All the women experience menstrual cycles for about 450 times in their life. Almost every woman suffers from problems during their periods like abdominal pain, lower back pain, headache, leg pain, mood swings, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness. The worst of them all is the menstrual cramps.
Cramps happen as a result of the muscle contraction when hormones trigger in the uterus. These are highly painful in the lower abdomen or pelvic area and can be physically as well as emotionally exhausting. Almost every women face cramps either before the menstruation or during the period. It may continue for days making the period days all the more tiring and annoying.
According to a survey by ARHP, about 63% women suffered ‘critical’ symptoms like bloating, tiredness, mood swings, and cramps. Cramps differ in extremity. While some women may get a little irritates, others may feel all their energy draining. It may get difficult to manage work at home, office or school.
In another study, more than 84% of women stated that they suffered from period pains and more than 43% of women suffered from pains during their menses. Also, the women who had a longer menstrual period and the ones who smoked experienced more pain than others.
Ways to deal with cramps
There are a few means which are beneficial to deal with cramps like making little changes in diet and exercise. Working out regularly, quitting smoking and consuming alcohol, minimizing the caffeine intake are some of the ways which will significantly help in reducing the pain caused by cramps. Enjoying recreational and relieving activities like meditation is also highly recommended.
There are several other medications as well to deal with the menstrual pain but they are not very safe. Other methods include contraceptives but they have risky side effects related to its usage. So, there is an urgent need to find out some alternative means to deal with the menstrual pain without incurring any side effects but ensure to consult professionals.
Cannabis and cramps
The use of cannabis as a medication to cure certain conditions has been long known since ancient times. The tonic made of hemp seeds, mint, saffron, and beer was used in 2000 BC to comfort women of the pain caused during childbirth. Cannabis flowers were even used back in the year 1956 to relieve the menstrual symptoms in women, according to a Chinese medical text.
According to Dr. Ethan Russo, the senior medical advisor of GWPH, it was used for treating many ailments until its prohibition. Medicine like Dysmenine consisted of several herbal tinctures to treat dysmenorrhea, menstrual colic, and cramps.
There are several studies and researches which claim marijuana’s efficiency in treating the painful cramps. One of the active ingredients in cannabis is the THC which is known for its muscle relaxation properties. Cramping is as painful as small-scale labor contractions and it can be brought to ease by THC.
Though marijuana is not a completely safe bet for menstrual symptoms there are a few reasons behind why using cannabis products are better and safer than the conventional methods of medication for cramps. Cannabis does have dire results, unlike other medications which are usually available in the market. Its overdosing cannot ruin your course of medication, but can simply make you high. Cannabis is not known to cause some serious short or long-term bad secondary responses. We can find some only in a few cases like dizziness, coughing, sore throat and dry mouth. It can also increase your appetite Another good thing about cannabis is that it can be blended with various food items as well as beverages whereas combining other medications may have adverse effects. So, is risk-free as well as good to go with almost everything.
Thus, the popularity of cannabis-infused products has been increasing tremendously. So, cannabis can be easily applied using the herb imbued cream or by way of a transdermal patch. While smoking is one way of consuming marijuana, you can also switch to vaping which is a much safer substitute to smoking to relieve you off the pain.
Many women asserted that using cannabis helped them to ease the painful symptoms associated with marijuana. Products which have cannabis content in them help to enhance the overall mood and ease off the period pain during that time of the month. Some women even make the usage of the cannabis-infused suppositories to calm the pain caused by the cramps. Though, there is still a need for more research by the government and the medical institutions so as to get a clear anecdotal evidence.
There is no denying the fact that cannabis is certainly helpful to beat the blues during periods. But cramping can happen due to several other problems too, like uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), endometriosis and cervical stenosis. If the symptoms worsen, you should visit a doctor urgently.