Any female will tell you that menstrual cramps are no fun, whatsoever. Some women get them a lot worse than others, pushing them to seek relief. As medical marijuana has become less taboo, more and more people are finding it helpful for treating a vast number of symptoms. While it has not yet been proven, there’s no reason to not consider relieving menstrual cramps with medical marijuana.
What are Menstrual Cramps?
Menstrual cramps can occur right before and during a woman’s menstrual cycle, each month. These cramps can vary from mild to severe. Some lucky women rarely ever experience these painful cramps, while others suffer for days.
Menstrual cramps occur as the Uterus contracts to shed its lining. The majority of the pain that is felt is a result of the Uterus contracting too strongly, which causes it to cut off blood supply to the Uterine Muscles. Severe pain and cramps often cause a woman to experience secondary symptoms such as nausea, lethargy, and irritability.
How can Cannabis Help Relieve these Symptoms?
If you’re familiar with the effects of cannabis, you may already understand why medical marijuana could very possibly, be a viable treatment option. Cannabis reduces inflammation and alleviates pain through its direct interaction with the receptors in the brain. Some studies suggest that a combination of THC and CBD have the greatest effect on pain relief. You may consider using a Sativa & Indica Hybrid.
We also know that cannabis has been an effective treatment for nausea, especially cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation. It accomplishes this through its high concentration of antiemetic properties. Sativa (higher in THC) strains of marijuana can combat lethargy, by boosting one’s energy level. These strains also improve your mood, thus treating irritability.
Trial Forms of Treatment
The FDA, has yet to approve any of the forms of treatment for Menstrual Cramps. This is not to say that they aren’t effective, however. There are a number of cannabis infused products on the market that are meant to treat period pain, including: drinks, balms, bath soaks and tinctures.
Another new product on the market is a tampon-like vaginal suppository that is infused with cannabis. This product has received quite a bit of good feedback, even though it has not been approved by the FDA.
It’s important to note that smoking marijuana and consuming edibles (like the drinks mentioned above) can also be an effective way to treat period symptoms.
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If you have questions, we’ve got answers! Are you suffering from any of these period symptoms? On your next period, try relieving menstrual cramps with medical marijuana. You may very well find the relief you’ve been looking for!
Before we can go over the main benefits of CBD oil, we must first understand what it is in the first place. There are more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of the most well-known cannabinoids, the most popular being Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for short.
THC is known for offering many health benefits, especially it’s euphoric properties (the classic high-feeling). CBD offers many of the same benefits, without the psychoactive effects. This makes it safe and effective for people that require relief, but are not looking to experience a high.
Benefits of CBD Oil
This is by far, one of the most popular effects of CBD oil. It has been shown to interact with the pain receptors in the brain to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. An even greater benefit of CBD oil is that it doesn’t produce any of the nasty side effects that sometimes come along with opioids. People with all different illnesses experience relief with CBD oil. It’s often prescribed for people suffering from cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, gastrointestinal issues and many other diseases with painful symptoms.
Many studies have shown that CBD oil doesn’t just treat physical symptoms, but also mental health conditions. CBD has the ability to decrease stress and anxiety which is extremely beneficial to those who are suffering from PTSD, panic disorder, depression and even just general anxiety. Due to the sedating properties of CBD oil, it can also be used as an effective natural sleep aid.
Initial research indicates that CBD oil may have the ability to slow or even stop tumor growth in colon cancer and even leukemia. It may also be able to slow the spread of cervical cancer. It’s important to note that no human trials have yet been conducted so we cannot say for sure that CBD oil cures cancer. It is extremely promising, however!
Contains Anti-Seizure Properties
CBD oil can be quite helpful to patients that suffer from seizures as a result of epilepsy. One study conducted showed a 40% decrease in the number of seizures a patient experienced. There has also been some evidence to show that CBD oil can treat tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
A study was conducted on mice where one group was given CBD oil while the other group was not. 100% of the mice in the group that did not receive CBD oil tested positive for Diabetes while only 32% tested positive in the other group.
This list is far from exhaustive. There are many more benefits of CBD oil than just these five alone. We’re not saying it’s magic, we’re just saying it’s pretty darn close! If you suffer from any of the illnesses or symptoms mentioned above, you should consider CBD oil for yourself.
In this article, we’re going to compare and contrast, Alcohol Vs. Cannabis, to discover their similarities and differences. Alcohol and cannabis share the ability to alter a person’s mood and state of mind. Both of these things are also capable of affecting us physically, albeit in different ways.
While alcohol has been linked to approximately 88,000 deaths per year, it has been federally legal for quite some time. Most supporters of the legalization of medical marijuana would agree that cannabis is far less risky than alcohol, which begs the question… Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not?
There are many different types of alcohol (beer, wine, vodka, etc), however, they are all essentially made from sugar and yeast through a process called fermentation. More than 52% of Americans aged 12 or older consider themselves current alcohol users. 1 in 10 Americans aged 12 or older, have admitted to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.
Mental and Physical Effects
If you’re a healthy adult, having a drink every now and then is not going to hurt you. A glass of wine or a beer, can help you relax and even provide a boost in mood. With that being said, it doesn’t take much for those positive effects to turn negative.
Occasional and moderate drinkers can experience symptoms such as memory impairment or blacking out. This can cause he/she to engage in reckless activities, such as unprotected sex or driving under the influence. Moderate drinking can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer, violent confrontations, falls, drownings and car accidents.
Heavy drinkers are even more likely to experience the previously mentioned symptoms. They are also prone to brain damage, permanent memory loss, increased depression, anxiety & thoughts of suicide, difficulty sleeping, paranoia, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and gastrointestinal disorders.
It’s important to note that alcohol is much more likely to negatively interact with other medications. Alcohol has the ability to kill you if you drink too much, too fast. It can shut down your brain and other essential organs.
