How To Make And Use CBD Oil For Menstrual Cramps

How to make and use CBD oil for menstrual cramps
November 13, 2019

It is estimated that menstrual cramps plague 1 in every 2 menstruating females worldwide. For such a debilitating condition common to half of the human population, it is surprising that there are only limited curative options. Furthermore, most treatments come with adverse side effects. Some of which are drowsiness, stomach cramps, or in severe cases, liver failure and blood disorders. Fortunately, with the emergence of CBD as a therapeutic alternative, women can now seek relief without suffering from any of these consequences.

Women’s Monthly Misery

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Dysmenorrhea, more commonly referred to as menstrual cramps, is a gynecological condition wherein painful uterine contractions accompany the menstruation. This reaction is triggered by the overproduction of the hormone prostaglandin about a day or two before the bleeding starts.

It could be categorized into two depending on the cause.

  • Primary dysmenorrhea. This is the common menstrual pain experienced by women who don’t have any other underlying gynecologic issues. It is estimated that 3 in every 4 women with dysmenorrhea is suffering this primary type. Mostly, teenagers and young adults experience this condition.
  • Secondary dysmenorrhea. The second kind is a symptom of disorders in the female reproductive organ. It is less common than primary dysmenorrhea, and it mostly affects adults and aging women.

Symptoms Of Dysmenorrhea

Pain is the primary indicator of this condition. It can be mild or severe depending on the woman’s menstrual flow. Persistent and debilitating pain in the abdomen, inner thighs, and lower back peaks a day after the first flow. It subsides in about two to three days. Several other symptoms such as fatigue, lightheadedness, aching hips, vomiting, nausea, and loose bowels can concur with this condition.

CBD As A Cure

Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants, is renowned for its healing properties. Among the long list of its therapeutic benefits is its ability to inhibit the body’s pain perception and inflammatory responses. Furthermore, this cannabinoid has been proven to be effective in downregulating the overproduction of prostaglandins. This hormone plays a crucial role in inflammatory processes as well as in triggering uterine contractions which, in turn, leads to a painful sensation. Upon CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid receptors to inhibit inflammatory proteins, relief can be instantly felt.


Best Strains To Use

Best Cannabis Strain

CBD is sourced from either industrially-grown hemp or high-CBD cannabis strains.

Hemp-derived CBD is ideal for medicating patients who would rather not experience the ‘high’ as it contains negligible levels of THC. On the other hand, high-CBD strains are genetically engineered to have potent levels while retaining relatively low levels of THC. This is an option for women who do not mind the mild psychedelic effects.

Choosing the right strain to use is a vital consideration that can have an enormous impact on the potency and effectivity of the resulting product. The ideal strains to use are those with high CBD and low THC ratios.

10 Best High CBD Strains
StrainCBD ContentTHC Content
AC/DC20%0.42% to 6%
Ringo’s Gift20%1%
Charlotte’s Web15%5%
CBD Shark Shock10%5%
Sour Tsunami12%6%

Extracting CBD Oil At Home

Due to its potent medicinal effects and versatility in application and usage, CBD oil is taking the cannabis community by storm. As such, it’s no longer a surprise that people are looking for ways to extract it at home either to save bucks or to experiment out of curiosity.

CBD-Infused Coconut Oil

Among the most preferred ingredient in making cannabis-infused products is coconut oil. This is because aside from the fact that it has numerous health benefits, it is also organic, chemical-free, and has a high concentration of fatty acids. Compared to olive oil that contains less than 20% saturated fats, coconut oil has over 80% which act as strong binding agents for the cannabinoids.


  • 1 cup of ground cannabis buds
  • 1 cup of coconut oil

Materials Needed:

  • Grinder
  • Double-boiler or slow cooker
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Medium-sized glass container


  1. Grind the cannabis buds into a coarse grain. Make sure not to pulverize it into powder so that the particles won’t get past the strainer and into the end product.
  2. Combine the oil and cannabis. Using the preferred equipment, heat the mixture on low temperature. Make sure it does not exceed 118°C (245°F). Set it for 8 hours if using a double-boiler, and 4 to 6 hours if using a slow cooker. Stir the mixture every 30 minutes. This step allows the cannabis to be evenly decarboxylated or activated without combustion. Hence, this yields high terpene content.
  3. Secure the strainer in the open lid of the glass container. Pour the oil through the screen and wait for all the oil to drip into the container. Do not squeeze the strainer to avoid the plant material from getting into the final product.
  4. Put a lid on the jar to create an airtight seal. Refrigerate the product. The average shelf life of this CBD-infused coconut oil is two months at most.

