Women and Health Problems-Can CBD Oil Help?

Woman Healthy CBD

My best friend didn’t show up at our weekly coffee and chat gathering, the other day.

She couldn’t leave her house because she had to pay “regular visits” to the bathroom to vomit screaming in pain.

Her severe menstrual cramps were the reason.

When Tisha, a reader, and friend of mine, shared her struggle with endometriosis leaving a comment on my blog, I knew what the topic of my next article would be!

I had to examine women and health problems and find out whether CBD oil could offer a helping hand or not.

So, here is what we are going to do today, girls:

Pajamas, hair curlers, face mask, a cup of coffee or tea (Theresa, dark chocolate for you!) and girls’ talk. Let’s see if and how CBD oil can help the secrets of the boudoir remain secret 🙂

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First things first, though

What is CBD oil

CBD (short for CannaBiDiol) is one of the more than 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant.

It’s a naturally occurring substance, the second most prevalent phytocannabinoid existing in the cannabis plant.  

After its extraction from the plant, the isolated form of the compound (it is crystalline solid and very similar to natural sea salt in appearance)  is added to carrier oil. This is done for two reasons:

  • CBD isn’t water-soluble so it has to be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut, MCT or hemp seed oil.
  • Due to its biochemical nature, Cannabidiol is absorbed by our system more efficiently when it enters our body mixed with oil.

Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), its famous and controversial sibling, cannabidiol is a safe, non-addictive and nonpsychotropic cannabinoid. This means that we won’t get a “high” using it. It seems, though, that it can give a “high” to our health and wellness, girls!    

The Endocannabinoid System and Women’s Health

Don’t complain! I am stubborn and I will remind you what the ECS. Briefly!

The term Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is used to describe an extensive network of neurotransmitters (=endocannabinoids) and receptors (CB1 and CB2) which are situated on our cells and spread throughout our entire body. The ECS is responsible for the regulation promotion and maintenance of homeostasis (=balance) and overall health.

Balance is important to our health

Both CB1 and CB2 receptors react to endogenous cannabinoids which are produced by our body (= endocannabinoids ) and phytocannabinoids (CBD and THC) that are extracted from the cannabis plant.  

The ECS is considered as the most important physiologic system in your body. It is vital to

“every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond.”  

Dr. Dustin Sulak

Scientific research has found that it is connected to female health and plays a crucial role in premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, and endometriosis.

It is also connected with menopause but I won’t talk to you about it now. Don’t be upset! I have already examined menopause in a previous article.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and Menstrual Cycle Issues

We were given the gift to carry life in our bodies.

Unfortunately, for lots of us, the gift was wrapped in pain and decorated with a bow called mood alterations, stress, fluid retention, sleep disorders.

Our menstrual cycles are a constant physical and psychological battle against pain and bad mood. Every darn month!

How many of you have spent or are still spending hours lying on the bathroom floor near the toilet bowl, hugging it tightly as if it were the love of your life while emptying your stomach in it?

How many vases have you broken due to mood swings during your ovulation days? My Murano crystals are a distant memory. So is my China!

Been there? Done that?

My ancestors were the first to notice and describe the mood alterations associated with this specific period of the month in the life of women. Women have suffered from PMS forever. (perhaps this is the reason for the huge amount of broken amphorae in Greek museums!)

The torture starts in the second half of our menstrual cycle (around day 11 to 14) when the first signs of the premenstrual syndrome appear. It lasts for a few (for the lucky of us) or several days prior to our menstrual period.

What are these signs?  I’ve always described them as a “lethal” blend of emotional disturbances, psychological ups and downs, and physical symptoms.

We get anxious and depressed. When we aren’t angry or stressed, we cry for no reason due to our mood swings and exaggerated oversensitivity.

We experience bloating because our body tends to retain fluids. Our appetite changes causing us food cravings and thus we often gain weight. Our breast hurts (mastalgia) and our sleep patterns are disturbed: we sleep either all day or not at all.

