PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome, is a condition known, unfortunately, to most women. Ailments resulting from fluctuations in hormone levels in the body can be really annoying and sometimes even hinder daily functioning. If you don’t know how to deal with sadness attacks, changeable moods and low self-esteem and you have enough of pills you take, you want to end hormonal therapy or simply improve your comfort of life – it’s worth to try CBD oils. It is a natural alternative that acts as a salvation for many women. Let’s see how can CBD help with PMS.
Firstly, what actually is CBD?
Cannabidiol is the second most well-known and appreciated hemp ingredient. However, unlike THC, it has no psychoactive effect (it doesn’t affect directly on cannabinoid receptors in our bodies). CBD is known mainly for its health-promoting properties, which is why it is gaining wider support as an effective medication for various ailments. From pain relief, to stimulation of apoptosis (programmed death) of cancer cells (of what science knows so far). What is more, cannabidiol is not toxic even at high doses, so you don’t have to worry about side effects.
How can, therefore, cannabidiol help women struggling with Premenstrual Syndrome? Although there have been no studies on direct connection between CBD and the relief of PMS symptoms, some of the scientifically proven health-promoting properties of CBD are invaluable here.
CBD mitigates pain and cramps
It turns out that CBD is very effective in relieving pains of various substrates, both temporary and chronic. Undoubtedly, many of us can identify with persistent headaches and radiating lower back pain. Reports from women using cannabidiol assistively in this type of ailments clearly show a significant improvement in this matter. Similarly, when it comes to abdominal pain caused by cramps. CBD is not only analgesic, it is also helpful in relaxing muscle tension and has anti-inflammatory effects (inflammation is unfortunately a frequent companion of women before their menstruation).
CBD improves the skin appearance during PMS
The anti-inflammatory performance also have its advantages in a slightly different situation – when treating acne and pimples. Probably most of us had the dubious pleasure of having them, especially just before menstruation. There’s no need to tell anyone how important well-being is and to what extent it can be ruined by such uninvited guests. In the case of acne, CBD also passes the exam. Studies show that cannabidiol has a sebostatic effect (reduces the secretion of sebum) on sebaceous cells. The sebostatic, anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory effects synergisically make CBD an effective, yet natural and non-invasive method of combating pimples.
CBD for nausea and sleeping issues
A slightly less frequent, but still appearing symptom of PMS is nausea. CBD has been tested for relieving this condition and for vomiting reduction – and seems to work really well. Interestingly, cannabidiol also improves the quality and length of sleep. So if you turn over from side to side for half a night and you feel stressed by the shrinking time of sleep left – it’s worth to spare your nerves and try CBD oils. It is highly possible that they will bring relief and allow you to relax.
CBD and psychological discomfort during PMS
Relaxation at this point of the cycle is often just a wishful dream. The quintessence of Premenstrual Syndrome are psychological problems. Mood fluctuations, a significant drop in self-esteem, irritability and general malaise are in many cases a monthly struggle for survival. Fortunately, CBD is able to help, or at least alleviate some symptoms also in here. Cannabidiol – which has been repeatedly documented scientifically – significantly reduces stress and anxiety, also the chronic one (eg in the case of schizophrenia). Compared with serious anxiety disorders, the depressed mood before menstruation is a piece of cake for CBD.
Let’s care about ourselves with the help of CBD
The most important thing when dealing with Premenstrual Syndrome is to take care of your health and be mindful to the needs of your body. It is best not to expose yourself to unnecessary stress and simply let go of some non-urgent duties. CBD really helps in the fight against insomnia, lowered mood, pains and skin conditions but we mustn’t forget that the final well-being depends mainly on how we treat ourselves at this particular time.
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