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Difficult Menstruation Last year, Rosenthal led the campaign to exempt feminine hygiene products from state and local taxes. Research shows that the two major cannabinoids found marijuana —tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) — can reduce cramps and control pain. Some doctors suggest that the cannabinoids can also help manage the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, including insomnia and anxiety. Related Story:  What Are Marijuana Tampons And What Do They Do? Although studies have not conclusively discovered how cannabis works to combat dysmenorrhea, researchers suggest that THC positively affects the nerves and assists in blocking out pain while also allowing for more pleasant signals to be received marijuana by the brain. CBD works in the immune system by suppressing the mechanisms responsible for inflammation. CBD also slows down electrical signaling to muscles and allows them to relax, thereby reducing cramping. There are products currently on the market that help women with the monthly suffering. Foria Relief makes a medicated tampon that the company promises will “maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic high.” And Whoopi Goldberg entered the cannabis industry with business partner Maya Elisabeth to create Whoopi & Maya, a company dedicated to women’s health. Goldberg, who has openly discussed her experience with debilitating cramps, credits cannabis for easing the pain. “This was all inspired by my own experience from a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave me relief,” Goldberg said.

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