Hey, it's Menstrual Hygiene Day. So we're delving into the exotic world of CBD tampons to find out how they provide all-natural pain relief for period cramps
Are you one of the nine in ten women in the UK who experiences period cramps, or in the 40 to 50% of women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea, the medical term for painful periods? If you have days where the age-old hybrid of paracetamol, dairy milk, and a hot water bottle simply won’t cut it (and who hasn’t?) then it might be time to explore other avenues.
Now, you may have heard about the effects of CBD as a natural remedy for pain relief – having been approved in several countries to treat pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Although there are no published research studies on using CBD for period relief, the theory remains that when it comes to menstruation, CBD can alleviate the pain created as the uterus contracts to expel its lining.
Enter CBD tampons. Heralded as the UK’s first clinically validated CBD tampons when launched by Daye earlier this year, they’re basically your average tampon – just a more sustainable, natural, and cramp-fighting version.
The CBD tampons were the first foray into consumer products from Daye, a female health research company. After almost three years of research, trials and testing, they’re available to buy on the Daye website. Prices range from £7 to £16 for a box (FYI, they’re priced depending on the choice of tampons).
Wondering what’s so special about a CBD tampon, anyway? Well, the Daye tampons promise to offer a natural alternative to medication for women who frequently experience painful periods, thanks to the CBD. Plus, they’re both dye and pesticide-free, built from absorbent fibres and lab-tested to hold them to the highest standard.
For those of you who are wondering what CBD is, CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol’, a type of cannabinoid chemical which is found naturally in the cannabis plant. FYI, CBD won’t get you high or intoxicate you (another cannabinoid, THC, does that).
Daye’s products contain a concentrated 30% whole plant hemp extract, plus a naturally occurring 100mg of cannabidiol per tampon. They say that yes, this is enough to offer pain relief, but no, not anything that could to get you high or show up on a drug test. Fun fact: although Daye’s tampons are yet to be tested by outside labs or non-affiliated scientists as far as Marie Claire is aware, their own clinical trials show the products to be as effective as anti-inflammatories.
According to the company, pre-launch they had 20,000 people on the waitlist.
When asked about the motivation behind creating the company and product, Valentina Milanova, Daye’s founder, said: ‘The vision is to create a world where every woman with a smartphone can understand, monitor and improve her menstrual, sexual and reproductive health.’
‘The first gender gap that we want to close is the gender pain-gap. Over-the-counter painkillers have never been tested on the female physiology and carry a plethora of side-effects (like gastrointestinal inflammation), so at Daye we have spent time researching and developing the patented CBD tampon to provide a safe and effective alternative.’
According to their website, Daye works closely with doctors and researchers to carry out research, but more information and details on the specifics of this can be found on their website.
If you’re worried about ordering new products in light of the COVID-19 situation, Daye has that covered too – as it recently detailed the lengths it is taking to ensure its tampons are safe from contamination. These include ensuring that production workers wear full-body cleanroom suits and have their temperature taken before the beginning of each shift.
Keen to try? Head to the website to buy.