5 Best Cannabis Strains for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on October 27, 2017

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects anywhere from 8-20% of women of reproductive age around the world. The Huffington Post places the figure at closer to 10% in the United States, but that still equates to 5 million women in America alone. It is a frustrating and life-changing condition for sufferers, but perhaps things are about to change with the news that marijuana could be effective for those with PCOS.

In this article we will review; what is PCOS, how medical marijuana can help treat this condition and which marijuana strains are best to use.

What is PCOS?

In simple terms, PCOS is an imbalance in a woman’s hormones (too many male hormones and not enough female ones) which potentially interferes with ovulation and makes it harder to get pregnant. If you have PCOS, your ovaries will become enlarged and possibly contain a variety of structures that look like cysts (sometimes known as immature ovarian follicles).

If PCOS is left untreated it can have a serious impact on your life; potentially changing your appearance, hampering your ability to have children and even damaging your long-term health. It is the most common cause of infertility in the United States.

Although researchers are aware that there are genetic and environmental factors at play, they don’t know the exact causes of PCOS. The symptoms run in families, so the syndrome is probably caused, in part, by a mutation in one or more genes. An animal study in 2016 suggests PCOS could be caused by chemical or genetic changes that happen in the womb.

The majority of PCOS symptoms are caused by excessively high levels of certain hormones known as androgens. The ovaries produce chemicals (hormones) that control the body’s functions. One of the most important hormones created by women is estrogen. However, the body also creates androgens, and while men usually create far more than women, sufferers of PCOS create excessive levels of androgens and not enough estrogen.

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What are the Symptoms of PCOS?

First and foremost, there are three main symptoms used to diagnose PCOS:

  • Ovulation does not occur regularly. This is because the excessive androgens interfere with signals from the brain which normally occur during ovulation.
  • Ovarian cysts.
  • High levels of androgen.

However, women with PCOS may also experience the following:

  • Menstrual Irregularities; including regularly missing periods, extremely heavy periods, no menstrual periods (amenorrhea), and bleeding without ovulation.
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain
  • Hirsutism; a condition that results in excessive hair growth on the face, belly, chest and upper thighs.
  • Oily skin
  • Pelvic pain
  • Severe late-onset acne that can’t be treated by regular means.
  • Patches of thick, dark skin. This condition is known as acanthosis nigricans.

What is Life Like With PCOS?

Women who suffer from PCOS live in a terrible world of uncertainty; not knowing whether or not they can have a child is one of the worst feelings there is. It also makes you question your femininity, especially if you are hit with symptoms such as excessive weight gain and extra body hair. Weight loss is extremely difficult, especially as the condition reduces your energy and motivation levels.

Conventional Remedies for PCOS

As PCOS has a wide range of symptoms, the treatment you’ll receive depends on what is happening to you. Women who don’t want to become pregnant can take oral contraceptives which help regulate menstrual periods, reduce androgens, clear acne and reduce hair growth.

Other medications include anti-androgens, but they must be taken with oral contraceptives as they cause congenital disabilities. There are also insulin-sensitizing agents designed to stabilize your level of glucose and ensure your body is more responsive to insulin.

There are several options to try and treat infertility that arises from PCOS. Common medications include Letrozole, Gonadotropins, Metformin, and Clomiphene.

Medical Research on Marijuana and PCOS

There have been hardly any medical studies relating to marijuana and its direct impact on women with PCOS. While there is no evidence to date which suggests marijuana can help cure PCOS, research shows that it could be effective against depression, a common problem experienced by women with PCOS.

A 2005 study by Hollinrake et al. showed that women with PCOS were more likely to suffer from depression than the general population. It is also likely that cannabis users have a lower percentage of body fat than the overall population which means it could be used to control weight gain. Other benefits of marijuana for PCOS sufferers include a reduction in body pain and reduction in anxiety.

