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What is the best way to take CBD for period pain?

There is nothing worse than struggling with PMS symptoms during a busy day.

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We examine the best way to take CBD during your period to target the different symptoms such as cramps, muscle pain, sleeplessness and acne.

There is nothing worse than needing to get through a busy day while struggling with period pain.

There are many different ways to take CBD for period pain from oils to edibles. However, are some more effective than others?. While taking an oil or edible does work, there are plenty of alternative options out there. We examine what methods could work best for cramps, sleeplessness or even acne.

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CBD hot chocolate: best for comfort

Chocolate is a very normal craving to have during your period. The sugar, fat and carbohydrate content increases our serotonin which is responsible for feelings of well-being.

Period cravings usually start within the seven to ten days before your period starts along with all the other PMS symptoms such as bloating or acne. While there is nothing wrong with having a big slab of chocolate if your body is craving it, why not try mixing it up with a hot drink?

It’s not all bad as dark chocolate can contain anti-oxidants and minerals that the body needs. Hot drinks can help to relax tense or sore muscles too. These drinks are usually infused with nanoparticles of CBD which are absorbed by the body. Although, there is very little research to suggest how much is absorbed this way.

It can be fun to experiment by adding a drop (or two) of your own oil into a drink. However, oil and water don’t mix so you may notice the CBD sitting on top of the drink. It can still be absorbed this way though or alternatively, water-soluble CBD is also sold.

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CBD patches: best for cramps

CBD patches are great for targeting the exact area that is experiencing pain. They can be left on overnight too meaning they won’t wear off after a few hours as oil or tinctures might. A slow, steady release of CBD is absorbed into the system meaning you can go to work without worrying.

A case study and literature review from 2020 suggests that CBD patches may be helpful for decreasing inflammation and blocking pain for patients recovering from back or nerve pain.

CBD bath bombs: best for cramps and lower back pains

Muscle aches and tension can be a common symptoms of pre-menstrual tension (PMT) leading to pain. The uterus contacts when getting ready to expel its lining. It is triggered by hormones that give it the signal to start the contractions. While most people with periods experience cramps, some may experience them severely especially those with endometriosis or pelvic pain.

Some people may find a hot bath helps to relax and soothe cramps. It can also help if the pain is keeping you awake at night. CBD bath bombs work in a similar way to topical creams or lotions. The CBD is absorbed through the skin. They also release fragrant essential oils which help with relaxation.

Terpenes, which give plants their smell, can also boost the effects of CBD. Linalool, the terpene in lavender would be a great choice for a bath bomb to help with sleep or relaxation. While alpha-bisabolol and chamazulene are terpenes found in chamomile that have similar effects.

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CBD tampons: best for direct application

Okay, hear us out on this one!

Vaginal absorption is one of the fastest ways to get a dose of CBD into the system. The walls of the vagina (the mucous membranes) absorb the CBD immediately into the bloodstream where it can get to work. So if you are feeling the effects and need a fast fix, then tampons may be a good option.

For those who may not want to or cannot insert a tampon, there are different topicals that can be applied in intimate areas. It may cause irritation to use your normal CBD oil or products that have not been designed for that area. Alternatively, CBD suppositories also work in both the vagina and anus.

The usual rules about changing tampons regularity still apply with the CBD versions. Toxic shock can still occur despite CBD’s antibacterial properties.

CBD skincare: best for acne

Our skin changes during our period and starts to become more oily. Sebum is natural oil produced by our bodies that increases during our cycle. Excess sebum, dirt and bacteria can build up to block pores creating acne or breakouts.

A study on women with oily skin showed that there was an increase in sebum during the week leading up to menstruation and the first week of their period. This then decreased to its lowest level during the second week of their menstrual cycle.

CBD is thought to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which may help to reduce the risk of infection or the severity of a breakout. Studies also show it may help to control sebum production meaning it is less oily.
There are a lot of different beauty products on the market containing CBD or hemp seed oil. It is worth examining the label of different products as some mislabel hemp oil as CBD although it contains none.

