If THC is the cannabinoid that grabs all of the headlines for its psychoactive effects, research suggests CBD may be even more impactful. The “second cannabinoid” in cannabis may not impart the euphoria of THC, but it’s hard at work with thousands of people using it everyday to help relieve inflammation and discomfort or to soothe stress. And increasingly, many women are turning to CBD for menstrual pain.

Does CBD help with menstrual cramps? As a growing body of research suggests, CBD’s natural anti-inflammatory properties may present a gentler and more effective remedy than the NSAIDS and other drugs typically recommended for menstrual cramps. Not only that, but CBD may also help us find better sleep, which in turn helps us stay positive even when we’re not feeling our best. Here’s the story.