As the names suggest, premenstrual syndrome begins about 1-2 weeks prior to a woman’s period. Symptoms include acne, tenderness, fatigue, bloating, irritability and mood changes. Cramps, back pain and headaches are also common symptoms of PMS. Post-menstrual syndrome may also be a condition, though to what extent the symptoms overlap with premenstrual syndrome is not known, thereby making any distinction between the two very difficult.
PMS is a rather common condition, affecting around 1 in every 20 women. NSAIDs like ibuprofen are often prescribed for particularly painful bouts of PMS. Antidepressants may also be prescribed in certain instances. However, for those with kidney problems, ibuprofen is not ideal, and a powerful, non-toxic phytochemical like CBD may be an ideal solution. THC may help beat nausea and cramps as well, making medical marijuana a potentially very useful medication for those with moderate to severe PMS. Exercise and a healthy, iron-rich diet may also help.
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.
Check out the positives and negatives below and if you’d like to speak to Doctor Frank about your condition and getting a medical marijuana card, get in touch!