Cannabis has been around since the years ended with “B.C.,” so it should come as no surprise that humans have been utilizing the plant for as long as any of us can remember. While not everyone suffers from an ailment that can be relieved with the use of cannabis, most cisgender women experience some level of suffering around their menstrual cycle, and the symptoms can vary greatly from one woman to the next.
The effects of cannabis can vary greatly from person to person, depending on the strain, the amount consumed, the ratio of THC to CBD, and more. However, cannabis’ long history of aiding menstrual pain suggests that it may be worth trying if you’re looking for an alternative approach.
There are several different ways to use cannabis in regards to menstrual pain, and women have recorded trying everything from topical balms to CBD tincture. Here are some great options to turn to next time you’re experiencing menstrual symptoms and just need a little relief:
1. Cannabis Tea for Cramps
History has shown a record of Persian and Chinese cultures using hemp seeds and cannabis oil to relieve cramps and discomforts related to menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. The ancient Egyptians also used the adaptive plant, mixing cannabis with honey and applying it to the vagina in order to cool the uterus and ease cramps.
A popular way to relieve menstrual discomfort is to drink cannabis tea. Women-owned brand Kikoko’s sympa-tea contains other soothing ingredients like ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon that might just do the trick.
2. Transdermal CBN Patch for Nausea and Relaxation
A 2016 study by the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan reviewed 134 people with chronic menstrual pain who use medical cannabis. Of the 134, 60% reported a positive effect from the plant.
Many women experience nausea before or during their menstrual cycle, and it may hinder them from living their everyday lives. Mary’s Medicinals has a CBN patch that is non-psychoactive and can relieve discomfort. The CBN also improves sleeplessness, so the restless nights that usually accompany your cycle can be soothed.
3. Preroll for Mood Swings
As the world entered the 20th century, cannabis became stigmatized as a drug as dangerous and addictive as opioids, and as a result, the knowledge of the plant’s tried-and-true benefits was lost in the shuffle. However, as that stigma continues to wash away and the world regains knowledge about cannabis, more women are becoming aware of its possibly beneficial effect on their menstrual cycles–especially for mood swings that are bound to happen.
Not everyone experiences severe mood swings during their period, but the hormonal experience typically results in mood swings that can feel confusing and frustrating. Cannabis has been famously used to improve mood, and smoking an old-fashioned joint by this women-owned brand may help ease the ups and downs.
4. Raspberry Hibiscus Spritzer for Bloating
Yet another annoying but common symptom of a woman’s menstrual cycle is bloating. Most women experience some form of this, and it can result in a lot of discomfort throughout the day. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, so this CBD- and THC-rich drink is perfect to soothe the pain with a refreshing flavor.
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