By Kate Kasbee
Moon cycle. Crimson tide. Shark week. Lady business. No matter what you call it, that time of the month sucks. While every woman responds differently to the drop in female sex hormones at the tail end of her menstrual cycle, the symptoms of the luteal phase (aka PMS) are pretty standard. Cramps, irritability, muscle aches, bloating, and food cravings are just a few of the things we can look forward to each month.
While there’s not a lot women can do to prevent the hormonal tango between the pituitary gland and the ovaries, they can find some natural relief from their PMS symptoms with cannabis. From creams to chocolate and everything in between, here’s our list of the best cannabis products to end the monthly torment.
CBD Swirl Grapefruit Bath Bomb
Is there anything more soothing than a warm bath when your muscles are screaming? The answer: yes – a warm bath that’s swirling with fun colors and infused with CBD. The yummy-smelling CBD Swirl Grapefruit Bath Bomb by De La Beuh contains grapefruit essential oils that decrease fluid retention — bye bye, bloating! — and CBD to provide relief from muscle pain and spasms. Medicinal benefits aside, this colorful little number puts on a heck of a show in the tub regardless of whether you’re stoned.
Whoopi & Maya’s Medical Cannabis Raw Cacao
Experts aren’t exactly sure why some women crave chocolate just before menstruation, though pretty much everyone agrees it has something to do with our hormones being out of whack. Whoopi & Maya’s Medical Cannabis Raw Cacao, by Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg and Cannabis Cup-winning Edibles maker Maya Elisabeth, combines the release of “feel good” chemicals that come from eating cacao with the medicinal benefits of cannabis for a decadent and healing treat. It’s available in both THC and CBD and can be eaten by the spoonful — our preferred method — or made into a hot-chocolate-type beverage.
Not sure which one to choose? THC can help with mood swings, irritability, and low resilience; CBD is better for quelling anxiety. Both help relax the uterine muscles to ease cramping.
Humboldt Apothecary Cramp Ease CBD
A Tincture is the quickest way to deliver the pain-reducing benefits of cannabis when you need immediate relief from cramps and everything else that hurts this time of month. Tinctures are highly concentrated and should be taken in small doses; a few drops under the tongue will do the trick. Humboldt Apothecary Cramp Ease CBD uses a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD to lessen the intensity of mild and occasional period cramps. It’s brewed with cloves, cinnamon, and orange peel, making it a delight for the senses, too.
Dr. Kerklaan Natural PMS Cream
Never underestimate the power of massage; gently caressing the lower abdomen instantly eases discomfort. We like to add a squirt of Dr. Kerklaan Natural PMS Cream with a 2:1 ratio of THC and CBD for double duty. It’s absorbed through the skin and into tense muscles to relieve the crampy burden of menstrual pain. This salve also works wonders on sore lower backs. Bonus: The subtle vanilla fragrance adds to the soothing effect.