Society, in general, is not big on thinking too much about ‘the curse’. And, despite plenty of medications aimed at ‘men’s problems’, like erectile dysfunction, to date there have been few wonder drugs aimed specifically at PMS – over and above a good hot water bottle. However, with so many new cannabis entrepreneurs being female, perhaps that is due to change…
In mainstream culture, PMS or PMT (pre-menstrual stress/tension) is largely characterized by those all too famous mood swings. But, is it any wonder women may get temperamental around their period when additional symptoms experienced, often simultaneously, include stomach cramps, backache, headaches, tender breasts, sore joints, bloating, constipation and acne? Plus cravings – let us not forget those. Often for sugary or salty foods we know are bad for us, and we probably shouldn’t be eating. Well, not in those quantities anyway. (And, dare I remind you, dear reader, there’s rather a lot of bleeding going on too?)
PMS seems to be triggered by a drop in hormone production the week before your period, estrogen and progesterone being the main culprits. Where cannabis comes into the picture, is first and foremost with its powerful pain relief and muscle relaxant qualities.
Whoopi & Maya: cannabis infused topicals
Whoopi Goldberg was the first cannabis entrepreneur we found to have spotted this opportunity. In 2008, she teamed up with Maya Elisabeth of Om Edibles in the U.S. to start making cannabis infused topicals aimed at helping with PMS. They now have a whole range of therapeutic and indulgent products.