Suffering From Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder? Here’s How CBD Can Help

Being a woman is a struggle, let’s face it. On top of the social obstacles faced every day, once a month good old mother nature comes around to remind us that being a woman can get even worse.

The premenstrual dysphoric disorder is very common. Millions of women face it each month. But life doesn’t stop so that they can stay at home and fight through the pain – nope, they still have to show up to work and carry on with everyday life.

What makes premenstrual dysphoric disorder special, is that it’s so severe that it can be disabling. Also known as PMDD, it is a severe condition that causes feelings of depression, irritability, and tension. And it occurs every month as a part of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS.

So many women face PMDD, but how do they get through it?

There are many treatments for PMDD, but most include prescription drugs or lifestyle changes. Even though being healthier can help prevent PMDD, this doesn’t mean that only unhealthy women suffer from it. It can happen to nearly any woman. 

More commonly, women are prescribed either antidepressants or birth control pills to help them handle PMDD. Others also use over-the-counter medications for pain relief like ibuprofen and aspirin.

But if you’re already pretty healthy, it seems like the only thing left to do is to turn to these medications. Prescription drugs, though, can be expensive, especially for people who don’t have insurance. And generally, over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t enough to combat such severe conditions.

So what else can a woman do?

More recently, people have turned to CBD to treat all kinds of symptoms. The most common are anxiety, depression, pain, and seizures. The former three are a large part of PMDD and PMS in general.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant, and it is known for its relaxation and soothing properties. more of which you can read on in these Cannabismo reviews.

CBD might be extracted from cannabis, a genus that includes the marijuana plant, but it is not illegal, and it will not get you high. CBD is just one of the two primary compounds most widely recognized in marijuana, but not the psychoactive one.

The compound you’re thinking of is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is what causes the high-feeling most associated with marijuana use. CBD products are legally obligated to not contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. But since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, CBD is technically legal. And it’s now a great time for many people to try it out for themselves. 

While many people are skeptical about CBD’s abilities to alleviate so many symptoms, much support for CBD comes from anecdotal evidence. People all around the world cite CBD for their renewed health. And current research, while new, is showing much support for CBD usage. 

Part of CBD’s appeal is that it’s available in so many different forms so that people can use it for all kinds of ailments. People use it as a topical, for spot treatments, as well as in the form of inhalants, edibles, oils, and tinctures. 

The most popular form of CBD is as an oil. One of the most highly recommended is Medterra. It was even featured in GiftWits’s ’20 Best CBD Oils on the Market Today.’ But watch out for confusing hemp oil with CBD oil. These may come from similar plants, but they have very different uses.

Hemp oil is typically used in beauty care and cooking. It’s healthy like CBD oil, but it doesn’t interact with your body in the same way.

According to Daily CBD Mag, CBD oil interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system, which influences our mood and our health overall. The endocannabinoid system has receptors throughout our body and even in our brain, making it able to influence both mental and physical issues. 

Specifically, there are two primary receptors for cannabinoids, the general chemical class that includes CBD. These are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors primarily affect our psychology. Compared to CB2, CB1 is found more commonly in the brain. CB1 can induce psychotropic effects, including the feeling of being high.

CB2 receptors, however, mostly affect inflammation. Triggering CB2 receptors incites pathways that reduce inflammation, and thus reduce any pain related to inflammation. With this in mind, many people prefer CBD over artificially-synthesized drugs, because CBD is ‘natural.’

But what about all the skeptics? What claim do they have against CBD’s properties? Many people are skeptical of CBD because it’s not well-researched. While much of the current research points favorably towards CBD, the overall verdict is inconclusive. 

Researchers have pointed out that a couple of drops of CBD oil in your smoothie aren’t likely to have much effect. But Yasmine Hurd, a researcher mentioned in the New York Times, bluntly states, “CBD is not a scam.” 

Hurd’s point is that CBD itself has promising results but putting it into all kinds of random and seemly everyday items is a scam. Hurd cites things like CBD mascara and tampons. 

One of the best parts about using CBD is that there are very few side effects. And the side effects that you are at risk to experience are temporary and have low severity. Some common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and dry mouth.  And it’s nearly impossible to overdose on CBD, unlike may of the prescription drugs mentioned before. 

So at this point, CBD seems like a great candidate to help with symptoms of PMDD. And it is. But like all things, you should probably check with your doctor.

One downside to CBD use is that since it’s only recently become legal, there is very little government regulation on the product. As such, you should be wary of the products you buy. But generally, CBD is safe. It’s pretty reasonably priced, and you can tailor it for your specific needs.

If you’re wondering what kind of dosage you should take. It varies. CBD interacts with everyone’s bodies a little differently, and the dosage will also depend on what you are trying to treat. The best way to approach it is to ask your doctor. Together, you can plan a method to start trying out different products and dosages to best treat your symptoms.

When it comes to PMDD, hopefully, CBD will provide you with the much-needed relief. 

Author bio: Marina Turea works as content manager at Digital Authority Partners and a huge fan of everything CBD. 

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