Happy National Women’s Day! In honor of Women I thought it would be a good day to post something about the benefits of cannabis in relieving aspects of “women’s troubles.” Also in a completely selfish way I woke up with absolutely the most painful cramps in my life and it wasn’t until I sat down with Mr. Bong and some Holy Grail Kush that I felt like a normal human being again. It seems that every month my woman time takes a different demonic form. This month is “Holy Deathcramps Batman!” and last month was bloat city, party of 1. Sometimes other people even breathing in oxygen makes me want to punch them in their well meaning faces. Hormones are weird. The beautiful thing about this horrible monthly ailment (aside from making baby children) is that cannabis can strip away almost all of the side effects of menstruation if used properly.
CRAMPS OF DOOM
In my attempt at explaining the pain of my own monthly cramps to cowboyfriend I settled on the perfect analogy. It is like wearing a weight belt of agony. As if my uterus was now made of rusty gears grinding against each other. Smoking can greatly relieve the pain of cramps in both the pelvic area and the lower back.
Sometimes smoking isn’t always available, perhaps you’re at work or your kids are around for the day. In these situations I recommend micro dosing edibles, it works for me every time. I just completely forget about the pain and when it comes back I count and it’s always been about 4-5 hours… that is how long an edible lasts. I do warn however, NEVER over do it. When I say micro dosing I mean anywhere from 5-10mg of medical cannabis Indica or Indica dominant hybrid. Another way to relieve cramps on the sly is to vaporize wax, it has intense effects and very little to no smell when vaped. Just remember that this doesn’t work for a lower tolerance patient.
HORMONE DEATH SPIRAL OF MEANNESS
Aside from the weight belt of agony, my period also delivers a nice dose of wanting to punch people in the face every way that I turn. Am I right? This is when I love Sativa strains, specifically Moby Dick. A Sativa dominant hybrid strain or wax will relieve all of these tense feelings. I prefer a strain that isn’t full Sativa because sometimes those strains will put me on pins and needles, only worsening the symptoms that I’m battling. Everyone is different, so have some Indica around to mellow the effects and balance you’re mind if you try a full Sativa and have the same problem. I generally turn to Sativa gummy candy micro-dosing in these situations. I guess I’m just a big fan of micro dosing edibles… so sue me. This also works really well for anyone battling depression, it lifts my spirits in the worst of times.
WARNING: Please take time to test all doses of edibles in a safe, comfortable space before attempting to dose while going about your daily life. It is important to understand how the cannabis interacts with your body before taking my word for it, we’re all different!
One of the most common things that I heard at the dispensary is that edibles are ‘too intense’ for a patient. It was always so upsetting because I knew that somewhere down the line someone irresponsibly gave this person an edible and their experience was anywhere from subpar to traumatizing. There are some easy ways to manipulate your edible to make it perfectly catered to your own medical needs. Below I’ve listed 3 ways to make sure that you are in control of your cannabis edibles. Eventually you’ll know the exact measurements that your body requires to become medicated but not comatose or tripping face.
How to Pick Your Edibles
Before you walk out of the dispensary with a jam packed brownie or ice cold canna-tea in your hands you should assess your personal needs. If you are a sensitive patient that needs very little cannabis to feel medicated then get an edible that only has 1 gram or below of medical marijuana. This way you won’t even have the option to overdose. Always take your metabolism into account, if you have a fast moving metabolism or perhaps your a vata ayurvedically, then you might not get all of the effects that you’re looking for depending on what an edible is made from. If you don’t feel effects easily then try something that is liquid, these tend to seep in better and more quickly.
Also be sure to understand the difference between indica and sativa. A sativa edible used properly can work as an anti-depressant and use incorrectly it can feel like you just dropped acid. An indica will work to relax and release pain if dosed correctly but when overdosing it will work as a sleeping pill. Identify what effect you are looking for before even venturing down the road of what taste you’d like.
My most favorite thing in the world to do with edibles is micro dose. I love an edible effect because it is more intertwined with the body than smoking, which is why I think that edibles relieve my pain more effectively. The problem is that I still have to function during the day so I can’t eat my usual 0.25 gram dose during the day when my pain is really intense. This is where micro dosing comes in. I eat teeny tiny bits of a Ganja Goo or gummy candies and my pain melts away but leaves my mind completely active. This is the best advice that I have for anyone.
If you eventually want to eat more and lose your mind a big, then I’d recommend still micro dosing just for the first shot at a specific edible. I would advise that you eat a tiny bite and then focus on your body. If you fully understand that at a micro level what this edible will do to your body and mind it will make an accidental over medicating experience a lot less terrifying. If you eat too much but are hyper conscious of the effects then you’ll understand that what is happening is just a quantified level of what you’re hyper familiar with.
The last and most important tip is to always wait 45 minutes to 1.5 hours before re-dosing. Some edibles can be felt like a spike while some are a small hill, by this I mean that some will take only 20 minutes to take hold and some edibles take a full 1.5 hours to reveal their effects. It just depends on the edible ingredients, strain used and the person eating them. Before you’ve decided that you need more medicine make sure it has been a full hour and a half since you still may be coming into the full effects. If you’re worried about the edibles working then eat some papaya or another fruit that’s heavy in the terpene myrcene which actually helps terpenes and cannabinoids do their jobs in the body.