5 Best Marijuana Strains for PCOS

Marijuana and Pcos

1 – AC/DC (The Marijuana Strain That’s a Pain Relieving Rockstar)

This hybrid marijuana strain is an excellent choice for PCOS sufferers who want to ease their pain but also get plenty of work done. ACDC generally has a maximum THC level of 6% against a CBD level of up to 20%. The high CBD: THC ratio doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects on the body.

AC/DC is a cross between Ruderalis and Cannatonic, and since it doesn’t alter your mind, it is the ideal marijuana strain for pain management during the daytime. If you decide to smoke it, you’ll enjoy the lingering fragrance with pine and Earth notes.

2 – Pennywise (The Euphoric Daytime Marijuana Strain)

This indica dominant marijuana strain (70%) is a cross between a pair of sativas, Harlequin and Jack the Ripper, and contains up to 15% THC and 12% CBD. The CBD level reduces the psychoactive effects of Pennywise which makes it a good option for daytime medication.

Although it works well during the day, please note that Pennywise provides you with a relaxed and even sedative feeling so don’t overdo it! Ultimately, however, you end up with a relatively ‘clear-headed’ high and a nice feeling of euphoria.

3 – Blackberry Kush (A Tasty Night Time Marijuana Strain)

This indica marijuana strain is extremely potent at 20% THC, and we recommend using it as a night time medication if the pain of PCOS keeps you awake. It is guaranteed to give you a hard and fast body high which quickly puts you in the relaxation zone.

The sweet and heady Kush aroma isn’t as strong as you might expect given the herb’s potency but it does offer a beautiful blackberry taste that gives it its name. One final note, you won’t need much Blackberry Kush to get the effect you desire.

4 – Chocolope (The Marijuana Strain For the Experienced User)

This sativa dominant hybrid (95%) contains up to 21% THC, and its potency means it is best reserved for evening and night time use. Women with PCOS sometimes suffer from insomnia and depression and Chocolope is one of the best marijuana strains for dealing with both.

It is a bit energizing and provides you with a happy and uplifting experience. You will probably be fooled by the taste because while it offers a sweet and enticing aroma, it tastes a little sour which should be a treat for the senses.

5 – Pineapple Express (The Famous Movie Marijuana Strain)

This sativa dominant (60%) marijuana strain contains a whopping 25% THC and is the subject of the famed movie of the same name. Although Pineapple Express is a relatively strong marijuana strain, it is not as potent as depicted in the film. Nonetheless, it does give you a body-numbing buzz that does an excellent job of relieving anxiety and stress.

It is one of the sweetest buds you’ll ever try because it really gives off a hint of pineapple as you inhale. It is a rare herb that can energize and relax you all at once, but Pineapple Express achieves this and then some.

Final Thoughts About Marijuana and PCOS

Millions of women are forced to live with PCOS and the uncertainty it brings. While there are numerous medications on the market, several of them come with major side effects including potential congenital disabilities. In contrast, marijuana is an all-natural way to take the edge off the pain, depression and other symptoms associated with PCOS.

Article Sources:
  1. Juanita Parris
    Blackberry Kush for PCOS

    Blackberry Kush is a wonder when it is PCOS. I was suffering from severe bleeding bouts, which were both painful and straining physically, and they were due to the PCOS as my doctor diagnosed. His medicines involved hormone therapy, which has many side effects. So I tried Blackberry Kush, and I am much better now. At least there is no need of more medicines although I undergo a regular ultra sound to keep the size of the cysts under monitor.

  2. Thomas Frank
    Only Pian

    Please do not opt for this for PCOS treatment. You can combat the pain with the above mentioned strains, or any strain for that matter although these work better, but do not expect these two make the cysts disappear. They will not go away with marijuana. So if your condition is severe, opt for surgery rather than marijuana.

  3. Amy
    Never give up hope.

    My personal opinion.

    I was diagnosed with PCOS about 7 years ago, I’ve had various of unexpected miscarriages without even knowing I was pregnant, I never really had periods, maybe 2-3 a year.

    I suffer from very bad depression, my eating habits where very bad and I gained loads of weight.

