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How Raw Cacao and CBD Can Alleviate Period Pains
McKenna Hickey ·
Here it comes, that pesky, dreaded time of the month again. Oh, the joys of womanhood. Another week of pain, cramps, mood swings, stress, and bloating is here, aaand you’re over it. At some point, I’m sure you’ve found yourself keeled over on the couch, in agonizing pain, and craving some chocolate. Well, what if I told you that by satisfying your cravings, you may also be able to alleviate some of that pain you’re experiencing? Sounds good to me.
Raw cacao, produced from unroasted cocoa beans, is the natural form of chocolate. During your period, your uterus sheds its lining. In order for your uterus to do this, a chemical known as prostaglandins causes your uterus to contract. Although this is a totally natural process, it unfortunately stillllllll comes with it’s fair share of aches and pains.
Lucky for us, magnesium can help relax these uterine muscles and provide us with some relief. And do you know what is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium? You guessed it, raw cacao. Not only will this magnesium help with cramps, but it can also help reduce bloating and breast tenderness during your time of the month. Bring onnnnnn the chocolate.
One other great remedy to combat the inconvenience of period pain, is the use of CBD. One major cause of menstrual pain is inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties found in CBD will help to alleviate that pain. An additional benefit of CBD is its ability to balance out your hormones. One of the responsibilities of our endocannabinoid system is keeping our body in balance. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, which in turn, will help to regulate your stress levels, anxiety, and mood swings. Wins. All. Around.
Now before we go, here are a few pointers to make sure you get the most out of these remedies:
Remember, it’s cacao, not cocoa
Raw cacao is the natural, unroasted form of cocoa. Cocoa is made of beans that have been roasted (meaning they have been processed at a much higher temperature). Roasting the beans at this high temperature causes them to lose some of their nutritional value. Not to mention, most packaged cocoa has added sugar and dairy.
Other Cacao Benefits
Along with reducing your period pain, raw cacao has so many other amazing health benefits. Being rich in antioxidants, a natural antidepressant, boosting your heart health, and providing natural energy, eating raw cacao will provide you with so many bonus benefits!
Use Organic CBD
Just like we mentioned in our 5 Myths About CBD blog post, organic CBD is held to a much higher standard than non-organic CBD products. Opting for organic CBD will ensure high-quality and trustful ingredients, leading to better and healthier results.And although you probably won’t be looking forward to your next period, now you will have a few tricks up your sleeve for the next time Aunt Flo pays you a visit.