People often underestimate just how painful a period can be. While some women experience light cramps and can easily go about their days, others aren’t as fortunate. There are only a few ways to relieve menstrual cramps, such as taking a Midol or Advil, but they don’t always do the trick. Cannabis, on the other hand, is proven to be much more beneficial for women and their cycles. And soon, women in New York may get the relief they need. If the state passes Assembly Bill 582, women with dysmenorrhea will be able to use medical weed to relieve their cramps.
Women of New York may soon be able to use medical cannabis for cramps
Only those that suffer from a painful period know just how dreadful it can be. Sure, some women can do a handful of activities while on their periods, such as exercising and going to work. But for others, it can be impossible to even get out of bed, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Every month, hundreds of women experience dysmenorrhea, the medical term for severe period pain, aka cramps. There are a few OTC medicines that can help, like Midol and Advil. However, they often don’t provide enough relief, especially for women with more severe cases of dysmenorrhea.
Luckily, relief may soon be on the way to the women of New York. Relief that has proven to be much more beneficial for women and their cycles.
On Tuesday, the New York Assembly’s Health Committee passed Assembly Bill 582, a measure that will add dysmenorrhea to the list of conditions that qualify for medical cannabis. If it becomes law, women with unbearable menstrual cramps will have access to legal weed and will be able to put an end to their suffering once and for all.
Assembly Bill 582 is on its way to the Assembly floor next, where it will need approval from New York Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who introduced the bill, she is confident that the Senate will be understanding of how helpful medical marijuana will be for women during menstruation.
Linda Rosenthal: a champion for women’s issues
For more reasons than one, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal is known as a champion for women’s issues. Not only did she work on a bill to remove sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, but she’s also gearing up to pass another bill that will make feminine hygiene products free for women in prisons, homeless shelters, and schools.
As for Assembly Bill 582, she is receiving extra help from Whoopi Goldberg. During 2016, Whoopi and Maya Elisabeth launched a line of weed-infused products designed to treat women’s menstrual cramps.
Of course, the bill still has more steps to go through before women can finally get the relief they deserve. But according to Rosenthal, plenty of people are already showing their support, which is a good sign,
I think we’re a progressive state. It did take 20 years to get medical marijuana to be the law. But we’re going to work hard to get it passed.
And I’m sure many women will vouch for what they have to go through each month.