It’s that time of the month again, Aunt Flow’s in town. Time to curl up in your PJs, fill up your hot water bottle and eat your body weight in chocolate. If this sounds like your monthly routine, then your not alone. A large majority of women suffer from PMS with symptoms like abdominal pain or cramping, lower back pain, leg pain, and even headaches.
Not to mention the mood changes and the need to cry at almost everything… Luckily, research suggests that cannabis can help manage and lessen these symptoms.
Soma, a marijuana dispensary stocks a product called Foria relief. They’re cannabis filled suppositories which you insert directly into the vagina. They are sold as a holistic treatment for menstrual cramps. It’s just one of many pot products designed to help us gals out. Whoopi Goldberg has even jumped on the pot train with a line of topical ointments, tinctures and bath salts, marketed for period pain. And, if Whoopi can get behind the idea then we’re in!
How the Magic Works
There are two components of the cannabis plant that help ease period pain. These cannabinoids are known are CBD and THC. CBD also known as cannabidiol is an active ingredient of marijuana, its non-psychoactive so if you were to take it on its own, it wouldn’t cause any high.
The substance is best known for its pain reducing abilities and can interact with the bodies’ own endocannabinoid system to relieve cramps, headaches, and even bloating. Teamed with THC, cannabis could also leave women feeling more relaxed and improve their mood during the stressful time.
Dr. James MacKillop director of Medicinal Cannabis Research at McMaster University says
menstrual pain “reasonably” fits within the traditional definition of “chronic, non-cancer pain.” He further explains that preliminary trials using rodents have indicated that females do have a greater sensitivity to the analgesic effects and cannabis, although it’s not known why.
Dr. John Thiel, provincial head of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan in Regina, also says that cannabinoid receptors have been found in the female reproductive system. In theory this means that cannabinoids in marijuana could be effective in treating pelvic pain.
He recently conducted a preliminary study of 134 patients with chronic pelvic pain who used medical cannabis. 60% of the group reported a positive effect and 30% reduced their opiate usage for the pain, which is a pretty big deal. He did however comment that further research is still warranted.
Here’s Why you Should be Using it
Cannabis is generally considered to be a safe substance and although some slight risks do occur it is known to be safer than the average pain medication. Here’s why:
- Unlike many opioids and prescription drugs, cannabis cannot produce a fatal overdose. The amount that would be needed, in the time needed is simply not possible.
- For a large majority of people cannabis does not produce any serious or long term negative side effects.
- Cannabis is safe to combines with other substances including food and beverages, so you are in no way restricted. It is also safe to combine with other medicines.
It is pretty clear that more research is needed before cannabis can be prescribed as medicine or treatment for PMS. With that being said there are still plenty of products on the market for females to try. If you suffer from painful periods you should definitely consider trying some marijuana.