OH CRAMP! | Young women seeking natural remedies


Where do we start? The most common issues young women experience are down to a hormone imbalance. These conditions can be acne, greasy skin, period cramps, mood swings, excessive spots and more. CBD has certainly proved itself in alleviating many of the symptoms of PMT and other issues related with the teenage years and beyond.


Last year we reported on how Laura had spent most of her young years battling with acne. You can watch the short film we made about her search and success in fighting the sometimes shameful and often irritating skin condition. Since making this film Laura’s scarring even cleared up by applying the 8% topically and taking it orally.

With acne, CBD does a variety of things. Acne is caused in a large part by oily skin which is usually the result of glands in the skin, the sebocytes, producing too much oil. In adolescent acne, this excessive oil production is usually down to the hormonal changes that occur during puberty, meaning there is a higher level of testosterone or estrogen in the blood. This can cause the sebaceous glands to produce lots of sebum oil and fatty acids, which collects in pores. Dead skin cells then accumulate and provide plenty of food for bacteria. These grow, the body notices and mounts an immune response. It is this immune response that causes the itching, redness, swelling and soreness that comes with acne. The effect of CBD is that it alters the production of the sebocytes, making them produce less oil. With less oil, there are fewer blocked pores and therefore less acne. This effect has so far only been demonstrated in a laboratory, but it does appear to ring true with a lot of anecdotal evidence. Another effect of CBD is that it soothes inflammation. Many different skin conditions cause an inflammatory response, least of all acne. CBD can help significantly reduce inflammation. When the inflammation is reduced, so is the itching, pain and swelling. This helps prevent further infection by scratching, reduces the likelihood of scarring, and improves the appearance and feelings of the person suffering from acne.
PMT and cramps 

In this article from Gwyneth Paltrow’s site Goop, Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland, a psychopharmacology specialist who has run a private psychiatric practice in Manhattan for more than two decades, explains that the effects of cannabis may be particularly adept at treating hormonal and emotional issues that are common among women.  A lot of the cramps are caused by inflammation, but also this is the most common menstrual symptom too much of the hormone prostaglandin, which makes the uterus contract. CBD, when taken orally, can assist in balancing out the endocrine (hormone) system.

PMT is frustrating, both to women who suffer from it and researchers who study it. Doctors know that PMT is caused by the constantly changing hormone levels of the menstrual cycle. But they don’t have all the answers about exactly how this happens or why some women are more affected by PMT than others.
PMT associated Migraines 
This review is from a lady in her later years, who had suffered from migraines from her earlier years.
“…the biggest bonus for me is that after going crazy with migraines for over 20 years, for which I take beta blockers, sumatriptans and injections, I have not had even a headache never mind a migraine for nearly 4 weeks. When I started taking the oil I never thought about it easing my migraines, it’s such a fantastic feeling having a clear head.”
And she’s not the only one, both Michelle and I and many other customers have experienced a positive change in PMT related headaches. 

The 2% is great for rubbing into any areas of aches and cramps

Greasy Skin and Spots
For one, the mid-cycle progesterone rise stimulates the production of sebum. Sebum is a thick, oily substance that acts as a natural skin lubricant. … The oil provides food for the bacterium P. acnes. This bacterium causes increased breakouts and inflammation around the time of women’s periods. So once again, we can turn to CBD for its amazing inflammation-soothing properties and hormone balancing.
So depending on what you are taking CBD for, always consider the various ways in which you can use it – topically or orally – and don’t hesitate to ask myself or Michelle with any questions. We’re always here.

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