One thing that you should never underestimate is a woman’s period. Believe it or not, 40-70% of women suffer from a painful period, also known as Dysmenorrhoea. Between the cramps, bloating, and fatigue, dealing with the symptoms and trying to get through the day is harder than it looks. Not to mention, the mood swings are equally frustrating. One minute you’re chill, then the next you’re ready to chop someone’s head off. Well, ladies, relief is here at last, and we aren’t talking about Midol, we’re talking about cannabis. While it may not be a cure-all, it seems to be doing the trick for some. Here’s how weed can tackle PMS and the best ways to use it.

1. It’ll put you in a good mood

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A painful period isn’t just hard on the body, but also the mind. It’s all due to those hormones, which can put a woman in the worst of moods. But one dose of the herb might just help pull you out of it. Studies show that both THC and CBD when ingested can boost serotonin levels in the body, otherwise known as your “feel good” hormone.

2. Keeps painful cramps at bay

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By far the worst part of a period is the cramps. No doubt about it. In fact, they can be so unbearable that they’ll have you glued to the bed for days, forcing you to toss your responsibilities to the side. But not anymore, thanks to Mary Jane. There’s a muscle relaxant found in the cannabis plant called THC, which can ease the pain and discomfort caused by menstrual cramping.

3. Diminishes headaches

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If you’re lucky, you’ll only experience mild headaches during your monthly cycle. But unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. Often, women will deal with migraines, making it hard to stay active and focused. Since cannabis contains anti-inflammatory properties,  that means it can put a stop to headaches, and may even get rid of them for good.

4. Minimizes “the runs”

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On top of the cramps, headaches, and mood swings, women must also put up with diarrhea. Every. Single. Month. But not when they consume a little ganja they don’t. That’s right, studies have revealed that weed can also reduce hypermotility, a term used for the excessive motility of all or part of the gastrointestinal tract.

5. Best ways to use cannabis to combat PMS

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For quick and easy relief, consider sparking up your Mary Jane. Not only is it the most efficient method, but you can also better control how much you consume.

Don’t want to smoke? No problem. There’s also the topical method, which involves directly applying a cannabis-infused cream or lotion to the skin. The beauty of getting relief this way is that there are a ton of topicals out there, leaving you with plenty of options. Not to mention, it’s convenient. You can just lather some on whenever you feel like you need/want it.

Lastly, you can always indulge on edibles. Or, even brew some weed-infused tea. If you’re looking for a nice body high, edibles are undoubtedly your best bet. Tea, however, is also great for relieving pain.