Although there have not been extensive studies on the effects of cannabis to treat PMS, the therapeutic properties of cannabis may help treat common symptoms. PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is a set of symptoms that occur 1-2 weeks before a woman’s period. Common symptoms include pain, cramps, headaches, mood changes, acne, and bloating.
For many women cramps are the most uncomfortable side effect of a period, which can range from mildly uncomfortable to completely debilitating. The muscle relaxant properties of cannabis can help to sooth pain and relieve discomfort from cramps, while anti-inflammatory properties can reduce bloating.
CBD, the main non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, has been shown to help treat both depression and anxiety, as well as some aspects of mood disorders. Because of these properties CBD can also help treat the depressive and anxious feelings associated with mood swings during PMS. CBD is said to trigger the serotonin receptors in our brain which can help provide overall relaxation and a calming effect.
Severe headaches around “that time of the month” are also common, and can have an impact on concentration, focus and productivity in daily life. Anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis can help alleviate these headaches.
Many women also experience hormonal acne before or during their period. CBD products can be helpful in treating acne topically by reducing redness and inflammation.
All of these symptoms combined can make it difficult for women to get a good night’s sleep. Cannabis edibles can help relieve discomfort and induce a deep relaxed sleep.
If you are exploring cannabis to treat symptoms of PMS, products from our OUIDE Relieve, Harmony, or Uplift lines may be a good place to start. As always if you are new to cannabis, start with a low dose and increase as necessary. See our dosing guide for more info.