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By: Kirsten Hansen
Many folks that experience menstruation have dealt with PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). There are many ways to treat PMS; however, many people that have it get to deal with PMS on a monthly basis because there is not a cure-all for all the symptoms. There is an abundance of different medications to take that often have negative side effects, therapy sessions that can be costly, or physical exercise routines that take time and patience. Luckily, there are many different alternative ways to combat menstrual pain.
THC and CBD are two compounds found in cannabis that have become very popular. THC is known to have incredible pain relieving benefits. It can be dependent upon the strain, the way it is ingested, and how a person’s body reacts to it. THC is also psychoactive. This is not a cure-all, but many people have reaped the benefits of ingesting THC for help with pain relief. CBD is non-psychoactive, and is known to help with inflammation, pain management, anxiety reduction, and improved sleep. When CBD and THC are paired together, we get something known as the entourage effect. This is the theory that all the compounds in cannabis work together, and when taken together, they produce a better effect than when taken alone. THC and CBD can still be taken alone, but the benefits and effects can change greatly. Taking them together can help reduce the unwanted effects of THC, such as hunger, anxiety, and the overall high. Because these are not everyone’s goals when consuming cannabis, different ratios of THC to CBD can help people in different ways. It’s all about trial and error.
The pain from PMS is caused by inflammation and prostaglandins, a hormone-like compound that releases during menstruation (that also causes inflammation). Many people experience pain in the breasts, abdomen, back, joints, muscles, and pelvis. Luckily, when CBD and THC are paired together, they have been known to help tremendously with PMS pain. THC will focus more on pain and CBD will help with inflammation. They can also be taken separately, depending on how a person wants to feel and where they are experiencing the most pain. Again, it’s all about trial and error and finding what works for you.
Please note these are not medical claims and are based on internet research. If you would like to further your studies on the topic, please reach out to a medical professional. Everyone reacts differently to the consumption of cannabis and different cannabidiols, so make sure to use all the information at your disposal. CBD can speed the breakdown of certain drugs, like anti-depressants. Always ask your doctor before consumption if this is right for you.
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