menstrual cramps are exacerbated by contractions of the muscles that line the uterus – and cannabinoids are widely known to relax these muscles. CBD targets different receptors embedded in the muscle tissue and, by relaxing it, decreases the contractions.
How to take CBD to fight menstrual pain
Currently, the most recommended product for menstrual pain and algesic and inflammatory forms in general is CBD oil, which is usually sold in liquid form with dropper bottle and in solid version in gelatinous capsules.
It is ideal to start taking the concentrate a few days before the onset of pain and continue throughout the painful phase of the cycle. As for dosage, it’s important to note that it’s very subjective and varies from woman to woman, precisely because each woman receives and absorbs cannabinoids differently.
We recommend that you take the concentrate as soon as possible.
Our advice, if you have never consumed CBD before, is to start with an intermediate concentration percentage such as 4% or 10% and, according to the indications for use, take the amount of product recommended in the package. Depending on the result, you can choose to increase or decrease the initial dose or concentration.
What to do if the pain persists
For too long, the menstrual cycle has been associated with inevitable pain. Today, most women think it’s “normal” to have a few days of pain, which is not true. If, despite treatment, menstrual cramps are still intense, talk to your doctor. Sometimes painful cramps and/or heavy bleeding can be a symptom of a more serious problem such as endometriosis (the pain of which can be soothed by cannabinoids).
We encourage you to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment, whether with NSAIDs, cannabinoids, or other remedies, to rule out other health problems; especially if your symptoms do not improve over time.
Does CBD Affect Menstrual Cycle
To better understand the effect of CBD on the menstruation cycle, it is paramount to fully understand what CBD is and how CBD works with the human body. Most people tend to confuse the terms CBD oil and hemp seed oil. Although both oils are obtained from hemp, they are not the same and do not do the same work. The oil that has been proven to have an effect on menstruation is CBD oil.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant and other plants in the cannabis family. CBD oil can be extracted and processed to be fit for use by people at different stages in life. One of the key benefits of CBD oil is that it affects the human body’s hormones. CBD oil menstrual effects can be traced back to the CBD effect on the overall hormonal system.
Some studies have found that CBD affects the menstrual cycle. The way it affects the cycle is still not well understood by most people. For those wondering does CBD oil affects the menstrual cycle, there is the answer. Keep on reading to find out detailed facts.
What is a Menstrual Cycle?
The term menstrual cycle or menstrual period refers to the monthly cycle in which a woman’s uterus grows and sheds its lining in preparation for pregnancy. The endometrium or the lining of the uterus must be shed off every 28 days to support the development of a fertilized egg. The menstrual cycle starts in most ladies during their teenage and runs all the way to the middle ages.
During the lifetime of a woman, the menstrual cycle also evolves. A person may have regular periods at the age of 20 but fail to see regular periods towards her 40s. These changes are mostly caused by hormonal alterations. They are also caused by the wellness routine taken by a person. CBD oil helps a person struggling with hormonal imbalances to gain regular periods.
With that said, there are many roles played by CBD oil in the CBD cycle that go beyond hormonal balances. Studies have liked CBD with other aspects of the reproductive system in a woman. CBD can affect the menstrual cycle, menstrual rate, menstrual pains among others. Scientific research is still underway and more studies keep showing the link between CBD and mood swings among others.
How Does CBD Impact Menstrual Cycles?
The human body’s central nervous system is largely controlled by the endocannabinoid system. This is a system made up of neurotransmitters and that send signals to the brain and the rest of the body to assist the normal functioning of the system. The endocannabinoid system can be influenced by taking CBD, THC, and other cannabis extracts.
Functions of The Endocannabinoid System
To fully understand how CBD impacts the human system and the menstrual cycle we should look at the effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system. The way CBD reacts with the human system is entirely related to how CBD relates to the endocannabinoid system and the way it helps support the normal functions of the endocannabinoid system
Below are the main functions of the endocannabinoid system:
- Appetite and Digestion: The importance of appetite and digestion to human metabolism cannot be underestimated. The endogenous cannabinoid system helps support this function by supporting normal balance and facilitating food absorption. However, this function is not related to reproduction.
- Chronic Pain: One of the most important roles played by CBD in the reproductive cycle is the ability of CBD oil to manage chronic pains. For those wondering does CBD affects the menstrual cycle, the first clue on how it may help is that it does help reduce menstrual pain.
