Here are a couple of fun facts:
- Periods are as painful as heart attacks for some women.
- Between 30-50% of women suffer through excruciating periods each month.
But, as women, many of us already knew this. Because we live it every month.
Now here’s another fun fact:
Getting stoned during shark week provides many women some relief from menstrual cramps.
That’s right. You can use marijuana for menstrual cramps.
But how does a girl go about using weed for cramps? Are there any specific strains you should choose? And what other benefits can you expect to reap by using cannabis during your period?
Continue reading to master the art blazing up during your menstrual cycle.
Does Weed Really Help with Cramps?
We know what some of you are thinking:
Does weed help with cramps? Is there even any science behind this claim?
As a matter of fact, researchers have conducted several trials which show that there is a connection between pain reduction and marijuana. And not just for women who are menstruating. Cancer patients, diabetics, and a plethora of other chronically ill people have relieved their pain by using marijuana.
These researchers weren’t the first people to test marijuana’s medicinal properties. Many ancient Eastern peoples, including the Chinese and Indians, explored the plant’s healing properties.
Why Should You Use Weed for Your Period Cramps?
So weed has medicinal properties. So does a bottle of Midol. That’s hardly a reason to start using it…right?
Wrong. Using cannabis during your cycle doesn’t provide the same results as popping a couple of pills. It provides better results, and for several reasons.
Here are just a couple of those reasons:
It’s a Natural Alternative to Standard Drugs
Many of the drugs on the shelves today come with a long list of unwanted side effects. Some of these side effects are severe (i.e. damage to your organs).
Weed, on the other hand, doesn’t pose such significant threats to you if you’re already healthy. Unless you count a high as a threat.
It Eradicates Aches and Pains. Everywhere.
Every woman knows that menstrual cramps aren’t the only pain we experience during our cycles. Tender breasts and sore backs are common during that time of the month.
Fortunately, marijuana doesn’t just target one area of your body. It relieves pain everywhere.
Where Should You Start?
Now that you know some of the benefits of using marijuana for menstrual cramps, let’s talk about where you should start. There are hundreds of strains of marijuana on the market.
Which is why you have no idea which ones to choose.
That said, we’ll go over a few strains in this section. Below you’ll find some of the best marijuana strains for menstrual cramps.
Dutch Treat is one of the more relaxing strains on our list. Since relaxation and calmness are usually in short supply during your menstrual cycle, it’s a great option for any stressed out woman who needs to wind down.
Some users also report that it helps fight depression, which is a bonus.
This presidential strain is best for those of you who want to feel a euphoric rush. It boosts users’ mood and leaves them energetic. And if you’re menstruating, there’s a good chance that you’ll need more energy.
Purple Urkle is excellent at relieving pain. It also has a sweet, fruity flavor to it, which is perfect for anyone who wants to stay away from skunky strains.
It’s not, however, the strain to use when you need to get things done. It’s a strain best used at the end of the day, preferably right before bed.
Like Obama Kush, this strain turns users into the happiest, most euphoric versions of themselves. Pain relief is also one of its major selling points.
But don’t go crazy with this one. It’s by far the strongest strain on this list, so ease your way up to Chernobyl.
Out of the five strains listed here, White Widow is the most balanced. Its medicinal uses are numerous. It helps eliminate depression and anxiety and reduces muscle spasms. It also uplifts its users, providing them with bursts of energy.
Note that this list is just here to give you a good starting point. There are hundreds of marijuana strains out there. As a result, there’s a good chance that you could find one that produces better results than any of the strains listed here.
If you’re interested in finding some additional strains, we recommend that you browse some online catalogs. We’ll also point you in the direction of a catalog we trust, which you can view here.
How Should You Ingest Your Weed?
Now let’s talk about how you should ingest your weed. Many of you probably assumed that you’d be smoking your marijuana, but smoking isn’t your only option.
You can choose between:
Smoking is the most obvious choice. It’s also the easiest option for many people. Even so, the other two options are better for your health in the long run.
Your second choice involves vaping weed. Vaping is an amazing alternative to smoking because you get to take in all of the goodies from your weed without severely damaging your lungs.
Our last option for you is eating your marijuana. And, no, we don’t mean eating it raw.
You can cook your White Widow or Obama Kush into your favorite brownie recipe. Or incorporate it into any other baked good. You’ll satisfy your period cravings and eradicate your cramps all at once when cooking with cannabis-infused oil or cannabutter.
Edibles are widely available including gummies, chocolate bars, baked goods and even cannabis-infused coffee.
If you’re worried about a dramatic change in flavor, don’t be. Your brownies or cookies will still taste as delicious as they always do.
Give Marijuana a Try During Your Next Cycle
That’s pretty much everything you need to know about how to use marijuana for menstrual cramps! We know how painful the menstrual cycle can be, so we’re just hoping that this information helps at least one woman conquer shark week.
In any case, remember to take care of yourself during your period–weed or no weed. Eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and get a workout or two in if you can.
And to any ladies who have already tried marijuana for their cramps:
How did it work for you? And what are some of your favorite strains?
Please share your advice in the comments section below!