STD Myths

STD Myths: 9 Misconceptions About CBD and Vaginal Health

STD Overview?

Sexually transmitted diseases - or STDs - are usually acquired through sexual contact. Different to STIs (sexually transmitted infections), STDs are the result of an STI. If left untreated, both can lead to wider health issues.

Examples of STDs include HIV, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, some forms of hepatitis, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. 

A number of myths exist surrounding the role of CBD in maintaining vaginal health. In this blog, we break down nine common misconceptions, and explain the ways in which CBD can aid uncomfortable vaginal health symptoms. 

Understanding the Role of CBD in Regulating Hormones

The relationship between CBD and hormones all comes down to CBD’s influence on the endocannabinoid system (or ECS).

This is a complex physiological system in our body which helps to maintain hormonal balance. Using CBD can boost endocannabinoids to ensure the ECS is working effectively.

It’s also thought that CBD may be able to aid hormone imbalances by affecting cortisol - also known as ‘the stress hormone’. Stress is an underlying factor in many hormonal imbalances. Since CBD has stress-relieving properties, it can address this root cause of hormonal imbalances. 

Current data also shows that CBD activates serotonin receptors, helping to reduce anxiety and depression which can be triggered by irregular hormone activity.

9 Common Misconceptions About CBD and Vaginal Health

Misconception #1: CBD can get you high

Fact: CBD is non-intoxicating and won't produce a "high" like THC. THC (which causes psychoactive effects) and CBD (which doesn’t!) are both found in the cannabis plant. However, CBD can be isolated from the cannabis plant and the THC compound. 

Misconception #2: CBD is only for pain relief

Fact: While research has shown CBD’s impact on pain relief, the good news doesn’t stop there. CBD has a wide range of potential health benefits, including promoting relaxation and reducing inflammation.

Misconception #3: CBD can replace traditional medical treatments

Fact: CBD can complement traditional medical treatments, but it's important to talk to your healthcare provider before using it.

Misconception #4: CBD can cure sexually transmitted diseases or infections

Fact: CBD can't cure STDs or STIs, but it may help alleviate symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties and potential to reduce stress and anxiety.

Research is limited in this area, but a 2021 review of both human and animal studies found that CBD could reduce oxidative stress, which occurs when the body is fighting infection - in this case, HIV. The study also found that CBD can help reduce the loss of neurons.

Misconception #5: CBD is only for vaginal use

Fact: While CBD vaginal suppositories, like OVY, offer targeted, localized relief from period pain, CBD can be used in a variety of forms to target different issues. CBD oil, gummies or edibles and topicals, such as creams, lotions, ointments or balms are all common forms of CBD.

Misconception #6: CBD can't be used with other medications

Fact: CBD is generally considered very safe to use by medical health professionals, but it can interact with certain medications. It's therefore best to talk to your healthcare provider before using it with other drugs.

Misconception #7: CBD is addictive

Fact: CBD is not addictive. According to the World Health Organization, CBD shows no signs of abuse of potential for dependence. In fact, research has shown CBD could actually be effective in helping to treat drug addiction.

Misconception #8: CBD is only for women

Fact: CBD can be used by people of all genders to support overall health and wellness.

CBD can particularly benefit women for issues related to the menstrual cycle and menopause. However, other genders can also use CBD for pain relief, stress and anxiety issues and other neurological disorders. 

Misconception #9: CBD is a cure-all for vaginal health problems

Fact: While CBD may help alleviate some vaginal health concerns, it's not a cure-all. CBD should be used in conjunction with other treatments and lifestyle changes. 


Is CBD an effective treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

While CBD can't cure STDs or STIs, it may help alleviate symptoms. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties and potential to reduce stress and anxiety. 

Can I use CBD while on antibiotics for an STI?

This is a complex one. Research has found that while CBD can enhance the activity of antibiotics, helping to tackle treatment-resistant bacteria, it can also impact your body’s metabolization of antibiotics.

We therefore recommend speaking to your healthcare provider before taking CBD and antibiotics together.

Is it safe to use CBD vaginally?

Absolutely. Inserting a safe CBD product into the vagina can be more effective in treating period or pelvic pain than oral ingestion.

CBD vaginal suppositories - like OVY - deliver CBD directly to cannabinoid receptors in the female reproductive system, offering more targeted, localized drug delivery. 

Can CBD help alleviate menstrual cramps?

Yes! Cramps happen when the pelvic floor muscles are clenched. CBD vaginal suppositories - like the OVY Vaginal Suppository - can help relax muscles and relieve cramp discomfort. 

Final Thoughts on STD Myths

STD myths are pretty commonplace and often shrouded in misinformation. The bottom line is that while CBD products can’t cure or prevent STDs, they can alleviate symptoms.

The properties found in CBD can help treat inflammation, pain and anxiety, which are all commonly associated with STDs.

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