If you’re among the countless women who are forced to endure the wrath of PMS (or you love one who does), with its cramps, bloating, headaches, and mood swings each month, then cannabis just might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
There’s no definitive proof yet—largely due to the federal government’s failure to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I drug and therefore limit the research available—but early studies, as well as firsthand accounts, suggest that medical marijuana can significantly abate a number of PMS symptoms.
Cramps, for many women, are the most uncomfortable side effect of a period. They can range from mildly uncomfortable to downright debilitating, making it impossible for people to complete their daily responsibilities. Cramps occur when the muscles in your abdomen contract to allow your uterine lining to shed each month. The muscle relaxant properties of cannabis—THC, more specifically—can help sooth the pain from these contractions and alleviate cramp discomfort.
In addition to painful cramps, headaches also accompany the monthly menstrual cycle for many women. Severe period headaches—sometimes called menstrual migraines—can seriously impact concentration, focus, and general productivity. Fortunately, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are shown to significantly reduce the severity of headaches, sometimes eliminating them altogether.
There’s physical period pain and then there’s mental period pain. Depressive thoughts and feelings are another hormone-induced side effect of PMS that too many have to combat. Studies on both THC and CBD’s effects on depressed moods suggest that ingesting the drug can boost serotonin levels in the body—your “feel-good” hormone—and mitigate these feelings substantially. And unlike antidepressants, which often take weeks to take effect (and are likely overkill if a person is only depressed during PMS), taking cannabis can improve your