The Lowdown on Menstr-ijuana
(Menstruation + Marijuana)
Have you considered adding marijuana to your menstrual self-care routine, yet? Once you get into the nitty gritty of the science of it all, it just makes sense. A menstrual cycle is typically 28 days long, with two broad phases. First up, the estrogen (or estrus) phase is the phase where ovulation occurs. A kind of superhero stage, your ovaries are producing estrogen and you’re generally feeling like you’re kicking ass. Your skin looks great, you could crush a marathon (if you wanted), and you are laser focused on whatever you put your mind to. Compared to the latter half of your moon cycle, you may find an increase in your libido during the estrus phase, as well as a higher sensitivity to THC and its effects. According to this particular study, most women who participated reported an increase in sex drive, sexual satisfaction, and a decrease in pain when they used marijuana. Pairing a tasty bud with the estrus phase is like adding the cherry atop a perfect ice cream sundae. Sure, that sundae is just fine without it. However, with it? It is next level bomb.
The progesterone (or diestrus) phase is a necessary, but less agreeable part of the menstrual cycle. It’s pretty much the rock bottom of your period. The harsh crash of the hormone progesterone results in the infamous and dreaded PMS symptoms. Cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, and headaches come with a side of anxiety and depression. However, the progesterone phase and PMS have finally met their match.
Women have been using marijuana to battle PMS symptoms for eons. In the 1800’s, Queen Victoria’s physician assigned her cannabis to treat her menstrual symptoms. When you read what medicinal cannabis is capable of, it makes a lot of sense. CBD has had positive results with those suffering from PMS related anxiety and depression and when it comes to cramps, our favorite bud is seriously killing it.
We’re impressed with:
Ceres Garden – Topical Moon Cycle Roll Up
With 300mg of CBD and 300mg of THC to activate it, this stuff packs a punch. This topical balm is a natural muscle relaxer and relieves tension that can come with the stress of hormone spikes.
Ceres Garden – Moon Cycle Tincture
A beautiful blend of cramp fighting strains, this tincture utilizes Black Cohosh, White Willow Bark, and Primrose to support the female body through its moon cycle. Its anti-inflammatory properties can calm cramps and breakouts while managing sebum production.
Looking for something discreet?
If you’re looking for something discreet and easy, a transdermal patch could be a huge upgrade for you. Check out:
Mobius – Monthly D8 CBD Patch
Stick this little patch on the inside of your wrist and soak up a metered transdermal absorption of cannabinoids through your skin for up to 8 hours.
What do we use?
Our lady Budtenders have their monthly go-tos as well. Here’s what they’re saying about their favorite products for battling Aunt Flow:
Ceres Garden – Capsules, Zen – “Love it because it has 15 mg of CBD + 10 mg of THC, which is great for cramps”.
Veredelux CBD Lemon Illuminations – Hard Candies – “I like this one because it has barely any THC in each candy which makes it great for daytime functioning (aka not getting high) but still takes the edge off. Also, awesome to eat with a regular THC edible or combined with smoking flower for the most uncomfortable days. Super versatile”.
Wild Side CBD Mango Tropical Storm – “Perfect super dose of CBD with a little bit of THC to help ease pain. Also, combines well with smoking or tinctures to take the relief factor up a notch if needed”.
Wildflowers Cooling Stick – “I like to use the Wildflower Cooling Stick on my stomach and lower back.
While marijuana has been a great companion for periods and the bodies they occur in, the truth is everyone is different. What works for most, may not work for everyone. If you’re not sure, or have serious ailments, we always recommend consulting your physician.
*This article uses the terms female and women in reference to biological sex.