There’s nothing fun about being holed up in bed with menstrual cramps.
Being waylaid by having a uterus when you need to get things done is no one’s idea of a good day, but luckily there are a number of cannabis products on the market now that can help you emerge from the torrent of pain.
1. Earthly Body Intensive Cream
Good old hemp-derived CBD is here to save the day. Cannabidiol has muscle-relaxing properties, which means that spreading this across your lower torso and back can help ease cramping. Sometimes it’s best to get right to the spot of where the pain is rather than waiting for orally ingested solutions to kick in. Other than a slight tingle you shouldn’t feel anything after applying this vegan lotion—and because it’s CBD-only, you won’t have to worry about being stoned.
2. Whoopi & Maya Soak
Whoopi & Maya has an entire product line dedicated to the relief of menstrual cramps, including an Epsom salt-based bath soak. Epsom salts are meant to reduce muscle spasms and the THC in the mix, even though it’s only 25 mg per container, is both anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. The cannabis used is sun-grown, meaning that it likely contains higher levels of beneficial terpenes than weed that is grown indoors. Notably, there’s also a fragrance-free option for people who are sensitive to smells.
3. Foria Vaginal Suppositories
Though the effectiveness of these THC “tampons” is up for debate, plenty of people have reported success with these 6:1 THC to CBD suppositories. They don’t get you high despite the THC content and presumably the mix is meant to engage the entourage effect, which suggests that the cannabinoids are more effective when present together.
4. Mary’s Medicinals 3:1 CBD to THC Vape
In addition to being a muscle relaxant, CBD is an anxiolytic, meaning that it can help calm you down if you’re stressed or feeling those dreaded hormonal mood swings. Mary’s Medicinals vape offers a much higher level of CBD than is available in typical, strain-specific cartridges. It makes the most of CBD’s ability to calm spasmodic brain signals and gives consumers an alternative to getting super stoned to take the edge off of the pain.
5. Not Pot Chocolates
Another hemp-derived CBD-only product, Not Pot chocolates are great for chronic pain and anxiety and work just as well for muscle cramps. And they’re chocolate; you can’t go wrong with chocolate on your period.
6. Homemade THC tincture
Making a THC tincture yourself isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. All it takes for some household alchemy is high-proof alcohol (which will evaporate off), decarboxylated weed, a strainer (like cheesecloth or pantyhose), and some patience. If you’re low on time or want a process that takes less effort, you can use a pressure cooker like the Magical Butter machine to get immediately usable products like cannabis oil. With either, you’ll be able to microdose and hopefully get the level of relief that you’re looking for. Use a dropper to put the tincture under your tongue and get it into your blood faster, otherwise, you’ll be waiting for a longer onset.
7. Good old flower
There’s nothing wrong with looking for a traditional solution. Sometimes what feels best for cramps is giving in to the fact that you’re basically incapacitated, sprawling out on the couch with a blunt, and just getting stoned. You might have to hunt a bit, but there are strains out there that can seriously help out with your muscle problems. A strain called CBD Critical Mass mixes an already high-CBD strain (relative to most others, not CBD levels in general—it’s only 5%) with a strain from CBD Crew to make 1:1 and 1:2 ratio strains. CBD Ox from Rare Dankness also offers a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio. Critical Plus certainly has less CBD than either of these strains, with 20% THC and 1% CBD, but works as a better option for people who want to focus on the experience of shutting off from the pain.