What is PMS?
Mood swings, bloating, and cramping are just some of the symptoms women suffer from during their period. While others get over this monthly-occurring phase without any signs or only very mild side effects, most women experience more symptoms.
Premenstrual syndrome or PMS affects up to 75 percent of women. These can hinder them to perform and do daily tasks like going to school or attending work. Cannabidiol or CBD is becoming a sensation especially for women because of all the potential benefits it offers. This includes managing the symptoms that come before and even during the menstrual cycle. So let’s learn more about CBD and PMS symptoms.
Symptoms of PMS
Symptoms are different and may also change throughout the life of every woman. It can either be physical or emotional or for some women, both.
PMS’ physical symptoms can include any of the following:
Headache or backache
Swollen or tender breasts
Constipation or diarrhea
Lower tolerance for noise or light
While emotional or mental symptoms of PMS may include:
Appetite changes or food cravings
Concentration and memory difficulties
Causes of PMS
The exact cause of premenstrual syndrome is not clear and is still being researched, but what we do know is that several factors may contribute to the condition:
Every menstrual cycle, a woman’s body goes through preparation for the possibility of pregnancy. This may cause hormonal imbalance. Signs and symptoms of PMS change with hormonal fluctuations or imbalance. While it disappears with pregnancy and menopause.
Fluctuations of serotonin could also trigger PMS symptoms. Serotonin is defined as a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that is known to have an important role in mood changes. Insufficient amounts of this may result in premenstrual depression, as well as fatigue, sleep problems, and changes in appetite.
How to Manage PMS Symptoms
Finding ways to manage and deal with PMS is a must. Yoga, meditating, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, avoiding tobacco, and coping with stress are just some of the things we can do not just to help relieve the symptoms of PMS but to be healthy in general.
There are also prescription, over-the-counter, and alternative medicines that can help treat some of the symptoms. It is advisable to talk to your doctor first before starting with any medication to better understand the benefits and risks of taking any of these medicines.
CBD and PMS Symptoms
Research shows that CBD helps manage some of the symptoms and side effects of PMS.
The cannabinoid receptors throughout the body work with the endocannabinoid system as a homeostatic regulator. Its aim is to maintain a state of balance in all its cells.
CBD helps by promoting the body’s own internal cannabinoids to function more effectively. As a result, it helps reduce stress and inflammation within its own cells. This together with CBD’s pain-relieving and mood-boosting properties may help relieve the symptoms of PMS.
Based on studies and feedback from women who use CBD, it helps lessen cramps, nausea, mood swings, stress, and anxiety while on their period. It may also promote a general feeling of well-being. All of these without the psychoactive effects.