Can CBD help with PMS complaints?

PMS can cause a combination of both physical and mental complaints, which usually occur in the week before menstruation begins. Every woman experiences PMS in her own way, some are very bothered by it, others not so much. It’s a fact that you usually don’t feel well. Many women would like to find a remedy for their problems. CBD (cannabidiol) could be the solution!

What exactly is PMS?

For a long time PMS (premenstrual syndrome) was not taken seriously because the symptoms are very diverse. Approximately 25 to 30% of women experience a number of physical and mental symptoms in the week before they start menstruating. This can range from painful breasts and cramping, to anxiety and irritability. 

Physicians always have had trouble diagnosing PMS and it’s quite hard to treat. However strange it may sound, PMS can’t be diagnosed by blood tests. It is assumed that your body reacts to changes in hormone levels. But when women with PMS are tested, they have the same levels as women who don’t suffer from PMS. This condition is mostly prevalent in women ages 30 to 45. 

PMS symptoms start 5 to 10 days before menstruation and typically disappear once you start menstruating. Below you see an overview of the most common signs and symptoms:

Physical complaints

  • Feeling bloated
  • Nausea
  • Painful breasts
  • Back pain
  • Fluid retention
  • Cramps
  • Headache

Mental Complaints

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Fits of crying
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping

You don’t have to have all of these symptoms to be suffering from PMS.

How CBD helps with PMS symptoms

The complaints during PMS are so diverse, that doctors can’t prescribe just one remedy. It’s often advised to pay attention to what you eat, for example to try a sugar free diet. Sometimes the complaints are so severe, antidepressants are prescribed. But many women would love to use a natural remedy for their symptoms.

Although more research is needed, CBD seems to really alleviate the symptoms of PMS. CBD is cannabidiol, a compound that is extracted form the cannabis plant, but it doesn’t cause the mind altering high. It does in fact, have a positive influence on both body and mind.

How CBD works in the human body

For irritability, mood swings, anxiety and fits of crying

CBD can help balance your moods. During PMS, you may suffer from low levels of serotonin. CBD slows down the decomposition of this compound. Serotonin is a hormone, also called the “happy hormone”. If you take CDB oil for example, during PMS, the levels of this hormone will stay higher. Because of that, you won’t feel as moody and you’ll feel better about yourself. You’ll experience less anxiety and fits of crying.

For when you have trouble sleeping

A good night’s rest helps you to feel well, both mentally and physically. During PMS many women sleep fitfully and because you already are irritable, having trouble sleeping is all the more bothersome. Research shows that CBD can help restore your sleeping cycle. During the night it increases the quality of sleep (you sleep longer and deeper). It also stimulates you being alert during the day. 

For menstrual pain

CBD has analgesic effects, which alleviates cramping during PMS. At the same time it helps relax your muscles, so CBD makes period pains easier to endure. It also helps with headaches and abdominal pain, which can occur as well during PMS. 

There are many symptoms  PMS presents itself with and oftentimes they are treated with medication. What makes CBD ideal for treating PMS symptoms, is that it is effective on both the physical and mental complaints. And secondly, it is a completely natural remedy, a substance that the body sees as its own. It can have a very positive influence on how you feel during PMS. SupMedi CBD is available as oil and tablets.

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