It is no longer a secret that marijuana helps alleviate a plethora of conditions, from anxiety and depression to inflammation and muscle pain. Menstruation is no exception. Many menstruating folk use (and have used for millennia) this plant to combat period pain, thanks to its natural analgesic properties.
Given that these ailments affect around 80% of the world's menstruating population, any new course of treatment is welcome. Thus, we spoke with Tabitha Fritz, a women's health and cannabis expert, to gain a little perspective on the benefits that marijuana can provide for menstruation.
How does it work?
It is not hard to figure out that the most common use for marijuana regarding menstruation is the relief of cramps and premenstrual syndrome. But it must be clarified that cannabis is useful to combat other symptoms as well, such as interrupted sleep, headaches or migraines, an upset stomach and digestive problems. It also helps to cope with less physical and more emotional symptoms, such as irritability.
What is truly interesting is that the female reproductive system possesses a high concentration of endocannabinoid receptors. This makes menstruating people especially sensitive to the effects of cannabis in internal use products.
It is also key to note that estrogen levels, which fluctuate during the menstrual cycle, directly influence the cannabis experience.
“When estrogen is low (like right before their period), most women are less sensitive to the effects of THC than when their estrogen levels are higher. This is just before ovulation, in the middle of your cycle,” explains Tabitha.
“It’s important to know this because cannabis can be used throughout a woman's cycle to help alleviate symptoms. However, her experience …