Would you consider cannabidiol as a possible treatment of the symptoms of PCOS? Success has been shown in CBD treating anxiety, pain, PMS, and sleep issues. CBD’s anxiolytic, non-psychoactive properties can be potentially be beneficial for PCOS patients and help them feel calm and relaxed and improve their sleep quality.

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It refers to a condition which affects the hormonal levels of a woman. PCOS is characterized by the production of higher-than-normal male hormones. Physical signs are severe acne, dandruff, weight gain, hirsutism, and male-pattern baldness. Internal symptoms include missed periods and abnormal heavy flow, multiple cysts, pelvic pain and thickening of the uterus wall. The occasional skipping of menstrual periods reduces the chance of becoming pregnant, therefore women suffering from PCOS tend to struggle with fertility. The ovaries may also develop several fluid collections preventing the regular release of eggs. PCOS causes an increase in insulin; the hormone that regulates how the foods you consume is transformed into energy. It may also prevent your body from regulating the amount of this hormone making insulin blood levels to be higher than normal. Risk factors are unhealthy eating habits, obesity, lack of enough exercise and genetics.


Symptoms of PCOS cause substantial discomfort and pain. One treatment option that is gaining momentum today is cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive chemical found in medical cannabis. It works fast to reduce symptoms of PCOS. Note that there are many different varieties of CBD  products that vary in potency and dosage. The exact dose that suits you depends on your symptoms; PCOS produces a broad range of signs and side effects. You must factor in the same while choosing the variety that best suits your condition.

For a medical condition always consult with a healthcare professional before consuming CBD. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease, ailment or skin condition. Any information contained in or made available through any marketing materials is not intended to be used as, or be a substitute for, healthcare advice or information from licensed healthcare practitioners. Please consult a licensed healthcare practitioner regarding any potential interactions or complications before using this product.

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Why Can CBD Work For Treating PCOS?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an anti-inflammation and has pain relief properties. There is evidence glycinergic CBDs are strong therapeutical agents that can be used to treat neuropathic and inflammatory pain. They are, therefore, capable of attenuating compulsive pain without causing significant analgesic tolerance and psychoactive side effects. Cannabidiols also possess anti-anxiety properties and hence are usually administered for patients with anxiety disorders. These properties make CBD ideal for the treat PCOS symptoms, primarily sleep and anxiety issues.
ECS (Endocannabinoid system) is a signaling mechanism that maintains homeostasis in your body. It is composed of Endocannabinoids and two cannabinoid receptors whose role is to balance all the processes including reproduction. Research has shown that ECS malfunction causes PCOS in some women. Cannabinoid shares identical chemical makeup with endocannabinoids, therefore it helps keep your system running smoothly. So, supplementing with CBD has a direct effect on PCOS patients; it aids the treatment process.

What Are The Benefits of Using CBD to Treat PCOS?

A 2005 study by Hollinrake1 revealed that women with PCOS are more likely to develop stress and depression. Patients using CBD will not only feel calmer but also reap heavily from its anti-stress effect. It helps patients cope with the otherwise painful and disturbing symptoms. The fact that CBD has everything it takes to help your system run smoothly means it can restore hormonal balance. The end result is a decrease in menstrual irregularity and a corresponding increase in the likelihood of conceiving. Cannabidiols also reduce body fats and hence are effective in controlling weight, one of the risk factors for developing PCOS. The characteristic reduction in pain, when using CBD, relieves patients if the agony.

How PCOS Affects The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

ECS is composed of a series of receptors present in all major bodily systems. Its function is to keep virtually every physiological process, such as digestion, pain modulation and the reproductive system in a state of balance. Under normal circumstance, devoid of PCOS, naturally released cannabinoids constantly act on the receptors thus eliciting chemical responses which, in turn, maintain the various bodily processes in homeostasis. PCOS, characterized by the growth of small cysts on the ovaries, is an organized metabolic and endocrine disorder. It causes excessive production of androgen, insulin, hyperlipidemia, anovulatory, acne, hirsute, adrenal hyperplasia and weight gain. The disorder, therefore, destabilizes ECS making your body to develop several disturbing symptoms.

How Can I Use CBD to Treat PCOS?

Before you start using CBD for any health reason, it is important that you consult your doctor first. This is because the doctor will be able to evaluate your body and the extent of the disease or condition. This way, the doctor is also able to advise you the best way to use CBD to treat PCOS.

CBD is currently being offered in different forms such as oil, paste, tablets, and vapes. CBD oil or paste has been shown as being a preferred option for many people. However, it is best to choose the form that you feel most comfortable using.


If used properly, CBD can be a great option for many people. However, it’s important to remember that every person is unique and everyone’s reaction to CBD is different. The recommended dosage from each product can differ greatly, creating some confusion. Dosage may be different depending on the percentage of CBD oil you are using.

We recommend the Step-Up method as described by Leinow and Birnbaum in their book CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis2. For detailed information about dosage, see our post on CBD dosage.

What Are Studies Saying About Using CBD For PCOS?