- Inflammation and Other Immune System Responses: The endocrine also helps deal with inflammation and other immune system responses. It works much better when the CB1 and CB2 receptors are stimulated by hemp extracts such as CBD. As we will see later, inflammation has a major effect on menstruation, and using CBD may help the menstrual cycle in that manner.
- Mood:Everyone knows that ladies experience mood swings when they are on their monthly period. So the question does CBD affects the menstrual cycle can be answered by looking at how it affects mood swings. CBD and the endocrine system help with controlling hormones that may lead to poor moods. This is one way in which CBD oil affects menstruation.
- Reproductive System Function:One of the key roles played in the human body by the endocrine system is the support for reproductive functions. When we talk about reproductive functions we refer to the menstrual cycle at large, egg fertilization, contraction, and expansion of the uterus, excretion of sex hormones among other factors. CBD oil may stimulate endocrine functions.
- Stress:One of the main causes of changes when it comes to ladies’ ovulation cycles is stress. When people get stressed, they can lack their period entirely. This is because it affects the production of a reproductive hormone that is key in supporting the reproductive system functions.
With all the above functions that directly touch on the menstrual cycle, it is a fact that CBD does affect the menstrual cycle. But to answer the question does CBD affects the menstrual cycle further, we will have to look at the details of how each of the functions mentioned above is done. We will also look at CBD oil and how it affects the cycle in comparison to hemp oil.
How Does CBD Stimulate The Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is made up of two key receptors, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These two receptors act as neurotransmitters that send signals to the brain and other parts of the body. Scientists discovered that the two receptors can bind to cannabinoids including CBD and THC to help them function properly. The CBD oil menstrual effect mainly relies on these two receptors.
Studies have found that through the help of CB1 and CB2 receptors, the entire endocannabinoid system can be stimulated to function better and more effectively supporting reproductive functions. In its key role of stimulating the production and balancing of hormones, the system depends on the receptors. Among the hormones that the system controls are insulin, cortisol, and melatonin.
How CBD Supports Treatment of Chronic Pains
Among the common symptoms of the regular monthly menstrual period are back pains, cramps, and headaches in some people. Most ladies suffer from chronic pains in their menstrual cycle to an extent that they cannot work. These types of people may find help by using CBD to manage their pains. Studies have proven that CBD oil can be effective in the management of chronic pains.
To deal with painful conditions, CBD oil utilizes its anti-inflammatory properties. The properties of CBD oil affect the inflammation rate in the uterus, reducing the painful experiences during the menstrual cycle.
Besides chronic pains that are mainly felt in the lower abdomen, women also experience some back pains during the menstrual cycle. CBD and other cannabis extracts have been proven to relieve such pains. Recent studies show that the use of CBD to treat menstrual discomforts is on the rise, especially in older women.
It has been realized that CBD oil may affect the cycle and help regulate hormones to promote a more steady and painless menstrual cycle. Those who experience irregular cycles also use cannabis oil to balance the same and facilitate a regular period.
Does CBD Affect the Luteinizing Hormone?
The luteinizing hormone is one of the key hormones that relies on cannabinoid receptors to function. Women who lack this hormone may lack sexual appetite or may fail to get pregnant. Low levels of the hormone may also lead to unstable pregnancies that do not mature to full term and often end in miscarriages. Ladies who suffer from such may find help in CBD.
At the same time, many women who suffer from hormone-related challenges fail to understand the cause of their challenges. Such health issues when compounded can cause serious pressure leading to further effects on the reproductive health of a woman. As such, it is important for women to practice self-care by using CBD where possible.
CBD Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil
There are many types of oil available in the market that are marketed as CBD oil. In the US, any person producing hemp oils can label them as CBD oil without any legal implications. As such, it is important for users of such oils to be able to differentiate between CBD oil and other types of oil available in the market. It is also important to know the oil that works for reproduction purposes.
Different types of Hemp-Derived Oil
Different oils can be derived from hemp in different stages and in different ways. Oils can be extracted from hemp buds, hemp seeds, and even hemp roots. When oil is derived from these different parts of hemp, it can be marketed either as hemp oil or CBD oil. Whether the oil contains sufficient amounts of CBD to be termed CBD oil is subject to discussion.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a type of oil extracted from hemp seeds. This oil is extracted from hemp seeds and does not necessarily contain high amounts of CBD. In other words, this oil does not contain sufficient CBD to be termed CBD oil. Unfortunately, most marketers of hempseed oil also label it as CBD oil without serious legal issues.
