Dear Culturalist: What's Up with New York and Women's Periods?

By Onya Ganja on July 24, 2017

Dear Culturalist,
It looks like New York will approve medical cannabis for women's periods. Is that shit for real?

I think this bill is valid but also, who the fuck cares if it isn’t? They let Queen Victoria smoke weed for her period, and that's good enough for me as far as evidence goes. I bet she got real weird when she was into the Devil’s Lettuce.

So, ya that shit is for real, but the bill hasn’t passed yet. You can read more about it here. The proposed bill hasn’t been read in front of the Senate (at least last I checked), but if you want to know all the steps to that madness, you’ll have to write me again or click on the hyperlink above. I’m not going to get into political processes. Let’s just say this bill is far from passed, though I hope it succeeds.

So this is for real. Know what else is real? The pains of getting a period. I find seven-hour-long tattoo sessions much more pleasurable than the pain of my uterus shedding its human-growing-habitat once a month. If I could wear a mouthguard, I would rather get punched in the face once a month than get my period.

What I’m trying to say is, I do not know who came up with this whole menstruation thing, but it really sucks for a lot of people. There are also people who can’t get a period but want one, and that can really suck, too. The human condition is rough. Drugs can help, if a healthy relationship with them is sought after and achieved. I love drugs, but if they were my only coping skill, I’d be in some serious trouble.  

Medicalization is what happens when a regular human experience is defined as a medical problem. I could see someone believing this bill is trying to achieve that process, but it isn’t. 

I could go into the concept of medicalization in more detail, but this bill isn’t attempting to medicalize periods. Rather, it is just speaking to the pain periods commonly cause, which has already been given a label by western medicine. The label is dysmenorrhea.

Personally, I think we should just medicalize all of human life and push a bill through to make cannabis legal for the medical condition that would then be known as the human condition.

This bill isn’t attempting to medicalize periods because dysmenorrhea is not “women’s periods”—it is symptoms or pain associated with menstruation and can be primary or secondary. Primary dysmenorrhea is just like the regular ol’ god-hates-us period pain with maybe some puking. 

Everyone I know with primary dysmenorrhea was told to use heating pads and take over-the-counter painkillers, myself included, until the former made me feel worse and the latter made my guts bleed. So, fuck over-the-counter painkillers. Cannabis is safer than over-the-counter painkillers, and heating pads are alright, but cats are my preferred kind of warmth.                                                                                     

Then there is secondary dysmenorrhea, which is typically horrific. If I use my friends and I as a sample again, this kind of dysmenorrhea is caused by something other than the period itself. So like a condition that a doctor would write in a chart, such as endometriosis. 

I just recovered from an ovarian cyst, which I’m told is super common, and it hurt enough that I wished my cat would just eat my face off while I laid there unable to move for days. At least I had weed through it all though—rosin more specifically and cannabinoid-filled capsules. Couldn’t care less if cannabis wasn’t actually treating my own dysmenorrhea or was rather just making it more bearable. 

In summation, periods are for real, and it's also real that this bill might legalize medical cannabis in New York for the pain related to them. Whether or not you agree, you can share your opinion here.

No doubt, cannabis is the right substance to engage when you get your period. Acid is not, for the record. Have you ever tried to change your tampon when you are high on acid? It is one of my least favorite things to do.

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