As if all these weren’t enough, acne reappears triumphantly on our skin!

To make life even more difficult, when the PMS symptoms stop, our menstrual period starts bringing cramps (Dysmenorrhea)  and nausea.

You want to know what causes PMS, right?

Unfortunately, there is not a straightforward answer to this question.

The premenstrual syndrome is as enigmatic as the way the female brain works. 🙂

Men say they can’t understand us, females, right? Well, neither can scientists explain the actual causes of PMS or make a stable diagnosis of the issue.  

According to most scientific evidence though, PMS is associated with our brain (coincidence?). To be specific, PMS may be caused by the interactions of our estrogens with certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Does the word neurotransmitters remind you of anything, ladies?

Menstrual Cycle Hormones
credit to tipstimes.com/menstrual

Don’t worry, I won’t give you a test!

I am sure you know the answer.

You are right!

According to a 2016 study, the Endocannabinoid System is linked to our reproductive system.

Anandamide is found in elevated concentrations in our uterus. It is considered the most important endocannabinoid because it plays a crucial role in activating essential body functions. Scientists suggest that when our female hormones fluctuate, the expression of the neurotransmitters and the receptors is altered.

Prior to or during our period, the levels of our estrogens are at their lowest point. Estrogens and endocannabinoid levels are interrelated so it is no surprise that anandamide has difficulties to survive and offer our system its health stimulating effects

This is where CBD enters the game

It comes to the rescue and protects anandamide by suppressing the enzyme FAAH (short for ‘fatty acid amide hydroxylase’), which is responsible for destroying the precious endocannabinoid.

With FAAH out of the way, anandamide survives, stays in our system for longer periods of time and offers our body its uplifting effects

CBD is related to the ECS, thus it’s related to our body’s equilibrium.

But it doesn’t stop here.

Clinical tests have shown that CBD oil can be effective in combating specific PMS symptoms:

  • Pain: CBD has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and can decrease pain associated with PMS and menstrual cramps
  • Anxiety:  The anxiolytic potential of CBD is supported by scientific studies. It can be used to fight stress and anxiety
  • Sleep disorders: PMS sufferers often have difficulties to fall and stay asleep. As a result, they feel tired during the day. Lots of people report that the use of CBD has increased sleep length and has improved sleep patterns. These claims are fully supported by science. A 2013 study found that CBD has the ability to modulate sleep. By treating sleep disturbances, CBD relieves us from the inevitable fatigue caused by insomnia.
  • Depression: A 2014 study found that CBD has antidepressive properties. Using CBD we can deal with the unpleasant mood swings and combat depression during that period of the month.
  • Nausea: Science has brought evidence that cannabidiol can be efficient in dealing with nausea caused by chemo. Thus, it can help us combat nausea before or during our menstrual period. It can make us stop feeling sick and end up our relationship with the toilet bowl during those days!
  • Acne: Scientific research has discovered that CBD oil “has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.”. Ok, acne isn’t as debilitating as the rest of the symptoms. It’s embarrassing and irritating though. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil can help us improve our skin health and feel self-confident and beautiful

Endometriosis and CBD Oil

Endometriosis is a painful, non-curable and chronic condition that affects 10% of the female population (there are 176 million endometriosis sufferers worldwide).

Despite this huge number of women suffering from the condition, science hasn’t made any significant progress in research or in treatment choices.

The cause of endometriosis hasn’t been revealed yet. There are theories pointing out factors like genetic predisposition or environmental determinants. Some others claim that its roots can be found in inflammation and autoimmunity.

But there’s one more recent theory.

According to Dr. Michele N. Ross, an endocannabinoid dysfunction may be the culprit of endometriosis. She supports that decreased function of our ECS may trigger the onset of growth of the endometrium outside of the uterus and cause more and more pain.

This shouldn’t surprise us.

According to Ethan Russo

deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions.”

