Ready to ditch the Midol? We asked Dr. Shivani Amin, MD with Green Health Docs if she'd recommend using CBD to treat PMS cramps, and we got a resounding "YES" in response. "It's the most powerful anti-inflammatory compound of the [cannabis] plant," said Dr. Amin.
And if you're used to taking tons of Ibuprofen to no avail, rest easy knowing that CBD is "proven to be 60 to 100 percent more effective than ibuprofen." It also doesn't have the health risks that ibuprofen does. She told POPSUGAR that if you're taking roughly 800mg of ibuprofen to treat cramps, her patients have been doing well with a 15mg dose of CBD.
Per Dr. Amin's recommendation, start your dose in the morning. If you need a little more help with pain and inflammation, have another dose midday (with food). And if you want to kill two birds with one stone, check out CBD dark chocolate hearts to curb cravings and cramps simultaneously.
Keep in mind that while this doctor's suggestion was specifically geared toward treating your cramps, there are no studies yet on CBD's efficacy on other symptoms like bloating or mood swings (TBH, there are not a ton of US-based studies in general . . . yet), but because CBD has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, it could have powerful effects on other symptoms, too.