Menstrual cramps are more than just a slight discomfort. It’s a pain that radiates throughout your lower abdomen while you pop ibuprofen and clutch onto a heating pad, begging for it to stop.
As it turns out, Midol might not be the answer.
Long before people could buy pills, they used cannabis to ease their menstrual cramps. Puffing on a gift from Mother Nature helped make their symptoms more bearable and here’s why.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) kills both the pain and acts as an antinociceptive, the latter of which stops nerves from sensing any pain at all. So even if you smoked pot and some pain managed to sneak its way in, the antinociceptive part would make sure you didn’t feel any discomfort.
That’s a winning situation, especially if you suffer from dysmenorrhea.
Dysmenorrhea is a condition in which your cramps are so bad they’re debilitating. We’re not just talking ‘oh I’m in pain.’ Picture yourself doubled over on the floor, gripping your abdomen while your ovaries wage World War III on your body.
People have been pushing for the legalization of marijuana for quite some time. In addition to relief from menstrual cramps, some studies have shown it can also decrease the length of your cycle. That’s music to the ears of women who bleed for seven to ten days straight.
Although when this was tested on monkeys, one of them had her period for 145 days. It’s hard to imagine any woman dealing with their period for that long. In addition to the pain and bleeding, there’s also the cost of tampons and maxi pads. Although you could also try the Diva Cup.
There’s also evidence to show that smoking pot helps with pregnancy. It’s been known to help alleviate morning sickness and help with labor pain. Consider it a more natural epidural.
Periods can suck the life out of you, especially when you have things to do. Of course, you could always move to a country that gives women time off during their menstrual cycle, like Japan or Indonesia. Italy might be doing that soon, too.
Watch this video to hear some doctors weigh-in on this claim.
YouTube Channel: The Doctors
H/T: Ministry of Cannabis
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