Hey ladies, we’re talking about women’s health and how cannabis could be the next best way to help with the symptoms and issues specific to women. From menstrual pain, PMS, anxiety, all the way to libido, cannabis may be what women need to alleviate these common pesky problems. Cannabis was used thousands of years ago for childbirth and postpartum healing, and history is circling back around and acknowledging that this plant may be a woman’s best friend.
PMS & MENSTRUAL HEALTH
Women experience an average of 450 menstrual cycles in their lifetimes. That is 450 weeks or more that women are experiencing the symptoms associated with PMS and menstruation. The list of symptoms that can be associated with PMS and menstruation are: Cramping, depressive episodes, mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, and irritability just to name a few. While PMS is not experienced by every woman, the majority of fertile women experience some if not all of these symptoms at least once a month before hitting menopause (which comes with its own set of symptoms). Research has revealed that cannabis has been used for relief from the symptoms related to menstruation and PMS, with fewer side effects from the prescription pain relief and antidepressants that are commonly given to women.
MENOPAUSE & SEXUAL HEALTH
Menopause is caused by a change in hormones as a woman ends her menstrual cycle. Estrogen, the culprit for the uncomfortable side effects of menopause, binds directly to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, meaning that cannabis may be useful for women struggling with hot flashes, sleep problems, irritability and inflammation, to name a few from menopause. Cannabis provides an alternative for women looking for a holistic or more plant based approach to alleviating symptoms from menopause. As women reach menopause it is common to experience a decrease in libido and vaginal dryness.
Endocannabinoid receptors are also found in the reproductive organs, and in the brain where arousal occurs. Research has shown that cannabis effects the part of the brain where sexual arousal occurs and can increase sex drive and in turn may help with dryness.