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  • Bailey Porras

Menstruation to Menopause: Medical Marijuana for Women

Women all over the world experience major changes to their body, mood, and appetite throughout their lives. Further, women have to deal with menstruation and periods. Many people underestimate the severity of common PMS and menopausal symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms of PMS are

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • Abdominal pain

  • Cramps

  • Backache

  • and much more.

Many women experience multiple symptoms at once when it’s their time of the month, and these symptoms can be uncomfortable, to say the least. The symptoms a woman experiences during her period and their severity varies, and there is no sure way to predict how extreme symptoms will be or which symptoms a woman will experience during her cycle.

Medical marijuana has many known medicinal benefits, which is why 38 states have implemented their own medical marijuana programs. We know that THC provides general pain relief for a myriad of symptoms, but what about PMS and menopause?

Marijuana and PMS

Many painful menstrual symptoms can be eased with cannabis-use. THC is a powerful cannabinoid, and it has many wonderful healing properties, including the ability to help with general discomfort.

Many women also experience migraines during PMS. A staggering 94% of participants with migraines in a study reported temporary relief from their headache when they used marijuana, and that was only within the first two hours of the study.

As previously mentioned, other symptoms of PMS can be very uncomfortable and even painful. One of the most painful symptoms women experience during PMS is menstrual cramps.

Cannabis and Cramps

During her period, a woman’s uterine muscles contract in order to clean it out. This process can cause mild irritation and cramping which tends to be terribly uncomfortable for most women.

There are various medications that claim to help alleviate painful cramps, but many women develop an immunity to these medications, or sometimes they don’t work at all. It really just depends on the person.

Women With Endometriosis

Between 2 and 10% of women over the age of 25 have been diagnosed with endometriosis, a very painful disorder where the uterus tissue begins to grow outside the uterus. That’s 190 million women.

During a woman’s period, the tissue will swell and scar, which can be especially painful. Periods can be particularly agonizing for women who have endometriosis, and there is no cure. Endometriosis often goes undiagnosed for many years, with the average amount of time for a diagnosis being 6 years. So, there are probably a lot more than 190 million women who struggle with endometriosis.

A study was conducted in Australia in which women previously diagnosed with endometriosis used cannabis for their symptoms, and many of them reported “prominent levels of pain reduction.” They saw improvement in feelings of nausea, vomiting, and their sleep patterns while using cannabis.

Women with endometriosis could stand to benefit from trying a cannabis edible or an oil for long-lasting relief when they are experiencing painful symptoms. When heating pads aren’t cutting it, transdermal patches across the abdomen may also provide quick and natural pain relief for both cramps and abdominal pain.

Menopause Symptoms & Cannabis

Menopause can mean a lot of change for women, including changes to their bodies and mood, and it can come with its own host of problems, including many uncomfortable symptoms that are similar to PMS symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms of menopause include

  • hot flashes

  • chills

  • night sweats

  • sleep problems

  • slowed metabolism

  • insomnia

Cannabis is known to help with general sleep problems including the quality of sleep a person is getting and helping them fall asleep. You can try a hybrid or indica strain for a good night’s rest.

Hot flashes and night sweats are exceedingly common in women who are entering menopause. THC can help! Try a THC tincture, which usually kicks in within 20 minutes and can last up to four hours, depending on THC levels. Vaping or smoking may help with this as well, and try a hybrid strain for general pain relief!

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today

Although PMS and menopause are not qualifying conditions in the state of Virginia, you may have another condition that is on the state-determined list. The only way to know is to start the process.

Schedule an evaluation online today and we’ll make an appointment for you with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors.

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