Cannabis is a very popular alternative method people turn to when looking for pain relief. Many are looking to relieve sore muscles, while others are trying to ease joint pain stemming from arthritis. On the idea of muscle pain, many women experience muscle pains during their menstrual cycle. Menstruation can cause the muscular organ to contract, which can result in the women experiencing painful cramps. The science on cannabis and menstrual pain is emerging and there is evidence that the plant may help women cope with cramps and other uncomfortable symptoms that come along with their period.
So how can cannabis help a woman during these times? Cannabis and CBD, also known as cannabidiol, are becoming increasingly popular for their potential therapeutic benefits, including pain relief and the management of menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps, medically known as dysmenorrhea, are a common issue faced by many women and can cause significant discomfort, pain, and inconvenience. Cannabis contains several compounds, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD, which interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating various physiological processes, including pain perception and inflammation. When CBD and THC bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body, they can help to reduce pain and inflammation, making them effective in the management of menstrual cramps.
Studies have shown that CBD can help to reduce the severity of menstrual cramps by reducing pain, reducing inflammation, and relaxing the muscles. CBD has also been shown to have a positive effect on the regulation of hormones and may help to reduce the production of prostaglandins, which are hormones that play a role in causing menstrual cramps. In addition to its pain-relieving properties, CBD has also been shown to have a calming effect on the body, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Many women who experience menstrual cramps also suffer from anxiety and stress, which can exacerbate their symptoms. By reducing anxiety and stress levels, CBD may help to provide additional relief from menstrual cramps.
Cannabis, especially when consumed in the form of marijuana, can also be effective in the management of menstrual cramps. THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis and is known for its pain-relieving properties. When consumed, THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body, reducing pain and inflammation, and providing a relaxing effect that can help to relieve menstrual cramps. However, it is important to note that the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is still heavily regulated and may not be legal in all states. Since THC can have psychoactive effects, it can impact a person’s ability to function normally which can lead to other side effects such as memory impairment and altered judgment. CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive compound and does not have the same mind-altering effects as THC. This makes it a popular alternative for those who are seeking the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects. CBD can be consumed in a variety of forms, including oil, edibles, and topical creams, making it a versatile and accessible option for those seeking relief from menstrual cramps.
What products do we carry at Nurse Wellness that could help when it comes to menstrual cramps, as well as other muscle cramps? We carry a variety of topicals, edibles, and smokeables that may be beneficial towards helping to relieve muscle cramps and/or soreness. On the route of topicals, we have a pain cream from our company Soothe that is a best-seller when it comes for localized pain relief. As well as being an anti-inflammatory, it is a fast-acting, water-based cream that can help relieve cramping. This cream is available in a 2-ounce jar or a 3-ounce roll-on If the cramping is taking over more through-out the body, an edible may be a more suitable choice. A CBD edible option would be a new product from our company Enjoy called “Relief”. These gummies come in a 30-count bottle with 50-100mg of CBD, 10mg of CBG, 250mg Turmeric, and 200mg Panax Ginseng. This blend would be suggested for helping with cramps as it is designed for pain relief and inflammation. If you were searching for something that also contained THC in it, Enjoy’s 1:1 THC:CBD Balance gummies would be the product for you. Getting the benefits from both the THC and CBD would provide optimal relief with the psychoactive effects from the THC combined with the relaxed feeling coming from the CBD. Finally, any sort of smokable product, whether it is CBD or THC, will be best when looking for quick relief as smoking is the fastest delivery method.
All in all, both CBD and THC have potential therapeutic benefits for the management of menstrual cramps. By reducing pain and inflammation, relaxing the muscles, and reducing stress and anxiety, cannabis may provide relief from menstrual cramps and improve overall quality of life. It is always important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new therapeutic regimen to ensure that it is safe and effective for you.