The Benefits of using Cannabis for PMS

75% of women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome. Some women experience mild symptoms, while others find symptoms excruciating and even debilitating.

PMS symptoms tend to get worse with age. Many women start feeling discomfort a week before their menstrual cycle and often need to rest during extreme periods of pain.

Those women who have started using cannabis to treat PMS, have had amazing results.

This should come as no surprise as cannabis has been used to alleviate PMS and other pain symptoms throughout history; even England’s Queen Victoria used cannabis to treat her menstrual cramps.

Not only does cannabis target menstrual cramps, it treats a number of symptoms related to PMS in an unobtrusive, natural way.

Here are a few symptoms we recommend treating with Cannabis:

Menstrual Cramps

Around the same time that cannabis was made illegal, Irish doctor William B. O’Shaghnessy reported the benefits of cannabis in treating menstrual cramps, and introduced cannabis into the U.S. pharmacopeia.

Menstrual cramps are no fun at all, and in many cases they can span over a few days. Cannabis is a wonderful, natural and unobtrusive way to treat cramps.

Preclinical research has found that THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) is a muscle relaxant. Many women are finding relief in using cannabis for menstrual cramps. Even Whoopi Goldberg has started her own cannabis range of healing products specifically for women and PMS.

We really enjoyed this article of a women testing various products and describing her first hand experience:

picture of a girl in pain

Breast Pain

Some women suffer from sore and tender breasts from up to 2 weeks before their menstrual cycle, that’s a long time to be uncomfortable.

Common symptoms include:

  • breast swelling and tenderness,
  • heaviness and tightness,
  • burning sensations.

These are rarely discussed, yet cause many women a great deal of discomfort.

These symptoms occur due to the increase in progesterone production during the luteal phase of the cycle, this causes the milk ducts in the breast to expand.

Due to the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis, it has been known to treat breast swelling and tenderness over centuries. Some medical texts mention cannabis ointments to reduce swelling.


Many women suffer from headaches and migraines during PMS, due to the drop in estrogen. Estrogen activates various parts of the brain that regulate the perception of pain. In other words, when estrogen levels drop, the brain has fewer resources to reduce the perception of pain.

This is where cannabis comes in. Cannabis is a known and trusted pain reliever, hence its wide use in the treatment of cancer side effects.

Studies have shown that the habitual use of cannabis reduces the pain effects, and regularity of headaches and migraines per month.

Although much research is still needed regarding strain and dosage, the opportunity for relief is huge.


Its no secret that hormones before and during a women’s menstrual cycle can have adverse effects on mood, demeanour and energy levels. These effects are caused by the increase and decrease in hormones such as estrogen.

Cannabis and the brain work together as THC binds to a receptor in the brain which results in a mood-stabalising effect. Research has also found that cannabis shows great benefits in calming emotional fluctuations as small doses have antidepressant effects.

Gastrointestinal Irritations / Digestive Issues

Very often cramping, constipation and diarrhea occur during the first three days of a women’s menstrual cycle.

Research shows that cannabis is effective in treating digestive disorders as it interacts with the endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the digestive tract.

It has various benefits such as:

  • calming muscle spasms
  • eases stomach pain
  • aids in digestive mobility
  • proven immune booster

Cannabis has also been found to assist and treat gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s disease.


Due to changes in hormones, acne is a common occurrence for many women during their menstrual cycle.

When estrogen levels drop and progesterone levels increase, oil glands become more oily. This increase of oil can cause skin breakouts and sensitivity.

Studies have found that CBD combats acne symptoms as it is anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory.

Results have shown that ingesting CBD in tincture or oil form is most beneficial for the treatment of acne.

Insomnia and sleep disorders

Studies have found that women struggle with sleep for a few days during their cycle. Sleep is an important factor in keeping us sane and healthy, especially when the body is under stress due to symptoms brought on by PMS.

Premenstrual insomnia is a common side effect of PMS, due to the drop of progesterone. This drop occurs just before menstruation and is associated with many side effects experienced during the menstrual cycle.

Both CBD and THC, found in cannabis, display positive results in treating sleep disorders. Cannabis oil has proven to be particularly beneficial in aiding relaxation and sleep, more and more people are discovering these benefits as cannabis loses its stigma.

Using Cannabis holistically

As cannabis is an alternative to quick fixing pharmaceutical pain killers, it works best alongside a healthy holistic lifestyle. Cannabis is not always an instant solution to pain or disease, it is an amazing supplement that supports and responds to the body’s natural healing capabilities.

It is recommended to use cannabis with an intention for healing and happiness, and allow your body to communicate with this intelligent plant. THC and CBD trigger specific receptors designed to heal the body.

Women have been using cannabis to ease and alleviate PMS symptoms throughout history, why shouldn’t they have the same opportunities now as this plant offers so many wonderful benefits.

Happy being and happy healing.




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