While hemp seed oil is good and may help with pain relief or inflammation in some instances, it does not offer the health benefits of CBD. For those looking to use CBD oil to manage period pains and other symptoms, it is not advisable to use hemp oil since it lacks the required benefits.
The other term that is often used to market oils extracted from hemp and other types of cannabis is cannabis oil or hemp oil. When the terms hemp oil or cannabis oil are used, they often mean that the oil is extracted from the hemp plant but do not mean that it is CBD oil. The oil can be extracted from any part of the hemp plant including the roots.
The term CBD oil refers to oil extracted from the buds of the hemp plant. The oil is usually about 20% t0 40% pure CBD but some oils can be refined to attain about 100% CBD product. When such oils are used, they offer the benefits of CBD for both short-term and long-term purposes. Even So, CBD oil is not just CBD oil, there are many types of CBD oil available in the market.
Types of CBD Oil
CBD oils are extracted through different processes. The extraction process determines the final product that is attained after the extraction. Some oils undergo serious refining processes to attain fully refined products while others do not. Each type of oil has its benefits and may affect the menstrual cycle differently.
Below are the three main types of CBD Oil:
1. Full Spectrum CBD
The term full spectrum CBD refers to the type of oil extracted from hemp buds without undergoing further refinement. This type of oil contains CBD as the main compound but also contains other compounds including THC in small amounts. Any CBD oil that contains THC in amounts less than 0.3% can be classified as CBD oil and is legal.
Full-spectrum CBD is the best option for those seeking to improve their reproductive health. This is because full-spectrum CBD contains both CBD and THC. When CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids work together, they are more effective due to the entourage effect. Full-spectrum CBD is ideal for those seeking to improve their menstrual health and also supports other health functions.
2. Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad-spectrum CBD is a type of CBD oil that does not contain trace amounts of THC but contains other compounds found in hemp. These CBD oil legal parameters depend on use. It should not be used as a treatment prescribed by mainstream medical professionals but can be used on personal preferences without a problem.
Broad-spectrum THC, CBD oil is ideal for those looking for menstrual CBD products. It is also loved by those who prefer not using THC in any of their products. The beauty of broad-spectrum CBD is that it does contain other compounds including terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids that promote the functioning of the oil in promoting menstrual health.
3. CBD Isolate
Lastly, CBD isolate is an extract that is obtained after all the other compounds found in hemp have been removed, to give a pure CBD compound. This oil is attained after the broad-spectrum CBD undergoes an isolation process to remove flavonoids and terpenes. This makes it good for those who do not want to use THC and other compounds found in hemp.
All the above types of hemp oil can be very helpful but the functioning and effectiveness vary. When answering the question of does CBD affects the menstrual cycle, it is important to also address the issue of which CBD oil works. The ideal CBD oil for menstrual support is full spectrum. Research shows that full-spectrum oil works better since it is loaded with terpenes and other compounds.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of two key receptors; CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors interact with THC, promoting positive mood and alleviating anxiety among other factors. These receptors interact much better with CBD and THC when they are used together with flavonoids and other compounds found in marijuana. Researchers have also found that CBD does not interact directly with these receptors.
Can CBD Help Heavy Periods?
There are many reasons why people experience heavy periods. A person experiencing heavy periods may endure thick flow for a whole week or even more. In dealing with heavy periods, it is necessary for a person to know the cause of the heavy periods first. For some of the causes, it is possible to enjoy positive results by using CBD and other compounds found in marijuana.
The main causes of heavy periods include:
Uterine-Related Problems: One of the main causes of heavy periods is uterine growth. Conditions such as fibroids and tumors can often result in a heavy cycle. A person with growth in the uterus is most likely to experience more pain during their monthly cycle. Such causes of heavy flow can be difficult to treat and manage and often require professional involvement.
Hormone-Related Problems: The second most common cause of heavy flow is hormone problems. Among the problems experienced by individuals suffering from hormonal problems is lack of regular cycle, and extreme pains during monthly period among other factors. Hormone-related problems are easy to treat with CBD since CBD oil can help with hormonal balance.
