Can you use CBD for endometriosis pain?

People with endometriosis experience chronic pain that can be difficult to manage. Although there is limited research, some people say that CBD (cannabidiol) reduces their symptoms.

CBD is a cannabinoid that is one of the plant compounds found in cannabis. However, unlike its cannabinoid counterpart THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it does not intoxicate the user or give them a “high”.

Studies and clinical trials suggest that CBD has a number of potential therapeutic uses, including reducing inflammation and pain. There is limited research on the use of CBD specifically for endometriosis, but anecdotal evidence suggests it may help manage symptoms.

Read more to learn more about using CBD for endometriosis, how it works, and more.

Clinical evidence of CBD’s effectiveness in treating endometriosis is limited, but some people say it helps relieve their symptoms.

A 2021 survey of 253 people found that 62% had tried a CBD product, including products containing THC. Of these people, 59% said these products reduced their pain and 67.6% said the products allowed them to reduce their pain medication.

This suggests that while CBD may help relieve pain and reduce the need for pain medication, it won’t work for everyone. Because this was a survey, it didn’t show a causal relationship between CBD and pain relief.

According to a 2021 study, the placebo effect could explain the results of CBD oil.

Researchers gave some participants a placebo and some CBD. They told some of them the formulation they had received, but told others that they had received the formulation.

Those taking the active CBD reported pain relief. The participants who were told they were taking CBD but were actually taking the placebo also reported pain relief.

It’s important to always read the label before taking any form of CBD. People should consider the strength of the CBD oil they intend to take.

The products are available in different potencies – for example 300 milligrams (mg), 600 mg or 1,000 mg. It is also possible to purchase CBD products in 2,000mg or even 4,000mg strengths.

CBD also affects individuals differently depending on a variety of factors. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a doctor as to what dosage is best. They can suggest an appropriate dosage or advise a person against CBD if they are taking certain medications that can cause dangerous drug interactions.

If it is safe to take CBD, a person could start with a dose of 20mg per day and slowly increase until they reach the desired effect. People should always stay within the manufacturer’s recommendations for safe upper limits unless otherwise advised by a healthcare professional.

Generally, people take CBD oil sublingually, meaning they put it under the tongue in their mouth. Other methods of using CBD include:

  • CBD patches are applied directly to the skin
  • CBD creams applied directly to the skin
  • CBD inhalers inhale into the lungs
  • CBD gummies in a chewy sweet form

Although there is limited research on CBD, some researchers have studied the use of medicinal cannabis for endometriosis.

Medical cannabis may contain CBD. It describes any cannabis product that is recommended by a doctor to treat a medical condition.

A 2020 study looked at CBD and its ability to relieve pain. Researchers focused on nabiximols, pharmaceutical products that combine THC and CBD in a 1:1 ratio. This is because pure CBD products are not approved for pharmaceutical use. However, it is important to note that Nabiximols are not currently approved in the United States but are approved for use in other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

Researchers could not conclusively state the therapeutic properties of CBD based solely on the products available that contain both THC and CBD. While many pure CBD supplements are currently available, they are non-pharmaceutical and lack clinical studies to determine their effectiveness.

However, research has shown that THC alone can be effective. A systematic review of 16 studies of medicinal cannabis in gynecological pain conditions showed pain relief after medicinal cannabis use. Of those surveyed, 61-95.5% reported pain relief.

Another 2018 study concluded that current evidence supports the use of medicinal cannabis to treat chronic pain in adults. Despite this, larger and longer studies are needed to determine the long-term safety and effectiveness of these products.

There is limited research on the use of CBD for endometriosis, but many people with the condition report that it offers pain relief. However, there is more research that supports the use of THC alone and products containing THC and CBD.

CBD oil comes in a variety of strengths and is commonly taken under the tongue. To determine a safe dose, it is advisable to contact a doctor.