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Using Cannabis to Combat the Symptoms of PMS

Kat Helgeson

by Kat Helgeson

July 29, 2020 07:00 am ET Estimated Read Time: 3 Minutes

The many medical uses of cannabis are still being explored, and one idea that shows a lot of promise is that of using cannabis to treat the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Because PMS affects such a large percentage of the population and is a regularly recurring issue as opposed to a one-time problem, it’s the sort of condition that appeals greatly to cannabis researchers looking for ways to put the substance to effective use.

The symptoms of PMS include physical pain and mood swings, and while research is still being done into the medical uses of cannabis, we do know that it has been shown to be effective at dealing with both physical and emotional pain.

Using Cannabis to Alleviate Cramps

There are numerous ways the properties of cannabis can be used to deal with PMS cramps. THC is highly effective as a muscle relaxant. One good option that might serve PMS sufferers well is to apply cannabis products topically to deal with muscle pain. A transdermal patch or cream or salve might have the desired effects. CBD is also effective as an anti-inflammatory. The use of CBD can be effective against inflammation and swelling, two factors that can contribute to PMS pain.

For the most impactful results, it may be best to select a cannabis product that features both THC and CBD—although users who prefer to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC may still likely to find some relief with CBD products.

Using Cannabis to Combat Mood Swings

Emotions can run high for those suffering from PMS, but cannabis can be a great way to manage stress. If you struggle with increased anxiety, depression, or mood swings, cannabis might be able to help regulate those fluctuating emotions.  

However, it’s very important to be cautious when introducing cannabis as a way to manage emotional and mental health. Although some people find it a very effective way to stabilize their moods, for others, cannabis seems to exacerbate depression. Start with small doses to see how it affects you. It’s also a good idea to talk to your personal physician about any concerns.

Cannabis for Sleep Issues

For some, PMS can bring on troubles sleeping. If that is your experience, you might benefit from oxidized cannabis, also known as CBN. This compound has a powerful sedative effect that has been shown to combat insomnia. And, as a fortunate side note, CBN is also effective at combating pain and inflammation, making it an ideal tool to deal with several of the unpleasant symptoms of PMS.

Choosing the Right Strain of Cannabis

As with any cannabis need, it’s important to find the proper strain for the issue or issues you’re dealing with. Consider the following strains that are known for their pain-relieving effects:

  • Blue Dream
  • Chernobyl
  • Obama Kush 
  • Black Cherry Cheesecake 

Take the time to experiment with a variety of cannabis strains and find the one that works best for the PMS symptoms you experience. A budtender will be able to help by making additional recommendations based on a description of the effects you hope to experience, as well as details of how other strains have worked for you in the past. You can also request the assistance of your doctor, who may be able to share wisdom gleaned from other patients who have found success using cannabis to combat PMS symptoms. Good luck!

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