Does cannabis help reduce menstrual cramping?


Hello! Cannabis can help with menstrual cramping. A bit of trial and error may be necessary to find the strain or product that works best for you. I would recommend to try Foria 1:1 (CBD:THC) vaginal suppositories. A suppository can be inserted at the onset of pain or the night before if you can predict your cycle. I always recommend to discuss menstrual cramping with your primary care provider or OB/GYN. Alternatives or complementaries to medication include: yoga for menstrual cramping, heating pads, massage, and staying busy! Hope this helps some. Best of luck.

drjacquelynlew


Hi there!
Dr. Lew makes a great suggestion.
Women have used cannabis as a treatment for period cramp pain since at least as far back as the 19th century, when Sir. J Russel Reynolds would treat Queen Victoria’s period cramps. He duly noted, "When pure and administered carefully, cannabis is one of the most valuable medicines we possess."

Today, thousands of women have reported cannabis as an effective treatment for period cramps. There have been multiple studies regarding the efficacy of cannabis as an effective analgesic. However, studies regarding the specific use of cannabis as a treatment of period cramps is scant.

Although, data from a study performed at the University of Leicesteraimed showed that levels of the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide (AEA) fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle and that the cannabinoid rececptors CB1 and CB2 were found throughout the uterus. These findings suggest that exogenous cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD may interact with the endocannabinoid system resulting in a reduction in period cramp pain.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00418-010-0695-9.

drkim


Another study evaluated levels of endocannabinoids and the prevalence of CB1 and CB2 receptors according to cycle phase and the amount of pain reported by women with and without endometriosis. The researches found a clear relationship between variations in the endocannabinoid system between women with severe endometrial pain, mild endometrial pain and women without endometriosis. These findings again suggest a role of cannabis in modulating period cramp pain.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1933719116630414

drkim

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