Menstruation to Menopause: Medical Marijuana for Women
Many women experience major changes to their body, mood, and appetite throughout their lifetime. Not to mention, women also have menstruation to endure every month. So many people underestimate the severity of the variety of PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Some of the symptoms associated with PMS include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, cramps, backache, and much more. Many women experience multiple symptoms at once when it’s that time of the month.
Many of these symptoms can be uncomfortable, to say the least. The symptoms a woman will experience during her period and their severity will vary, and there is no way to predict how extreme painful symptoms may be or which symptoms a woman will experience during her cycle.
Medical marijuana has many medicinal benefits, which is exactly why 38 states have implemented their own medical marijuana programs. 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. THC is a powerful cannabinoid, and it has many wonderful healing properties, including the ability to lessen general discomfort.
As previously mentioned, symptoms of PMS can be extremely uncomfortable and, many times, even painful. One of the most painful symptoms for women during PMS is menstrual cramps.
Cannabis and Cramps
During her period, a woman’s uterine muscles contract in order to clean out her uterus. This process can cause irritation and cramping, and tends to be terribly uncomfortable.
There are many medications that claim to help alleviate painful cramps, but lots of women quickly develop an immunity to these medications, or sometimes they don’t work at all. It really just depends on who you ask.
Between 2 and 10% of women over the age of 25 have been diagnosed with endometriosis, a very painful disorder where the uterus tissue grows outside the uterus. That’s 190 million women.
During PMS, the tissue swells and scars, which can be especially painful. Periods can be particularly agonizing for women who have endometriosis, and there is no cure. It is also known to go undiagnosed for many years, as the average amount of time it takes for a diagnosis is 6 years. So, there are probably a lot more than 190 million women who have 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 during their periods. When heating pads aren’t cutting it, transdermal patches across the abdomen may also provide quick, natural pain relief for cramps and abdominal pain.
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 cannabis, and that was only within the first two hours of the study.
Menopause Symptoms & Cannabis
Entering menopause can mean a lot of change for many women, including changes to their bodies and mood. It can come with its own host of problems, including many uncomfortable symptoms that are similar to the ones associated with PMS.
Some of the most common symptoms of menopause might include hot flashes, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, slowed metabolism, insomnia, and so much more.
Medical marijuana can help with general sleep problems including the quality of sleep a person experiences and not being able to fall asleep. Try a hybrid or indica strain for a good night’s rest.
Hot flashes and night sweats are extremely common in women who are entering menopause, and THC can help with that too! A THC tincture 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 you can 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 Louisiana, you may have another condition that is on the state-determined list. The only way to know is to start the process.
Cannabis is a great alternative medicine option that offers natural, safe, and legal relief for an array of symptoms. If you think marijuana could help some of your symptoms, what are you waiting for?
Schedule an evaluation online today with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors to see if you qualify for your medical card. Not only will you discuss your condition and options, but you can do so through a virtual appointment in the safety of your own home!
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At Louisiana Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (833) 253-2943, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!