Ethanol Method

This method involves the use of ethanol, a high-grade alcohol, as a solvent. This neutral spirit alcohol is derived from fermenting grain and is distilled twice. The result is a potent solvent with 95% alcohol content. However, the use of this methodology results in the loss of natural oils. Consequently, it decreases the potency of the end product.


  • 1 cup of ground cannabis buds
  • 1 cup of coconut oil

Materials Needed:

  • Ceramic or glass bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Medium-sized glass container


  1. Combine the cannabis buds and alcohol in a bowl. Steep and stir it for about 6 minutes.
  2. After stirring the concoction, use the wooden spoon to take out the plant parts.
  3. Secure a strainer or cheesecloth in the container. Pour the liquid through it to filter out the remaining plant materials.
  4. Slightly squeeze out any remaining liquid from the filtrate.
  5. Set the double boiler’s temperature to low. Heat the extracted liquid until bubbles start to form. Pay close attention to the mixture as heating alcohol carries the risk of explosion.
  6. Once the mixture is quite bubbly, allow it to simmer for 30 more minutes or until all the alcohol evaporates. Once it does, mix it.
  7. Store the concentrated oil in an airtight glass container. This will preserve its quality and efficacy.

Using CBD Oil To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

The versatile nature of CBD oil allows it to be incorporated it into everyday use. Some examples of products infused with this cannabinoid are CBD water, gummy bears, pills, chocolates, salves, lotions, and many more. There is no shortage of ways by which women can use the extracted oil to relieve the pain of dysmenorrhea.

1. Cannabis Topicals

Infused lotions, salves, or balms provide immense relief from localized pains. These products are applied directly on the skin instead of being ingested. Thus, it could be safely used at work, school, or other places without risking intoxication and mind-altering effects. Just rub the salve or lotion in the abdomen to relieve menstrual pain.

CBD Salve


  • 1 cup CBD-infused coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup beeswax
  • Few drops of preferred essential oil

Materials Needed:

  • Saucepan
  • Stovetop
  • Glass container
  • Wooden spatula


  1. Set the stovetop’s heat on low.
  2. Melt the beeswax in a saucepan.
  3. Add the infused coconut oil. Stir the concoction thoroughly to incorporate all the ingredients together.
  4. Add few drops of essential oils to the mixture then stir it once more.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the mixture rest for a minute or two.
  6. Transfer it in a clean glass container with airtight lid. Keep it in a dry, cool, and dark area to prolong its shelf life.

Lotion or Cream


  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 3/4 cup of CBD oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter

Materials Needed:

  • Saucepan
  • Stovetop
  • Jar or other squeeze-type containers
  • Wooden spatula


  1. Set the stovetop’s heat on low.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan.
  3. Add the shea butter and vitamin E oil. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients.
  4. Lastly, stir in the aloe vera gel. If the mixture seems too thick and pasty, add more vitamin E oil.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the mixture rest for a minute or two.
  6. Transfer it in a clean container with an airtight lid. Keep it in a dry, cool, and dark area to prolong its shelf life.

2. Edibles

Coconut oil infused with CBD can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for oil. It could be used in salad dressings, baking, frying, or in a variety of other dishes. It could also be mixed with beverages such as tea, coffee, smoothies, and many more. Once the food or drink is ingested, wait for about 30 to 90 minutes before it takes effect.

Roasted Herb Potatoes


  • 2 tablespoon of CBD oil
  • 6 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dried, ground buds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ground sage

Materials Needed:

  • Oven
  • 9” x 9” Baking dish
  • Small bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  1. Preheat the oven to 218°C (425°F).
  2. Spread the CBD oil in a 9” x 9” baking dish.
  3. Chop the potatoes and garlic then add it to the baking dish. Stir to coat with the oil.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the salt, ground cannabis, pepper, turmeric, and sage. This will serve as the herb seasoning blend.
  5. Sprinkle half of the blend on top of the potatoes. Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Take out the potatoes and sprinkle the remaining seasoning. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Test if the potatoes are tender by poking it with a fork. If it can easily penetrate the potatoes, it is already cooked. If not, bake it for another 2 to 5 minutes.

