Since women left the home and joined the workforce in the 1960s, they have played an increasingly bigger and bigger role in purchasing decisions. Currently, they drive 70-80% of consumer spending in the US. The cannabis industry is no different. Statistics report that more women than men are using cannabis products, not only to treat many different conditions but in the interest of maintaining good health. Let’s face it, women have many more health needs than men. This article touches on just some of the conditions for which women are embracing cannabis.
Not only is the stigma for using cannabis fading away, but many women are realizing that self-care, which includes cannabis usage, is crucial to living a full, long and healthy life. We live in a time when there are hundreds of cannabis products to choose from to enhance the quality of life of women. Cannabis is available in all sorts of delivery methods to maintain good health, treat medical conditions, provide nourishment for the body, both internally and externally, and even to help women enjoy sex more fully. The 3 top health reasons for which women seek out medical cannabis are menstruation, menopause and sex. That covers women from teenagers to seniors!
Here are just a few conditions that medical cannabis can relieve:
1. Medical Cannabis and PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome)
Many women suffer through the unpleasant symptoms of PMS every month, the worst of which is cramps. During the menstrual cycle, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) goes through changes during the oestrus and dioestrus phases of menstruation. Studies show that CB1 and CB2 receptors can be activated to inhibit uterine contractions. In other words, ingesting cannabinoids in medical cannabis can lessen or stop cramps.
Strains that help: Girl Scout Cookies, Oro Blanco, Biohazard, Gelato, 9A95
2. Medical Cannabis and Mood Swings
Many women experience mood swings throughout their menstrual cycle, due to the fluctuation of hormones. Extreme mood swings are indicative of an imbalance in the ECS. Medical cannabis has been shown to balance the hormones that can create havoc when they are out of whack. In addition, THC dominant strains can help control the feelng of uncontrollable rage and fits of crying that many women experience during their menstrual cycle.
3. Medical Cannabis and Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a disease where the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus; on fallopian tubes, ovaries, on the outside of the uterus or on surrounding tissue. It affects about 11% of American women, ages 15-44. The most common symptom is pain, followed by bleeding or spotting between menstrual cycles, infertility and digestive problems. Studies indicate that women with endometriosis are CB1 deficient; their natural ECS is not functioning properly. The ingestion of cannabinoids in medical cannabis can restore the balance in the ECS to fully functonal. Medical cannabis has been shown to improve digestive distress, relieve pain and reduce inflammation, all symptoms of endometriosis.
4. Medical Cannabis and Sexual Health
Women can experience a range of sexual problems during the course of their adult lives, including the inability to achieve orgasm, painful sexual intercourse and low libido as they age. Many strains of medical cannabis have been shown to raise the libido in both men and women. It can also help increase lubrication for women who experience pain during sexual intercourse. CBD lubricants, which include topical ointments, lotions and sprays, are now widely used to help alleviate pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse. CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory.
5. Medical Cannabis and Depression
Women suffer from periods of depression more often than men. The risk of depression and depressive disorders increases as a woman ages, often coinciding with menopause. This is a result of the fluctuation of hormones or of their cessation. Cannabinoids in medical cannabis can help balance the hormones by decreasing estrogen.
Strains that help: East Coast Sour Diesel, Ghost Train Haze, Blissful Wizard, Pink Lemonade and Jack Herer
6. Medical Cannabis and Diabetes
The incidence of diabetes is becoming more and more commonplace as the stress of modern life and processed foods takes it toll. In 2017, 12 million women were diagnosed with diabetes. Medical cannabis has been shown to benefit those with diabetes. In some cases it actually reverses the disease by returning the ECS to homeostasis.
In a seminole study by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC), medical cannabis may provide the following benefits for diabetic patients:
- Stabilized blood sugars
- Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, may reduce arterial inflammation and other inflammatory symptoms, common with diabetes
- Due to its neuroprotective properties, may reduce inflammation of the nerves which manifests in diabetic patients as neuropathy and neuropathic pain
- Due to its anti-spasmodic properties, may reduce muscle spasms and cramps. It also decreases gastrointestinal pain/discomfort, common with diabetes
- Reduction of blood pressure as the result of long-term cannabis usage will contribute to the overall health of diabetic patients who typically experience arterial and cardiac problems later in life.
- Restless Leg Syndrome, common in diabetic patients responds well to medical cannabis in controlling its symptoms.
There are several more women’s health conditions which respond well to medical cannabis usage. I will be addressing those in a later article.
Lastly, I have been told by those women who use medical cannabis suppositories that it is the very best delivery method for several reasons;
- Greatest bioavailability
- Fast acting
- They do not produce psychotropic effects.
- They are very simple to make at home
Kindmedaz.com, Medical Marijuana for Women’s Health, Blog, Sept. 24, 2018