More and more women are turning to CBD and THC instead of NSAIDS for relief from painful and debilitating symptoms associated with that time of the month.
During your period inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins increase and cause several undesirable effects including: inflammation, pain sensitization, heavy bleeding and diarrhea
Many women turn to NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) such as Ibuprofen when their periods start. NSAIDs are the most common antidote to period symptoms because they work by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for producing prostaglandins (COX-2). This means that NSAID have the potential to decrease all the symptoms aggravated by prostaglandins.
However, NSAIDs have one set back. For some people they can cause undesirable gastrointestinal side effect because they actually inhibit another enzyme (COX -1). This is one major reason why, while NSAIDs do the trick for period relief, they should be used in moderation. Women who suffer from certain digestive issues should consider avoiding NSAID all together.
Enter our friendly cure-all, CBD. Recent studies have discovered that, similarly to NSAIDs, CBD also inhibits COX -2 (the prostaglandin-producing enzyme). However, unlike NSAIDS, CBD preferentially inhibits COX-2 and COX-1, which means its anti-inflammatory benefits come without the gastrointestinal side effects.
CBD also help ease the pain of menstrual cramps in the following ways: