With 80% of women experiencing menstrual pain at some point in their lives, it’s no surprise that a number of cannabis companies have been selling products claiming to alleviate period pain and other menstrual issues like PMS. But of course, just because the label on a product says it helps with a particular malady doesn’t mean it truly does. 

Cannabis can relieve menstrual pain, said Jordan Tishler, MD, CEO of the medical cannabis clinic InhaleMD and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. However, it’s THC, not CBD, that has a proven effect on pain, and the majority of the menstrual cannabis products on the market only contain CBD. 

“Cannabis can be used to dull pain perception by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors that are present throughout our…

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