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Medical Marijuana for Period Pain – What You Need to Know

Easing period pain with legal marijuana may be news to you, but it’s “tried and true” for Whoopi Goldberg. Here’s the latest on menstrual cramps and medical marijuana, plus information on Maya Elisabeth’s and Whoopi Goldberg’s legal cannabis company called OM EDIBLES™.

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Medical Marijuana for Menstrual Cramps

Medical marijuana is not about smoking illegal pot to get high – but that stigma is strong and steady. Yesterday I told a friend I was writing an article on legal weed for period pain, and he immediately started making pothead, stinkweed, and munchie jokes. That’s not what medical marijuana is about.

Legal marijuana for pain relief is about relaxing and calming menstrual cramps so they aren’t so agonizingly painful. Marijuana is not an easy way to make your menstrual cycle regular, but it may help ease the monthly pain that your period brings. Below, I share the research I found on medical marijuana for menstrual cramps and information about Maya & Whoopi’s OM EDIBLES™ – including their menu of cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and a THC-infused bath soak, and a brief introduction about why the THC in legal cannabis helps ease chronic pain.

Whoopi Goldberg isn’t the first woman to support or use legal marijuana to treat chronic pain – and North America isn’t the first continent to experiment with cannabis for health issues. Cannabis has been used for 4,000 years (before Jesus’ time! The Bible says Jesus drank wine; it doesn’t say he smoked weed. Mind you, he didn’t have issues with chronic pain – or menstrual cramps).

Queen Victoria was given marijuana by her doctor to relieve menstrual pain, according to the History of Cannabis on the BBC. Back then, legal weed could be bought freely in shops in the United States. Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years all over the world including India, China and the Middle East. In China, it was used to treat conditions such as malaria, constipation and rheumatism.

Below, you’ll learn:

  1. What research says about medical marijuana for chronic pain relief
  2. Health conditions that qualify for treatment with legal marijuana
  3. Whoopi Goldberg’s personal experience with medical marijuana and pain relief
  4. Maya & Whoopi’s OM EDIBLES™ – legal weed for period pain

Current research hasn’t specifically studied how marijuana relieves period pain or menstrual cramps. However, I think it’s reasonable to assume that if legal weed can reduce chronic pain – which research and health authorities say it can – then it can probably help women get rid of period pain quickly and easily.

Easing the Pain of Menstrual Cramps With Medical Marijuana

Three things to remember:

  1. You need a doctor’s prescription and medical marijuana card to get legal marijuana for pain relief
  2. Legalized weed is not available in all states or provinces
  3. No method of pain management is effective for everyone

If you’re considering medical marijuana to ease your period pain, your first step is to talk to your doctor or gynecologist. You might need to take care of whatever is causing severe menstrual cramps, especially if you have health conditions such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids.

1. What research says about medical marijuana for chronic pain relief

Does marijuana affect women differently than men? Yes. Women are more susceptible to cannabis abuse and dependence than men, says psychology professor Rebecca Craft in Washington State University’s Females more sensitive to cannabis; males get munchies. Further women are more likely to experience withdrawal symptoms of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased food intake. Women also have a greater tendency to relapse when trying to stop using marijuana. This research finding is focused on recreational cannabis use, however – it’s not specifically connected to medical marijuana for menstrual cramps and pain.

Is legal weed safe? Yes, according to the first and largest study of the long-term safety of medical cannabis use by patients suffering from chronic pain ever conducted. Dr. Mark Ware from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre led a team of researchers who followed 215 adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain who used medical cannabis, and compared them to a control group of 216 chronic pain sufferers who were not cannabis users.

“Our data show that daily cannabis users had no greater risk than non-users (control group) to experience serious adverse events,” says Dr. Ware who is also a researcher from the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program. ”We found no evidence of harmful effects on cognitive function, or blood tests among cannabis consumers and we observed a significant improvement in their levels of pain, symptom distress, mood and quality of life compared to controls.”

Their conclusion was that legal marijuana obtained from a licensed cannabis producer when used by patients who are experienced users – and as part of a monitored treatment program for chronic pain over one year, appears to have a reasonable safety profile. Dr. Ware added that they can’t draw conclusions about safety issues of new users of medical marijuana. To learn more read Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study in The Journal of Pain.

Is medical marijuana an effective treatment for some health issues? Yes. In a comprehensive review of research studies of different types of legal marijuana, Loflin and Earleywine (2015) concluded that it is an effective treatment for some health conditions. However, they cautioned that doctors need to be aware of the connection between early use among patients at risk of schizophrenia and other forms of mental illness.

These researchers also stated that vaporizers and liquid/edibles are less harmful than traditionally smoked cannabis. Read The case for medical marijuana: An issue of relief in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence to learn more.

2. Health conditions that qualify for treatment with legal marijuana

The Mayo Clinic reports that cannabis has possible pain management benefits for several health conditions. Whether you qualify for treatment with medical marijuana depends on the laws in your province or state (they’re all different).

A list of health conditions that may qualify for treatment with medical marijuana:

  • Multiple sclerosis or severe muscle spasms
  • Cancer associated with chronic pain, nausea or vomiting, or severe wasting
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia
  • Chronic pain from any condition (only in a few states)

Menstrual pain is not on this list, which means you probably won’t be able to buy medical marijuana for your period cramps. You’d have to convince your doctor that your chronic pain is severe – and you’d need a medical marijuana card.

A medical marijuana card allows you legal access to cannabis for chronic pain relief. Getting a medical marijuana card is a difficult process, and doctors don’t prescribe medical marijuana as easily as they do pharmaceutical drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two drugs that have some of the same benefits as medical marijuana, according to the Mayo Clinic’s report on medical marijuana. Dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet) are pills made from synthetic forms of certain ingredients in marijuana. These drugs can be legally prescribed – and it may be worth asking your doctor about using those drugs for several menstrual cramps or period pain.

