Psychedelics and menstruation may not be a common combination in conversation. Still, the potential for these substances to alleviate the physical and emotional discomforts of the menstrual cycle is a topic that warrants exploration.
For many people, the onset of menstruation brings a range of symptoms, including cramps, headaches, bloating, mood swings, and more. Traditional methods of managing these symptoms may involve painkillers, heating pads, or even birth control pills. But what if there was a different approach that didn’t involve pharmaceuticals with potential side effects? There’s an answer for all of us dealing with PMS symptoms, and it may exist up there with the moon and down in the earth with the mycelium.
All Those Familiar Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms of PMS is irritability and mood swings. Many women feel emotionally sensitive, short-tempered, and overwhelmed during this time. To manage this, some women avoid triggers that might lead to additional stress. Others find solace in exercise, meditation, or therapy. The key is finding a healthy way to release emotions and create space for healing. The body stores trauma, and the only way to release it, especially during turbulent times, is by giving yourself the space to do so.
Another symptom of PMS is physical discomfort, such as bloating and cramps. Some people experience mild discomfort, while others feel more intense pain. To ease these symptoms, over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can help. Additionally, some people may choose to rest more and reduce physical activity to avoid further strain.
Lastly, fatigue is a common symptom of PMS. Some people may find it challenging to focus, concentrate, or even perform regular activities due to exhaustion. In this case, prioritizing rest is critical. Sleeping in for an extra hour, taking naps during the day, or even going to bed earlier than usual may help alleviate these symptoms.
Managing PMS symptoms can feel daunting, but there are ways to ease discomfort and make this time more manageable. This doesn’t mean you have to memorize moon cycles or always make time to sit in quiet. Sometimes all you need is a little extra help!
Psychedelics Vs. PMS
Enter psychedelics, specifically psilocybin mushrooms. A growing body of anecdotal evidence suggests that microdosing mushrooms may help alleviate PMS symptoms. This is because psilocybin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and affect serotonin receptors in the brain. These receptors play a role in mood regulation and can influence pain perception, making it possible for psilocybin to ease menstrual cramps and headaches potentially.
While more scientific research is needed to confirm these claims, many women already report positive experiences with psilocybin and menstruation. One such woman, Sarah, shared her experience with microdosing mushrooms in an interview with Women on Psychedelics.
Sarah described how taking a small amount of psilocybin before her period helped her feel more connected to her body, allowing her to manage her menstrual symptoms more quickly. “I wasn’t fighting it anymore,” she explained. “I was just kind of able to surrender to the whole process.”
Another woman, Liz, described her experience with magic mushrooms in an essay for Be Nice Paper. After consuming psilocybin, she experienced a powerful physical release that felt like a “warm wave” washing over her. This release allowed her to let go of pent-up emotions and tension in her body, leaving her feeling refreshed and renewed.
Two Sides of the Menstruation Coin
It’s important to note that not everyone may have the same positive experiences with psychedelics and menstruation. Some may find that these substances exacerbate their symptoms or don’t work for them. As with any type of self-medication, it’s essential to approach psychedelics cautiously and seek guidance from a healthcare professional if needed.
Nevertheless, the potential benefits of psychedelics for managing PMS symptoms are an intriguing area for further study. Let’s hope the science and the spirituality can combine for the better.
Keep an eye on that moon, my friends, and consider psychedelics the next time you feel those pains on the horizon.