Can Medicinal Marijuana Help With Menstrual Cramps?

Women in New York State could have a new choice in their menstrual cramp pain relievers according to LiveScience. The New York State Assembly is addressing a bill to include menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhea, on the list of medical conditions for which physicians can prescribe medicinal marijuana.

Dr. Charles Pollack, director of Thomas Jefferson University’s Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, told LiveScience’s Sara Miller that, even though there have not been major studies conducted as to how medical cannabis could alleviate menstrual cramps, “it is not out of the realm of the possible.”

Pollack explained that research found that in the uterus, there is an “abundance” of endocannabinoid receptors which could bind to marijuana chemicals, called cannabinoids. This led them to believe medical marijuana could ease women’s pain.

Dr. Pollack cautioned that, “although marijuana overdose is exceedingly unlikely…there is just a paucity of data in this regard.”

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