Even if you’re still not entirely sure what it is, you’ve likely heard of CBD. Also known as cannabidiol, the ‘it’ wellness ingredient of the moment is popping up in everything from cookies to skin creams to lube and claiming to alleviate everything from stress to acne. And while it does come from the cannabis plant, it’s important to remember that CBD does not equal weed. Unlike THC, the active component in cannabis responsible for altering your mental state, CBD is non-psychoactive.
While CBD won’t get you high, according to proponents who tout its multiple benefits, it will do just about everything else, including combating inflammation and reducing anxiety. So, it should come as no surprise that it’s now being offered as a solution for PMS. New York City’s VSpot Medi-Spa just launched the first-to-market organic CBD suppositories and gummies, both of which are gyno-approved and meant to deliver sweet relief during that time of the month.
They both contain CBD, but the two products work and address the symptoms of PMS differently. The all-natural, vegan CBD Gummies ($42.50 for 10) contain 25mg of CBD, which has been shown to increase serotonin. To put it simply, serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that’s basically responsible for making you feel good by regulating anxiety, happiness, and mood — all of which, as you know, can go haywire when you’re PMSing. On the other hand, the CBD V-Suppositories ($38.50 for 5) contain 100mg of CBD; the thinking here is that delivering the anti-inflammatory CBD in such an, ahem, direct manner, will help quickly and effectively treat cramps. In theory.
I was going through a particularly bad bout of PMS when these crossed my desk, so needless to say, I was all about taking them for a test drive. Up first, the star-shaped gummies, which were surprisingly delicious (and I don’t even like regular gummies). I took one and waited for it to kick in…and then waited some more. At the time, I didn’t notice much of a drastic difference, though in retrospect, I realized that I felt calmer and generally a little less on-edge. I went a good five hours without snapping at my husband, so there’s that.
Onto the CBD suppositories, which are about an inch long and shaped like a bullet. Per the instructions, I popped one in the freezer for a few minutes; because the base is made of coconut oil, this is a key step for making them easier to handle and insert. The suppository is so small that I was pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was to put in, not entirely different from using a tampon. I was experiencing some consistent, low- to mid-grade cramps at the time, so I was hopeful that this would finally bring some relief — but unfortunately for me, no such luck. Even though the soothing effects are supposed to kick in pretty quickly, I didn’t notice any change at all. In fact, if anything, my cramps got a little bit worse.
The bottom line: PMS sucks, and sadly, there’s no cure for it. Still, I could see possibly working these gummies into my current ‘treatment’ plan of sweatpants and salty snacks — anything that helps me chill out a bit is worth it in my book. But I give the CBD suppositories a hard pass and will stick to good ol’ Advil and heating pads instead.