Could weed be used to treat period pain? – The Guardian

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There are reports cannabis will be approved by New York legislators to treat period pain. The evidence is unclear, but that doesn’t mean the drug can be ruled out

A review into medicinal uses of cannabinoids states there is no research showing that cannabis relieves period pains, though a lack research does not equal no evidence it doesn’t work. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA Dr ­Dillner’s health dilemmas Could weed be used to treat period pain?

There are reports cannabis will be approved by New York legislators to treat period pain. The evidence is unclear, but that doesn’t mean the drug can be ruled out

According to reports this week, marijuana is about to be approved to treat period pains by legislators in New York. Cannabis is already allowed for medicinal use in 29 American states for a variety of conditions such as cancer, HIV or Aids, severe nausea, seizures and persistent muscle spasms (for example with people who have multiple sclerosis). Could period pains really be joining that list, and is there any evidence that it works?

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It is certainly clearly stated in bill number A582: “Medical marijuana can alleviate many of the painful effects of dysmenorrhea.” The bill also states that “Not only will this improve women’s wellbeing and productivity during menstruation, but it will advance

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