3. Whoopi Goldberg’s personal experience with medical marijuana and pain relief

Whoopi uses a vape pen laced with THC to relieve the pain of glaucoma. She only takes a sip when the pain gets bad, and her symptoms are relieved.

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Whoopi Goldberg

“These glaucoma-induced headaches come on like freight trains — like, BOOM, my head starts hurting, my eyes start bugging, my whole body starts to tense up,” writes Whoopi in Whoopi Goldberg: My vape pen and I, a love story. “But then I find [my vape pen] and it relaxes everything and calms everything. It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It’s wonderful.”

She says she’s definitely not looking for that “high high” that smoking illegal pot brings. Rather, she compares the effects of sipping medical marijuana to a vise grip slowly being released. Legal marijuana brings relief to the chronic pain caused by Whoopi’s glaucoma.

Whoopi added that she used to take Advil for the pain. “I don’t take Advil anymore — not for my eye,” she says. “You’re not supposed to eat Advil every day, and I was eating them every day, these man-made things. But I can do this [sip her THC-laced vape pen] without hurting myself.”

4. Maya & Whoopi’s OM EDIBLES™ – medical marijuana for menstrual cramps

Whoopi Goldberg approached Maya Elisabeth, who is an experienced legal cannabis businesswoman and well-known maker of marijuana edibles in California. Together they created OM EDIBLES™, which is a legal medical marijuana company that offers cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and a THC-infused bath soak to help women cope with menstrual cramps and period pain. Their cannabis products are only available in California right now.

OM EDIBLES™ sells salves, balms, and edibles that are designed primarily to relieve menstrual pain and discomfort. Whoopi & Maya’s products are infused with either THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects) or CBD (a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC).

Whoopi & Maya’s edible products (such as the cacao and truffle bars below) use THC to relax muscle pain and discomfort. The CBD-infused topical lotions and oils soothe local pain, while the bath solutions and chocolate calm nerves and anxiety.

Some of Whoopi & Maya’s legal weed products

Three products, from Maya & Whoopi’s OM EDIBLES™ menu:

Peanut Butter and Puffed Rice Truffle – Non-medicated Belgium Chocolate enrobes a very medicated organic peanut butter and puffed rice filling. These Gourmet Buttercups are made with a full spectrum of organically grown hybrid Cannabis strains. This is a lot of medicine in one bite so please medicate responsibly.

medical marijuana cacao menstrual painCBD Raw Sipping Cacao – A raw and organic superfood, medicated with organic ACDC flowers and containing six natural ingredients. The raw cacao contains numerous health benefits that work synchronistically with cannabinoid receptors to bring a subtle but powerful mood elevating affect. This is a perfect “introductory” edible to cannabis, as it is not psychoactive but effective. This CBD Cacao may be enjoyed with a spoon, on fruit, nuts, toast, or with the milk or milk alternative of your choice. They recommend hemp milk.

Medicated Epsom Salt Bath Soaks – Heat is an effective way for some women to reduce menstrual cramps. Cannabis Hydrotherapy is about taking medicated baths that are not psychoactive, but have a very strong effect on your body. Amazing for aches, pains, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and dermatological imbalances, these ultra therapeutic soaking salts are nothing short of a miracle. These medical marijuana epsom salts are pharmacological grade, their essential oils are therapeutic grade, and their Cannabis Flowers are full spectrum and organically grown. Aromas include: Lavender, Lemon Ginger & Eucalyptus, Rose Geranium, Athletic, and Sensitive skin/fragrance-free.

Maya and Whoopi say, “Please remember to always use caution when entering and exiting the bath tub, and never operate heavy machinery after a medicated bath.”

Can medical marijuana treat the specific pain of menstrual cramps?

“Nothing made [period cramps] stop the way you needed it to,” says Whoopi in Whoopi Goldberg on Her New Line of Medicinal Weed for Women to a Newsweek reporter. “I don’t want to see my granddaughter not have any relief. There are [pain relief products] out there, but sometimes when you look at the box you can’t pronounce what’s in it. That’s what you’re putting in your system. As I’m having conversations with people over the last couple years about medical marijuana, which I use for my glaucoma, the thing people are most interested in finding is something [that] will relieve period cramps, the aches and pains of it.”

How easy will it be to buy Whoopi’s medical marijuana products for period pain? It depends where you live. If you live in California, if you have a medical marijuana card, and if your doctor is willing to write you a prescription for legal marijuana, then you may be in luck.

Otherwise, you may have to go back to good old Advil. And keep reading articles such as How to Get Rid of the Worst PMS Symptoms Right Now.

We sure have covered a lot of ground in this post! I shared:

  • What research says about medical marijuana for chronic pain relief
  • Health conditions that qualify for treatment with legal marijuana
  • Whoopi Goldberg’s personal experience with medical marijuana and pain relief
  • Maya & Whoopi’s OM EDIBLES™ – legal weed for period pain

Your turn…what’s your experience with menstrual cramps and medical marijuana? Mine is zilch, other than the research I did to write this article. I’m not big on weed, legal or not. Wine is my thing 🙂

Resources used in this article:

  • Females more sensitive to cannabis; males get munchies – Washington State University
  • The case for medical marijuana: An issue of relief – in Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study – The Journal of Pain
  • Medical marijuana – the Mayo Clinic
  • Whoopi Goldberg on Her New Line of Medicinal Weed for Women – Newsweek
  • Whoopi Goldberg: My vape pen and I, a love story – on The Cannabist

Links to resources are above, in the body of the article.


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