I quickly grabbed my phone and did what all opinionated millennial women do: rant on social media. Messages immediately poured in. I was not alone. Other women had similar experiences with the new wave of CBD products. Screenshots of high-end packaging and their ingredient labels flooded my DMs. Once again, I was taken aback by the prices, claims, ingredients, and minimal CBD contents.
One of the products was a patch with only 15 mg of CBD, also called cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis that does not produce a high. Using that to try to manage my pain would be like putting a Band-Aid on a gushing head wound. How do I know this? For starters, I typically consume between 30 mg and 50 mg of CBD in a single dose when I’m taking it to manage my pain. And as much as I feel CBD assists me in my pain management, it’s not my cure-all. I could replace my blood with CBD oil and I would still have intense cramps. If something has only 15 mg of CBD, I don’t have to try it to know it’s not going to cure my PMS. Not to mention, there’s just no science or regulation behind these claims.
I was floored. Not just as someone with intense period pain due to endometriosis, but also as a C-suite-level marketing professional. I couldn’t tell what was worse, the cramps in my uterus or the knife in my back.
This is an incredibly personal issue for me because my periods are definitely not normal. I received my official endometriosis diagnosis after a laparoscopy in the summer of 2015. I have been working ever since to manage the painful, frustrating symptoms, which I’ve dealt with unofficially for over a decade. Traditional painkillers barely scratch the surface of my pain, and I had trouble getting doctors to take my level of pain seriously.
Could this really be the magical answer to the burning ball of fiery knives inside my uterus? I thought.
The newsletter was riddled with seemingly relatable Friends GIFs, clever alliterations, and marketing buzzwords to get the reader to buy, buy, buy! “PMS Pain Be Gone!” it read. But what it didn’t have was products that have been proven to—in any way, shape, or form—actually minimize excruciating period cramps.
I was scrolling through my emails recently, exorcising spam, when one subject line caught my eye: “CBD for PMS? 🙌🏼Hallelujah! 🙌🏼.” The hemp company’s newsletter could not have been more on point—I was smack dab in the middle of one of my most painful periods to date. I opened the email, and my heating pad slipped as I shifted to the edge of my seat.
For many of us, avoiding the pill-popping in favor of using all-natural alternatives is preferable.
Bespoke Serenity can be taken safely every day. It is fortified with a unique blend of full-spectrum CBD, Vitamin D, Mucuna Pruriens Seed extract and the hormonal health boosters Evening Primrose oil, Chasteberry, and Black Cohosh extract. Just place your desired dosage under your tongue and hold it there for one minute. Then swallow. When consistently taken, it may provide excellent menstrual cycle support.
Most women, at some point in their life, look to over-the-counter pain meds like ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) to decrease their pain. These non-prescription meds work fairly well for most women and are generally considered safe. However, if a small dose (200mg every 4 hours) doesn’t work for you and you are taking larger doses, the side effect can become serious. Long-term use of these prostaglandin-inhibitors can cause stroke, high blood pressure and decreased kidney function, among other possible serious ramifications.
Essential oils are more than just pleasant smelling drops added to soaps and candles. Quality essential oils can be expensive, but they are a potent blend of terpenes and other chemicals that have proven medicinal properties when applied topically. Essential oils found to be useful for treating menstrual cramps include lavender oil; cinnamon essential oil; and oil blends, such as cinnamon, clove, rose and lavender added to almond oil. For best results, add a few drops of your preferred essential oil to one of the following carrier oils: coconut, avocado, almond or extra-virgin olive, then gently massage the oil directly into your abdomen. Medical research published in 2012 suggested that aromatherapy massage using essential oils had “a significant effect on pain and bleeding during menstruation.”
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