using cbd oil for menstrual cramps

CBD Oil for Menstrual Cramps: Does it Work?

Visit from Aunt Flo. Moon Time. Mother Nature’s Gift. No matter what you call your period, it is something most women have to face about every 28 days. With that time of the month comes an abundance of uncomfortable symptoms. Since women are still discouraged from openly talking about their bodies, it can be challenging to find natural remedies that support your menstrual cycle. However, your well-being shouldn’t be a taboo topic. Using cannabis to treat PMS dates back to 16th-century Chinese medical texts, so why should today be any different?

Here are five ways CBD oil tinctures can support your menstrual cramps and other cycle woes.

5 Benefits of CBD for Menstrual Cramps

In case you aren’t familiar, CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is a natural compound found in cannabis. Unlike it’s psychoactive sibling THC, CBD won’t make you high. Instead, CBD not only combats the psychoactive effects of THC, but also provides menstrual pain relief, reduces inflammation and beyond. For a deeper dive into what CBD is, check out our CBD 101 article.

Now back to CBD and PMS. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to alleviate your cramp and PMS symptoms, CBD is your answer. In addition to a myriad of other health benefits like improving your sleep or enhancing your sex life, CBD will help you say sayonara to PMS.

1. Reduce breast and lower abdomen tenderness:

CBD is the ultimate natural cure for healing inflamed areas like breasts, stomach and low back. It regulates the vanilloid receptor –– that moderates period pain perception. So massage our high-potency CBD Plant Balm in the affected areas to find some much-needed period pain relief from menstrual discomfort and irritation.

2. Manage stress and anxiety:

CBD helps the body manage and deal with stress. With its anti-anxiety properties, CBD not only inhibits the release of the stress hormone, Cortisol, but also slows the breakdown of endocannabinoid, Anandamide (more commonly known as the “bliss molecule”). Consequently, you will find yourself unbothered by even the most the painful and annoying PMS symptoms.

3. Prevent mood swings:

Hormonal imbalance is very common during PMS and unfortunately, plays a large role in causing mood swings. CBD can help you recalibrate your emotional responses; CBD interacts with our body’s Endocannabinoid system (a network of cell receptors throughout the body that cannabinoids like CBD activate). Our high-performance CBD Be Calm capsules makes sure the Endocrine system (the part of the body responsible for hormone regulation and production) runs smoothly so that your period has less of an effect on your hormones.

4. Fight Inflammation

Cannabinoids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s no surprise that they are able to relieve severe menstrual cramps and inflammation during your time of the month.

How Does This Work?

To get an idea of how this works, THC activates CB2 receptors, or endocannabinoid. This is located on your immune system’s killer cells (macrophages), and when these receptors are activated, they prevent macrophages from releasing inflammatory proteins known as cytokines. CBD can also help with muscle relaxing. Period cramps are caused by contractions of the smooth muscle lining the uterus and cannabinoid is known to bring relief and relaxation to the smooth muscle. This results in natural muscle pain relief for menstrual discomfort.

5. Relieve cramping and bloating:

By improving digestive functions and reducing inflammation and nausea throughout your body, CBD can help attenuate menstrual cramping and bloating. Better yet, you can proactively prevent these symptoms by taking our fast acting, full-spectrum CBD drops a few days before you start a painful period cycle.

Say Hello to CBD for Menstrual Cramps

Ladies, gone are the days of your period and menstruation cycle controlling you! Save yourself from the monthly headache by incorporating CBD into your everyday routine. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

Written by Emily Spring

Emily Spring is the Director of Marketing at Plant People. A longtime proponent of balanced living, she has enjoyed over 8 years driving growth in the lifestyle, health and wellness sectors with deep experience in functional solutions for optimizing anyone’s everyday life.

Do these cannabis products actually ease menstrual pain?

With 80% of women experiencing menstrual pain at some point in their lives, it’s no surprise that a number of cannabis companies have been selling products claiming to alleviate period pain and other menstrual issues like PMS. But of course, just because the label on a product says it helps with a particular malady doesn’t mean it truly does.

