There’s no shortage of cannabis products on the market for pain relief, especially because some countries have already legalized it. When it comes to spasm during menstruation, some companies already sell a large amount of cannabidiol vaginal suppositories.
What, exactly, is a CBD suppository?
Cannabidiol (CBD) suppositories are pill-sized and are intended to be inserted into the vagina or rectum to be dissolved. CBD, a chemical compound thought to be responsible for many of marijuana’s therapeutic effects, is often used to treat pain. Despite limited research on their effectiveness, CBD products have notably been marketed for pain.
Does CBD help with menstrual cramps?
There’s limited research when it comes to how effective CBD products are for period cramps, said Dr. Hance Clarke, the director of Pain Services and the medical director of the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital. There’s mostly anecdotal evidence, which means further academic studies need to be conducted.
There is basic scientific evidence, however, that CBD plays a role in reducing neuroinflammation in the body. This is where the theory that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties comes from, along with the idea that it could potentially help with period pain, Clarke said.
“I think the theory is fine, but do we have hardcore evidence that CBD works for endometriosis or menstrual pain?” Clarke said to Global News. “I don’t think we do.”
Clarke said that products like CBD suppositories need to be backed by data before they’re touted as pain relievers. Plus, he said, it’s important for consumers to know how much CBD is in a product, and if the CBD is active by the time they use it.
“This is where Health Canada and the FDA really now play a role in protecting the public.”
Is it a good idea to use a CBD vaginal suppository?
While there’s no solid proof a CBD suppository will alleviate your period pain. Inserting anything into the vaginal canal can potentially do harm.
According to research led by the University of Guelph, women who practice douching or use vaginal gels, washes and wipes are more likely to experience some type of vaginal infection. In other words, putting foreign substances inside your vagina may cause an unpleasant reaction.
Despite this, many women have found relief and are increasingly deciding on CBD products.
What else are vaginal suppositories used for?
Outside of reportedly helping with period pain, vaginal suppositories are used to treat a variety of medical issues, including fungal infections and vaginal dryness. But it’s important to consult your doctor before using one as they can be potentially harmful, too.