As uses for hemp and cannabis products expand into more and more of daily life and the market grows, some women have pondered what benefits CBD could bring to them.
According to recent reporting and studies, menstrual pain and other conditions have been on the long list of potential areas of interest for CBD users, retailers and especially scientists as new information on the supplement’s effectiveness remains a priority in this space.
Many fans of CBD have come to value the substance for chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia and other maladies.
Now, a new clinical study launched by Maxine+Morgan will learn more about the compound’s impact on menstrual pain in a first-of-its-kind research milestone.
The 70-subject clinic will compare CBD herbal remedies with ibuprofen and a placebo, according to Bazinga.
"With the clinical study, we're hoping to continue the conversation around women's wellness and ways in which we can use the amazing healing qualities of naturally derived herbs to influence an uninterrupted lifestyle,” Ariel Morgan, CEO and president of Maxine+Morgan, told Benzinga. “It's important to us that we leverage our resources and invest in research, analysis and experiential data to efficiently support our consumers needs.”
According to the Independent UK, some activists in Great Britain have even pressed for publicly-funded free CBD products for menstrual pain for low-income women.
Amika George, a period-poverty activist, was able to persuade the British education department to hear her talks and presentations on free sanitary products for women who can’t afford them and for those products others use for cramp pain and relaxation, like CBD.
The Independent featured George’s contributions and reviews of CBD products recently for May 28, Menstrual Hygiene Day.
Meanwhile, reviewer Amerley Ollennu at Refinery29 recently spent time reviewing CBD and weighing in on whether the products work for her negative menstruation symptoms.
“There are no published research studies on using CBD for period pain relief, however, it does have well established, well studied anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects across a wide range of chronic pain conditions,” cannabinoid medicine expert, Dr Dani Gordon told Refinery29.
Ollennu says she has little to lose based on how severe her pain symptoms have been, so she has continued to rely on CBD after her first experimentation while keeping more traditional pain relief methods on hand.
“We are only beginning to understand the capabilities of CBD, and in the absence of clinical research it’s impossible to say what kind of effect CBD really has on menstrual cramping. It is an exciting new area of science but is heavily reliant on anecdotal evidence at this moment in time. What works for one person may not work for someone else,” Dr. Mark Ware of Canopy Growth told Refinery29.