Other Illnesses or Disorders: Other illnesses may also contribute to a heavy cycle. Some conditions lead to heavy bleeding such as the von Willebrand disease which leads to heavy bleeding. The effect of such conditions may not be treated by CBD but if diagnosed can be treated by modern medicine.
Irregular Cycle: The other reason why a person may experience heavy flow is the irregular menstrual cycle. In this case, a person who does not undergo regular periods has a possibility of experiencing heavy flow when it happens. It is not clear why this happens but some doctors say that it is due to the cleanup of the uterus that is needed to make it ready for reproduction.
So how does CBD affect the menstrual cycle when it comes to heavy cycles? The above reasons are key to understanding how does CBD affect the menstrual cycle in people with heavy flow. The way CBD works is that it promotes the hormonal balance responsible for menstruation. This work can go a long way in promoting a healthy menstrual cycle.
The Anti-inflammatory Effect of CBD on Cramps
The fact that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory helps deal with some of the problems mentioned above. For instance, irritation caused by growth in the uterus and the related inflammation can be reduced by using CBD. Due to its effect on inflammation, CBD may be helpful in reducing pains related to inflammation and can be quite helpful to people suffering from heavy flow.
10 FAQS About CBD and Menstrual Cycles
Although ladies have been using CBD for menstrual problems for a long time, there are still many factors that are not well understood. It is a fact that CBD helps with the menstrual cycle but there are some concerns over the way CBD works and how the health of a person is affected by CBD.
We have already tried to answer the question of how does CBD affects the menstrual cycle? In this section, we will be looking at the questions that hemply.com customers ask about CBD and the menstrual cycle. At hemply.com, we have years of experience in CBD products and know-how exactly they can help ladies experience more regular and painless menstrual cycles.
Here are 10 of the most frequently asked questions about CBD and menstrual cycles:
1. Does CBD Affect Menstruatual cycle?
The simple answer is yes, CBD has an effect on the menstrual cycle of women of all ages. It can affect the rate at which a person’s blood flows during menstruation and also affects the pain felt during menstruation. The beauty of using CBD is that it does not only reduce cramps but promotes overall reproductive health.
Regular periods are an indication that a person is healthy and that a person can enjoy regular reproduction cycles. Further, for people who have complications such as chronic back pains and abdominal pains, the use of CBD may help reduce the pain and promote a healthy menstrual rate.
2. Can CBD Oil Affect Female Hormones?
CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors when it is used. These receptors are responsible for sending signals to the brain and other parts of the body. The important aspects of the endocannabinoid system and the effects of CBD on the system depend largely on hormonal balancing.
CBD helps with the stimulation of the endocannabinoid system to facilitate the production of key enzymes. Among the key enzymes that support reproduction in women include estrogen, legitimizing, and testosterone. When the endocannabinoid system is working at optimal levels, it facilitates to control of such hormones, promoting the overall health of the reproductive system.
3. Does CBD Oil Delay Ovulation?
One of the ways that CBD affects the menstrual cycle is by impacting ovulation. While there are no direct links that show CBD affects ovulation or delays ovulation, we have already seen that it does affect hormonal balance. Those that are responsible for menstruation can be affected and consequently affect the entire process.
Some studies have shown that CBD affects menstrual ovulation by inhibiting gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which can consequently affect estrogen and progesterone production. These hormones are responsible for regulating the overall cycle. For a product that can affect cycle days, there is a possibility that it may inhibit ovulation where necessary.
4. Can CBD Balance Hormones?
As we have already seen, one of the ways in which CBD works is by controlling the release of specific hormones. Among them are those that are affected by CBD including progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. Since CBD affects the cycle as we have seen above, it may be used by women to regulate their menstrual periods.
The endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating the hormonal balance in the body, does not work in one way. It can inhibit the production of certain hormones if they are available in excess and promote the production of those available in limited amounts. This is why CBD is used as a means of promoting reproductive health and not birth control.
5. Can CBD Oil Impact Fertility
As we have seen above, there is no research that shows exactly what CBD does besides the fact that it helps balance hormones and reduces pain during menstruation. It is not possible to say that CBD promotes fertility in a specific way, since it does no in any way promote female egg fertilization. It only promotes the production of the female egg during ovulation by hormonal balancing.
The term fertility on its own has many definitions. The best definition is that fertility refers to the chances of a female getting pregnant and successfully delivering the baby. In this respect, it is possible for CBD to enhance fertility. Since the legitimizing hormone produced by the endocrine system leads to stable pregnancies and promotes the well-being of the baby, we can say CBD promotes fertility.
