PMS is a serious issue for women and men alike! Not only does it suck for females but I can’t see guys enjoying cranky girlfriends or wives! It’s an unfortunate part of life that some women have to deal with. But since it happens, we should know how to fend off those painful cramps and cranky attitudes!
Premenstrual syndrome or “PMS” is a female malady that occurs in the days or weeks leading up to menstruation. The symptoms may also occur during the beginning of menstruation. On average, they generally show up roughly 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her period. However, experiences differ between women and suffer from symptoms ranging from mild to severe.
The symptoms of PMS are often physical, behavioral and mental/emotional.
Studies have shown that up to 85% of women suffer from at least one of the symptoms this disorder may bring.
The wide variety of symptoms can include mood swings, sadness, difficulty concentrating, anger, fatigue, insomnia, sleeping too much, irritability, depression, stress, increased emotional sensitivity, and changes in libido. Physical symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle include headaches, bloating, lower back pain, abdominal cramps, constipation/diarrhea, swelling or tenderness in the breasts, and joint or muscle pain. Cannabis has proven to be effective at minimizing all of these symptoms.
The exact cause of PMS is unknown, but it seems to be related to the fluctuating levels of hormones that occur in preparation for menstruation. Women who suffer PMS likely have different hormonal changes than women who do not.
Cannabis has not been shown to aid in restoring normal hormone levels, therefore, it probably cannot treat the most often hypothesized cause of premenstrual syndrome, but nonetheless, as said, it can help with most of the symptoms.
Cannabis has been used as a cramp relieving substance since the 1800s, it was a common medicine used to alleviate menstrual cramps, general pain and anxiety among other ailments. When marijuana was in the worst of the drug war, women were given all sorts of pharmaceutical drugs to “help” them cope with the symptoms of PMS. Doctors were prescribing pharmaceutical painkillers, anti-depressants, and muscle relaxers for the symptoms of the condition and ALL of those pills have seriously negative side effects, including addiction and the possibility of overdosing, coupled with the potential of suicidal thoughts. Pain killers can become addictive and do long-term damage to the liver and kidneys. Muscle relaxants, which include valium (diazepam), have similar drawbacks. All anti-depressants (such as Prozac and Zoloft) take several days or even weeks to start working, so relief is not in arm’s reach. Even with the other pill options, pain killers and muscle relaxants take 40-60 minutes to kick in. Cannabis helps these symptoms immediately if smoked or vaped, much sooner than pain killers and muscle relaxants will begin to take effect. Additionally, cannabis is not physically addictive or harmful to the human body. Some girls get such severe pains that they’re stuck on the couch, curled up in the fetal position. Smoking marijuana or using a vaporizer is an immediate, healthy way to counteract the symptoms brought on by PMS that really has no negative side effects. It’s much easier to get a hold of than most prescription medicines, not to mention much less dangerous.
Cannabis is a well known analgesic, to generally relieve pain, therefore, the mild pain relieving effects may be sufficient to treat premenstrual syndrome pain, such as with the cramps, headaches, joint, back and muscle pain, It is also a well known treatment for headaches. There are some theories that marijuana affects parts of the brain that cause headaches. A study examined the effectiveness of cannabis in treating headaches and pain. In that study, rats given cannabis exhibited reduced activity of nerve cells that transmit pain. Many patients find that marijuana is additionally useful in reducing stress that may be contributing to the headache, providing more effective relief than any one pharmaceutical medication. Keep in mind that cannabis has been shown to help treatment resistant migraines and cluster headaches which are among the most painful headaches a person can experience. However, it is also known to have limited pain relief benefits in some severe cases of pain. For cases of such severe pain, research is indicating that marijuana works well in conjunction with other pain relievers to both increase pain relief and decrease dosages of potentially dangerous pain medications such as opiates.
For problems with constipation or diarrhea associated with PMS, this can be alleviated by cannabis also. Research suggests that cannabis is effective in treating these symptoms in part because it interacts with the endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the digestive tract, which can result in calming spasms, assuaging pain, and improving motility. Cannabis has a long documented history of use in treating Gastro-intestinaI distress.
Cannabinoids, the active ingredients in cannabis, can also temper the mood swings, depression, anxiety and the emotional sensitivities associated with PMS, weed with high levels of the cannabinoids CBD and CBG as well as moderate levels of THC is helpful in this area. But to what extent can marijuana actually help people who are struggling with anxiety? It does exert an effect on stress levels through the endocannabinoid system, which regulates pain and appetite. THC interacts with anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter, creating a happy, relaxed feeling, as well as sleepliness. Sleepiness is a known side effect of marijuana, especially of the Kush strains, so it is likely to help people who respond positively to it fall asleep, fall back to sleep and stay asleep. Since not getting enough sleep can increase and even cause emotional and psychological symptoms, getting enough sleep can control other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome through allowing sufferers to get a good night’s sleep.
It is said chocolate is good for PMS and what will make you eat more chocolate than pot? PMS and chocolate cravings go together like peanut butter and jelly or fireworks and the 4th of July. There is a good reason why women with PMS go out in a blizzard to get chocolate or eat a dinner of melted chocolate on a chocolate brownie sitting on chocolate ice cream. The chocolate was making them feel better. This improvement in mood is due to chocolate’s substantial sugar content and, to a small extent, the caffeine-like ingredient is also contains. Because chocolate has a creamy texture, we are unaware of how much sugar it contains and it contains alot. When sugar is eaten without protein, the body responds by making new serotonin in the brain and serotonin among other things contributes to feelings of well being and happiness. So, we know weed gives us the munchies! After she smokes a bowl, give her lots of chocolate!
Marijuana can help women with PMS live a near-normal life without the side effects of prescription drugs normally used to treat this condition. Cannabis is a safe, effective, time-honored remedy that can ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. It has also been found to be beneficial in easing symptoms of PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) also, a more severe form of PMS that affects about 5% of women and causes symptoms like severe menstrual pain, clinical depression and chronic anxiety among other very serious symptoms..
So, ladies, next time you need some relief, smoke a reefer. And for all the guys out there that cower from their PMSing girlfriends, just bring her a bushel of bud, bring her a silly movie, some chocolate, and roll her the best blunt she’s ever smoked!
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