Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle. The wide range of symptoms include severe pain from uterine cramps, anxiety, headaches, depression, irritability, and more that can get in the way of daily activities.
Cannabis has been used to treat symptoms of PMS for thousands of years. Ancient texts from many different cultures throughout the world describe success in using different methods of administrating cannabis to treat ailments faced by women such as PMS and childbirth.
Now that the medicinal use of marijuana has been legalized in nearly half of the United States, more and more women are beginning to realize and experience it as a viable treatment option.
1. Bruce Banner
This heavy-hitting Hulk of a strain consistently tests higher in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana that is known to work effectively as a pain reliever. Bruce Banner does more than just kick cramps to the curb, however. This strain is also useful in helping to ease irritability with it’s mood-boosting capabilities.
Although this sativa strain may not provide much in the way of pain relief, it is certainly effective in reducing stress, anxiety and tension without causes drowsiness or sedation. Django may even be appropriate for use as a pre-workout aid, as its is known to increase motivation and confidence.
3. Jilly Bean
Jilly Bean combats fatigue and lethargy caused by PMS with powerful mood-boosting energy. This sativa-dominant hybrid strain is ideal for daytime use, as it sparks creativity and clear-headed focus. Jilly Bean also often tests higher in THC, so it will aid in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
4. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is a well-balanced hybrid strain that will provide all-around relief from PMS. The tension reducing, stress relieving cerebral haze of happiness that hits Blue Dream users immediately does not hinder functionality. Then the total body relaxation and pain-relieving effects creep in over time. While the relaxation that Blue Dream provides may not be tied to sedation, it may allow users to ease into drowsiness which can help reduce PMS induced insomnia.
5. Lambs Bread (AKA Lambs Breath)
Rumored to be Bob Marley’s favorite, this energizing strain is useful for relieving feelings of irritability, stress and depression while allowing for focus. Lambs Bread is known to be higher in Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), the cannabinoid known to suppress appetite, so this will help to curb those PMS induced food cravings.