6. What Can Affect Ovulation?
Several factors can adversely affect ovulation. Traumatic muscle pain in the abdomen or the ovaries after a traumatic encounter can lead to long-term damages that may affect ovulation. The other factors that can lead to ovulation irregularities include emotional stress and physical stress. People who suffer from anxiety may undergo ovulation irregularities.
CBD use may be helpful with some of these causes. For instance, CBD is commonly used in the treatment and management of physical trauma and emotional pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties can be used to reduce inflammation multiple times. The same thing can be said about its use in the management of anxiety and emotional problems.
7. Can You Take CBD Oil While Trying to Conceive?
There is no evidence that CBD can help a person conceive. It has been used previously by people looking for children and some pharmacists prescribe CBD to promote hormonal balance for individuals trying to get pregnant. Based on the facts we have seen above, CBD may be quite helpful in promoting fertility. But there is no direct link to helping a person get pregnant.
Some of the factors that play a major role in conception include ovulation, regular cycles, and stability of the uterus. If you are not suffering from any problems such as these the idea of taking CBD for conception may not be very helpful.
8. What are the Side Effects of CBD?
The rate at which a person takes CBD may have some effects, even though CBD is a generally safe substance. If a person who uses CBD regularly every week stopped taking it abruptly, it may also lead to some minor effects. Some of the common side effects of CBD are:
- Stomach upsets
These side effects are not common and only occur in case a person ends up using too much of the drug. The amount of CBD a person can take per day also varies from person to person. At hemply.com, we recommend that beginners start with a very small dose to avoid adverse side effects. The life span of the drug in the system also varies from one person to another.
9. What Drugs Should Not Be Taken With CBD?
Before you buy CBD oil, consider the other drugs you are already taking. CBD oil should not be taken alongside drugs that can be risky or those that put the life of the user in danger. Hemply.com does not recommend using CBD together with other drugs unless advised by a professional doctor. Pregnant women should also try to avoid CBD unless advised otherwise by a doctor.
Below are the drugs that commonly cause negative reactions when used with CBD:
- Blood thinners should never be used with CBD, since they may end up affecting the blood pressure. One of the blood thinners found to react negatively when used with CBD is warfarin.
- The other type of drugs to avoid is those that affect the heart rhythm. These drugs can lead to adverse problems that may lead to heart attacks if not well managed. Drugs such as amiodarone and others in the same category should be avoided.
- Lastly, avoid thyroid medications including levothyroxine and others that may affect the functioning of the thyroid.
There are people who rely on CBD due to some conditions. If you must take CBD and find yourself in a situation where taking other drugs is necessary, consult a doctor on the way forward. Avoid taking CBD or hemp without consultations.
10. How Long Does it Take for CBD Oil to Work for Menstrual Pain?
CBD oil is commonly used for menstrual pains management due to its ability to deal with chronic pains. One of the ways in which CBD affect cycle, is by promoting a healthy hormonal balance and dealing with all pains caused by menstruation. The question that most people tend to ask is how long it takes before CBD takes action to help those undergoing menstrual pains.
The time taken for a person to start feeling well after taking CBD varies from person to person. From the point when CBD is used to the time the effects are felt, users can enjoy benefits as soon as the drug starts getting absorbed in the system.
It depends on the type of CBD used and the form of application. For instance, if CBD oil is ingested directly, it gets absorbed faster and gets to action quicker than topical application.
The above questions are among the most popular among CBD users. Those who are new to the CBD world and are seeking a product to break into the system, are often advised to go slow. Hemply.com recognizes that there is not a properly-recognized issue for CBD and hence, the need for individuals to take care and personal accountability when using CBD.
Choosing Hemplily CBD Oil for a Menstrual Cycle
While CBD may be quite helpful in dealing with painful conditions related to PMS, it can be quite difficult to determine the right type of CBD available in the market. Currently, there are many dealers available in the market that do not offer valuable products. When shopping for CBD, it is important to purchase products that are proven to meet high-quality standards set by the government.
At hemply.com, we recognize the need to provide products that are safe, reliable, and of high quality. Through years of experience, we know the best type of CBD in the market. We also know the type of CBD that works with menstrual pains and other issues related to reproduction health. For more information, get in touch with us and we will get back to you soon with a quote or your order.