Can CBD Oil Help With PMS Symptoms?
PMS is such a huge topic that I think the best place to start is with some statistics:
Almost 85% of American women experience premenstrual syndrome in the childbearing years. (1)
About 5% of these women are disabled by PMS due to the extremely severe symptoms.
PMS is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that many women get after ovulation and before the start of their menstrual period. PMS symptoms occur due to the hormonal imbalances, which is a very complex topic on it’s own which we discussed in the previous post, and PMS is quite hard to study since everyone experiences it so differently and there are no exact clear causes of it. However, what is clear is that PMS is a SYMPTOM of IMBALANCES in hormones.
So if you are one of the 85% of women that struggle with PMS symptoms then you should look at your hormonal health.
Can CBD oil help with PMS symptoms?
Even though there isn’t much research on specifically CBD and PMS, there are many studies on how CBD is effective in relieving the most common symptoms of PMS like mood changes, pains and cramping, and acne. Let’s go over each one of them one by one.
Mood Changes: Mood “swings” are a very challenging symptom that many women experience during PMS, and can cause a lot of stress or even debilitation for some women. CBD has shown many benefits related to improving mood such as depression, anxiety, and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder. CBD is very effective in reducing anxiety behaviours that are symptomatic of many disorders such as PTSD, GAD, and SAD and may prove to aid in the mood swings or anxiety that coincide with PMS. And because CBD is non-psychoactive, it is well tolerated across a wide dose range with no reported negative mood effects.
Pain: CBD has been used to treat chronic pain, cancer pain, and arthritis as it is an effective pain-reliever and so it helps with the pains caused by PMS which may include cramps, headaches/migraines or other general body aches and pains. CBD is an excellent analgesic as well as it’s anti-inflammatory which means it doesn’t just help with pain in the moment but CBD can help reduce pain long term. There are also studies demonstrating that isolated CBD may hold promise as a potential antispasmodic treatment for cramps.
Acne: Another frustrating symptom of PMS that many women experience is hormonal acne, and along with many topical treatments and dietary changes that can help with this – so can CBD. We know that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates many physiological processes including cell growth and differentiation and a 2014 study determined that this may include sebaceous gland function (2). CBD was found to behave as a highly effective sebostatic agent and due to its antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne. In a nutshell, CBD reduces the production of sebum which is the oil that clogs our pores and causes acne and may provide relief for women who experience a spike in their acne during this stage of their menstrual cycle.
How to take CBD to help with PMS symptoms?
Even though most of us experience PMS only a few days a month, hormones are working 24/7/365. In order to achieve the best results it is best to take CBD oil consistently through the month and potentially increase your dosage during the days when you are having pains, spasms, acne or mood changes. Hormones are complex chemical messengers so if you want to see long term changes it is best to take CBD consistently over longer period of time.