Cannabis for Women: Helps Women to Handle Menstrual Pain
Not all women experience the same discomfort when their menstrual period arrives. For most women, the most common pain is menstrual cramps, which are throbbing or cramping pain in the lower abdomen. Low back pain, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches are also common. It is important that these pains during the menstrual period are not confused with the symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome, since those symptoms are different and include weight gain, irritability, swelling and fatigue, and they begin to appear one or two weeks before your period starts.
Menstrual pains affect some women’s lives more than others and prevent them from carrying out their daily tasks. This is why there are many home remedies such as taking a bath, putting a hot patch on the belly area, there are also some drugs that can be obtained in pharmacies without a prescription, but these remedies are not effective for all women, in that case, women seek to reduce or eliminate menstrual pain with more natural medications such as cannabis based medicine.
What is it that makes so many women decide to reduce their menstrual pains with medical marijuana?
The answer comes from centuries ago. According to the findings of Dr. Ethan Russo, director of Research and Development at the International Institute of Cannabis and Cannabinoids (ICCI), the use of marijuana for women’s health dates back to 16th century China. Back then, cannabis was routinely supplied as medicine for menstrual cramps and associated pain.
Later, in the 19th century, marijuana was frequently prescribed for menstrual pain and cramps. But this time it was in England, where the royal doctor supplied Queen Victoria with marijuana as a remedy for menstrual cramps.
These historical events do not demonstrate a solid relationship between the use of cannabis and the relief of menstrual pain, but it serves to understand the historical context of this plant and how it has been used throughout history to alleviate these discomforts.
With modern advances in medicine, there is now more information about marijuana, its components, and how we react to those components.
Marijuana is made up of more than 100 types of cannabinoids, the main two being THC and CBD. Both of these compounds are thought to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, muscle-relaxing and vascular-relaxing properties. Therefore, when applied in the form of creams or gels in the areas with the most pain or ingested, the muscles relax and the pain ceases.
Marijuana by itself has properties that alleviate menstruation-related pain, but what makes it an effective treatment the most is the correct balance of its cannabinoids that are based on this plant-based medications, which is why the experts at Smart Leaf Health Services we recommend that if you suffer from chronic pain during menstruation, do not self-medicate and go to an expert who can prescribe the best treatment to relieve your symptoms.
If you want to know more about how medical marijuana treatments, their benefits and how to be eligible to take a treatment, do not hesitate to contact us and make an appointment with our experts.