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How Can Medical Marijuana Help PMS?
While some women breeze through their periods as if they are not even phased, “that time of the month,” is the least favorite time of the month for many! Women experience a range of symptoms every month with premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, from mood swings to depression and pain.
Fortunately for women in Virginia, getting a medical marijuana card is a simple process, and cannabis can go a long way in treating the symptoms associated with PMS. Let’s take a look at just how medical marijuana can help your PMS and leave you feeling happier, more rested, and pain-free every month!
Medical Marijuana for Aches, Pains and Period Cramps
We all know what one of the biggest issues is each and every month… those darn cramps. What’s even worse is that often the pain starts before menstruation in the form of body aches and back pain.
Medical marijuana has a long, established history as an effective way to manage pain. Cannabis has also been found to work well as a muscle relaxant— music to the ears of countless women! Treating pain with medical marijuana can be done through ingesting medical marijuana, but there are also topical solutions women can use to ease body pains both during PMS and their cycles. Using medical marijuana can also be an effective alternative to taking large amounts of analgesics, which can lead to stomach problems during menstruation.
Cannabis Can Help Migraines and Cluster Headaches
Another torment of PMS can be regular head pain in the form of migraines and cluster headaches. These headaches can start in the days before menstruation and last for the duration.
A review of studies done in the medical marijuana space shows that cannabis works well in addressing both the pain associated with headaches and migraines, as well as the nausea that can sometimes accompany migraines in their worst iterations. As with cramps and body pain, treating headaches with medical marijuana can also mean fewer doses of OTC analgesics every month.
Marijuana Helps Mood Swings and More
Maybe the most significant problem women experience each month during PMS is the mood swings that can occur as a result of hormonal fluctuations. In addition to disordered mood, women can also experience heightened episodes of depression and anxiety.
Medical marijuana can step in to address these issues thanks to the way it apparently impacts the endocannabinoid system. In fact, cannabis is so effective in addressing mood disorders that it is increasingly being used as a treatment for PTSD. Women who want relief from the ups and downs of PMS can find relief with medical marijuana in the majority of cases.
Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Insomnia
A poll conducted in 2006 found that a third of women experienced disordered sleep during their menstrual cycle, which may be related to the surge in estrogen that starts during PMS and continues through menstruation. Experiencing insomnia or a rough night’s sleep can exacerbate the other symptoms that come with PMS, too.
How does medical marijuana help with sleep issues? Taking medical marijuana tinctures orally has been shown to reduce symptoms of insomnia and improve the quality of sleep in those with chronic insomnia— so just imagine what it could possibly do for women experiencing PMS! By sleeping better with medical marijuana, women can experience better moods and have the energy they need to deal with physical symptoms that come with menstruation.
Which Form of Medical Marijuana is Best for Period Relief?
Women are now the majority of new users of medical marijuana. Those who are new to the space, however, may need some guidance on how to best use medical marijuana in the treatment of PMS.
Edible Medical Marijuana – Edible marijuana provides a convenient way to enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana without the complexities of smoking or vaping, and edibles can provide long-lasting relief. Dose management is important with edibles, so make sure you review products and work with your certified doctor to find the best solution for your needs.
Smoking Medical Marijuana – Smoking or vaping whole flower is a good way to experience immediate relief that is often less intense than the experience felt with edibles. Given how quickly an effect can be generated with smoking, it is also easier to moderate intake and find the right balance.
Topicals – As mentioned above, medical marijuana topicals are a great way to address the pain and cramps associated with PMS. Topicals apply directly to the skin to help with muscle aches and pain and are one of the easiest ways to enjoy medical marijuana’s benefits.
Get Your VA Marijuana Card Now!
Women have a lot to gain from turning to the natural, healing effects of medical marijuana. Whichever symptoms of PMS plague you, medical marijuana can help! Our compassionate and informed experts can help you make the right choices for your health.
Schedule an appointment with an online medical marijuana doctor today, to start gaining access to safe, legal cannabis products, including tinctures, flower, concentrates and more.
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