The times, they are achanging! In the past few years, statistics have indicated that women are spending more of their purchasing dollars on cannabis products than are men. Women are more likely to get their medical cannabis cards and visit their local dispensaries than are men. Women are realizing that cannabis has preventative properties which aid in long-term good health, extending their quality of life into their senior years. This article will focus on just some of the benefits that medical cannabis can provide for women’s health.
It makes perfect sense that medical cannabis usage amongst women is on the rise. Women go through so many different stages of development in the course of their lifetimes; puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause. This is all driven by their hormone levels which steadily decline in later life. For the majority of women, each of these chapters present with its own set of symptoms which medical cannabis can relieve.
Here are some of the many reasons that women are choosing cannabis products:
It is not uncommon for women to experience a myriad of pregnancy-related symptoms which include; back pain, swelling of the legs, breast tenderness, constipation, muscle cramping, mood swings, insomnia, vomiting and nausea. Medical cannabis has been proven to treat many of these symptoms with its many different properties:
- Appetite stimulant
- Relieves gastric distress
- Sedative effects which promotes good sleep
According to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association in 2017, 7 % of pregnant women in the US are now choosing medical cannabis over prescription medications to treat their symptoms. The 7-year, self-reporting study of almost 300,000 pregnant women indicated a cannabis usage increase from 4.2% in 2009 to 7.1% in 2016. Overseen by clinical psychologist Kelley Young-Wolff, the participants were part of Kaiser Permanente Health System. The most common symptom for which they sought medical cannabis was nausea.
2. Morning Sickness
Many women who suffer with morning sickness during pregnancy are turning to medical cannabis to treat their nausea over prescription drugs with adverse side effects such as Reglan or Droperidol. Medical cannabis has a proven record as an antiemetic with few side effects. Although there are no studies that examine the safety of medical cannabis during pregnancy, there is much anecdotal evidence to support the claim that it is safe and effective in controlling many of the pregnancy-related symptoms mentioned above.
3. Menopause, Bone Loss and Osteoporosis
The cessation of menstruation, which includes the decline of hormones, leads to many unpleasant symptoms of menopause. These include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
- Bone loss which may lead to osteoporosis.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the following cannabinoids in medical cannabis can treat menopausal symptoms as well as stop bone loss. These include:
- CBD (Cannabidiol)
- CBG (Cannabigerol)
- CBC (Cannabichromene)
- THCV (Tetrahydrocannbivarin)
Since cannabis is still federally illegal, there are very few clinical human studies on the effects of medical cannabis on treating menopausal symptoms. There is much anecdotal evidence to support the claims that medical cannabis eases symptoms of menopause.
Women tend to suffer more from insomnia than do men, according to the Sleep Foundation. Between menstruation cramp and bloating, pregnancy discomfort and menopausal hot flashes, this is not surprising. THC dominant strains, with their sedative properties, help women fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It is the safest and most effective sleep medicine available without the adverse side effects often experienced with prescription medications. You wake the next day, refreshed and ready to meet the day, without mental impairment such as drowiness and lightheadedness, typical of most sleep aids.
5. Anorexia and Loss of Appetite
Anyone who uses THC dominant strains of cannabis will probably have experienced “the munchies” which makes you want to eat the contents of your refrigerator. However, this appetite stimulant may be life-saving for those with eating disorders such as anorexia. For women who suffer with extreme morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, characterized by nausea and vomiting, medical cannabis can also be crucial in keeping both mother and baby nourished and healthy by making food more desirable.
6. Beauty and SkinCare
The beauty and skin care market has exploded with CBD based products turning up in just about every retail store; from grocery stores to drugstores to even big box stores. There are creams, salves, ointments, sprays and CBD oils designed for every part of the body. That topic requires its own article!
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