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CBD cocktail as efficient as ibuprofen in decreasing menstrual ache

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Cheng C et al. Is a Botanical CBD Blend Beneficial for Menstrual Cramps? Presented at: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting; April 30 – May 2, 2021 (virtual meeting).

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Morgan is the creator of Flow Formula.

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Flow Formula, a botanical blend containing CBD, was found to be as effective as ibuprofen in relieving menstrual pain symptoms, according to results from a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study.

Data shows that 5% to 10% of ovulating women with moderate menstrual symptoms and 5% or less with severe menstrual symptoms report that these symptoms affect their daily lives, according to researchers.

A botanical blend containing CBD relieved common menstrual symptoms. The data were presented at ACOG’s annual scientific and clinical meeting. Photo source: Shutterstock

Allen Morgan MD, A reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist in Lakewood, New Jersey told Healio Primary Care that he developed Flow Formula (Cannabidiol Botanical Blend, Maxine & Morgan) after his daughter developed an ulcer from using NSAIDs for severe menstrual cramps.

In addition to CBD, the product contains turmeric, ginger, cramp bark, fennel seeds and valerian root. According to Morgan, the ingredients were selected based on data from previous randomized controlled trials.

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For the current analysis, Morgan and colleagues at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Morgan Fertility and Reproductive Medicine randomly assigned 71 women to receive the botanical cannabidiol blend, ibuprofen, or placebo for the first 4 days of three menstrual cycles. Participants filled out 51 numerical scales for pain before and after receiving the study drug, as well as a quality of life survey and symptom severity questionnaire.

The results, presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ annual virtual clinical and scientific meeting, showed that women who received the botanical cannabidiol blend reported similar reductions in pain scores as those who received ibuprofen. On Day 1, the botanical cannabidiol blend was significantly more effective than ibuprofen and placebo at reducing nausea, according to the researchers. On day 3, the botanical cannabidiol blend was significantly more effective than the other two treatments at reducing convulsions, irritability, and mood swings. No adverse events were reported.

In terms of safety, Morgan said that the WHO’s 2017 global review of CBD found that adverse events associated with its use are “limited” and usually include fatigue and diarrhea. The report also noted that CBD had no “effects indicative of abuse or addiction” and that there was “no evidence of public health issues associated with the use of pure CBD”.

“There is an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that is stomach relief and reduces symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menstrual symptoms,” said Morgan.

References:

Cheng C et al. Is a Botanical CBD Blend Beneficial for Menstrual Cramps? Presented at: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting; April 30 – May 2, 2021 (virtual meeting).

Kraemer GR, Kraemer RR. J Women’s health. 2009: doi: 10.1089 / jwh.1998.7.893.

Johnson SR. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 1998; doi: 10.1097 / 00003081-199806000-00022.

WHO. Cannabidiol (CBD). Pre-review report. https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf. Accessed May 10, 2021.

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Maura Quinlan, MD, MPH)

Maura Quinlan, MD, MPH

Although the understanding of the science behind CBD is limited and the placebo effects are enormous, it is reasonable to offer CBD that knows its role in treating other pains. Side effects are minimal, so it’s worth trying if patients are interested (and what they choose isn’t expensive).

I would recommend doctors to ask their patients what they are using for their painful periods as many are likely to use CBD and we won’t know if we don’t ask. We must continue to do the usual work-up on the causes of pain and explain the rigorous science behind FDA-approved drugs.

Maura Quinlan, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Legislative Chair, Illinois Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Disclosure: Quinlan does not report any relevant financial information.

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Nicole M. Avena, PhD)

Nicole M. Avena, PhD

This is an interesting study.

The results suggest that CBD supplementation may be as effective as ibuprofen in reducing menstrual pain and nausea. It is important to note, however, that (to my knowledge) this is not a published study that has been peer-reviewed (conference summaries are not subject to the rigorous scrutiny that a journal would apply).

Until the study was published in a journal and the methodology, analysis, and interpretation of the results were peer reviewed, I wouldn’t make too much of it. Still, there is literature to suggest that CBD may affect menstrual cramps. Hence, the results of Morgan and colleagues are encouraging and it will be interesting to see if they are made public.

Nicole M. Avena, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Visiting Professor of Health Psychology at Princeton University

Disclosure: Avena does not report any relevant financial information.

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