A 2010 study gives additional support to Dr. Ross’s theory. The  ECS has been found to be involved in both endometriosis and its associated pain.

Specifically, the CB1 receptors which mediate the endometriosis pain, exist on the nerve cells that cause endometrial growth. The scientists have found that “CB1 receptor agonists decrease, whereas CB1 receptor antagonists increase, endometriosis-associated hyperalgesia”. Having in mind that the CB1 receptors in the endometrial cells of endometriosis sufferers have a lower expression, it becomes clear that the activation of the receptors using phytocannabinoids like CBD would reduce the pain caused by the condition.

The blockbuster of the drugs prescribed for endometriosis is Lupron. Thousands of deaths are reported as a result of the drug. It is considered responsible for physical disabilities, several autoimmune diseases and increased risk of tumors. There are even Lupron survivor groups online (take a look at the Lupron Victims Hub)

Dr. Ross, in her book  “Vitamin Weed: A 4-Step Plan to Prevent and Reverse Endocannabinoid Deficiency”,  suggests that endocannabinoid deficiency can be treated with the help of cannabinoids like CBD and terpenes. This means a full spectrum product is needed.

Endometriosis sufferers that use CBD oil to treat the symptoms of the disease, confirm that it is both efficient and safe. Cannabidiol offers its analgesic and antispasmodic properties without the risk of adverse side effects or overdosing. It can give patients relief from pain, spasms, and nausea. It can treat sexual dysfunction and mood swings.

More importantly, and according to DR Ross, CBD oil can prevent and even reverse the progression of the ailment.

CBD oil products like topicals (salves, lotions) can be applied on the skin to alleviate pain by relaxing the pelvic and abdominal muscles. Systemic treatment with sublingual administration of CBD oil can help regulate the ECS.

My advice for any endometriosis sufferer who is on drugs and wants to try to ease the disease’s symptoms with CBD oil is always the same: You are not a doctor. Nor am I. Consult your trusted physician before giving CBD a try. There is a possibility of interactions between cannabidiol and your prescribed medicines.


Maintain Hormonal Balance with CBD

Our Endocrine system produces (or should produce) hormones at regular rate. Hormones are vital in controlling and regulating critical functions in our body.

I said should produce because, we know, that the production of these chemical messengers is often disrupted causing hormonal imbalance. This means we have either too low or too high hormone levels in our system which may cause pretty grave  effects on our health.

We realize that there is something wrong with our hormones when our menstrual cycle gets irregular, when we gain weight (without exaggerating with food) or when we experience mood swings.   

Scientific research has found that CBD can help us find relief from hormonal imbalance

Cannabidiol has been found to be able to regulate growth hormone, prolactin and cortisol levels (cortisol’s nickname is “the stress hormone”). Cannabinoids have important effects on our reproductive system, our metabolism, and our endocrine stress axis. These effects are connected with their impact with the neurotransmitters involved in the regulation of the secretion of the pituitary hormones

CBD oil can be combined with hempseed oil to form a powerful alliance. Hemp seed oil is packed with Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which can regulate hormones.

Wrapping it up

Don’t be disappointed, my fair ladies!

I know that the women and health problems topic isn’t completely covered.

I am afraid that if I continue this article will be as long as an encyclopedia and I don’t want to tire you.

I’ll be back. I promise!

We have seen how CBD oil can help us relieve health issues related to our reproductive system.

It is important to remind you that choosing a CBD oil product from a reliable and transparent brand, is essential for maximum effectiveness and quality of the product.

The cannabis sativa plant is a hyperaccumulator. It tends to absorb everything (from pesticides and bacteria to heavy metals and fungus) found in the ground it is cultivated in. The amount of the toxins absorbed by the plant will be reflected by the produced oil. Organic sourcing is essential for a top quality CBD oil!

To achieve maximum effectiveness, your CBD oil product has to be whole plant or full/broad spectrum. This means that CBD is extracted from the whole plant. Your product contains all the phytonutrients found in the hemp plant that will work in a synergistic way to provide you with all their beneficial effects.

