Premenstrual syndrome, more commonly referred to as PMS, is a potentially debilitating condition that some women get hit by harder than others. For some women, PMS just means mild cramping and irritation. For others, though, PMS can be an ordeal. Intense pain, mood swings, depression, and anxiety are all commonly reported symptoms. What’s worse is that many women who suffer from these symptoms have had few options in modern history for treating them.
This is especially puzzling when the fact that cannabis has been a legitimate treatment for centuries is considered. It was used extensively up until a few decades ago for symptoms just like these.
Here are just three of ways cannabis can make PMS more tolerable:
Pain and Inflammation Relief
Cannabinoids, specifically THC and CBD, are known to provide relief from pain and inflammation — two of the worst PMS symptoms. For women suffering from cramping, bloating, and other physical pain as a result of PMS, cannabis is a good way to relieve those symptoms without more powerful prescription medications.
Cramps, inflammation and bloating are enough to drive anyone mad. Many women, understandably, suffer from cranky moods and irritability during PMS, and cannabis provides more than just pain relief. The right strain, edible or even a topical rubbed on the belly can turn that frown upside-down!
For women who regularly deal with the anxiety and depression that often accompany these ups and downs, cannabis can also help to stabilize mood and combat these uncomfortable, destructive states of mind.
No More Nausea
Often accompanying pain and contributing to irritability, nausea is another symptom frequently suffered during PMS. Feeling nauseous is often impossible to ignore, and it makes it difficult to do much of anything. This means that some women essentially have to put their lives on hold a few days out of the month until their bodies can shake off these symptoms.
This Isn’t New Information
It seems that, with every new report, we’re learning something we already knew. Cannabis has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including PMS, for centuries. That includes use by ancient peoples, but its use was fairly common up until the 1920s. Queen Victoria, for whom the Victorian era is named, was prescribed a medicine by her physician that included cannabis in order to help her deal with the symptoms that came before, and during, her menstrual cycle. During the same time period a syrup called Dysmenine was used regularly by women to deal with PMS and menstrual pain. It also had cannabis as an active ingredient.
With marijuana becoming legal in so many states, women have been coming forward in ever-increasing numbers to talk about how they’ve used it to deal with their PMS problems for years. Even celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, who has entered into a deal to produce her own line of cannabis products to help women dealing with intense menstrual symptoms, has admitted that her cycle was so painful she often had to use cannabis just to keep working.