Menstruation to Menopause: Medical Marijuana for Women
Most women experience many changes to their body, mood, and appetite throughout their lives. Not to mention-women also have menstruation to deal with every month. Many people underestimate the severity of the variety of PMS symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with PMS include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, cramps, backache, and much more. It’s not uncommon for women to experience multiple symptoms at once when they are PMSing.
These symptoms are not ideal and can leave women in pretty severe pain. Symptoms and their severity are different for every woman, and there is no way to predict how extreme a period may be or which symptoms a woman will experience during her cycle.
Cannabis has many medical benefits, which is why 38 states have implemented their own medical marijuana program. THC can provide general pain relief for a variety of symptoms, but what about PMS and menopause symptoms?
Can Marijuana Help With PMS?
Many painful menstrual symptoms can be alleviated with the use of cannabis. THC is a powerful cannabinoid and has many healing properties including the ability to help with general discomfort.
As previously mentioned, many of the symptoms associated with PMS can be extremely uncomfortable, and even painful. One of the most painful symptoms that many women experience when they are PMSing is cramps.
Cannabis and Period Cramps
During her cycle, a woman’s uterine muscles will contract to clear out her uterus. This process is known to cause inflammation, cramping, and general discomfort.
There are numerous over the counter and prescription medications that claim they help alleviate painful period cramps, however, many women can quickly develop an immunity to these medications. For some women, the medicines don’t work at all.
Somewhere between 2 and 10% of women over the age of 25 have been diagnosed with endometriosis. Endometriosis is a very painful disorder where the uterus tissue grows outside the uterus. During a woman’s period, the tissue will swell and scar, which can be especially painful.
Periods can be especially agonizing for women with endometriosis, and there is no known cure for the disorder.
A study was conducted in Australia in which women with endometriosis used marijuana for their symptoms, and many of them reported “prominent levels of pain reduction.” They saw improvement with feelings of nausea, vomiting, and sleep patterns while using marijuana.
Women with endometriosis can benefit from trying either a cannabis edible or oil for long-lasting relief during their periods. When heating pads don't do the trick, transdermal patches across the abdomen may also provide pain relief.
Migraines are another one of the many excruciating symptoms associated with PMS. A study conducted showed that 94% of participants with migraines reported relief from the symptoms just in the first two hours of the study when using marijuana.
Menopause Symptoms & Cannabis
Entering menopause can mean a lot of change for women, including their bodies and mood. It can come with its own host of problems, including many uncomfortable symptoms similar to PMS.
Some of the most common symptoms of menopause can include hot flashes, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, slowed metabolism, insomnia, and much more.
Cannabis can help with insomnia and sleep problems including sleep patterns and the quality of sleep a person experiences. A hybrid or indica strain typically work for sleeping problems.
Hot flashes and night sweats are extremely common in women who are entering menopause, but THC can help with that too! Try a marijuana tincture, which usually kicks in within 20 minutes and can last up to four hours, depending on its THC levels. Vaping or smoking may help with this as well, or try a hybrid strain for general pain relief!
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Although PMS and menopause are not qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Ohio, you may qualify under another condition. The only way to access marijuana today is by having your medical marijuana card.
If you think marijuana may be right for you, now is the best time to get started! Medical dispensaries are home to many great, safe products for natural relief.
Better yet, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today to see if you qualify!
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