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Mary Jane has definitely proven itself to be a great ally for women. Both genders get to enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana, but it seems like women, in particular, tend to be way more affected in a positive way than men.
Cannabis use has been shown to ease anxiety, reduce the chance of eating disorders, and can even help ladies get in the mood. Cannabis is great at any time of day, but there's definitely a certain time of the month that makes its use way more welcome. I'm talking of course, about Aunt Flo's monthly visit.
Believe it or not, weed can affect your monthly visitor in some seriously surprising ways. Make no mistake about it, the effects of smoking weed on your period would make most women reach for their pipes.
Some studies have suggested that one of the main effects of smoking weed on your period is reduced mood swings.
If you are a person who suffers from PMS or PMDD, you already know that mood swings can be a total nightmare to deal with. Rather than deal with crying the moment a tissue commercial starts to air on TV, you might just be better off smoking a bowl.
THC has been shown to alleviate the cry-rage that a lot of women feel shortly before and during their periods. The same can also be said about CBD, which is known for relieving anxiety in patients.
That being said, you might be disappointed with your ganja during that time of the month.
Did you know that estrogen affects how our bodies react to cannabis? It's true. The more estrogen women tend to have, the stronger the weed will feel. Estrogen helps break down THC into a more potent cannabinoid in your body, and also blocks compounds that reduce the effect of natural cannabinoids your body creates.
Unfortunately, this means that one of the effects of smoking weed on your period will be an effect on your wallet. Since your estrogen levels are at their lowest during your period, it'll take more weed to get you high.
However, that extra weed might be worth it, if you have serious cramps.
Heavy menstrual cramps are a serious issue for some women, and they can get so bad that it becomes difficult to walk. Cannabis is a known pain reliever, and studies strongly back its ability to reduce period cramping.
One of the most notable effects of smoking weed on your period is that your cramps will be far less powerful. Your uterus also might not spasm as much if you use cannabis during this time. Overall, it's a great way to avoid cramping.
Some studies show that smoking weed near the end of your monthly visit to Aunt Flo could reduce fertility.
If you're looking to conceive, you might want to put down the joint. Certain studies have shown that females become slightly less fertile during their ovulation stage if they have smoked weed during their periods.
More specifically, the studies showed that THC can reduce fertility in female animals. The studies that tend to show this are also from the 70s and 80s, around the point where the War on Drugs started to be waged.
Considering the time they were done, it's best to take these studies with a grain of salt. After all, it could be more anti-cannabis propaganda from a failed policy.
Studies also showed that cannabis can help women with hormone disorders regulate more unusual PMS symptoms, too.
Premenstrual Syndrome is not just about mood swings, you know. If you have a hormone disorder, it can turn into PMDD. This can cause hallucinations, muscle spasms, clumsiness, and other issues as well. Many of these symptoms are linked to fluctuations in hormones like progesterone, cortisol, and prolactin.
THC has been shown to help smooth out the fluctuations, which in turn, could mean that a lot of ladies who have a particularly rough monthly visitor might find help they need in the form of a joint.
Some studies also suggest that smoking pot could lead to a shorter period.
A 1986 study linked regular marijuana usage to lighter periods, which suggests that one of the effects of smoking weed on your period is a faster menstrual cycle. A faster period might be great news for some, but don't get too excited.
The evidence linking marijuana use and shorter periods isn't really too solid quite yet. Even so, it might be a good idea to try it out if you have a particularly long menses.
Oddly enough, there have also been studies showing that regular cannabis use can alter the length of your cycle altogether.
Here's where things get strange about the effects of smoking pot on your period: the menstrual length. With humans, studies show that having a regular cannabis habit can significantly decrease the speed of your menstrual cycle.
Some hardcore users might get a menstrual period shortened by as much as a week. So, instead of having a period every 28 days, you might end up having it sooner.
Oddly enough, the opposite was true with primates. Monkeys given cannabis saw their menstrual cycles lengthen significantly. One even had its menstrual length increase fivefold—from 30 days to 145 days per cycle.
Anecdotally, some women claim that the effects of smoking weed on your period could include a delayed period next month.
Though there are no studies to back it up, there has been some anecdotes floating around about women who smoked really heavily during their periods who later would have a period that was delayed by a week or so. Cannabis affects everyone a bit differently, so it's quite possible that this could happen to you, too.
That being said, it's also worth pointing out that shorter menstrual cycles are more common.
Cannabis also can alleviate breast pain during your period.
Women who deal with Aunt Flo will tell you that breast pain is a real issue during that time of the month. Tender, sore breasts need not be a mandatory part of your period, though.
Studies have shown that one of the effects of smoking weed during your period is lessened breast tenderness. This makes sense, considering that marijuana is a natural painkiller. Using cannabis as a way to treat breast pain was common as far back as the 11th century.
Lastly, some evidence also suggest that CBD can reduce acne from hormone swings.
One of the more cosmetic effects of smoking weed on your period is acne reduction. JCI pointed out that cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has a lot of properties that make it a great tool to fight against acne vulgaris. This is the most common kind of acne among women.
Needless to say, if you're one of the many women who tends to break out during this time of the month, you might want to pick up a joint.