CBD is everywhere, and we mean everywhere! It’s in drinks, skincare, gummies, food, and the list goes on. But what effect does it have on menstrual cramps? Those of us looking for natural pain relief (i.e. me) wanted to know. It’s been said that CBD has powerful effects on anxiety, pain relief, and even serious health conditions like cancer, so why wouldn’t it be perfect for cramps or even PMS symptoms?

A few thing you need to know first…

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring substance and is not psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. The great debate is full spectrum vs isolate. You may see this on many CBD labels and it’s important to know which is right for you. Full spectrum means that the product has all the cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant, not just CBD oil. Isolate means that it contains nothing other than pure, isolated CBD. There’s no real way to know which is better for you until you try them, but research shows that full spectrum is more powerful and effective, and undergoes less processing than isolate. Full or broad spectrum is definitely my preferred kind.

I sampled several different brands and forms of the miracle compound. I have not tried everything on the market, but here are a few of my favorites for cramp/PMS relief:

#1 Sublingual

Wave Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture by Hilani

This form is my go-to every day for it’s calming benefits. However, I increase the dosage during that time of the month to help alleviate pain from menstrual cramps. You simply place a dropper full, or the recommended dosage, under the tongue, and leave for about 20 seconds before you swallow. Made with 10 wildcrafted, organic ingredients and full spectrum CBD oil, you can rest easy that you are not sacrificing potency, for purity.

#2 Suppositories

Basics Suppositories by Foria

This form may not be for everyone, but I have to say, it’s extremely effective. The suppository is inserted vaginally, as close to the cervix and uterus as possible, and begins working in about 10-20 minutes. It delivers pain relief as well as a feeling of relaxation. Each suppository is made of 100mg of broad-spectrum CBD mixed with 100% organic cocoa butter. I am a big fan of their entire line, so be sure to check out their other products too!

#3 Topical Roll-On

Chronic Tonic by Tonic

This product blends pure CBD with soothing essential oils for targeted pain relief. This topical formula has roller ball applicator that allows you to rub the formula directly on your lower abdomen for powerful pain relief, right at the source. This can also be used anywhere pain or inflammation is present, like sore joints or headaches. A similar product appeared in our Kali boxes and I have been hooked ever since!