Medical marijuana has not been shown to aid in restoring normal hormone levels. Therefore, it probably cannot treat the most often hypothesized cause of premenstrual syndrome. Nonetheless, it may treat some of the symptoms and is well known to be able to treat others, such as headaches.
Medical marijuana is a known treatment for headaches. It has been shown to help treatment resistant migraines and cluster headaches, which are among the most painful headaches a person can experience. There are some theories that medical marijuana affects parts of the brain that cause such headaches. However, it is also known to have limited pain relief benefits as well. Research is indicating that medical marijuana may work well in conjunction with other pain relievers to both increase pain relief and decrease dosages of potentially dangerous pain medications.
As mentioned above, medical marijuana has known pain relief benefits to both help other medications and work as a mild pain reliever itself. Premenstrual cramps and aches are typically not excruciating and respond well to over-the-counter medications like Tylenol. Therefore, the mild pain relieving effects of medical marijuana may be sufficient to treat premenstrual syndrome pain.
It is important to note that medical marijuana, indeed all marijuana, may increase or cause symptoms of depression. This is well documented, though it is hard to say for sure given that many depression sufferers self-medicate. It is difficult to see whether people who have or are predisposed to depression are more likely to use marijuana or need medical marijuana, or if marijuana causes the illness. Furthermore, some of the most prescribed medications for depression are known to increase depression and/or cause suicidal thoughts in some patients. This shows that depression is difficult to treat with medication and that some patients respond differently than others. In short, medication for depression helps some people and hurts others. Medical marijuana is no exception.
Interestingly, an online USC study actually found that medical marijuana and even recreational marijuana do not have as many negative effects on depression as once thought. Roughly 4,400 people participated in the research that led to a paper by Dr. Mitch Earlywine and doctoral candidate Tom Denson. From the information provided by these individuals, the researchers concluded that marijuana users seemed to report less symptoms of depression than individuals who do not ingest marijuana in any form.
Evidence suggests that marijuana has been used to treat insomnia since around the time humans figured out that marijuana had medicinal properties. While it is unlikely to help people who are sleeping too much, sleepiness is a known side effect of marijuana, so it is likely to help people who respond positively to it fall asleep, fall back to sleep and stay asleep. Since not getting enough sleep can increase and even cause emotional and psychological symptoms, getting enough sleep can control other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome through allowing sufferers to get a good night’s sleep. As with all medical marijuana treatment, it should be done under the observation of a medical professional so all side effects and benefits can be monitored.
This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals. If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.