CBD-Infused Golden Milk


  • 1 tablespoon CBD-infused coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1/2-inch piece ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

Materials Needed:

  • Saucepan
  • Stovetop
  • Sieve or filter
  • Mug


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk the milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, peppercorns, and water. Simmer the concoction in medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the CBD-infused coconut oil.
  3. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes. This allows the flavors of the ingredients to blend with the aid of the low heat.
  4. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or filter. Transfer the liquid in a mug and sprinkle it with a dash of cinnamon.

3. Coconut Oil Capsules

Ingesting CBD pills or canna capsules is one of the most accurate and effective ways of orally dosing on Cannabidiol. Unlike edibles, capsules don’t call for any additional ingredients which result in extra calories. It could be consumed on its own. Most dispensaries sell CBD pills, but it is also possible to create it at home.


  • 1/2 cup CBD-infused coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp soy lecithin
  • 45 to 50 empty gelatin capsules (preferably size 00)

Materials Needed:

  • Oven
  • Cooking pot
  • 2 Glass bowls
  • Spatula
  • 1 rubber band
  • 1 piece of cheesecloth
  • Clean cloth
  • Glass jar with lid
  • 10mm syringe/oral irrigators with tapered deep reach tips
  • Capsule Filling machine (optional) or cardboard with holes

Procedure For Making The Contents:

  1. Fill 3/4 of the cooking pot with water. Bring it to a soft boil.
  2. Add the CBD-infused coconut oil and soy lecithin in the glass bowl. Let it sit 1 to 2 inches above the pot filled with water.
  3. After the coconut oil melts, mix the concoction until the ingredients are well incorporated with each other.
  4. Turn off the heat. Discard the water in the pot. Wipe it clean then pour the oil mixture in it.
  5. Place the pot in an oven set at 104 °C (220 °F). Bake it for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir it occasionally.
  6. Once the mixture is already heated, secure the cheesecloth at the lid of a glass bowl with a rubber band. Strain the oil through the cheesecloth to filter any particulates.
  7. Let the filtered oil cool at room temperature (37°C or 99°F).

Procedure For Filling The Capsules:

  1. Uncap the two parts of the capsule. Layout the disassembled parts on a clean cloth.
  2. Prepare the capsule filling machine by following the instructions on the manual. If there is no capsule filling machine on hand, use a cardboard poked with holes small enough to hold the pills upright.
  3. Use the syringe’s tapered deep reach tip to feed the oil in the capsule. Repeat this step until all the capsules are filled.
  4. Close each capsule by sealing it together. Do this swiftly while the oil is still liquid. Wipe off any excess oil with a clean cloth.
  5. Put the capsules in a glass container with a lid. Store it in a cool, dark, and dry place. It can also be refrigerated.

Dosing Guidelines

The dosage of the end product will depend on the potency of the oil and the amount contained in each capsule. The most accurate way of measuring the CBD content is to test it in laboratories. However, it is also possible to get a rough estimate of the potency.

  1. Identify the CBD percentage of the strain used and convert it to milligrams. Every 1 gram is equivalent to 1000 milligram. If the bud has 20% CBD, then that would equate to 200 mg of CBD per 1 gram of cannabis.
  2. Take the value of the milligram and divide it by the net weight of the final yield. Subtract 10% to account for the decarboxylation.
  3. Lastly, divide the value with the total number of capsules produced to get a rough estimate of the potency of each capsule.

Soothing Women’s Suffering

Every month, countless menstruating women are tormented by painful menstrual cramps. Due to the lack of safe and effective curative options, most are forced to endure the excruciating pain. This severe discomfort, coupled with a cascade of hormones, is a recipe for the disastrous and irritable mood exhibited by women in their red days. Fortunately though, CBD-infused products can now be consumed as an alternative cure.

Breathing Fresh Air

The extremely versatile nature of CBD oil allows it to be infused in almost anything – topicals, edibles, beverages, tinctures, and many more. Its potent anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory properties, together with its lack of adverse side effects and non-psychoactive nature make it a go-to medication when seeking reprieve from dysmenorrhea. To top it all off, this wondrous palliative can also be easily made at home. Not only is it cost-effective, but it is also safer to consume as long as all the steps are carried out appropriately. Thus, it is safe to say that CBD for pain and cramps is revolutionizing how medications sooth women’s suffering.