    I’ve been smoking weed from the beginning of 2018 up until now, I no longer have depression, I’ve lost weight, weed has opened my eyes and mind to more better, and positive aspects.

    I am *potentially pregnant* I’ve had spotting, very strong symptoms, a month ago I was very broody, I knew what I desired the most, I knew I was going to get pregnant, even friends said to me a few weeks back that they see me been pregnant very soon, I’ve had so many symptoms that I’ve never had before.. So here we are now, if I am pregnant then I reckon it was the weed that helped me.

  4. Lynn Jones

    I have gained a lot of weight, am I suffering from PCOS?

  5. Sid

    I have tried other types of weed before (not sure of their names) and I did not like the way it made me feel. Is there a type that you can still be active and productive but still get the symptom curing as well? I have a very active life style and need to be able to function on all cylinders at all times. I have been diagnosed with PCOS for about 2 years now but I have had it since I was 9. I’m now 26. Any helpful advice would be appreciated. I live in Illinois so I dont even know if I can get a card for medical marijuana with this medical condition.

    1. MaryAnn McIntyre

      It said Chocolope is energizing and uplifting.

    2. ashley

      Sativa Dominant strains or strictly sativa strains , they help you focus.

  6. Dani

    Almost 2 years ago I started smoking regularly. It took all of my pain away eased my anxiety and I lost 75lbs. I was told two years before that the likely hood of having another child due to the state of my ovaries were slim to none. And now I have a almost 6 month old daughter. MJ has been legit life for me. I stopped when I was pregnant but plan on smoking again once I’m done nursing. I had a c-section and my ob said my ovaries looked beautiful when just two year prior an internal ultrasound said other wise….. so much more research and openness needs to be done. It should be legal, tobacco and alcohol don’t have the type of healing power weed does.

    1. MaryAnn McIntyre

      What strain did you use?

  7. Cheryl Sandusky

    Pineapple express is the best strain I have ever consumed. It’s helped many in so many ways. I’m so thankful for the medical benefits that marijuana offers.

  8. Tiffany

    So this article is largely unhelpful for one major reason. PCOS is not a hormone issue, the hormones are a side effect, PCOS is an insulin resistance which causes the imbalanced hormones. Marijuana is fantastic at helping regulate blood sugar and that is what is helping the hormone imbalance regulate. Here i am at 38, only a 2 year smoker, and totally lost weight and ended up pregnant. I had regulated my diet 3 years prior to taking up marijuana and diet and exercise had largely regulated my depression and wieght. But it was the introduction of thc and cbd as regular parts of my diet that I see as a vital piece of the pcos puzzle.

  9. Ashley Lewis

    Soothing and relaxing strain! It healed my PCOS very easily.

  10. Leslie Juandiego

    When I was younger I was a daily smoker. I never even knew that I had PCOS until I stopped smoking. Within 3 months I gain 50lbs. I didn’t connect the issues at first. But than I got to thinking…Its strange how I ate like crazy for years and never gained a pound but as soon as I stopped smoking my stomach blew up and my skin got terrible with alot of facial hair and lots of depression. I truly believe that weed was leveling my hormones and helping my pcos symptoms. I’ve been miserable and depressed for 11 years now with out Mary Jane. I don’t care what anyone says this is facts for me. I don’t smoke now because of my job.

    1. Rosie


      You should try CBD as they don’t test for it when doing a drugs test, and on the plus side due to minimal THC you will still be able to function perfectly normal, so it could work well for your job.

  11. Deirdre Mejia

    Chocolope strain is the best among all five strains. It helped me to cure pcos tremendously and loved the way it worked.

    1. Ria Lucas

      how do you get it?

      1. Britt

        If you live in a state that has legal recreational smoking than you should be able to go to a store and see if they have any of the strains mentioned.

    2. Laura

      How did it help you? I’ve had pcos since I was probably 12 years old, but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 30. Does it help with weight loss? I’ve gained so much weight, I’ve never been able to sleep very well, & I’m always stressed out or depressed. I’m wondering if it could possibly help with fertility too. My husband & I are still trying.

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