12 Ways to Use Cannabis for a Less Painful Period

Here's the honest to goodness truth of it: I'm not an expert on cannabis for PMS. In fact, I'm not an expert on cannabis in general. And while I could blame this on the fact I grew up in a state where smoking weed was illegal (not that that stopped anyone), my hunch is it has more to do with that one time in Amsterdam when, after consuming an astonishingly potent space cake (note: "Cake" might have actually been plural), I woke up the next morning high as a kite, proceeded to get lost in the cobblestoned streets of Leiden, proceeded to take the wrong train *not* to the airport, and thus, ultimately missed my flight back to Galway, Ireland, where I was living at the time. I was scarred. And as my first time experimenting with the stuff, it wasn't, shall we say, ideal. So fast-forward four years later and here I am living in Los Angeles (where taking a hit is as normal as bringing your dog into Whole Foods) with a bad taste in my mouth for weed—very un-Angeleno to say the least.

However, that was prior to last month when I had an interesting, out-of-the-box opportunity to take a tour of MedMen—a leading L.A. cannabis management and investment firm with premium retail locations across Los Angeles and Southern California. The goal: to sleuth out the dispensary's well-fed crop of cannabis-infused wellness products. (If you need a mental visual, it's basically the Apple store of marijuana and marijuana-infused products.) And, lo and behold, I found the glittering goldmine of cannabis-enriched products to help with PMS, which, while that wasn't my initial goal, was a standout trend nonetheless. So since no one I know particularly enjoys a painful period, I took some notes and talked to the experts. Can CBD- and THC-rich products lend relief when it comes to PMS symptoms? And perhaps more importantly, do professionals in the health field recommend them? I was curious, and frankly, I thought you would be too. Keep reading to find out what experts think about cannabis for PMS and, if you happen to live in a state where marijuana is legalized, which products we (and the staff at MedMen) think ought to be at the top of your period's wish list.