You can search the web for a trustworthy brand. To help you avoid scams and low-quality products I wrote an article on CBD oil brands to avoid. Take a look at it!

Or you can trust the brands I trust!

Endoca, Joy Organics, VerifiedCBD, Elixinol, Avid Hemp and Nganic are some of my personal brand choices.  

Their CBD oils have high bioavailability and are a great choice if you want a systemic approach to your health issues. Their CBD salves, lotions or body butter can help you treat discomfort topically.

Well, girls! What should we do?

Do you want to hear my suggestion?

Let’s get rid of pain and suffering NOW!

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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.


  1. A lot of women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), and it is frustrating.  Your body feels slug, because estrogen are at their lowest point.  It weighs you down, keeping you from activities and people you love.   Legalization of CBD oil is a great accomplishment.  The anti-inflammatory properties within the CBD oil, as you mentioned, reduce pain, lower stress, induce calmness, and increase satisfaction.  Thank you for publishing this great post.

    1. We, women, are blessed and cursed at the same time, don’t you think? Blessed to carry life in our bodies and cursed to suffer from all sorts of pain, stress, mood swings… We should be grateful to nature for giving us CBD  that can help us survive PMS and all the rest. Thank you so much for your comment! Be well and stay calm during those days 🙂 

  2. Hello there, thanks for sharing this wonderful post. I have been having some really hard time at work, where I’ll have to take soem unfinished works back home to complete and  at the end of it all, I’m stressed and when I’m stressed I find it hard to sleep. This have been happening for quite some time now. Although i have seen this product work for people but I really want to learn now about it, and I’m glad I came across this post.

    1. Dane, stress and anxiety rule in modern society. They are both devastating, we both know it. CBD has helped me cope with my anxiety disorder and gave me back my sleep. Take your time and get informed about its potential to help you deal with everyday stress. You will be amazed by its powerful properties! Thank you! 

  3. That is really interesting, I’ve heard of the CBD oil before but I never really investigated into it much.  I know that it is non-psychotropic but that’s about it. I’m already a huge fan of hempseed oil so it’s interesting that they can be combined to work effectively together. Great article, you’ve done detailed research.

    1. I feel it’s my duty to inform and educate my readers. I can’t do it unless I research any topic extensively and thoroughly. The cannabis plant is nature’s gift. CBD has helped and will help thousands of people deal with their health issues in a harmless and non-addictive way -unlike the over-the-counter meds. Thanks so much for your comment!  

  4. Very interesting article you have got up here and I’m really delighted to have read about CBD oil and the health benefits to us ladies. First and foremost, getting various complications as a result of menstruation has been dominant among ladies but then, that is our life and the way we must live it. I truly fancy CBD oil a lot because it has been of immense help to me both in the aspect of relieving my menstrual pains and all other health concerns. I use it and would keep on using it. Yes, I make use of Joy organics CBD products. Thanks

    1. Tracy, I am happy to know that cannabidiol has helped get relief from your menstrual pains and all the other health concerns. Users’ experiences combined with scientific findings can persuade others to get rid of their misbeliefs and give it a try! I am so glad you make use of the products of Joy Organics ! IMHO. it is one of the most reliable brands n the market 

  5. I have to agree with your position here. CBD oil can really help with health issues that are related to women. My mum has been making use of CBD for a while now and that has been her biggest secret yet. Your post here is full of so much information and I will share this post with my friends so they too can learn about the many benefits of CBD and how it actually works. Nice one.

    1. The list of the health issues CBD helps with seems endless John! I could write day and night about the amazing properties of this phytocannabinoid. 

      I wonder why your mother keeps the fact that she is using it a secret. She should talk about it to people and urge them to follow her lead. I am proud of using it instead of anxiolytics and antidepressants 🙂 

      Thanks for stopping by and spreading the word! 

