PMS is a tough time. Causing everything from headaches and mood swings to severe cramps, it can be a really debilitating syndrome, especially since it strikes every month. Luckily, research suggests cannabis can help manage some of the symptoms associated with PMS, including pain, cramps, headaches, and mood swings. Read on to learn more.


One of the main areas women may benefit from the health benefits of cannabis is to take advantage of its painkilling effects.

Painful cramps are a very common symptom of PMS and can affect women from the first days of menstruation all the way to the end. Fortunately, research suggests that women can benefit from the pain-relieving properties of both THC and CBD.

Preclinical research by Ethan Russo published[2] in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that THC can act as a muscle relaxant. Therefore it may help calm tense muscles causing cramps during a period. 

To test these effects for yourself, try using a topical solution with THC and applying it to your lower abdomen. Alternatively, you may also consider vaping cannabis or a concentrate, but just beware that you’ll be left dealing with the psychoactive high that follows.

If you want to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC, you may want to consider microdosing or using a product or strain with low levels of THC. CBD-rich strains may be a good alternative, although THC is typically considered a better painkiller.

Topical Cannabis For Woman Pre-Menstruation


Headaches and migraines are also very common symptoms of PMS. Luckily, research suggests that cannabis may help alleviate them too.

According to a 2016 study[3] published in the Pharmacotherapy journal, cannabis can help reduce monthly migraines. The study included 121 adult participants dealing with regular migraines and studied the effects that cannabis use had on the patients.

The authors found that, among those patients using cannabis, the number of monthly migraines dropped from 10.4 to 4.6. Now, it’s important to note that this study didn’t specifically look at headaches associated with PMS. Nonetheless, the fact that cannabis drove down headaches in the test group by over 50% is noteworthy.

Again, if you suffer from headaches during PMS and are looking for an alternative treatment, cannabis may be a great option. Again, we recommend microdosing THC (either by vaping) or, if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where cannabis is legal, you may want to opt for edibles for a more controlled dose.


We all know that cannabis affects our mood. And when it comes to PMS, that can be a really good thing. The changes that take place in a woman’s body during or before menstruation often cause strong mood swings that can be difficult to control.

Women typically experience mood swings in the days leading up to a period, which is known as the luteal phase. As the body prepares to shed uterine tissue, it undergoes a variety of changes, which can cause quite the emotional roller coaster for many women.

Today we know that many people turn to cannabis for an emotional boost. In fact, studies show that cannabis may help people dealing with the emotional stress of mental issues such as anxiety[4] and depression[5].

These effects are generally attributed to CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. Research compiled in a 2015 literature review[6] on anxiety, for example, showed that can be an effective treatment for anxiety.

While it's not completely understood how, research suggests that CBD may help block the absorption of serotonin in the brain temporarily. This boost of serotonin may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and also help improve mood.


Cannabis has received a ton of attention lately. And thanks to the growing body of research on the plant and its compounds we’re constantly finding new ways that cannabis may help us live healthier and happier lives.

It’s important to note that there’s a real shortage of research into cannabis and its effects on PMS. Nonetheless, there’s a strong body of literature showing that cannabis can help relieve pain, muscular tension and headaches, and possibly help lift your mood, too.

These are important considerations, seeing that all of these symptoms are really common during PMS. And while we have no specific studies on the topic, you may want to consider self-medicate using cannabis and assessing how it helps you manage your PMS symptoms.

External Resources:
  1. Women and cannabis : medicine, science, and sociology - NLM Catalog - NCBI
  2. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects
  3. Effects of Medical Marijuana on Migraine Headache Frequency in an Adult Population. - PubMed - NCBI
  4. Studies on CBD and Anxiety
  5. Studies on CBD and Depression
  6. Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders | SpringerLink
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