How to Stop Your Period from Killing Your Vibe

Friends, periods are the worst. We know this. They come with mood swings, fatigue, cramps—and in severe cases, even nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nearly 85 percent of menstruating humans experience period pain intense enough to interfere with daily activities—so what can we do about it?

Some folks are turning to cannabis for relief. Here’s why.

It’s a Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is what causes period pain—it sets off cramps, back pain, and more. Luckily, cannabis contains cannabidiol, also known as CBD, a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. It works much the same way ibuprofen does, but has the added benefit of being a muscle relaxer. Not only does it dampen the inflammation that causes pain in the first place, but it also stops the spasms in your uterine muscles that we know as cramps. Sweet relief.

Those Endocannabinoids, Though
What goes hand-in-hand with inflammation? Stress. When you’re stressed, your body turns to its internal endocannabinoid system to help you cope. That’s right—your body is equipped with a whole network of cannabis-like molecules that help balance out your cortisol levels and shut down your stress. When you add the endocannabinoids found in cannabis to that mix, you get an enhanced experience that shuts down your pain and your moody vibes. Yes, please!

It’s Packed With Phytoestrogens
During the first few days of menstruation, estrogen levels are at their lowest. And when estrogen dips, it causes all kinds of not-fun side effects—depression, insomnia, and low sex drive among them. But cannabis is full of handy, dandy phytoestrogens, which can help supplement your low estrogen levels. This can lift your spirits, improve your sleep, and maybe even put you in the mood for a little (wink, wink) safe fun with your partner.

It Can Be Customized for Your Body
The best part about using cannabis to help treat your PMS symptoms? It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Unlike popping an ibuprofen, your cannabis treatment can be customized for your body so you can get the most effective relief for your individual symptoms.

Have you tried cannabis for PMS relief? Let us know in the comments!