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5 Facts About Cannabis And Women’s Health

Can Cannabis Improve Women's Health?

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DanaSmith on Wednesday Feb 7, 2018
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5 Facts About Cannabis And Women’s Health

PMS? Menopause? Dysmenorrhea?

 

These are all the realities of a woman’s life. Cannabis can help women in many ways. Women no longer have to rely on opiates, over the counter painkillers, and other drugs to cope with feminine issues.


Here’s what science says about cannabis and women’s health:

 

  1. Cannabis can treat painful periods. Around 80% of women experience menstrual pains at some point in life. It’s normal to suffer from period pain from early teens all the way to menopause. However, for 5 to 10% of the female population, period pains are excruciating enough that it can disrupt routines, and even require calling in sick from work.

 

These menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, can start during the days leading up to your period and continue throughout. It occurs when hormones stimulate muscle contractions in the uterus, which in some cases can be described as comparable to mild labor contractions. Research shows that tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis, has powerful muscle relaxant properties. Women can use cannabis for serious relief from menstrual cramps. Smoking pot is always an option, but applying topicals directly to the pelvis or taking edibles will also do.

 

Whoopi Goldberg has been created an entire line of cannabis products to soothe period pain.

 

 

  1. Cannabis can improve moods. Experiencing emotional ups and downs before your period is normal. This is because your menstrual cycle is in the luteal phase, which means that your body is going through a lot of hormonal changes, which is the reason why you’re laughing one minute and feel like crying for no reason the next.

 

When this happens, you can count on cannabis to improve your mood. Studies show that microdosing cannabis can have antidepressant effects. Women experience mood swings differently, but cannabis has been proven to help stabilize your mood whenever you need it.

 

  1. Cannabis helps with endometriosis. Endometriosis affects over 5.5 million women in America, and is a condition characterized by extreme pain before, during, and after menstruation. In some cases, women with endometriosis may experience pain during intercourse, urination, or bowel movement. If left untreated, endometriosis can lead to infertility.

 

Surgery and hormone medication is usually recommended for endometriosis, but many women find no relief from these treatments. Studies show that because the endocannabinoid system plays a role in the pain experienced by women who have endometriosis, using cannabis can provide relief for women especially since other treatments have been unsuccessful. However, smoking alone might not be enough for the extreme pain from endometriosis – a vaginal suppository or 1:1 CBD:THC edibles may work better.

 

  1. Cannabis makes menopause more tolerable. The endocannabinoid system and estrogen levels work together. When estrogen levels peak, the levels of cannabinoids will follow. This is because estrogen engages endocannabinoids directly, and when estrogen drops the endocannabinoid system changes too. Studies suggest that endocannabinoid deficiencies may lead to early menopause.

 

Cannabis has proven benefits for helping make the symptoms of menopause more tolerable. These include insomnia, hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain, and even bone density. Transdermal patches placed directly on the pelvis will help directly release cannabinoids into the reproductive system, providing efficient relief from the symtpoms of menopause.

 

  1. Cannabis can treat acne caused by periods. Experiencing acne around your menstrual cycle is common for many women. This occurs because estrogen levels decrease, and progesterone levels increase; in turn, the oil glands become much more active and the increase in oil causes bacteria growth.

 

Studies show that when CBD is applied on the skin, it acts as an effective sebostatic agent. It concludes, “Collectively, our findings suggest that, due to the combined lipostatic, anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.”

 

Topical cannabis products are an excellent course of treatment for menstrual acne. It can be used anytime acne flares up around the menstrual cycle, or due to any other hormonal changes. Cannabis skin care products as well as hemp-based products will keep the skin hydrated, prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, and stabilize oil production in the skin.

 

Have you used cannabis to treat feminine problems? Share with us in the comments below!

 

 

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