Estrus is a feature of essentially every species of the class of the animal kingdom known as Mammalia. For the species Homo sapiens, there exists a very uncommon idiosyncrasy: a monthly menstrual cycle.
For females of this species â€“ you, or your wife, girlfriend, sister, or mother â€“ the process entails a series of hormonal changes that occur in the uterus and the brain, and that create an environment especially suited to the production and fertilization of an egg, which, with any luck (or with bad luck, depending on your circumstances), may eventually blossom into another human being.
Men of the same species are notoriously bad at understanding just exactly what it is that women go through during this period of the month. But that is our failing, and we pay dearly for it.
Understanding the Menstrual Cycle
Day one of the menstrual cycle amounts to the first day of â€śthe periodâ€ť. This is when the uterus loses its lining due to the fact that no fertilized egg was embedded into that lining.
A bleeding process works to remove the shed lining from the body. Generally speaking, this takes seven days or less to complete itself as a process. At this point, estrogen begins to rebuild its supplies in the body.
Interestingly, it is this gradual ramp up in the available supplies of estrogen in the bodyâ€™s system that begins the process of production of a new mature egg. This process eventually leads to ovulation.
Ovulation entails a steep increase of the luteinizing hormone along with estrogen. At this point, once this process is complete and a mature egg has been produced, estrogen levels begin to fall once again. Following this, we begin to see a spike in the hormone progesterone.
The role of this spike in progesterone is to begin to construct the thick lining of the uterus such that it may host a fertilized egg for implantation and eventual pregnancy. The body is always prepared to play host to a new body.
If the egg fails to be fertilized within about a day of its initial release, the egg will expire. Interestingly, because sperm cells can survive inside the uterine environment for nearly a week, fertility during this cycle maintains itself for about that length of time.
In any case, if fertilization does not take place in time, the cycle resets itself, and the process renews.
CBD and PMS
As we have seen, CBD has proven itself to be an integral part of treatment and therapy for a variety of different health conditions that can arise from an imbalance in regulatory processes in human physiology.
The hormonal system of the human body is one such domain. The major regulatory systems and physiology for humans include a number of different processes that we take for granted in our daily lives. In many ways, one might see hormonal regulation as being one of the most prevalent and poignant to fit this description.
Ultimately, hormonal regulation comes down to a glandular system that has a number of strong ties to the endocannabinoid system.
For example, one of the most common issues faced by women dealing with some of the less pleasant aspects of the menstrual cycle is something known as dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps.
The actual cause of dysmenorrhea is, perhaps surprisingly, muscle contractions of the uterine wall, as the uterus begins the process of attempting to shed off a lining that will never host an active pregnancy.
While common over-the-counter palliative analgesics tend to be the mainstay for the industry that supports this experience, anecdotal and scientific research is beginning to suggest that CBD could be more than a viable alternative. The receptors involved in managing oneâ€™s experience of this process, lodged in the brain and the immune system, interact powerfully with CBD.
In addition, CBD has important effects to be levied on the basic ebb and flow of hormonal regulation in human physiology.
Finally, CBD may actually work as an effective birth control pill according to some recent research. However, there will need to be further science done in relation to this concept before we can say anything more definitively.