We all know the benefits of Marijuana and how it is helping to cure some of today’s most deadliest diseases. But, what many of you are probably unaware of is that cannabis can actually have a profound effect on more common illnesses, conditions, and general body changes.
Now, if you are over the age of 40 then you should read this article, BUT, if you’re under the age of 40, then you should DEFINITELY read this article. You might not be aware of it, but you could be going through something known as peri-menopause. So, continue reading…
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a normal condition that all woman experience as they age. It tends to appear between the ages of 40-50. It’s not a life-threatening situation, but it will cause women to experience different symptoms including mood swings and anxiety to physical symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, and uncomfortable sex. Every woman experiences something it in a different way.
What’s more interesting is that most middle-aged women, (around their 30s), will experience something called peri-menopause. This can last anywhere between 4-10 years, and it will occur before menopause.
Peri-menopause is characterized by a slowing down of estrogen in the ovaries. Estrogen is one of two primary sex hormones that trigger ovulation and menstruation. Women will tend to experience some of the following:
- Mood swings and/or worsening of PMS symptoms
- Change in Sex Drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during ovulation
- Feeling of heaviness or bloating around the midsection
- Hot flashes
- Bone Loss/Osteoporosis
- Dry eyes
- Fatigue/ Crashing Fatigue
- Urinary Issues
- Trouble sleeping
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Cannabis and Your Hormones
Cannabis isn’t the only plant that can assist during peri-menopause or menopause and it is still unclear as to how cannabis exactly helps – we have Federal laws to thank for that.
What researchers do know is that current studies are showing that it eases the transition and those that have used cannabis have expressed that it has helped them with some of the symptoms that are accompanied by peri-menopause or menopause.
So, whether you are going through peri-menopause or menopause Medical Cannabis may be the solution for you.
Why is Cannabis for Menopause so Effective?
The endocrine system regulates the levels and output of dozens of hormones in your body, including the reproductive hormones that are a part of the changing internal landscape of peri-menopause.
Recent research has shown that cannabis and the endocannabinoid system relate to the endocrine system. Furthermore, they have found that the two major cannabis receptors found in the endocannabinoid system (CB1 and CB2) are directly related to the endocrine system and in particular to the relationship between the hypothalamus, the pituitary and other peripheral hormonal regulators.
Now comes the interesting part.
The pituitary gland controls key functions within the reproductive system, in particular, the release of FSH, or follicle-stimulating hormone, which is responsible for promoting ovulation. In the years leading up to menopause, the peri-menopause phase the body releases this hormone irregularly and once a woman hits menopause it stops producing FSH. That’s when your body goes into mayhem.
Those of you who have gone through menopause know that there are treatments for this, including Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). This is when hormone therapy is prescribed to control symptoms of menopause. The thing is that while most doctors will prescribe the more common drugs, there are alternative solutions – And one of them is Cannabis.
More and more research is showing that Cannabis use helps the body by giving it a boost when it is not functioning at its best. Furthermore, specific strains of cannabis can help a woman’s endocrine system with the transition. For those who are going through peri-menopause, pain can come in many different forms, for example, headaches, abdominal pains, and overall body aches.
Similar to as it helped women in the past in different cultures, for example, it was used in traditional Chinese medicine, Cannabis can be a source of empowerment for women going through this period in their life. Medical Cannabis Cannabis can assist with the transition and help with the painful symptoms.
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Which Cannabis Strains Are Best to Use for Menopause?
It is always best to consult with your physician before consuming Cannabis as the perfect dose is different for each person. With that being said, it is now known that Indica or Indica-Sativa cannabis blends are best to ingest to aid menopausal or postmenopausal women. This can be done in the form of smoking, edibles or even oils.
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