A study by Alison J. Dawson3 has shown that endocannabinoid receptor blockage brought about by CBD lowers alanine amino transfer in women with PCOS that has no relationship with weight loss. This finding shows that CBD can eliminate disturbing PCOS symptoms and reinstate homeostasis in the body. The study was composed of two groups, each of 50 obese women suffering from PCOS. The group put on CBD recorded impressive results that confirm CBD is effective in the treatment of PCOS.

Another study4 conducted by the International Journal of Endocrinology obtained a similar finding. The study involved one group of 173 women with Polycystic Ovary syndrome, aged 20-53, and a different one with 125, healthy (weight and age-matched) randomly selected from the population. The results mirrored those of the separate study, further confirming that CBD is effective for treating PCOS. While these results are a step in the right direction be sure you consult your medical practitioner for expert advice on the PCOS treatment regime.


  1. Dokras, A., Bochner, M., Hollinrake, E., Markham, S., VanVoorhis, B. and Jagasia, D. (2005). Screening Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for Metabolic SyndromeObstetrics & Gynecology, 106(1), pp.131-137. []
  2. Leinow,, L. and Birnbaum, J. (2017).CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. North Atlantic Books []
  3. Dawson, A., Kilpatrick, E., Coady, A., Elshewehy, A., Dakroury, Y., Ahmed, L., Atkin, S. and Sathyapalan, T. (2017). Endocannabinoid receptor blockade reduces alanine aminotransferase in polycystic ovary syndrome independent of weight lossBMC Endocrine Disorders, 17(1). []
  4. Sajadi, M., Noroozzadeh, M., Bagheripour, F. and Ramezani Tehrani, F. (2018). Contractions in the Isolated Uterus of a Rat Model of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Compared to Controls in AdulthoodInternational Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 16(2). []
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  1. AvatarJayne Austin

    My daughter has suffered dreadfully with PCOS since she was 11 and is now 21. It’s totally affected her quality of like & mental health. I just do not know what else to do and am reaching out for help from anyone who’s been or is going through this.
    Many many thanks

    1. adminadmin

      Dear Jayne,

      I am sorry to hear about your daughters situation and I hope that she has gotten/will get better.
      I hope the article about PCOS have been informative and useful for you.

      – I do not suffer with PCOS and can therefore not come up with experience that can be helpful for you. But you are welcome to write if you have any questions.

      Best regards
      Katrine from Nordic Oil

    2. AvatarBrittany

      Hi Jayne

      Has she tried making changes to her diet ? Going dairy free and gluten free reducing refined sugars ( stick to low glycemic such as honey or stevia) has helped a lot in my experience hope that helps!

  2. AvatarJohnna Overcast

    I’m am now 30 and I have suffered with PCOS for 6 years now. I have tried everything there is my husband and I are trying for a second child. No luck my doctor has put me on so many different birth controls. And also Insulin medications. No luck on it. I also suffer from weight gain. Facial hair. And depressionI have heard so much about CBD and I hope to try it to see what changes it hopes to bring me. I have ran out of options. My husband and I have waited so long for me to get better so that we can bless our family with another child.

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Johnna,

      I am very sorry to hear about your condition. However, I am also pleased to hear that you are considering CBD as part of your PCOS treatment. Our CBD products are available throughout Europe in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy and Poland

      Nordic Oil will also be available in the US very soon.
      If you have any questions about our CBD products or would like to get advice on dosage – please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service. They are available per email or live chat on each of our websites.

      I hope we hear from you.
      I wish you a successful recovery!

      Kind regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

      1. AvatarPaulette Duenez

        Hi Jane I suffer from pcos and CBD has helped me alot, also I do more exercise, drink more water, and change my diet a little bit more not much. I also try eating more organic food, I take CBD every night and I been having my period monthly for this past year, I’ve also lost alot of weight. I do take 20 to 50 mg of CBD per night depending how I’m feeling, and i take some supplements from omnilife. All these has helped me a lot, hope this helps you and wish you the best with your daughter.

  3. AvatarBob

    I have a 20 year old friend who has had chronic ovarian cyst pain since 2013. She was diagnosed in 2016 and recently had an operation , but still has the pain. I think that CBD is the answer. What kind of dose should she begin with? Are their different strengths or do you just take more?

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hi Bob,
      thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your friend, but maybe CBD could help her. Just remember that everyone’s reaction to CBD is different, so results may vary.
      If your friend has never used CBD before we always recommend the “step-up” method where you start low and gradually increase the dosage until you feel an improvement. I highly recommend that you go through our article about dosage, where we talk about the method. Please find the article here – https://nordicoil.com/wiki/cbd-dosage/

      To answer your second question -yes there are different strengths of CBD. The strength of CBD your friend should take really depends on her condition. For PCOS, we recommend our 1500mg (15%) CBD oil.
      If you want to have a more in-depth consultation, please contact our customer service team at +4989 997429550, alternatively, you can go to https://nordicoil.de and use the live chat. All our customer service members have in-depth knowledge about CBD and will be able to give you detailed advice.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

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