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Cannabis Use During Menstruation: What You Need to Know

With cannabis now being legal in Canada, many Canadian women who struggle with the symptoms of their monthly period are starting to consider cannabis as a solution to alleviate their pain.

From cramps to headaches, cannabis can be a great way to ease some of the symptoms. But it’s important to understand how this might affect your period, and what you should know before you start using cannabis for menstrual relief.

Here's everything you need to know about marijuana and your menstrual cycle, from how it can ease cramps to whether it affects fertility.

Grab your favourite strain and let's get started!

How Does Cannabis Impact My Body?

Looking after your period isn’t always easy — especially when it interferes with important social events or work commitments.

While cannabis is often thought of as a recreational drug, recent scientific research has shown that it can help you during “that time of the month,” providing pain relief without all the unpleasant side-effects associated with traditional pharmaceuticals.

Cannabis works by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid system helping to reduce cramps, bloating & nausea, and even increase your mood & appetite.

When consuming cannabis in any form (smoke, edibles, tinctures etc.), the cannabinoids contained within bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system. This can result in a range of effects, including pain relief and improved sleep quality.

However, there is still much debate on the effects of cannabis on the menstrual cycle and hormones. While some studies suggest that it can help relieve pain, there is not yet enough data to conclusively for doctors to recommend cannabis use for menstrual relief.

How Does Cannabis Impact My Period?

Forget the days of having to suffer through the endless cramps and discomfort that come with your period!

Cannabis has been proven to help reduce period symptoms such as mood swings, nausea, headaches, bloating and even lower back pain.

How cannabis affects your period is still not completely understood, but it’s known to affect the endocannabinoid system which in turn can help reduce inflammation and regulate hormones.

It’s important to start with a low dose and build up slowly until you find the right amount that works for you.

It’s also important to be mindful of the potential side effects, including increased appetite, dry mouth and fatigue. While these may not always be an issue, it's important to keep in mind and make sure you're taking all the precautions you need to.

If you're new to cannabis & decide to use cannabis for period-related symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor first and be aware of the individual risks involved. For example, some strains may interact with certain medications or make existing conditions worse.

Additionally, it’s important to note that there is still insufficient data to recommend cannabis as a long-term solution for period relief. Although take it from us, it certainly helps us during this time!

Which Products Should I Use?

If you're looking for some great ways to alleviate your PMS-related symptoms, cannabis can provide the perfect solution!

Here's some of our favourite ways to consume:


Edibles are an awesome way to get the same effects of THC without having to light up and smoke the flower, if you know what I mean!

Edibles usually have a slower onset compared to smoking, so you can find your balance and adjust your dosage if needed.

Even if you've never tried them before, it's probably worth starting out with a lower dose just to be sure.

Edibles offer so much flexibility - they come in all kinds of forms such as cookies, brownies, chocolates, gummies - you name it!

So if smoking isn't something that fits into your lifestyle, edibles are definitely worth checking out.


Tinctures are amazing magical potions when it comes to taking care of aches and pains!

They can be directly massaged into the skin and provide almost immediate relief from any tightness, cramping, or backaches.

Tinctures with anti-inflammatory properties are especially useful for any targeted area that needs relief.

Tinctures are great because they don't have harsh chemicals like some over the counter meds do, so you can use them as often as needed to feel better!

Dried Flower

Dried flower cannabis is probably the way most people think of consuming cannabis - and for good reason!

Not only is it one of the most popular and economical options, but it's also incredibly versatile.

You can smoke or vaporize flower, and there are a plethora of methods to do so depending on your particular needs.

Dosing with dried flower can be tricky - so always make sure to start small and go slow.

Listen to your body's signals as you consume, and if something feels off then wait a bit before trying again.

Dried flower really is an amazing way to experience the many effects of cannabis, so have some fun creating your own rituals around it!

FAQs About Using Cannabis During Your Period

Here's some commonly asked questions about using cannabis while on your period.

1. Is it safe to use cannabis during your period?

Yes, it is safe to use cannabis during your period. There is no evidence that using cannabis during your period has any negative effects on your health. In fact, some studies have shown that using cannabis can help to alleviate period pain.

2. Will using cannabis make my period more painful?

No, using cannabis will not make your period more painful. In fact, as mentioned above, some studies have shown that using cannabis can help to alleviate period pain.

3. Can I use cannabis to help with my PMS symptoms?

Yes, you can use cannabis to help with your PMS symptoms. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of PMS symptoms, including mood swings, bloating, and cramps.

4. What is the best way to consume cannabis during my period?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to consume cannabis during your period will vary depending on your individual needs and preferences. However, many people find that consuming cannabis in the form of edibles or tinctures is most effective in alleviating period pain and other symptoms.

5. Are there any risks associated with using cannabis during my period?

There are no known risks associated with using cannabis during your period. However, as with anything else, it is always important to start with a low dose and increase gradually as needed in order to reduce the risk of any adverse effects.


We hope you found this post helpful and informative!

Now that you know everything there is to know about using cannabis during your period, you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you.

If you have any other questions or would like to share your experience with using cannabis during your period, leave us a comment below.

And be sure to check back next Monday for our latest blog post.

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