Data Shows Women Use CBD for PMS & Other Hormonal Conditions

As the CBD industry continues to grow, with more people learning what the hemp plant is, what CBD is, and what people are using it for, we continue to search and find CBD user data to learn how Americans use CBD and how they rated their experiences. Here, we highlight data from some consumer surveys that included women who reported using CBD to help manage their hormonal conditions such as PMS and menopause, including data on women’s experiences with CBD for cramping, CBD for bloating, CBD for headaches, CBD for mood swings, CBD for pain, and more.

CBD Surveys

There are only a handful of published CBD surveys asking women about using CBD for PMS, menstrual relief and other woman hormonal conditions.

In a survey of 2,000 adults, 9% reported using CBD for menstrual relief.

In another survey consisting of 855 adult women, 44.8% reported using CBD to ease menstrual symptoms and 16.9% reported using CBD to treat their menopause symptoms.

In another and more comprehensive survey comprised of roughly 2,243 women, 20% (452) reported using CBD for either PMS, menstrual syndrome, perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Among these conditions, PMS was the number one reason women used CBD, with menopause ranking second, perimenopause ranking third, menstrual syndrome ranking fourth, and post-menopause ranking fifth.

The survey asked women to rate how effective CBD was in helping 14 common symptoms associated with hormonal conditions. Symptoms included irritability, mood swings, headaches, cramping, back or pelvic pain, bloating, food cravings, digestive upset, breast tenderness, hot flashes, low sex drive, night sweats, dry skin, discomfort during sex, and urinary urgency.

Specifically, these women were asked how to rate how effective CBD on a scale from “much better”, a “little better, “no change”, a little worse” to a “lot worse.”

A little over 350 of the women found their irritability was “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD.

A little less than 350 found their mood swings was “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD.

Around 300 found their headaches were “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD

A little less than 250 of the women found their cramping, back or pelvic pain to be “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD.

Nearly 200 women found that their digestive upset was “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD.

A little over 150 of the women found their bloating, breast tenderness and hot flashes to be “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD.

A little less than 150 women found their food cravings were “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD.

A little over 100 women found their night sweats and sex drive was “much better” or a “little better” when they used CBD.

Less than 100 women found that their dry skin, discomfort during sex and urinary urgency was “much better” or a “little better” when used they CBD.

Summing It Up

Scientific research and clinical studies on CBD specifically for PMS, menopause, perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause is lacking.  Even so, it’s inspiring to hear that CBD has helped some women better manage the symptoms associated with these conditions.

Lastly, bear in mind that CBD can interact with some medications. In 2020, researchers from Penn State College of Medicine issued a non-exhaustive list of prescription medications that may interact with CBD, other cannabinoids and medicinal and recreational cannabis. If you take prescription medications for any hormonal conditions and are interested in trying CBD, consult your doctor before use about any potential interactions or other possible complications.

The statements made here are strictly for educational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, and should not be used for such purposes. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or question.

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