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I bought the bottle five days before my period was scheduled to start. I have cramps for about two weeks a month — and CBD isn’t cheap — so I tried half a dropper once a day to start.

If you’re not familiar with the abbreviation, it’s referring to cannabidiol, one of the many molecules found in marijuana and hemp. 1 The hemp-derived version is what I tried and is legal in most states. 2 Unlike its cousin THC, it does not have any psychoactive effects and won’t get you high. It is, however, supposedly helpful in fighting inflammation and chronic pain. 3

When I woke up with headache-inducing cramps, I knew it was go time. 5 This was about 24 hours after my last CBD dose. As an experiment, I let my pain linger — untreated — for a few hours. Then I took a full dropper of CBD (7.33 mg) and popped an ibuprofen. About 30 minutes later, my pain was almost gone.

How it helped

I didn’t have to take any ibuprofen the first couple days I tried it — that is a very noticeable improvement. My pain is usually constant during this time. When I did feel my cramps resurfacing, I found that taking CBD, which acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system, seemed to increase the speed and effectiveness of the single ibuprofen I did take. 4

It seems like CBD is taking over. I get Google alerts telling me this cannabis compound can be found in everything from coffee to cat food. I am dubious of a substance that hasn’t been rigorously studied or standardized by the medical community. But when a chance encounter with a stranger ended with her telling me that CBD oil was the only thing that helped with her endometriosis pain, I decided to give it a go.

I am a Gen X-millenial hybrid. While I’m tech savvy, I still only buy things online if I can’t find them IRL. Since CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA (neither are vitamins and supplements), I didn’t want to order any off the internet. Luckily, a CBD-focused shop had recently opened in my city. They had CBD-infused coffee, energy drinks, lotions, vaping oil, capsules, joints, and tinctures — CBD-oil you drop under your tongue. After a lengthy discussion with the owner about this (probably) snake oil, I bought a cinnamon-flavored oil — effectively flushing $50 down the toilet, I assumed.

Surprisingly, it actually helped me. Here’s how.

Clinical symptoms and history are really important to the diagnosis. Due to the nature of the symptoms, a diagnosis of endometriosis starts by ruling things out. Research shows that there is often a large delay in time between the first visit to a doctor and a diagnosis of endometriosis diagnosis. Currently the average diagnosis is between 7 and 10 years.

Cannabis creams and topicals can be beneficial for the treatment of endometriosis however we’ll have to wait until they are available locally.

What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?

Curcumin, which is the active ingredient from turmeric has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory. There’ve been studies where curcumin was on par with Voltaren as pain relief.

A Spanish study looked at endometriosis in mice. The study found that not only did THC have analgesic and antispasmodic (reduces muscle spasm) properties but it also inhibited the development of endometrial cysts.

There is a growing volume of research around cannabis and endometriosis. It’s been proven that the endocannabinoid system plays a part in endometriosis. There’s been research which has shown the positive impact of THC on inhibiting the development of endometriosis. And, a local Australian survey/study showed that women using cannabis to treat endometriosis were finding relief in their symptoms.