While some prefer to slap on a heating pad and dive for a bar of chocolate, cannabis has long been a popular choice for that time of the month.
Most women experience some degree of menstrual pain. PMS can be debilitating and exhausting. Symptoms that include abdominal pain or cramping, lower back pain, leg pain, and headaches. For some women, the effects are made more severe by conditions like endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.
If you would rate your monthly pain level as high or severe, cannabis may be the new answer to your problems. Not only is the plant a strong painkiller, but a nice herbal buzz can really brighten your day.
Here are five reasons why you need to start using cannabis as a healing aid for PMS.
We all know that cramps are a huge part of having a period. Whether its painful cramps leading up to, or cramps during or even cramps after. This is caused when hormones trigger the muscle contractions of the uterus. Cramping can be similar to small-scale labour contractions. Not only are they painful but they can cause shortness of breath, gas, and pretty much keep you bed-ridden.
Fortunately, preclinical research suggests that the primary psychoactive in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a muscle relaxant. The herb can be applied topically via a cannabis-infused cream or in a transdermal patch.
While smoking is always an option, vaporization is also a healthier way to take your mind off of the pain and discomfort. Some lucky individuals even have access to cannabis-infused suppositories to relieve cramps in a localized area.
Aches and Pains
Let’s face it! This can be the most annoying part of PMS. The back pain. The breast tenderness. What about the underestimated amounts of pain in your abdominal region? And yes, it effects woman globally. But now, marijuana can help this.
Both main properties of the marijuana plant can help combat the pain and inflammation. THC will help with the pain, while CBD will help with the inflammation. But both psychoactive cannabis and strains high in cannabidiol (CBD) are popular for the treatment of all sorts of pain conditions, from muscle spasms to cancer pain.
Women often experience headaches during that time of the month. “menstrual headaches” are commonly spurred on by bad cramps, overheating and lack of blood flow. In a 2016 study found that cannabis reduced the number of headaches people were having with PMS. Inhalation methods appear to provide the fastest effects and are more likely to stop migraine headaches in their tracks.
The days leading up to the period can be rough. This time frame is known as the luteal phase and the body changes quite a bit while preparing to shed uterine tissue. For those with PMS and PMDD, these hormonal shifts can cause some real emotional ups and downs.
When times get rocky, many turn to cannabis to lift spirits and promote positive well-being. In preclinical studies, small doses of cannabis compounds have antidepressant effects. In addition, CBD, a cannabis compound that doesn’t cause a psychoactive “high” has shown to provide relief. So no more happy-sad days for you. Only pain-free days.
While not the prettiest topic, many women with PMS and PMDD experience gastrointestinal distress while menstruating. Menstrual cramps are thought to contribute to a bad case of the runs, but other factors might lend a hand. In addition, most women experience an influx of trips to the bathroom and a build-up of gas. This can cause daily discomfort.
As a muscle relaxant, cannabis eases muscle cramps. The plant also has a potent anti-inflammatory, which may be useful for those with conditions of the bowels such as IBS.