What is THC and CBD?
If you’re familiar with either, you probably know that THC is the most psychoactive of the plant’s chemical compounds. And it’s probably why you started using it in the first place.
Cannabidiol, abbreviated to CBD, is famous in recent times for its diverse medical applications. These include treating chronic seizures, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
For this reason, many cannabis growers initially bred CBD out of their crops. Today, CBD is enjoying a renaissance thanks to its medicinal properties.
Cannabinoids and the Body
Many women consume cannabis for PMS relief. It’s also great for alleviating other female-related health issues. But how does CBD or THC diminish your hormonal moodiness or PMS’s sometimes nauseating and debilitating pain?
Put simply, your body already possesses a complex network of cannabinoids, called the Endocannabinoid System. This biological web of neurotransmitters and receptors regulates everything from fertility to your ability to feel pain.
The Benefits of CBD
Though both THC and CBD can help with pain management, which is best for when you’re suffering from PMS pain?
There is no straight answer. Scientific research has shown that a combination of the two components THC and CBD yields best pain management results. Having said that, cannabidiol is used to treat epilepsy as well as other neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. It also functions as a non-addictive and non-psychoactive painkiller.
But just because CBD is more palatable to THC conservatives doesn’t mean that it’s cannabis's most effective pain killing chemical compound. In fact, many believe it isn’t.
Final Hit: How To Use Cannabis For PMS Relief
There isn’t a definitive conclusion, popular or scientific, as to whether it’s better to use CBD or THC-heavy cannabis strains for PMS symptom management.
Some say that the psychoactive nature of THC makes it a stronger (and more fun) form of pain management. Others say that THC may heighten anxiety, another common PMS symptom for many women. And some studies suggest that CBD has the same pain management potential as THC.
What is for certain though, is that cannabis is most effective for managing pain, period-related or otherwise, when both THC and CBD are "combined". This phenomenon is popularly known as the Entourage Effect: THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids and terpenoids (chemical compounds) are stronger when ingested 'simultaneously'.
Pure CBD will be nowhere near as effective as a combination of both cannabinoids. Pure THC, though potentially very potent as seen with oils used in cancer treatment, can prevent you from doing simple, everyday tasks.
So consider your PMS syndromes. If moodiness is a common issue for you, CBD may be your golden ticket as it’s known to soothe. And if you’re looking for an all-natural remedy for cramp management, look for a good THC strain. And remember that a combination of the two can alleviate pain far more than using one component on its own. Just remember to watch your dosage by testing a strain first by initially microdosing, then gradually increasing the dose until you find your sweet spot. You can then titrate as needed every half hour or every couple of hours to suit your specific need.