From wee tampons to bath soaks, the demand for period pain relief is driving a growing herbal industry.
The latest: P&D Treats have created chocolate with that purpose in mind — this time without cannabis but CBD infused with MCT oil instead.
The dark chocolate leaf shaped candy is called QUEEN, inspired by the rapid rise in modern women empowerment. Not only is QUEEN manufactured by women but the company boasts its all-women employee organization and close ties with national sororities.
Each QUEEN chocolate contains 60% cocoa and 100% pure CBD oil, which also improves circulation and boosts serotonin levels.
We're majorly skeptical of the idea that fancy chocolate can replace ibuprofen and a heating pad when it comes to healing your aching midsection and yet, we love chocolate and welcome basically any excuse to eat more of it.
Plus, there is arguably a scientific reason to indulge in chocolate and other sweets if you have symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS. During the two weeks leading up to your period, your body goes through multiple hormonal and chemical shifts. One of these is fluctuations in the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is most famous for playing a role in mood, according to the Mayo Clinic. A recent study in Annals of Endocrinology found that people really do tend to eat more carbohydrates (like candy, chocolate, and other sweet treats) during the two weeks preceding their periods, potentially as a way to boost their moods.
So, if you're feeling crabby because of PMS, this may be a remedy. If you're feeling crabby because of something else — or if you're just craving chocolate for no reason at all — it could work for that, too.