Cannabis and periods: there are a number of symptoms that can (and always seem to) come along with every woman’s ‘favourite’ time of the month – with little relief in sight.
Common ones like PMS, cramps, headaches and mood swings are amplified knowing that over-the-counter products offer minimal relief with many side effects, and that remedies like ‘chocolate and a hot water bottle’, are nice, but really never suffice.
Most women who use cannabis have anecdotally made the connection. Whether it’s the mood elevation that reduces PMS symptoms – and make you less likely to snap at work – or the subtle dulling your period’s associated pain, so you can get on with your day, sometimes it simply works.
But why does it help? And what if you don’t enjoy traditional ways of consuming cannabis like smoking or edibles? How about more serious menstrual issues? New research is promising and may make you feel a little more prepared for your next cycle.
By now, we’re well aware of cannabis’ proven pain relieving properties. Both CBD and THC-based medicines have been shown in clinical trials to reduce menstrual pain and even associated monthly migraine headaches, by affecting the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
THC, in moderate doses, is proven to elevate your mood while CBD can reduce the associated anxiety, making PMS a little bit easier to deal with. Neither is right for everyone – please do your research, and review our article on Cannabis and Anxiety to discover what might work for you.
Fortunately, new research has provided us with new methods of treating menstrual issues with cannabis.
Vaginal cannabis suppositories, like the renowned Foria, offer pain management without the psychotropic high, by delivering THC and CBD directly to where it’s needed most. Slow release provides timely relief, according to users – but always check with your doctor before trying a product like this, especially if you have a preexisting condition.
If you’re uncomfortable with that, topical creams that activate CB2 receptors are available to provide some cramping relief without the risk of a high, and transdermal patches applied to the source of pain can help – though at high doses you might notice the psychotropic effect.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome symptoms of this are severe, and generally untreatable with cannabis alone. Weight gain, acne, Hirsutism and patches of thick, dark skin are not things cannabis is known to treat. PCOS is also associated with severe menstrual pain; cannabis may help.
Endometriosis is known as the ‘silent disease’ that often manifests more serious and aggravated menstruation symptoms in patients. It also causes pain during intercourse, painful bowel movements and infertility. Research on Endometriosis and Cannabis specifically is scarce, and often contradicts itself due to lack of controlled studies; some suggest cannabis may worsen the condition. The connection between cannabis and better, less painful sex for women is constantly being researched and backed (wonder why?) and there is some evidence cannabis can control menstrual pain. If you have Endometriosis, it’s an option worth looking into.
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