Calivolvers, here’s something we can all agree on: PMS is no fun! The bloating, twisting and churning of your insides, along with headaches, mood swings and everything in between… we totally feel you! PMS and its menstrual flowing best friend can really bring a girl down emotionally and physically.
While it’s super common to treat discomfort with a few Ibuprofen, there can be some unpleasant side effects when taking NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for a longer period of time: ulcers, rashes and high blood pressure, to name a few. One word: NOPE! But the good news is, there’s a holistic alternative at your fingertips, which targets both physical and mental stressors brought on by PMS. Take that, cramps and irritability!
Enter CBD, the all-natural way to take the edge off rough premenstrual feels. This mighty cannabinoid – along with other nutrient-rich goodies like dark chocolate, blood orange and primrose oil – can be way more effective than an old school heating pad, or grinning and bearing through emotional dips.
Let’s get into it!
Truth bomb: There isn’t “conclusive” evidence backing the application of CBD for women’s health, including PMS. Seriously, though…get it together, science! We need more research.
On the flip side, studies over the last decade show the endocannabinoid system helps mood, pain and inflammation. The ECS (more on that here) plays a vital role in your body from head to toe, and can keep an eye on certain areas that tend to get hit hard with PMS.
Get this: There are as many as 150 different premenstrual symptoms! Let’s take a look at some of the most notorious on the list.
- Cramps: Prostaglandins (a group of hormone-like substances) are to blame for this nagging pain. They cause the uterine walls to contract, shed their lining and trigger menstrual flow. Ouch! CBD can reduce inflammation and relax the uterine muscle where these cramps swoop in and crash the party.
- Mood swings: For many, PMS can be an emotional rollercoaster. Anxiety, irritability and depression are the absolute worst of the worst! Research has shown that CBD can have an antidepressant-like effect and help manage anxiety by boosting your mood. Sign us up pronto!
Breakouts: Just before your period starts, hormone levels drop and can increase sebum, an oily substance that clogs up those pristine pores. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD have been found to calm down breakouts and reduce sebum production. Keep that glow going, babes!
Now, CBD can be taken in many forms: oils, capsules, suppositories, topicals, joints, edibles, among others. Our very own Calivolve truffles are perfect if you’d like to curb those bitter PMS symptoms with a little sweetness. And it just so happens that chocolate also provides some relief, while of course satisfying your insatiable PMS-induced appetite!
That leads us to this next question: Ever wonder why you crave the richness of cocoa confections when your period comes knocking? Well… in addition to being damn delicious, chocolate triggers endorphins and serotonin, which keep you balanced and relaxed. Given that your body is a straight up genius, it becomes so used to this positive reaction that it starts to crave chocolate! This only intensifies when you’re dealing with a hormonal shift like PMS. So, there’s a delectably relieving synergy between weed and chocolate. In other words, they’re your dependable BFFs when times are tough. Pro tip: stick to dark chocolate to curb sugar intake. (Psssst: Calivolve truffles are made with organic dark chocolate and full-spectrum CBD!)
Beyond CBD, there are some other nutrient-rich yummies you can consume to help your body deal with all the heavy baggage PMS brings every month. We say, the more the merrier! Our faves: blood oranges (how apropos) and primrose oil. Let’s go through the benefits, shall we?
Citrus fruits are Mother Nature’s puckery kiss of relief. The high fiber and vitamin C found in blood oranges, oranges, lemons and limes help ease mood swings, bloating and nausea, while their high water content keeps you hydrated. We suggest breaking into a delicious, juicy blood orange to reap its citrusy benefits and satisfy your sweet tooth!
When it comes to primrose oil, it’s definitely more than just a pretty name. This power-packed supplement comes from the seeds of the primrose flower, and is said to help with PMS, skin disorders and more. Based on anecdotal evidence, many women have reported that primrose oil soothes breast tenderness, feelings of depression, irritability, swelling and bloating from fluid retention. Like CBD, there still isn’t conclusive research to confirm its effectiveness in treating PMS, but totes worth letting your body try for itself!
Next time you feel PMS creeping, consider trying our go-to trifecta of CBD, blood oranges and primrose oil. Grab a journal to track how you feel! You may find your premenstrual symptoms to be less of a bummer on your mind, body and spirit.
Be well, trufflettes. YOU GOT THIS!
If you’re thinking of adding CBD to your daily routine, shop our delish vegan and gluten-free 20mg dark chocolate truffles here! They’re made with full spectrum CBD from USA-grown organic hemp, maca root and cacao superfoods, and ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb. Be sure to catch our dosage guide for more details on how to get started!