  6. Honestly, I am fascinated that CBD can help with issues relating to the menstrual cycle. I have heard about the many things that CBD oil can help with but I didn’t know that this one can be one of them. I am now more than convinced that I should get some CBD Oil. You have done very good research to put this together. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Besides of being a woman -and hence a regular PMS sufferer- I am a huge advocate of the cannabis plant and its phytocannabinoids. I admit cannabidiol has a special place in my heart and life. It has helped my family, friends and me cope with devastating pain and psychological issues. 

      I am glad you obtained more information and detailed knowledge of the subject. You will be convinced once you try it. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. Be well! 

  7. Hi Effie,
    I’m amazed, what a great scientist you are, with all the detailed research that you put into each and every article.

    I must say I am blessed to have had quite smooth monthly periods all these years. I do get cramps, but they are very manageable. Mood swings, well I guess because I can get them any time of the month, so I can’t qualify them as my PMS.

    I know people who suffer badly from this monthly torture though, it is no joke.

    1. I am not a scientist and to be frank I never wanted to be one. I wanted to be a teacher and this was the path I chose. Being a teacher means you learn how to transform information to make it easier to be absorbed by your learners. It’s exactly the same process as putting your baby’s meal in a blender to make it easy to eat and digest. This is what I do with my posts: make all this scientific stuff easier to be understood.
      You are lucky your periods are smooth. For me, it all started after I had my son: I remember vomiting my heart out every single month. Gosh, it was torture!

  8. As always your topic is helpful and insightful.

    When I was younger, I suffered from PMS and excessive bleeding. One doctor wants to do a procedure on me that is quite invasive for a 17 y.o. girl so my mother had to think twice about it. Needless to say, I bled heavily and continuously for 3 months. Just imagine the discomfort and the trouble I had to go through as I was in nursing school and so I had to wear white uniforms all the time then. Gosh, it was so inconvenient and frustrating! If only we knew about CBD then, right?

    My question is at what age can one start taking CBD oil for this purpose (dysmenorrhea, PMS symptoms)?

    Thank you Effie.


    1. Nida, thanks for the comment and the idea for a future article! Please, allow me not to respond to your question in a few words now but with a detailed article, soon. Stay tuned!

  9. I’ve been hearing a lot about CBD, but this is the first that I’ve seen that it has benefits for the female reproductive system. This may be the push I need to actually give it a shot. 😉 I suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), which is a hormonal imbalance. Thank you too for providing the list of who to avoid and who you recommend. Part of the reason I haven’t tried it yet is because I’m worried about the quality, so this helps a ton. I appreciate it!

    1. Welcome, Jessica! It is important to choose a product of premium quality. The hemp plant is a hyperaccumulator and you verify that your CBD was extracted from an organically grown plant. Otherwise, it will be packed with harmful pesticides and other dangerous substances. Joy Organics and VerifiedCBD and the rest of the brands I trust use organic sourcing.

  10. Yay! Dark chocolate for me. Thanks, Effie. 🙂
    Menopause is probably the best thing that ever happened to me.
    Reading the PMS description brought back unpleasant memories. but also has me wondering what’s going on in my body lately. I have been sensitive to chemicals for several years but only recently have been experiencing a new set of symptoms that are very similar to PMS. It happens every time I am exposed to automatic air fresheners. Maybe it’s because of the hormone disruptors in the product. I’ll try CBD and see if it will help. It already helps me with pain and sleep. 🙂

    1. I am sorry to hear that automatic air fresheners cause you all these problems, Theresa. I am afraid we are being attacked by dangerous chemicals continuously. I personally use essential burners instead of air fresheners. This helps me combine the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of essential oils with the total lack of formaldehyde and petroleum distillates.

  11. Thank you so much for this article. It really is informative and provides me a little more info before I visit my doctor next to discuss some options. I want to make some changes in my endometriosis treatment and want to consider this as an option in that change. This really provided me some good info and will help me to better discuss this topic with my doctor in a few weeks. Thank you.

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