Medicinal cannabis for period pain

Researchers from NICM are inviting women with period pain to participate in online research focus groups to explore if medicinal cannabis might be a potentially acceptable treatment for period pain and other menstrual symptoms.

We are looking for women living in Australia and aged over 18 who experience moderate to severe period pain on a regular basis but do not have a diagnosed cause such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This type of period pain is often referred to as ‘primary dysmenorrhea’. Participants do not need to be a current or past user of cannabis to participate.

This study will require participants to complete a short anonymous online questionnaire and then attend an online focus group that will last for 60-70 minutes. The topics discussed will be guided by the group on the day but will cover topics like what are women’s current self-management strategies for period pain, any potential barriers or concerns regarding medicinal cannabis usage, what outcomes should we be tracking and how we can make participation in research easiest for you.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact either Dr Mike Armour, chief investigator, via email or Justin Sinclair, PhD Candidate, via email

Download the Participant Information Sheet (PDF, 71.51 KB) (opens in a new window)

Researchers: Dr Mike Armour, Mr Justin Sinclair

Partner/Funding Body: Spectrum Cannabis

Human Research Ethics Committee Approval Number: H13538.