Far too often people wait until pelvic pain becomes unbearable before starting treatment, and the problem with taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) is that they can cause severe side effects for some users.
About a third of the US population suffer from some form of chronic pain, and for a lot of women, pelvic pain can be debilitating. Common treatments include NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, but long term treatment requires additional therapy to prevent drug dependency and a few other side effects. Check out this article on WebMD about the side effects of non-steroidal medicines.
As more states legalize cannabis, more people are looking to try it as treatment for chronic pain; and for many of these people the most common question is “What type of cannabidiol can I use for pelvic pain”?
Cannabinoids are great for treating pain, and while recently we’ve seen a surge in CBD sales, we should mention there are close to a hundred cannabinoids in hemp plants and some studies suggest that using multiple cannabinoids (instead of just CBD or THC) may deliver a holistic treatment. Let’s check out which of these cannabinoids are ideal for treating pelvic pain, and why they work.
Cannabinoids for pelvic pain
Cannabidiol is not psychoactive, which makes it perfect for treating pain, especially if there is concern of drug use. It doesn’t show up on drug tests, and it may help alleviate anxiety as well, CBD can be used to mitigate the dysphoria that comes from experiencing chronic pain, and it also boosts opioid-based analgesic effects. CBD can be used as a long term medication for pelvic pain and the best part is that it prevents addiction to NSAIDs.
THC is most commonly known as the main active compound in cannabis and what causes euphoria when you smoke or ingest cannabis. But aside from its psychoactive properties, THC also provides relief against chronic pain and can reduce inflammation to some extent. When used in smaller doses, THC can be an excellent treatment for pelvic pain.
The cannabinoid CBG inhibits the uptake of a stress-related brain transmitter (known as GABA), which has been seen to reduce anxiety in medical tests. CBG also delivers anti-inflammatory effects and may be useful in treating certain bowel diseases. Lastly, CBG may be useful in delaying or preventing some of the neuron activity that precipitates depression, and due to its ability to relive pain, may also help elevate mood for people who are vulnerable to depression.
Both CBG and CBDa are described as non-impairing cannabinoids with anti-inflammatory properties that may be used successfully to treat pain associated with arthritis. There hasn’t been much research into CBDa (compared with say, THC) but from what medical observation reports say, CBDa is a naturally-occurring medicine for pain and fatigue. Both CBDa and CBD are water soluble, which means users can take lower doses to achieve relief against pelvic pain.
Unexpected ways to ease pelvic pain
Successful treatment of chronic pain usually involves a number of lifestyle improvements that help to improve mobility, build strength, and reduce stress levels. The following are some of the more basic adjustments you can make to your normal routine to include activities that promote health and also reduce the experience of pelvic pain significantly:
Pelvic Floor Exercises
It’s no surprise that health experts recommend yoga to people with joint pains – and/or pelvic pain. Pelvic pain interferes with normal mobility and requires some form of exercise to re-orient the muscles to have better coordination. Doing a few of these exercises every day will help reduce pain and boost your strength as well.
Do Physical Therapy
PT isn’t only for fixing sports injuries or building muscle strength after an accident; it is actually an excellent treatment for the pelvic area especially when performed by an expert with knowledge of women’s health. A regular physical therapy class can get those sensitive pelvic areas moving again with minimum pain and effort.
Relax with a Massage
If your doctor orders a massage for what you perceive as severe pain, don’t be so quick to dismiss it. A simple back and abdomen massage can do a lot to ease menstrual pain and pain associated with the pelvic area. The other benefit of a massage is that you also get to reduce stress as well.
Acupuncture can help curb pelvic pain
This very old Chinese practice uses tiny needles to stimulate specific nerves and muscles. It is one of the oldest treatments for pain and a very effective one as well. It is believed that acupuncture triggers the release of natural pain killers in the body – and women have used it to help manage pelvic pain with great success.
Natural foods to consider when having pelvic pain
Bananas contain a high amount of magnesium, a vital mineral for muscle and nerve function. Magnesium is also useful in treating stomach problems and in particular, bladder muscle spasms; which when treated, enable the bladder to fully empty. Magnesium supplements can help manage constipation because of its laxative effect, and for all these reasons, it should help ease pelvic pain.
Take a nap
Many of the women dealing with pelvic pain have problems sleeping through the night; but it’s important to keep a regular sleeping pattern especially when dealing with chronic pain. A study was conducted recently that found that taking a nap in the afternoons elevated mood and reduced pain for people with severe pain issues, and it made them more alert.
So with all these cannabinoids available for treating pain, our recommendation for finding the perfect one for pelvic pain is to try as many of them as you can – but bear in mind the legal restrictions on THC, and make sure your state allows it.
About The Author
As a nature/natural-living enthusiast and passionate researcher with ten years in the cannabis industry, Kelsi enjoys playing her part to educate the world on the benefits of alternative health and medication options.