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New studies examine effects of THC and CBD on stroke

New data suggests both positive and negative effects of cannabis in stroke patients

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A new study has shown that pre-treatment CBD may have a neuroprotective effect in stroke patients.

The study aimed to investigate the effect of CBD on oxidative stress and cell death which occurs in ischemic stroke patients.

It revealed that the cannabinoid may reduce the destructive effects of cell damage associated with stroke.

Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke. They occur when a blood clot blocks a flow of oxygen or blood to the brain. This takes place in arteries that have been narrowed or blocked over time by fatty deposits (plaques). The most common symptoms of a stroke include facial drooping on one side, not being able to lift your arms and slurred speech.

If this occurs, it is vital that a person be taken to the emergency room immediately.

The National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (NICE) estimate that there are around 100,000 strokes every year in the UK. It is also thought that 1.3 million people live with the effects of a stroke.

Stroke recovery and CBD results

The Study showed that CBD reduced the amount of infarction in those samples which had been given the cannabinoid. Infarction refers to the death of tissue as a result of a lack of blood supply and is commonly due to a blood vessel being obstructed or narrowed.

There were also differences in malondialdehyde level (MDA) – a common marker of oxidative stress – between the brains of the CBD group and the vehicle group.

It also revealed that CBD may help to protect tissue by preventing further damage.

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THC and stroke risk

Another recent study examined the effect that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) could have on strokes. It found that it may increase the risk of a certain type of stroke among cannabis consumers.

According to findings, cannabis consumers who experience a stroke known as an aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH), are twice as likely to develop further complications.

An aSAH occurs when a weakened blood vessel bursts on the surface of the brain leading to bleeding between the brain and tissue that covers it. It can result in neurological disabilities, long-term slurred speech or even death. It is estimated that aSAH affects around eight people per 100,000 of the population each year, accounting for six per cent of first strokes.

The study by the American Stroke Association suggested there is twice the risk of developing delayed cerebral ischemia for cannabis consumers. The researchers analysed data from 1,000 patients who had received treatment for bleeding over a 12 year period. In the group of participants, 36 per cent developed cerebral ischemia and 50 per cent had moderate to severe disabilities.

When comparing the results of patients who tested positive for THC with those who did not, they found cannabis consumers were 2.7 times more likely to develop cerebral ischemia. They were also 2.8 times more likely to develop long-term moderate to severe physical disabilities.

However, compared to those who tested negative for THC, the cannabis group did not have larger aneurysms, higher blood pressures or worse stroke symptoms when admitted to the hospital. They did not have any higher cardiovascular risk factors than the negative group.

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Researchers are now conducting further studies in which they hope to better understand if THC can impact aneurysm formation and rupture.

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New study shows CBD may prevent Covid-19 infection

Researchers are calling for more trials to determine if CBD could be a preventative or early treatment for the virus.

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Covid: A covid infection

Researchers are recommending clinical trials to examine if CBD could help to prevent Covid infection after more positive findings have been published.

Researchers from the University of Chicago have reported that CBD may stop the infection of Covid-19 by blocking its ability to replicate in the lungs.

A number of cannabinoids including CBD and THC were tested along with 7-Hydroxycannabidiol (7-OH-CBD) which is thought to be produced when cannabidiol is processed by the body.

The study found that CBD showed a significant negative association with SARS-CoV-2 positive tests in a national sample of patients who were taking  high doses of CBD, prescribed for epilepsy.

As a result of their findings, researchers are calling for more clinical trials to determine whether CBD could eventually be used as a preventative or early treatment for the virus.

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Covid and CBD study

Researchers treated human lung cells with a non-toxic dose of CBD for two hours before exposing the cells to SARS-CoV-2 and monitoring them for the virus and the viral spike protein.

They found that, above a certain threshold concentration, CBD inhibited the virus’ ability to replicate.

Further investigation found that CBD had the same effect in two other types of cells and for three variants of SARS-CoV-2 in addition to the original strain.

CBD did not affect the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to enter the cell. Instead, CBD was effective at blocking replication early in the infection cycle and six hours after the virus had already infected the cell.

