Marijuana for Menstrual Cramps?
The New York State Assembly is considering a bill to add dysmenorrhea—painful menstrual cramps—to the list of legal uses for medical marijuana. Medical marijuana can be prescribed by New York doctors only to patients with certain conditions, including cancer, HIV, and multiple sclerosis (MS).
Marijuana can effectively reduce neuropathic, or nerve, pain, but its effect on menstrual pain is not well documented or supported by research, though researchers do know that the female reproductive tract has an abundance of the type of receptor cells that cannabinoids—chemicals in marijuana—bind to. The anti-anxiety effects of marijuana also may help women with painful periods.