· By Elsa Linsky
CBD For That Time of The Month
As women, we have to put up with some serious bullshit. And I don’t just mean men! It feels like a surprise every month… We go about our business as though nothing is wrong, when really there’s a crime scene in our pants, we’re uncomfortable, pissy, and in sometimes severe pain. Every.Single.Effing.Month. Like, give us a damn break! While there is no magic spell to take our periods away, there is something that can make this time more tolerable. cue CBD
You know all about CBD’s health benefits, but did you ever think to utilize CBD’s magic during your time of the month? GIRL - get with it. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, helping our bodies maintain homeostasis, and optimize body system functions. This assistance for our body is more than welcome as our hormones start to rage, bringing acne, irritation, and sometimes severe menstrual cramps along with them.
So let’s get down to it - how can CBD help you with period relief?
Balance Those PMS-Causing Hormones
PMS is a nightmare. You know the vibe - cranky, gloomy, hungry, sensitive, PISSED. You know, when catching your shirt on a door handle could completely ruin your day? Yeah, that vibe. PMS is kind of like a sick joke, out here trying to make us look crazy. Sooo why the PMS symptoms, anyways? Our bodies experience PreMenstrual Syndrome due to the hormone fluctuations, particularly our serotonin levels, preceding our periods. CBD works alongside our endocannabinoid system to regulate and level out our hormones, which may help us skip the PMS. Yes, please!
Let’s not forget about stress, either. Stress doesn’t get put on hold while we endure our periods. In fact, our periods may be a source of increased stress for a multitude of reasons (like, “am I bleeding through my pants?!”). A recent study found that CBD interferes with cortisol secretion. High cortisol levels aren’t only responsible for stress, but some other byproducts of high cortisol include inflammation, high blood pressure, fatigue and even irregular periods. High enough cortisol levels may also negatively impact other hormone levels. By taking CBD, you may bring peace and tranquility to the mind - even during this stressful time of the month.
Ease Period Pain
Menstrual cramps, tender breasts, headaches, oh my! As if bleeding wasn’t enough, periods can come with some serious pain. 5-10% of women claim their period pain is enough to disrupt their life, and it’s even worse for the many women with endometriosis. Painful periods are something we just don't have time for. We are busy women without a get-out-of-work or parenting pass while we menstruate. CBD can help relieve period pain in a natural way, making that time of the month a little bit easier.
Acne must be the rudest of the period symptoms. So, how can CBD help this? Here’s some good news. According to Harvard University, "laboratory research on human cells suggests CBD may have anti-inflammatory effects on oil-secreting glands in the skin. This might have implications for acne and other inflammatory skin disorders." While further research is needed, CBD could be revolutionary for acne problems brought on by our periods. We’ll take it!
Provide a Good Night’s Sleep
Did you know that women experiencing PMS are more than twice as likely to have insomnia before and during their period? If it’s not painful cramps keeping you up, it’s likely the dip in progesterone that happens before bleeding. Low progesterone levels are known to make sleeping more challenging. Taking CBD helps us to fall asleep more quickly for many reasons. CBD may decrease pain that’s keeping you awake, relieve anxiety, and calm the nervous system. Anxiety and stress are big contributing factors to insomnia. CBD brings a sense of tranquility to the mind and body, allowing us to more easily fall into restful sleep. This peaceful mental state can last for hours, especially with regular CBD use, which means your rest may be more rejuvenating and long lasting.
Say less, amiright?
If you’re looking for period relief (aren’t we all) then CBD is a great option for you. Whether you prefer to ingest your CBD, use CBD topicals, or even soak up CBD in a hot bath, Bizzy CBD has got you girl. Read more from the Bizzy Buzz for more information and tips about CBD. Good luck, sis!