Like all viruses, SARS-CoV-2 affects the host cell by hijacking its gene expression machinery to produce more copies of itself and its viral proteins. This effect can be observed by tracking virus-induced changes in cellular RNAs. High concentrations of CBD almost completely eradicated the expression of viral RNAs.

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When it came to the other cannabinoids, CBD was found to be the only potentially potent agent. There was no or limited antiviral activity noted by the similar cannabinoids including THC, CBDA, CBDV, CBC or even CBG.

Marsha Rosner, PhD, professor and senior author of the study said it was a completely unexpected result, she commented: “CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, so we thought that maybe it would stop the second phase of COVID infection involving the immune system, the so-called ‘cytokine storm.’ Surprisingly, it directly inhibited viral replication in lung cells.

She added: “We just wanted to know if CBD would affect the immune system. No one in their right mind would have ever thought that it blocked viral replication, but that’s what it did.”

The researchers do caution that this is not possible with commercially available CBD. The CBD tested was high-purity and also medical grade.

However, Rosner cautioned:  “Going to your corner bakery and buying some CBD muffins or gummy bears probably won’t do anything. The commercially available CBD powder we looked at, which was off the shelf and something you could order online, was sometimes surprisingly of high purity but also of inconsistent quality. It is also hard to get into an oral solution that can be absorbed without the special, FDA-approved formulation.”

CBD and Covid studies

This is the second study to be released showing the potential for cannabinoids in Covid management and prevention.

A study by Oregon State University has revealed that the compounds cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), may have the ability to prevent the virus that causes Covid-19 from entering human cells.

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Researchers and scientists, led by Richard van Breedan, found that a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a step in the process the virus takes for infection.

Targeting compounds that block the virus-receptor interaction has been helpful for patients with other viral infections such as HIV-1 and hepatitis.

The researchers and scientists identified the two cannabinoid acids through a screening technique, developed previously in van Breeman’s laboratory. The team also screened different botanicals such as red clover, hops, wild yam and three types of liquorice.

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Partner of Irish politician “six years seizure free” faces charges over medical cannabis use

John Montaine uses medical cannabis to manage his epilepsy – and is said to be six years seizure free.

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John Montaine, is the partner of Clare Sinn Fein TD Violet Ann Wynne.

The partner of a sitting Irish TD is contesting charges of cannabis possession, saying he uses it medicinally to manage his epilepsy.

John Montaine, who is the partner of Clare Sinn Fein TD Violet Ann Wynne, was charged with the alleged illegal possession of cannabis on February 11, 2021, at his family home, the Irish Independent reported.

Mr Montaine contests the charges and his partner Deputy Wynne has previously spoken publicly about how he uses cannabis medicinally to manage his epilepsy.

Speaking after the initial court hearing in November, Deputy Wynne said in March her partner would be “six years seizure free”.

She went on to say that it has improved his quality of life “100 per cent, without a doubt”.

“There was always some kind of issue – say John having a number of fits within the one month or losing teeth or suffering with severe migraine, but since John has been using the medicinal cannabis, he has had a better quality of life,” Deputy Wynne told the Independent.

She added: “It has also freed myself up. John would have been on disability allowance and I would have had to have been his carer but since using the medicinal cannabis, he doesn’t suffer from any of those issues any longer.”

Medical cannabis is legal in Ireland, but access to a prescription is limited.

Last year Ryan Gorman, a 26-year-old man, from Dublin, who also suffers from epilepsy, became the first patient to receive a cannabis-based medicine through the Medical Cannabis Access Programme.

Despite legislation being signed off in 2019, Ireland’s Health minister Stephen Donnelly only announced funding for it in January 2021, with the programme only becoming fully operational in November.

Four cannabis-based medicines are expected to be available through the MCAP, to people living with one of three qualifying conditions. These include intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, severe treatment-resistant epilepsy and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). 

Mr Montaine’s solicitor appeared in Kilrush District Court on behalf of his client this week, where his case was adjourned until 15 March.

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