As the names suggest, premenstrual syndrome begins about 1-2 weeks prior to a woman’s period, whereas postmenstrual syndrome begins after the period has ended. Symptoms are quite similar, and include acne, tenderness, fatigue, bloating, irritability and mood changes. Cramps, back pain and headaches are also common symptoms of PMS.
Cannabis, being the anti-inflammatory that it is, can help with all of these symptoms. Furthermore, there are fewer side-effects than many other medications usually prescribed for PMS (e.g. ibuprofen), reducing the possibility of kidney and liver damage or overdose.
- May relieve breast pain and tenderness, caused by the increased production of progesterone during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle
- Reports suggest that cannabinoid-laced tampons reduce and even help beat cramps and lower back pain
- May reduce and get rid of migraine
- Ointments utilizing cannabis may reduce acne
- Cannabis may help act as a mood stabilizer
- Aids sleep
- May make breast tenderness worse in some
- May also make migraines worse for some
- May not work as well as a mood stabilizer such as SSRIs