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Here’s How To Use Marijuana To Cure Your Period Cramps

My periodВ lasts a hellish six days, withВ cramping on the first and last days. I’ve never experienced pain so bad I can’t walk,В but I feel decidedly gross throughout the week.

Lately, instead of popping Midol to deal with theВ pain, I’ve beenВ smoking weed for relief.

Marijuana takes my mind off the misery that is menstruation, helping me completely forget I have a wad of cotton shoved up my vagina. My stomach stops feelingВ achy and bloated, and instead I just get the munchies.В While recent studies show that marijuana can help relieve pain, there hasn’t been enough researchВ into the effects of smoking pot on your period for physicians to recommend itВ yet.

Unfortunately, I can’t claim to be the genius who came up with this brilliant alternative method to dealing withВ period struggles. Using cannabis to treat menstruation pains has been going on for centuries.

Swollen, painful breasts were a problem for women way back in the 11th century, too. For relief, they used a cannabis topical cream mixed with lamb fat. The mixture was said toВ “disperse the swelling.”

One of the earliest forms of period painВ relief for women came in a little bottle of dysmenine, a cannabis-based syrup. It was prescribed to women duringВ the 17th century, designed to treat everything from “nervous hysteria” to cramps.

Even Queen Victoria’s royal physician prescribed cannabis delivered by syringeВ to ease her royalВ menstrual strugglesВ back in the 19th century.

The days of dysmenine are long over, but we have modern options available for ladiesВ who want to trade Midol for marijuana. Today, innovative mindsВ have gotten creative with weed’s many menstrual uses.

If you ever thought aboutВ sticking a nug ofВ weed up your vagina instead of a tampon, that basically exists already.В ForiaВ vaginalВ suppositories are made of three ingredients: organic cocoa butter, CBD isolate and CO2 distilled THC oil.В The product, though not yet FDA approved, relaxes muscles andВ provides relief from cramps.

The suppositories come in a 4-pack that costs $44. Each suppository is considered as one dose. You can purchase them online, but you need to have a medical marijuana card and must join the brand’s medical marijuana collective.

The magic of Fiora is that you don’t experience a head high, but the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream directly. The high is noticeable but won’t interruptВ daily activities. You also have to freeze it for 15 minutes before inserting it so it doesn’t dissolve too quickly.

You won’t find any medieval lamb fat to rub on breasts, but there areВ cannabis-infused topical creams out there you can try. Again, there are a lack of studies on the effectiveness of these products, butВ cannabis has been proven to help with swelling.

Apothecanna has a $40В calming body cremeВ that helps ease tension and, aside from anti-inflammatory cannabis, boastsВ ingredients like lavender and chamomile. Anyone can buy lotions containingВ CBD, but products that contain THC must beВ purchasedВ from select storesВ in states where marijuana is legal.

These products are good alternatives for womenВ who want to explore cannabis as a remedy to period pain without actually lighting up. If smoking weed is no problem for you, however, there areВ different strains of weedВ to help with different menstrual symptoms.В However, the way it makes you feel variesВ for everyone. Some women have found that smoking weed regularly causes their periods to be irregular and shorter, while othersВ experienceВ increased blood flow.

A strain called Blue Dream, for example, isВ a favorite to help with moods, relaxation and handling cramps. It’sВ a strain hybrid, providing more of a pain-reducing body highВ andВ helping lift spirits. LeaflyВ makes it easy to research strains, their qualities and availability if you’re interested in conquering your period pain by lighting up.

While I appreciate В innovations in cannabis technology, I’m going to keep getting my pain relief the old-fashioned way, by smoking. I’m already using my period as an excuse to polish off a full-size bag of peanut M&Ms, why not blame it on the munchies, too?

My periodВ lasts a hellish six days, withВ cramping on the first and last days. I’ve never experienced pain so bad I can’t walk,В but I feel decidedly gross throughout the week. Lately, instead of popping Midol to deal with theВ pain, I’ve beenВ smoking…

Could weed be used to treat period pain?

There are reports cannabis will be approved by New York legislators to treat period pain. The evidence is unclear, but that doesn’t mean the drug can be ruled out

A review into medicinal uses of cannabinoids states there is no research showing that cannabis relieves period pains, though a lack research does not equal no evidence it doesn’t work. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A review into medicinal uses of cannabinoids states there is no research showing that cannabis relieves period pains, though a lack research does not equal no evidence it doesn’t work. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Last modified on Mon 21 May 2018 11.13 BST

According to reports this week, marijuana is about to be approved to treat period pains by legislators in New York. Cannabis is already allowed for medicinal use in 29 American states for a variety of conditions such as cancer, HIV or Aids, severe nausea, seizures and persistent muscle spasms (for example with people who have multiple sclerosis). Could period pains really be joining that list, and is there any evidence that it works?

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It is certainly clearly stated in bill number A582: “Medical marijuana can alleviate many of the painful effects of dysmenorrhea.” The bill also states that “Not only will this improve women’s wellbeing and productivity during menstruation, but it will advance New York State in one of the country’s fastest growing industries.” So cannabis will help women, and industry too. It’s win win.

Except that Dr Penny Whiting, the lead author of a large systematic review in Jama on the medicinal uses of cannabinoids confirms my suspicion that there is no research showing that cannabis relieves period pains – though she points out that because of the lack of research, there’s also no evidence it doesn’t work . Her review found moderate evidence that cannabinoids work for chronic pain and spasticity (severe cramps such as in multiple sclerosis) and “low quality evidence” that it relieves nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and sleep disorders. Another review published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found similar results.

Period cramps are caused by the release of prostaglandins that trigger muscle cramps in the uterus. These cramps reduce the blood supply to the uterus and cause painful spasms. There’s not much in the medical armoury to help dysmenorrhea. There are oral contraceptives that stop ovulation and therefore prostaglandin production, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (that inhibit prostaglandins being made) or paracetamol. Meanwhile, in Colorado and California women can use ‘marijuana tampons’ made by Foria – which smell of cookie dough. The tampons combine two active ingredients from cannabis – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The cells lining the vaginal wall absorb the cannabinoids and may block the nerves from carrying pain signals to the brain. Local absorption is also meant to reduce any psychoactive high from the drug.

There’s anecdotal evidence from women that these cannabis tampons work within 20 minutes. However, they are not available legally in the UK. And like any drug, cannabinoids can have side effects. Writing in the BMJ, Dr Giles Newton-Howes, of the University of Otago in New Zealand argued the case for making it easier to conduct trials for the use of cannabis at medicine. He says that we can only speculate on their usefulness for dysmenorrhea. But its welcome speculation at that.

There are reports cannabis will be approved by New York legislators to treat period pain. The evidence is unclear, but that doesn’t mean the drug can be ruled out