Menstrual Cramps

Every month, there is a shedding of the lining of the womb of a woman. In order to shed this lining properly, the body informs the womb muscles to undergo contraction and relaxation in a very irregular rhythm.

This far from normal rhythmic movement helps the tissue lining to remove itself more easily and flows out of the body of a woman resulting in a bloody discharge.

These irregular muscle contractions are the common cause of painful menstrual cramps. 

 In the words of PubMed Health, there  exist two types of menstrual pain:

  1. 1. Primary dysmenorrhea:  Period pain triggered by the irregular contractions of womb muscle. 

  2. 2. Secondary dysmenorrhea: Period pain precipitated by something else. This may include polyps growths or fibroids, Benign, endometriosis, and occasionally contraceptive devices which obstruct the normal flow of the menstrual blood.

Why Are Women Choosing Cannabidiol For Menstrual Relief?

If you’ve  carried out any  form of online surfing  regarding CBD, you’ve probably read  times without number that, “research and medical tests  regarding hemp, CBD, and products made from cannabis  relating to  any health condition is very limited.“  It is true that the research on the potency of CBD for relieving menstrual pain is still in its infancy stage.  However, there is no cause for alarm!  We’ve discovered different interesting studies which, we are sure, will greatly boost your interest.

However,  a number of women have discovered, used and reported that CBD  and THC  have helped ameliorate and/or aided in relieving menstrual pain.    Are you aware that Whoopi Goldberg has set up a huge medical marijuana company that is strictly based on providing products of THC to help women ameliorate the pain associated with their menstrual cycle? Read more…

 It might interest you to know that Queen Victoria used cannabis because her physician specifically handed it to her for the purpose of using it to relieve the symptoms associated with her menstrual cycle.  

Currently, there are many menstrual relief products on the market,  among them is “THC tampons”.  As you may already be aware, Hempful Hemp does not offer for sale of any product which could make our customers become high. Therefore, we saw the need to solve the problems associated with the menstrual cycles of women, put on our thinking caps, and carried out our investigations into books produced from medical research studies. Among them are:

Medical Research Studies on CBD, Dysmenorrhea, PMS, and Endometriosis 

We’ve already dwelled extensively on what causes all manner of menstrual discomfort, it’s now time to find out whether CBD can truly ameliorate menstrual cramps and we will solve this indirectly through the citations of the conclusions, summaries, and outcomes of professional medical studies. 

Study #1: This test study  was conducted in 2010 and was titled, “Histomorphometric evaluation of cannabinoid receptor and anandamide modulating enzyme expression in the human endometrium through the menstrual cycle.” As one of the pioneers medical attempts to have an understanding of the endocannabinoid system in connection with the menstrual cycle of women, the conclusion seemed fairly positive:

“These data  point to the fact that elements of the ‘endocannabinoid system’ coexist in many cell types within the  womb and may  offer insight into the sites of action of endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids during the transformation  of the endometrium.”
[SOURCE: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00418-010-0695-9]

Study #2: This study was conducted in 2012 with a  rising medical understanding of endometriosis and the endocannabinoid system.   Although this was not unprecedented, it was very broad because it allowed dissimilar circumstances and the results speak volumes…

Therefore, more careful and  all-encompassing studies are   required to perform a critical evaluation of the possibility of targeting the cannabinoid system in endometriosis.
[SOURCE: https://academic.oup.com/molehr/article/18/12/563/1109361#19970609]

Study #3:  This was a study undertaken in 2016 and was led by some of the same medical experts who carried out study number 2 above.  The  aim of this particular study was to  determine if there was a  correlation between “Elevated Systemic Levels of Endocannabinoids and Related Mediators Across the Menstrual Cycle in Women With Endometriosis.”

Here is the summary of this study:

The association of increased circulating AEA and 2-AG with decreased local CB1 expression in endometriosis  indicates a negative feedback loop regulation, which is capable of impairing the ability of these mediators to regulate pain. These initial data  point to the fact that the pharmacological manipulation of the action or levels of these mediators may  provide an alternative option for the management of pain associated with endometriosis..
[SOURCEhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26887427]

Interesting Bonus Study: This centered on the benefits of proper endocannabinoid signaling via CB1 receptors and female reproductive events.

Our studies  reveal that under normal physiological conditions, endocannabinoid signaling  via  CB1 is  essential for various female reproductive events, including the formation of embryos, their oviductal transport, and ultimately their homing and implantation in the receptive uterus

[SOURCEhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3231559/pdf/12248_2008_Article_BF02854916.pdf

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