The medical benefits that cannabis could offer women are unparalleled, especially when compared to the traditional treatments currently available. From PMS to menopause to endometriosis, cannabis can provide exceptional relief for women throughout their lives.
Menstrual cycles and PMS
While these cycles are essential for a healthy reproductive system, they also have a range of side effects that can be serious and paralyzing. Menstrual cycles usually cause symptoms such as mood swings, cramps, and nausea depending, among other things, on the person and the severity of the cycle. The good news is that cannabis offers alternative treatment options that are effective and natural.
Mood swings are one of the most common side effects of women's menstrual cycles. And since many people who consume cannabis feel euphoric, happy, relaxed and stress-free, it makes sense that cannabis can be an effective treatment option.
Menstrual cramps are also common and it just so happens that the use of cannabis to treat menstrual cramps dates back to the 1800s, when documented that Queen Victoria used the plant to treat her cramps.
Menopause is another inevitability for women. For most, menopause occurs later in life, but there are instances where the condition is accelerated due to medical conditions. With menopause comes a whole host of different side effects and health problems.
The body naturally makes an endocannabinoid known as anandamide, which, along with the endocannabinoid system, helps regulate body temperature. Studies have shown that replacing anandamide with the phytocannabinoid THC can help regulate and even lower body temperature. This means cannabis can combat hot flashes and night sweats, some of the most common side effects of menopause.
Anandamide also plays a vital role in balancing hormones and regulating sleep and appetite. When cannabis is consumed, the body uses cannabinoids such as THC and CBD to replace anandamide and help it maintain homeostasis in these areas. This means that cannabis consumption can also help with anxiety, insomnia and depression, all of which are common in women during the menopause.
Despite the age-old stereotypes and stigma surrounding munchie-eating stoners, there is scientific evidence that people who consume cannabis regularly maintain a lower overall body mass index.
Studies have shown that exercise activates the ECS in the same way as consuming cannabis. This means that the effects of exercise, such as'runner's high'are often very similar to getting high on THC. For this reason, many people choose to consume cannabis before and after their workout to enhance the effects of both their exercise routine and their cannabis.
Cannabis can benefit women in many ways throughout their lives, providing pain relief while improving their quality of life.