Understanding how cannabis can help alleviate pain.
Some women report using cannabis to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with menstrual cramps.
Cannabis is a plant that contains compounds called cannabinoids, including the psychoactive compound THC and the non-psychoactive compound CBD. These compounds are thought to interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating various functions in the body, including pain perception.
There is some evidence to suggest that cannabis may be effective at reducing chronic pain, including menstrual cramps.
A 2018 review of studies found that cannabis may be an effective treatment for chronic pain, and a 2020 review found that CBD was effective at reducing pain in people with chronic pain conditions.
It is important to note, however, that more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of using cannabis for menstrual cramps. If you are considering using cannabis for menstrual cramps or any other condition, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider to determine if it is appropriate for you, and to discuss any potential risks and side effects, as well as the benefits.