The menstrual cycle is a series of hormonal changes that women’s bodies experience each month to get ready for a possible pregnancy. The cycle typically lasts around 28 days, though it can vary greatly from month to month and person to person. During the menstrual cycle, the body goes through several phases that involve shedding the lining of the uterus (menstruation), preparing to ovulate again, ovulating, and rebuilding the uterus. Hormones change throughout the cycle, and some people also notice changes in their mental health, hair, skin, and more.
For some people, menstruation and the time just before it — after ovulation, but before the start of the period — are often associated with cramps, tiredness, tender breasts, bloating, and mood changes. Sometimes, these symptoms known as PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, can be severe and even debilitating. Exercise, sleep, and a healthy diet throughout the month can help reduce your chances of bad PMS. Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications during menstruation and pre-menstruation can help, too.
Many women look to medical cannabis and CBD to relieve, and even prevent, the cramps, headache, and mood swings often associated with parts of the menstrual cycle. If you’re interested in learning about how cannabis and CBD might help during the different phases of your menstrual cycle, cannabisMD is the place to start.