Does PMS pain have you down for the count? Here’s what it means, and three CBD products that can turn it around.
There’s no tiptoeing around this topic...
If you’re a woman, you just get it.
And whether you like it or not, there’s not much you can do to stop that monthly visit from Aunt Flow.
She’ll keep coming—and overstaying her visit—until those blessed years of menopause.
If you’re like the average woman, you have about 40 years of PMS to look forward to.
You may not be able to stop the flow, but you can relieve the pain, headaches, and mood swings that come with it.
In this article, you’ll learn what PMS is, how CBD can combat its pesky symptoms, and what products you need to have in your period-arsenal.
What Is PMS?
The first question we need to tackle is: What is PMS? And more importantly—Why do women have it?
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) consists of a laundry list of symptoms—cramps, mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, and depression.
And if you think you’re alone in your PMS woes, think again.
It’s estimated that 3 out of every 4 menstruating women experience at least one of its nasty symptoms.
Here’s the catch: Women have been unrightfully taught that their period is just those seven painful days they have to endure every month.
That couldn’t be further from the truth…
Unlike men, women have a second internal clock—the infradian rhythm (both men and women share a circadian rhythm—which regulates the sleep-wake cycle).
This fascinating second clock is a 28-day cycle that affects your brain, metabolism, immune system, microbiome, stress response system, and reproductive system.
It’s not something to be bogged down by, either. It’s something to be proud of and empowered by.
Your Infradian Rhythm in a Nut Shell
Your infradian rhythm is made up of four phases that take place over the course of 28 days:
- Phase 1: Follicular (the 7 to 10 days after your period)
- Phase 2: Ovulatory (the 3 to 4 days in the middle of your cycle)
- Phase 3: Luteal (the 10 to 14 days between ovulation and your period)
- Phase 4: Menstrual (the 3 to 7 days of your period)
What’s fascinating is that your brain and body are constantly evolving and changing throughout these four phases.
If you’ve tried 12 different diets to no avail, it’s most likely linked to your hormonal makeup and in which cycle you attempted the diet.
Each phase should literally determine what food you eat, what exercise you do, and what form of self-care you practice.
If we could embrace our period like Alisa Vitta—functional nutritionist and women’s hormone expert—we’d all be better, happier, and healthier for it.
In her book, Women Code, she so beautifully proclaims:
“I credit my period with more than I imagine most people do. It has been my compass, has led me through my greatest challenges, has shown me the miracles of physical healing, has altered the course of my career, has introduced me to some really tremendous people, and has helped me understand and experience the power of feminine energy.”
It’s comforting to know that it’s actually a blessing in disguise to be a woman with a period. It can, in fact, be our compass.
And if we give it half a chance, it can change your life (and health) for the better.
There’s something else that can change your life and health for the better too—CBD.
Does CBD Actually Help PMS Symptoms?
What many doctors recommend their ailing PMS patients are NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Fun Fact: These have a black box warning for serious cardiovascular side effects. Umm, we’ll pass….
Thankfully, there’s a system in our body—that when given CBD—has the power to relieve daily aches and pains, joint discomfort, sleeplessness, you name it.
This system is called your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Here’s how it works: Your ECS is made up of cannabinoid receptors—CB1 and CB2. When you consume CBD, it activates these receptors, which then helps your body produce even more cannabinoids.
This whole process is what puts your body back into balance.
And when your body is in balance, it can begin to heal itself.
CBD Products to Add to Your PMS Arsenal
So, which CBD products should you be reaching for during your time of the month?
Here are three of our favorites that will make your period all the more blissful…
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
This organic Full Spectrum CBD Oil has shown to be more effective at relieving pain than broad-spectrum CBD.
What’s the difference between the two, you ask?
Full-spectrum CBD has trace amounts of THC and broad-spectrum CBD does not.
But just those trace amounts (up to 0.3%) of THC create this euphoric feeling called the entourage effect.
This effect essentially increases cannabinoid activity in the body, thus enhancing brain health and reducing pain.
CBD Oil Salve Stick
Stick this stick in your purse, pocket, or anywhere accessible so that you can have a helping hand when those cramps or headaches begin.
Simply rub this unscented CBD Oil Salve Stick on the affected area for a mess-free way to find quick relief.
CBD Bath Bombs
Well, you’re in luck!
With 25 milligrams of CBD, our CBD Bath Bombs will give you that spa-like experience you’ve been yearning for.
The Bottom Line
To become empowered by your period, you must learn its intricacies. And there’s no better woman than Alisa Vitta to teach you. Through her two books—Women Code and In the Flo—you’ll discover how your period can help you rather than hinder you.
From increasing libido to keeping off weight to clearing your skin, you will feel like a brand new woman.
And in comes CBD—which can help enhance your health all the more.
Shop our three favorite CBD products so that you can take back your woman-power and feel fresh, energized, and absolutely radiant.
Disclaimer: Thryv Organics’ materials are intended to educate. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent diseases in any way. We advise all customers to consult with a healthcare professional before adding any new supplements, diets, or lifestyle changes to their regimen.