Whoopi Goldberg has launched a new company that specializes in medical-grade marijuana as an alternative pain reliever for women who suffer from menstrual cramps. While she claims, and rightly so, that this is no joking matter for women, one has to wonder what’s up with the “sipping chocolate” that is being introduced as part of the soothing line of cannabis products she’s presenting?
It seems like marijuana chocolate or chocolate marijuana would appear to be an oxymoron, of sorts, among menstruating females gritting their teeth and wincing in blinding pain. Studies show that 70 percent of menstruating women usually crave chocolate during the early part of their menstrual cycle.
Apparently, the sugary treat, along with other carbohydrate-laden foods, contribute to the release of serotonin, a “feel good” hormone that the body naturally releases in the brain causing a relieving and euphoric sensation in the brain. Well, that’s fine, but, as many menstruating vets know, chocolate is a caffeine stimulant that can make cramps worse ..or so we’re told?
The Deceitful chocolate urge
While studies show that a candy bar has about as much caffeine as a cup of decaf joe, that doesn’t explain the old wives’ tale about the dangers of succumbing to the “chocolate urge” around menstruation and why a shot of cannabis wouldn’t make the indulgence even sweeter. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chocolate, while an excellent serotonin stimulator can actually create a short-lived “high” effect in its consumer by giving the temporary feeling of pleasure and then, later, end up bringing the pain..
Along with the huge serotonin release is also a hormone called theobromine, a mild stimulant of the central nervous system. Apparently, the small amounts of caffeine in chocolate contribute to the release of this alkaloid that aids the nervous system in premenstrual flair ups. Milk chocolate also contains calcium, which is an excellent source of menstrual pain relief. Medical professionals warn that women should simply take the calcium supplements instead of indulging in the chocolate decadence that can actually aggravate premenstrual symptoms instead of alleviating them.
A Little herb with your chocolate?
While cannabis is historically known and has been widely used as an alternative pain reliever, is it wise to combine it with the likes of chocolate? Cannabis has been used, for ages, as a pain reliever for a plethora of women’s problems like labor pains, morning sickness and yes…menstrual cramps.
So, Whoopi may have the benevolent answer to the age old battle with a very real women’s issue that is certainly no joke…the answer of cannabis. However, I take pause at the infusion of chocolate for consumption into the mix. Let’s face it, no matter how dark or light the chocolate is, it’s only there to take the edge off of the cravings and that’s about it.