Cannabis can relieve menstrual pain, said Jordan Tishler, MD, CEO of the medical cannabis clinic InhaleMD and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. However, it’s THC, not CBD, that has a proven effect on pain, and the majority of the menstrual cannabis products on the market only contain CBD.

“Cannabis can be used to dull pain perception by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors that are present throughout our pain pathways,” Tishler explained. Some animal studies suggest a potential benefit of CBD for pain relief as well, while other research shows it may reduce inflammation. Period pain results from an increase in inflammatory hormones called prostaglandins, so cannabis — whether with THC or not — may help with menstrual pain by decreasing inflammation, said Felice Gersh, MD, founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine.

“Cannabis contains a very complex collection of plant-based chemicals that bind to our endogenous receptors that deal with pain perception, as well as reducing the initiation of inflammation by binding with endocannabinoid receptors on immune cells,” shared Gersh.

To get more specific, we asked Tishler and Gersh to evaluate seven cannabis-based period products on the market. Here’s what they had to say.

CBD-infused pads

The brand Red Moon recently launched a line of menstrual pads, each infused with 10 milligrams of CBD — a concept doctors are skeptical of.

“Considering that menstrual blood would be saturating the pads, that would seem a negative to its ability to deliver any efficacious amount of CBD to the pelvic organs,” said Gersh. “This does not seem a practical delivery system for hemp-based cannabis as a therapy for menstrual cramps.”


The cannabis company FORIA makes suppositories containing 100 milligrams of CBD for menstrual cramp relief, which is not certain to work because cannabinoids are not well-absorbed through the vagina, said Tishler.

However, Gersh believes it’s possible that these could, to an extent, concentrate the CBD in the pelvic area. Again, that’s assuming that CBD would help with pain to begin with.


Some online publications advocate the use of CBD oil and other tinctures for menstrual pain — and tinctures containing THC might work, said Tishler. However, he found dosing to be less precise with liquids and recommends ingesting them, not putting them under the tongue, as is often recommended. “Most tinctures, which are oil-based, are not actually absorbed sublingually,” he shared. “They are absolutely ineffective until swallowed.”

Gersh also cautioned against using tinctures with lots of other ingredients, as these may not contain enough cannabis, and other herbs could even work against it.


Odisea offers a “CBD Period Patch” that claims to relieve menstrual pain with a combination of 40 milligrams of CBD and the heating agent bentonite. It’s difficult to say whether this could be effective, as there’s little known about how transdermally delivered CBD affects period pain, though one study found it helped with inflammation and signs of pain in rats with arthritis, or how bentonite might affect the delivery of CBD, said Gersh.


Sheabrand offers a menstrual pain roller with menthol, arnica oil, and other essential oils, which haven’t been tested in combination, Gersh pointed out. Tishler is wary of topicals in general, as they don’t provide a great delivery method. “Topical application will not provide transdermal absorption without some pharmaceutical-level tricks that dispensary products don’t have,” he said.


Phasey’s period chocolate made with hemp extract may fulfill your menstrual chocolate cravings, if nothing else. “This is candy, so fine if having a sweet snack and getting some CBD as well is the goal,” said Gersh. When it comes to delivery, edibles have a relatively powerful effect, she added. Still, it would be better to find an edible that contains some THC for the full pain-relieving effect.


Terra Vita’s Balance CBD Capsules claim to relieve PMS symptoms such as acne, cramps, and irritability using 30 milligrams of CBD, chasteberry, magnesium, and calcium. To the extent that the CBD would in fact help with these issues, it’s unclear how it would interact with the other ingredients, said Gersh. In fact, there isn’t sufficient evidence to support the use of any supplements in people without a proven deficiency, Tishler added.

As for the notion that cannabis could help with PMS, that’s also more true for THC than CBD. However, CBD may help reduce anxiety, so if this is a symptom you experience premenstrually, it may help for that one symptom.

Bottom line

If you’re looking to alleviate period pain or PMS using cannabis, it’s better to talk to a doctor than go with the latest product being marketed to you. What Tishler recommends most often for patients with menstrual pain are oral cannabinoids, which usually come in capsules or liquid solutions.

In short, do your research and don’t trust everything you read. Then again, if something that’s not scientifically proven works for you, it’s possible that it is doing something, as a lot of the research is still inconclusive.