Premenstrual syndrome is a condition in which hormonal and chemical changes in a woman’s body one or two weeks before their monthly menstruation or period causes various symptoms with a range of severity. Three out of four women are affected by the condition. Depression and other emotional issues can also worsen the symptoms.
Most women in their late 20’s throughout their early 40’s are likely to experience at least some moderate symptoms of PMS, especially those who’ve had a child or have a history of depression in the family.
Women may experience just one symptom irregularly, or multiple symptoms frequently and chronically. PMS can induce muscle tension, anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, anger, crying, social withdrawal, appetite changes, joint pain, headache, fatigue, insomnia, cramps, GI pain, and more.
The root cause of PMS remains elusive to science, but it’s quite clear to most that it is a natural process in humans and animals that trigger physical and mental changes that may be beneficial for females during ovulation and pregnancy. The hormonal changes in a woman’s body and cyclical activity of the menstrual cycle, however, are most correlative to the symptoms of PMS.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in the function of mood modulation, is thought to be an integral part of why women with PMS experience fatigue, food cravings, and sleep problems. Depression in women can cause them to experience PMS and may be correlated with worse symptoms.
For most symptoms of PMS, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help to moderate the condition. Regular exercise, a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains should keep the body stocked with the necessary nutrients and minerals it needs.
Avoiding excessive amounts of salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol during PMS can also help, as well as resting, sleeping adequately, and managing stress properly.
Women are often suggested to take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen to treat pain and inflammation. However, research and the FDA warns against habitual use of these medications as they are directly related to increased risk of developing ulcers, internal organ damage, and are related to Reye’s Syndrome in children.
In the estimate, 150 million women worldwide take some form of birth control, which is simply synthetic hormones. Essentially birth control pills are chemical compounds that convince the pituitary gland of a woman that she is pregnant. It’s kind of an artificial trick on the body’s natural menstruation cycle.
Some of the serious dangers of long-term birth control use are increased the risk of cervical and breast cancers, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, migraines, hypertension, gallbladder disease, infertility, liver tumors, increased risk of blood clotting, decreased bone density, and yeast infections.
Birth control pills can also destroy the beneficial bacteria in the GI tract that aid in normal functions of digestion and immunity. There is a concerning correlation between the widespread use of oral-contraceptives beginning in the 1960’s and increased rates of heart disease and cancer in women.
For centuries, cannabis has been used as a treatment for various conditions and symptoms such as acute pain, nausea, and cramps. Recent research has just beginning to shed some light on the topic, and how and why cannabis is able to work so effectively to treat many different conditions.
When the female cannabis plant begins to flower, in a biological expression similar menstruation, it produces resin rich in [cannabinoids] and [terpenes] that are able to bind with specialized [receptors] in humans and animals. These receptors and the chemicals that bind to them are referred to as the [endocannabinoid system], aptly named after the plant that indirectly led to its discovery.
Scientists are studying cannabinoids; such as [THC] and [CBD], in order to better understand how medical marijuana works to treat conditions like PMS. A 2016 study out of Italy focused on the activity of the endocannabinoid system during the menstrual cycle of women with endometriosis, a painful condition affecting the uterus.
Researchers found that women who experienced more PMS-like symptoms had lower levels of localized cannabinoid receptors expressed during menstruation. In conclusion, the study suggests that cannabinoids could potentially modulate and balance receptor expression and help to manage PMS-related symptoms of pain and inflammation.
Other studies that support cannabis as a safe treatment for PMS symptoms include research into the effects of cannabis on gastrointestinal disorders, pain, depression, and cramps, which you can find out more about by following the conditions links throughout this article.
Marijuana will affect individuals differently according to various factors of strain, administration, dosage, and mental well being. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis to manage symptoms of PMS and follow the links below to find strains of cannabis that have been reported to help others with symptoms of PMS.
· [[Afghan Kush]]
· [[Afghan OG]]
· [[Alice in Wonderland]]
· [[Allen Wrench]]
· [[Alpha Blue]]
· [[Asian Fantasy]]
· [[Black Domina]]
· [[Atomic Northern Lights]]
· [[Aurora Borealis]]
· [[Banana Candy]]
· [[Banana Kush]]
· [[BC Roadkill]]
· [[Big Buddha Cheese]]
· [[Big Wreck]]
· [[Bio Diesel]]
· [[Black Betty]]