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CBD oil continues to attract widespread attention as a possible alternative solution for a plethora of health and wellness related issues. Clinical studies on CBD oil, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, have yielded promising results indicating that it may be useful for depression, anxiety, pain, and a myriad of other conditions. As the research continues into the many potential uses of CBD oil, information is emerging which shows that CBD oil and PMDD may also be uniquely beneficial for women who suffer from PMDD.
Brief Overview of PMDD
PMDD, or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, is an extreme form of PMS that causes debilitating emotional and physical symptoms which typically begin 10 days before a woman’s menstrual cycle (luteal phase) begins and usually ends at the onset of menstruation. Medical professionals are unsure of the root cause of PMDD, but it has been determined that women with this condition have a different cellular response to sex hormones than those who do not have PMDD.
Some of the main symptoms associated with PMDD are anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, nausea, and joint and muscle pain, among others. Some women describe PMDD as similar to coming down with a flu-like illness before their period begins. The emotional and mood-related symptoms of PMDD may cause relationship, work, and school difficulties and even suicidal thoughts. The severity at which women experience these symptoms is highly individual, with some being affected more than others.
The standard treatments for PMDD are antidepressants, birth control or other hormone therapies, and diet and lifestyle changes. As antidepressants and hormone therapy can bring side effects to contend with, many women will avoid these treatments and, consequently, continue to experience a diminished quality of life.
Women who suffer from this distressing condition all agree that more treatment options are needed to bring full functionality back into their lives. In the quest for relief, some have already turned to CBD oil hoping it will help to alleviate their PMDD symptoms, while others are nervous about trying CBD oil due to a lack of understanding about what CBD oil is and what it can offer.
What Is CBD Oil and How Does It Work?
CBD oil can be derived either from the flowers and buds of the marijuana plant or the hemp plant. CBD oil sourced from hemp differs from oil extracted from the marijuana plant in that it contains little to no THC, which is the compound associated with marijuana’s psychoactive effects. CBD oil from hemp contains less than .3% of THC and will not get you “high” nor will you fail a drug test when you use it. It is legal to purchase and use in every state in America.
CBD oil is uniquely beneficial due to its interaction with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The human body naturally produces its own cannabinoids and contains cannabinoid receptors, called CB1 and CB2, in cells throughout its various systems. The cannabinoids in CBD oil essentially plug into our cannabinoid receptors and help the body to achieve balance. Some benefits that have already been discovered are reduced levels of inflammation, stress, and pain. There is still much to learn about how the body can benefit from CBD oil.
Final thoughts on CBD Oil and PMDD
Women who suffer from PMDD may experience a reduction in pain, anxiety, depression and other related symptoms by adding CBD oil into their care regimen. Promising results have already been seen related to CBD oil’s ability to promote homeostasis within the body.
While some have been reluctant to try CBD oil due to its association with THC, they can be reassured that CBD oil from hemp will not induce a high in the user. The benefits of CBD oil are wholly natural, as it merely taps into the body’s preexisting endocannabinoid system and encourages it to function at its most optimal level.