Cannabis comes in several different forms as well, all of which are made from the natural cannabis flower. Nearly 22% of American adults ( 55 million people) over the age of 18, claim that they currently use marijuana at least 1-2 times per year. 70% of Americans agree that cannabis is less risky than alcohol.
Mental and Physical Effects
The effects experienced after marijuana use, depend largely on the specific strain used. There are many reasons why marijuana is becoming more and more popular in the medical world. The benefits of this plant, far outweigh the risks. As you will see, the possible negative effects of marijuana are much less severe than the negative effects of alcohol.
Different Strains, Different Effects
There are two primary categories of cannabis: Sativa and Indica. Sativa typically contains higher concentrations of THC. THC is the component of marijuana that provides the ‘high’. Sativa is known for its effect on the mind. These strains promote increased energy, making them a great option for those partaking in physical activities. Sativa also promotes creativity and productivity.
Indica is commonly higher in CBD and lower in THC. This means they can provide benefits to people who are not looking to get high. These strains have more effect on the physical body by acting as a natural sleep aid due to their relaxing and sedating properties.
Compared to Alcohol
People that suffer from a variety of diseases, choose to use medical marijuana for a number of reasons. Cancer patients choose to use cannabis to increase their appetites, reduce their pain, and provide them with energy. People suffering from mood disorders and PTSD also use marijuana for pain relief and it’s mood boosting properties. Those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders experience relief through the use of medical marijuana. Have you noticed a pattern here? While Alcohol creates a lot of these same symptoms, cannabis is working to treat them.
While they are less severe, cannabis does come along with a few negative effects. These include short term memory loss, a decrease in attention span and focus, a slowed reaction time and lack of coordination. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. It’s important to note that people that are predisposed to high anxiety may experience paranoia or heightened anxiety, although this is quite rare. You may also develop dry mouth and red eyes, as well.
Answering the Question…
Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not? There are many different theories as to why this is the case.
Some people say that it’s just a matter of timing. They claim that if alcohol wasn’t currently legal under federal law, it would probably be just as hard to legalize it in this day and age. People were just more open to things like alcohol and tobacco back then.
Another theory is that the fed is ‘in bed’ with the big pharmaceutical companies. These companies would stand to lose billions of dollars if marijuana was to become federally legal.
The simplest explanation, and probably the most common is the ongoing belief that marijuana is a gateway drug. Most opponents of the legalization of marijuana will claim this to be true, although there are no scientific studies that prove this.
To be fair, there have been many more studies on the effects of alcohol than their have been for marijuana. Alcohol is much more accessible, to a wider range of people. This could explain, at least partially, why there are so many more alcohol related deaths in this country. This doesn’t change the fact, however, that marijuana has the ability to promote many more positive effects when compared to alcohol.
Whether or not cannabis will ever be legalized federally is still up in the air. Fortunately, all that truly matters is the fact that many states are legalizing medical marijuana. When it comes down to it, any American in need of relief should have the right to access marijuana as a viable medical treatment.
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from any of the illnesses or symptoms above, schedule your free consultation with one of our medical professionals, today! You can call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule online, or visit one of our 12 Florida locations.
Have you ever used medical marijuana before? If so, you probably know what to do and what not to do. However, if you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, you may have some questions and maybe a few concerns, as well. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Common Mistakes of New Cannabis Users to help you avoid making any of the same mistakes.
Taking the time to educate yourself (before using for the first time) is an extremely good idea. We highly recommend studying up on how to properly use cannabis, what to expect, possible side effects, etc. Check out more of our articles, on the blog! If you have specific questions, or are curious about how to get your Florida medical marijuana card, call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule a consultation online or stop in to one of our 12 Florida locations.
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Medical Marijuana
1. Too Much, Too Fast
One of the absolute biggest mistakes that new users make is eating or smoking too much cannabis, too fast. If you’re smoking/vaping, wait at least 10 minutes between hits. Edibles can take up to 2 hours to kick in. Many new users are under the impression that they haven’t used enough if they don’t feel the effects, immediately. This mistake can lead to paranoia, panic attacks and heightened anxiety. Your best bet is to try small doses and wait to see how it affects you before you consume some more.
2. Not Experimenting with Different Strains
Different strains will affect you differently. Some strains are higher in THC (euphoric, relaxing, pain reliever) and others have higher concentrations of CBD (anti-inflammatory, mood boosting, anti-psychotic). Using the wrong strain can turn you off to cannabis, forever. It’s important to speak with a knowledgeable professional that can help you choose the best strain for your symptoms.
3. Expecting ‘Magic’
While marijuana offers some ‘magical’ qualities, it is not really magic at all. Cannabis is excellent at treating symptoms but does not (typically) cure illnesses. In order to continue reaping the benefits of medical marijuana, you must utilize it consistently when experiencing symptoms. Again, if you’re not getting relief, consider trying a different strain or vary your dose.
4. Failing to Prepare for Potential Side Effects
Most of the time, you will not experience negative side effects unless you have taken an extremely large dose. With that being said, small side effects such as dry mouth, reddened eyes, dizziness, increased appetite and paranoia, can occur. If you’re a first time user, it’s best to use small doses, slowly. The first time you use medical marijuana should be in a place that you feel comfortable, like your own home. By acknowledging that you may experience some of these side effects, you will be more prepared and less likely to have a panic attack.
5. Improper Storage
Storing your cannabis correctly, can promote longevity and maintain its quality. If you are smoking or vaping your medical marijuana, you should keep it in an airtight (mason) jar. This will not only keep it from getting crushed, but also protect it from mold and humidity. It’s best to keep your bud in a cool, dark place, as exposure to light can degrade the plant and reduce its potency.