PMS: Premenstrual syndrome can lead to a variety of symptoms
Being irritable, crying, depressed moods and nervousness, PMS can cause you to not feel like yourself at all. And the annoying thing is that this comes back every month. PMS brings with it a variety of symptoms that can impact you both physically and mentally. Treatment is not easy, and if anything is prescribed, it is antidepressants. That’s not always what you want either. Microdosing with truffles can be a way to address your PMS symptoms naturally.
Messed up every month by PMS
Men and women do not differ substantially that is at least true of our abilities. But physically there is some difference, and this is evident just from the monthly cycle a woman goes through. Every month (sometimes a little more often or less often) menstruation returns. Unfortunately, some women also experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome) in the weeks before menstruation.
It is not exactly clear what causes PMS. Studies of hormone levels in women with PMS show that there are no hormonal abnormalities to be found. Despite that, the symptoms that come up in the one to two weeks before menstruation begins are undeniable. Women with PMS may suffer from:
- Irritability, anger
- Mood swings
- Concentration problems
- Fatigue, lack of energy
- Changes in appetite (especially cravings for certain types of food, binge eating)
- Feeling that everything is too much
- More conflicts with family or colleagues
- Swollen breasts
- Joint Pain
- Sleep problems
While this may not sound too serious to some people, PMS symptoms can really cause problems. When you have PMS, you feel completely out of sorts, you don’t feel like yourself, and the symptoms can interfere with your work and personal life. The gloom, irritability, mood swings and anxiety attacks can cause your relationships to become strained.
Unfortunately, PMS cannot yet be properly treated. In severe forms, SSRIs (antidepressants) are still sometimes prescribed. These can help with psychological symptoms. But disadvantages of antidepressants are that it takes a long time to find the right dose, they can have unpleasant side effects and it can be difficult to stop using them. Microdosing can be a good alternative: it is a natural remedy that has few side effects and can bring much relief.
What is microdosing for PMS
When considering microdosing, it is good to understand what this entails. Microdosing means taking a very small dose of a mind-altering drug. Truffles and magic mushrooms are most commonly used for this, but it is also possible with LSD and other substances. Because you only take a very small dose of it (a tenth of a normal dose), there are no hallucinations. But there is a subtle effect on your symptoms.
There are several ways to microdose. Most people use the Fadiman protocol, where you take a dose one day and then nothing for two days. By alternating, you avoid tolerance, where your body gets so used to the substances taken that they have less and less effect. Below you can live more about the effects of microdosing on your PMS symptoms.
When you ask women with PMS what bothers them most, mental and emotional symptoms are often mentioned. Some women especially feel very irritated, get angry easily and feel powerless. Other women are depressed, feel desperate, cry easily and are anxious. These symptoms seem to indicate an imbalance in the serotonin system. This is also why SSRIs are often prescribed.
However, psilocybin in truffles and magic mushrooms can also affect the serotonin system, but it works slightly differently. Psilocybin binds to serotonin receptors in the brain. This makes your brain think there is more of this neurotransmitter present than there actually is. Psilocybin performs the same function as serotonin in this way.
Women who normally suffer from PMS find that they sleep better, have more energy and they feel less depressed when they microdose. Furthermore, psilocybin causes those parts of the brain responsible for anxiety reactions to become less active. This makes you feel calmer, not as irritable and less anxious.
Why choose microdosing now as a treatment for PMS, instead of SSRIs? Microdosing has several advantages. First, you notice the effect faster. Most women notice the benefits of microdosing as early as the first week of microdosing, while it can take months before you know whether SSRIs help with your symptoms. You can also dose more flexibly with microdosing. You can take it whenever you need it. You can’t do that with SSRIs; you have to keep taking them continuously.
Microdosing for the physical symptoms of PMS
You may also experience physical symptoms during the PMS weeks. Common complaints are cramps, muscle aches and headaches. You can, of course, take a painkiller for this, but microdosing with truffles can also make sense. At low doses, psilocybin has a vasoconstrictive effect. This allows less blood to flow through and this can relieve headaches and inhibit inflammation.
A side effect of this is that microdosing can cause a somewhat higher blood pressure. Some women actually suffer from low blood pressure during PMS. This in turn causes symptoms such as feeling light-headed, dizziness and nausea. Thus, the vasoconstrictive effects of psilocybin may also reduce these symptoms
Peacefully through your menstrual cycle
Menstruation in itself is no fun for many women, but PMS adds to the strain on your body and mind. It is nice to know that there is a natural way to get through the menstrual cycle easier and with fewer symptoms. Microdosing with truffles can help relieve symptoms, both mental and physical. If you want to try it yourself, check out our organic microdosing truffles from Microdosing XP, Mondo or McMicrodose in our webshop.