Blurb: Women find some relief from PMS via anti-inflammatory medication and hormonal contraceptives. But, increasingly, alternatives to tablets and painkillers are being explored.
Nine out of ten women suffer from some symptoms of PMS, and once they reach their 40s or 50s they have to deal with menopause and its side-effects. Hemp oils are a natural way to tackle many of these symptoms. Oil from the Hemp plant comes in two forms– hemp seed oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil. While the former is made, as is clear from the name, from the seeds of the hemp plant. CBD oil is produced from the leaves, stalks and flowers of the cannabis and hemp plants. We, at Parvati Valley Hemp Company, only use seeds with less than 0.3% THC, both oils have zero psychoactive properties.
Let's talk about how HEMP can help you manage PMS and menopause symptoms.
What is PMS?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of symptoms that many women get about a week or two before their period starts. A staggering 90% of women of reproductive age say they get some premenstrual symptoms, such as bloating, headaches, and moodiness. For many the symptoms can be more severe and include painful cramps, anxiety and more.
What is menopause?
Menopause happens to women who are in their 40s and 50s. This is a natural biological process where they stop menstruating. But the physical symptoms during this time can be very uncomfortable and include hot flashes, weight gain, irritability and anxiety.
Relief with hemp oils
There are many ways in which women try to find relief from PMS. They are prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and hormonal contraceptives. However, increasingly, alternatives to tablets and painkillers are being explored. One such option is hemp oils. Plenty of anecdotal research has shown that these oils have provided relief to women suffering from PMS and menopausal symptoms. Moreover, the oils are finding wider appeal as they are safe, natural and don’t have any side-effects.
Read more about the differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil here.
How do these oils help?
Hemp seed oil has high levels of omega-6 and omega-3. It also has gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), which is known to reduce inflammation in the body. This GLA also balances your hormones and helps reduce PMS symptoms like cramps, and menopause side effects such as hot flashes and depression.
Did you know GLA can also help control sugar cravings? Instead of some chocolate treats, try some hemp seed oil the next time your period is around the corner.
CBD has cannabidiol, which blocks the pain signaling pathways. Not only does it offer relief from pain, it is also anti-inflammatory. Being a relaxant, CBD also reduces uterine cramps and has had positive results on those suffering from depression and anxiety. All of the above are symptoms of PMS and menopause.
While the research on the use of hemp seed oil and CBD oil for PMS and menopause still requires further exploration, it is safe to say they lessen the severity of the symptoms.
Hemp oils are a great addition to your wellness kit as they can target particular symptoms and offer relief. But it is very important to do your due diligence. Get it from a trusted company where the products are made in a hygienic setting using high quality raw materials. Our Great Pahadi Hemp Seed Oil is made using seeds from farms in India, where we are able to keep an eye on quality.
We also use the cold-pressed process to make the oil. A traditional stone-wooden mill (called Kachi Ghani or Kal Chekku) is used to extract the oil. This is a completely natural process without the use of additional heat or chemicals, so the plant’s properties remain unchanged. While hemp oils have a host of health benefits, always check with your doctor before applying it topically or ingesting it as a supplement.