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What Are CBD Tampons, and Do They Work?

Mell Green
Written by Mell Green

When it comes to the miracles of cannabidiol (CBD), it’s starting to feel like there’s nothing this incredible compound can’t do. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and according to experts, it triggers CB (cannabinoid) receptors found in the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system. These receptors help to regulate our organs, immune system, and nervous system and, when they interact with CBD, have exhibited the ability to reduce inflammation, anxiety, and even menstrual pain.

A 2018 Dutch survey found that 85% of women have experienced painful cramping when menstruating, 77% suffered from mood disorders and their related symptoms, and 71% experienced extreme feelings of exhaustion and tiredness. More than a third highlighted that menstrual symptoms stopped them from performing their normal daily routine. So, it was only a matter of time before savvy people drew a line between the positive effects of CBD and the monthly pain of menstrual cramps. Many women have found great relief using CBD tampons.

These tampons are typically made from hemp-derived CBD oil, cocoa butter, and coconut oil and are to be inserted vaginally. As they don’t contain any THC and are therefore entirely non-psychoactive, they offer nothing by way of a high, but after around 20 minutes consumers report feeling a dramatic decrease of pain, as well as a lightening of mood.

As it turns out, CBD is great at providing relief to the source of pain, as a significant amount of the body’s CB receptors are located in the vagina. What’s even more? The special coating of CBD oil on these tampons creates a type of protective barrier that’s able to prevent the loss of cotton fibers, which lowers the risk of bacterial vaginal infections, as well as Toxic Shock syndrome.

CBD tampons are also able to help women with lower back pain problems, and they have been known to work longer and more effectively than typical painkillers. This is likely the case because CBD posesses impressive anti-inflammatory properties, which means it is able to relax the muscles in the pelvic floor (usually what causes the agony of period pain cramping).

If you’re wondering how to get started with CBD tampons, there are various brands now providing products containing a range of doses, typically starting around 25 milligrams up to about 100 milligrams.

Some basic recommendations for finding the best products out there:

  • Choose an entirely organic product
  • Opt for a tampon made with full-spectrum hemp
  • Check to see if the producer lists where the hemp comes from

While the signs are pointing to the fact that CBD could be a welcome introduction to helping period pain, it’s important to say that we are still in the initial stages of research on applications for CBD. When in doubt, treat CBD tampons the same way you’d introduce your body to anything else: start with a lower dose and build up over time.

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