PCOS is an acronym that stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This disorder affects approximately 1 in 15 women. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this illness which is why many women are utilizing cannabis for treating PCOS, instead.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a reproductive disorder that not only causes physical discomfort, but emotional pain like anxiety & depression, as well. This disorder causes metabolic issues (weight gain/loss,) fluctuation in hormone levels, and fertility problems. Symptoms of PCOS can also include hair loss, male-pattern hair growth, and acne.
How is it Commonly Treated?
There is no focused treatment for PCOS at the current time. Physicians will commonly treat specific symptoms of PCOS like infertility, acne, or obesity. Often times, a patient will be told to live a healthier lifestyle (diet and exercise.) If symptoms persist, medications will usually be prescribed.
One of the most common treatments is the use of combination birth control pills (containing Estrogen & Progestin). These are used to regulate hormone levels and reduce excess hair growth and acne.
Potential Side Effects
Combination birth control pills can produce a wide variety of negative side effects, including one or more of the following:
- Bleeding or spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Elevated blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Breast lumps
- Chest pain
- Difficulty speaking
- Blurred or double vision
- Loss of vision
- New or worsening headaches
- Severe allergic skin rash
- Leg pain or swelling
- Severe mood swings
- Two missed periods or signs of pregnancy
- Increased risk of blood clots in the legs
- Higher risk of heart attack or stroke (especially if you smoke)
- Liver disorder
- Gallbladder disease
With so many side effects, some of which are quite severe, it’s no surprise that PCOS patients are searching for other methods of relief.
Cannabis for Treating PCOS
Women who have used marijuana to treat their symptoms associated with PCOS have found great relief. Marijuana is less toxic (thus less dangerous) than other medications. It is also non habit-forming, meaning that you will not experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it.
Medical marijuana reduces stress, pain, and depression. It also improves appetite, treats insomnia, controls mood swings, and even eases cramps.
Common side effects of marijuana (THC) include dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired motor function, and although rare, paranoia.