There’s a fair bit of talk about how cannabis use can help us manage menstrual cycle pain. However, symptom relief isn’t the only matter to be considered when it comes to how weed may affect the menstrual cycle.
Chief amongst commonly expressed concerns? Marijuana’s reputed effects on the menstrual cycle and the possibility of changes in frequency and flow.
Today, we’re tackling one of the most commonly asked questions about how cannabis can affect menstrual cycles: can smoking weed affect your period?
Let’s find out!
What We Know About Weed and Your Menstrual Cycle
What do we know about marijuana and the menstrual cycle? Not as much as we should.
Federal restrictions on cannabis research have kept us in the dark on how weed affects the menstrual cycle in a big way. However, some official studies have shed a little light on the matter.
Does Weed Affect the Menstrual Cycle?
A few studies show that occasional weed consumption appears to be related to slightly delayed ovulation in some.
For the average period-having person of normal fertility, a slight delay in ovulation doesn’t pose much of a problem. However, it may lengthen cycles and delay periods for a few of us.
Can Smoking Weed Cause You to Miss Your Period?
Heavier cannabis use (three-plus times per week) has been linked to occasional non-ovulatory cycles, meaning that a menstrual cycle passes without ovulation.
So can smoking weed stop your period? Occasionally, yes.
This skipped menstrual cycle can cause another missed period or result in a lighter or extremely heavy period during the next cycle. It depends on the individual.
Does CBD Affect the Menstrual Cycle?
CBD is known to help relieve menstrual pain and has strong proponents among those who’ve seen good results. Of course, there’s not much research to back it—yet.
However, as a cannabinoid that acts on the endocannabinoid system, CBD can potentially positively affect menstruation pain.
The research we do have suggests that full-spectrum CBD is more likely to address period-related symptoms for most users.
What is Full-Spectrum CBD?
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the compounds found in the cannabis plant, aka it delivers the whole shebang of terpenes and cannabinoids (minus all but a bit of THC). Its powerful properties help alleviate menstrual cycle pain, stress, and anxiety related to the monthlies.
Pain-Relieving CBD Products
There are various available methods and applications for CBD use for menstrual cycle pain relief, including edibles, topicals, and tinctures.
At The Flower Shop, we offer a variety of CBD products, including ones with pain-relieving benefits. A few of our favorites are:
- TRU Infusion 1:1 Pain Relieving Salve: Made with a blend of 300mg CBD and 300mg THC, this topical balm can help relieve any discomfort you may feel during your menstrual cycle.
- WYLD CBD + Hybrid Enhanced Gummies: These sweet chews are “like a spa treatment for your body and soul.” We recommend their peach 2:1 flavor (100mg CBD : 50mg THC) or, for an extra kick, their strawberry 20:1 option (200mg CBD : 10mg THC).
- KIVA Confections Camino Gummies: Get the menstrual cycle relief you crave without the anxiety with the Sparkling Pear 3:1 gummies (120mg CBD : 40mg THC). Plus, the flavor is delicious!
However, any product that involves insertion into any body cavity should be discussed with a physician beforehand, as there can be severe undesired side effects.
What We Don’t Know About Weed’s Effect on Periods
Notice all those “mays” and “cans” and “appears to bes?”. Again, research on how marijuana affects the menstrual cycle is scant. What there is begs for further study but can’t be considered definitive at this point.
As previously mentioned, some folks skip periods, have lighter-than-normal or severe menstrual cycles. There is currently no answer to why menstrual cycles vary from one person to the next.
The Human Endocannabinoid System and Marijuana Use
The human endocannabinoid system is a complex network through which our body’s self-produced cannabinoids, enzymes, and cannabinoid receptors influence several processes. These processes include sleep, mood, memory, and fertility, which are inextricably intertwined with the female reproductive system.
How cannabis occupies those receptors and interacts with our endocannabinoid system is something we don’t yet fully understand. As laws regarding cannabis continue their march into the light, we will hopefully see better research into how CBD affects the menstrual cycle.
What This Means For You and Your Menstrual Cycle
What does all of this mean for our bodies? Once again, it mostly boils down to “it depends.”
But that doesn’t mean we don’t know anything, and what we do know can help us make the best decisions for our individual needs.
Weed will have little to no practical effect on cycles for most period-having people. However, cannabis can contribute to lighter periods or skipped periods for some. And for an unfortunate few, cannabis use—especially heavy use—may lead to heavier periods.
Regardless of the effect on menstrual cycles, most people who use marijuana or CBD during their periods can expect relief from painful cramping and menstruation-related mood issues. And that isalways a good thing!
What To Do During Your Next Menstrual Cycle
Since it’s unclear at this time how marijuana use affects the menstrual cycle, we recommend figuring out what works best for you. If smoking your favorite strain helps relieve your menstrual pain, then, by all means, imbibe!
Step 1: Find Your Flower
Visit any of our Phoenix Valley locations and speak to one of our Wellness Experts to determine which products and strains best address your menstrual pain.
Some of our favorite pain-relieving strains include:
- Tropaya Pre-Rolls (THC 18.99%): This best-selling strain comes in a 10-pack of pre-rolls, ready to be consumed and help alleviate your pain.
- Jukebox Distillate Cartridges (90-93% Delta9 THC potency): These indica vapes come in a variety of flavors, including delicious Cherry Pie and Purple Punch.
Nature’s Medicines Flower: These premium hybrid buds areavailable in various flavors for you to choose from, including Blueberry Zkittlez (8.46% THC) and Strawberry Cake (11.26% THC)
Step 2: Experiment!
Get science-y with your cannabis use! Experiment with how much, how often, and different types of products. Eventually, you will find what gives you the relief you’re seeking while maintaining the mindset you require for the level of functionality you desire.
Are you looking for more information on marijuana use and your menstrual cycle? Check out our comprehensive Guide to Smoking Weed on Your Period for more period-related tips!