Cannabis and PMS – The 5 Best Strains for Alleviating Menstrual Cramps

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One of the biggest medical uses of cannabis in the 19th century was for the treatment of menstrual cramps and reduction of labor pain.  A  physician J.R. Reynolds prescribed Queen Victoria cannabis for this reason.  Yet there is nothing mentioned in 20th century medical literature.  Possibly, we have such a fear of the unborn child being harmed by its mother’s drug taking that any research on this subject would leave the researcher open to attack.  However, studies in populations that use cannabis socially (Costa Rica and Jamaica) have shown that there is no negative effect on the unborn child.

Simone Fisher of “The Weed Blog Reports on the 5 best strains for treating menstrual cramping:


Top Five cannabis strains for relieving PMS:

When looking for pain relief, it is important to smoke an indica-dominant strain. Indicas are well known for their effective pain-relieving qualities that are often lacking in sativas. Sativas are more of a head-high, get the munchies and roll around on the floor laughing your ass off kind of high. Sativa-dominant strains are often preferred over indicas, but for medicinal purposes (like relieving menstrual cramps) indicas are much more effective.

1.) Obama Kush: This is probably one of my personal favorites at Brightside right now. It is a hybrid comprised of both indica and sativa. Due to the progesterone and estrogen spike in women’s bodies around day 7 in our cycle, we experience breast tenderness, cramps, acne, irritability, and fatigue often coupled with diarrhea and/or nausea. The Obama is my most recommended strain because not only does it effectively numb the physical pain during menstruation, it also puts me in a good mood due to the sativa in it. So when I am pissed at the world while my progesterone is spiking, The Obama Kush meets all my needs of pain relief while also taking me to a calmer mental state.

obama kush marijuana strain brightside pdx


2.) Black Cherry Cheesecake: A cross between Black Cherry Soda X Cherry Pie, crossed with Cheese. This heavy indica is the ultimate pain reliever. Your body begins to relax as the high arrives and can last up to 2-3 hours. Whenever I’m going through any physical pain caused by the spike of prostaglandins (which triggers uterine cramps) this indica quiets all that noise down, and effectively dulls my pain. This is great strain to smoke before bed or when spending a lazy night in. I recommend the black cherry cheesecake when your in day two of menstruation hell and need swift pain relief.

3.) Blue Dream: This strain is another example of an affective indica-dominant hybrid. The blue dream is the ideal strain because it effectively relieves pain, while producing the popular cerebral affects of sativa. Estrogen is responsible for the mood swings women often endure when pmsing, and the sativa within this strain helps mellow me out. Blue dream is a great wake n’ bake go-to before work because it relieves my killer cramps, settles my stomach, and leaves me with enough mental clarity to be able to do my job without slowing me down.

blue dream marijuana strain


4.) Dutch Treat: Another great hybrid to smoke if you have shit to get done. It effectively calms my raging hormonal mood swings while providing solid pain relief. I enjoy the cerebral high of this strain, and highly recommend it when you need a pick-me-up after watching too many Nicolas Sparks movies. Treat yo self with the Dutch Treat.

dutch treat marijuana strain brightside pdx


5.) Purple Urkle: This heavy-hitting indica is no joke. When I am in serious need of pain relief, the Urkle is the way to go. I would not recommend to smoke this indica if you want to get anything done, but is great choice when winding your day down at home or before bed. When you’re going through it cramp-wise, it’s a no brainer. Its pain relieving qualities are unmatched, so if you have a tolerance built up, go for it! Great strain for cramps and  insomnia.

purple urkle marijuana strain brightside pdx


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  1. This article is confusing in that it seems like Brightside PDX closed a year ago. It would have been more helpful if the author told the reader where to buy seeds (at least for 1 & 2 as they are harder to find).

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