Double Board Certified OB/GYN + Fertility Specialist: Thoughts on Hemp For Menstrual Cramps
Written by: Dr. Allen Morgan, Fertility Specialist
Very common symptoms associated with a women's menstrual cycle are cramps and PMS symptoms such as bloating, nausea, and fatigue.
While some women experience mild to moderate symptoms, it can be chronically disabling for others and can interfere with their day-to-day activities.
Commonly, women use over-the-counter non steroidal anti-inflammatory's (NSAIDs) such as Midol, Aleve, or Motrin (Ibuprofen) to relieve their symptoms.
However, there are alternative solutions to NSAIDs such as hemp due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. Women are turning to cannabidiol (hemp), a non-psychoactive by product from hemp, because either over the counter NSAIDs aren’t able to relieve their symptoms or women prefer to use natural ingredients.
Hemp has gained so much popularity in the mainstream herbal supplement medical space because Cannabinol or hemp products are derived from a hemp plant that is extracted to have minimal to zero traces of THC. THC is the psychoactive component and should be categorized separately from hemp.
Hemp is a great solution for women who suffer from pelvic pain, and can reduce cramping and pain in the female reproductive tract during the menstrual cycle and also may help women afflicted with endometriosis (see more below). Additionally, it has been shown to help with premenstrual syndrome bloating, as well as anxiety, depression and mood swings.
Endometriosis, which is the presence of normal tissue from the inside of the uterus, growing on the outside of the uterus. This is caused mainly through retrograde flow of blood out through the fallopian tubes onto the ovaries and behind the uterus instead of completely through the cervix and vagina outside.
These small implants of normal inner endometrium lining in the wrong place causes the body to try and get rid of it through inflammation. The chemicals in our bodies that try to destroy the endometriosis are called cytokines and prostaglandins and others. NSAIDs help reduce these but evidence has shown that hemp also reduces these substances and can work together with NSAIDs or by themselves.
Doses of 25 mg a day of hemp have shown to markedly reduce pain in people with pain related symptoms and this knowledge has lead to other uses such as menstrual pain and pain from other causes of inflammation.
We Recommend 2 capsules a day of FLOW FORMULA- the first Hemp formula designed to help women relieve their menstrual cycle symptoms.
The science behind hemp is clear. The human body contains two primary cannabinoid or hemp receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CB1 and CB2. These receptors regulate physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, memory, regulation of appetite, immune system functions, pain management, brain and nervous system, as well as in peripheral organs and tissues. When hemp binds to these receptors women are able to feel the relief of menstrual cramps and pelvic pain.