From simple headaches to severe cramps, PMS, or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, affects millions of women during their reproductive years. To help combat this monthly madness, more and more women are turning to cannabis for PMS, or hormonal-related disorders.
Recently, psychopharmacology specialist, Dr. Julie Holland, supported this claim by saying that medical marijuana may help manage PMS symptoms including depression / anxiety, migraines, cramps, tender breasts, and insomnia.
With its natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, studies have shown that cannabis is beneficial for relieving pain associated with severe cramps. So much so, celebrity Whoopi Goldberg developed her own line of medical cannabis products, Whoopi and Maya, for providing relief from menstrual discomfort.
Medical marijuana could effectively reduce back pain and breast soreness associated with PMS. Cannabidiol (CBD,) the non-psychoactive component of the plant, impacts nerve receptors called vanilloid receptors (TRPV), through which it desensitizes pain nerve fibers, minimizing pain.
“CBD has been scientifically shown to increase levels of anandamide, a neurotransmitter and the main cannabinoid that is produced by the human body, which can reduce pain and inflammation and can also boost levels of adenosine, another neurotransmitter which plays a key role in inflammation,” says a representative from Torrey Holistics, a leading San Diego cannabis management firm with a premium retail location in Sorrento Valley
As it relates to hormonal changes, many women experience sudden mood transitions during their period. CBD temporarily boosts serotonin levels in the brain which in turn helps in improving mood, or adjusting that attitude. Furthermore, using cannabis for PMS could help with sleep deprivation from insomnia. After all, who could fall asleep while fighting extreme pain? Hit a strong indica strain, and you’ll be counting sheep, not the days left in your menstruation cycle.
Torrey Holistics — a leading San Diego cannabis management firm with a premium retail location in Sorrento Valley — offers a wide variety of CBD- and THC-rich products to help provide relief for PMS symptoms.