Find out the current situation on an issue that affects many women and one of the possible remedies
Cannabis CBD: the debate surrounding it is always topical, and the fields in which it is involved are diverse and constantly evolving.
Let us begin by recalling the current legislation, according to which only ‘light’ cannabis, with a THC content of less than 0.2% (legal cannabis), is permitted. It is what we are going to talk about.
Menstrual cramps: a long-standing problem
Indeed, among the most annoying and potentially disabling pains for a woman are those related to her menstrual cycle.
Cramps in the lower abdomen are usually accompanied by backache, nausea, nervousness, diarrhoea, constipation and possible dizziness or fainting.
Dysmenorrhoea, the technical term for all these unwelcome companions, affects almost every woman of childbearing age (84% of the total, according to the Journal of Pain Research). The pain becomes so acute that it becomes difficult to carry out daily routine activities for many of them.
The overall impact on well-being and health is certainly not positive.
It should come as no surprise, then, that more and more women are seeking alternatives to the simple use of anti-inflammatories, nor is it surprising that comprehensive research is being carried out to find remedies for these problems. And one of the directions in which people are looking with increasing curiosity is that leading to CBD hemp.
Cannabis CBD: a possible ally?
Hailed by some, demonised by others, marijuana has for years been at the centre of a debate involving medical experts, trade associations and institutions themselves. The main topic of this debate is its potential therapeutic properties and, consequently, those of its main active ingredient: CBD.
Responsible for the pain caused by menstruation are chemicals called prostaglandins, which peak on menstrual days and cause bleeding and pain.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen) inhibit the production of prostaglandins, but come with several contraindications, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract.
The alternative, CBD (cannabidiol), claims that this active ingredient acts similarly to NSAIDs on prostaglandins but avoids digestive side effects.
Users attribute CBD’s soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties, and these qualities are of great interest to people suffering from dysmenorrhoea. These qualities are of great interest to people suffering from dysmenorrhoea, which is not currently one of the pathological conditions for which the use of medical cannabis is authorised. So people wishing to use it would have to obtain commercially available products such as CBD oil.
CBD oil, for example, is said to act on the uterine muscles, easing spasms and at the same time reducing nausea and migraine that often accompany menstrual pain.
CBD against menstrual pain: a proposal from the USA
As mentioned above, only ‘depotentiated’ cannabis is legal in most European countries, and medical literature on its use is currently very limited.
In the United States, however, legislation varies from state to state. In some of them (Colorado and California in the lead), cannabis in all its variants is legal. They have gone further: the Californian start-up Foria has patented Foria Relief, a cannabis-based vaginal tampon containing a considerable amount of THC (CBD’s psychotropic ‘cousin’), although the company claims that the dose present in their product is not sufficient to have psychoactive effects.
According to Foria, its use would relieve the patient’s spasms within only 20 minutes. But for obvious legal reasons (THC is illegal in many states), its sale is restricted to California and Colorado.
Given the many beneficial properties attributed to CBD (although research and scientific information have yet to provide essential confirmation), it is easy to see why more and more women are beginning to inform themselves about a substance with many possible uses but on which so many unknowns still hang.
CBD and menstrual pain: at a glance
To recap, as all readers know very well, menstrual pain and dysmenorrhoea are constant enemies that we try to combat in many ways.
Lately, the focus has shifted to CBD as a possible decisive remedy, but only science with further research can tell us if the benefits are real. Unfortunately, all we can do is wait!
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