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!
In recent years, cannabis has proven to be quite an effective treatment tool for a plethora of different symptoms. People suffering from a variety of illnesses, including cancer, have found relief by using medical marijuana. Patients that have been diagnosed with cancer are typically prime candidates for the drug. Cannabis improves cancer treatment in a number of ways, but here are the top 10!
1. Pain Relief
One of the most common symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment is bone and nerve pain. This pain can be so severe that it can become debilitating. Cannabis has the ability to relieve these symptoms, much like prescription drugs can, but without the negative side effects. It accomplishes this by blocking the pain signals to the brain.
2. Reduces Nausea & Vomiting
Chemotherapy and radiation are especially tough on the body. One of the many side effects that this treatment causes is nausea and vomiting. Cannabis contains a high concentration of antiemetic properties, which are what make it so effective. Marijuana has helped thousands of people, so much so, that pharmaceutical companies created a synthetic medication that they could legally sell to cancer patients.
3. Stimulates Appetite
Along with treating nausea and vomiting, cannabis has also been quite effective at stimulating the appetite. Many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy & radiation struggle with malnutrition. Marijuana triggers the release of the hunger hormone, ghrelin and even makes the idea of eating more appealing!
4. Soothes Rash & Itching
Cannabinoids are a component of the cannabis leaf that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. This is particularly helpful in treating rashes and itchiness that cancer treatment often causes. In order to treat these specific symptoms, patients can consume cannabinoids orally, through inhalation and even topically.
5. Promotes Sleep
This is one of the most popular reasons that people choose to use marijuana. Indica strains tend to promote drowsiness. Even further, THC strains can help a person fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Some studies show that these strains will even keep you in a deeper sleep, helping the body recover and heal.
6. Fights Fatigue
It’s no secret that cancer & cancer treatment can make a person feel lethargic and exhausted. While some strains are great for those struggling with insomnia, other strains, like Sativas, are great for increasing energy. These strains, which are typically higher in CBD, act similar to a cup of coffee.
7. Boosts Positivity & Mood
Marijuana is specifically known for its ability to boost mood and promote feelings of positivity and euphoria. These feelings are commonly brought on by THC, however, CBD has also been shown to release serotonin (feel good chemical).
8. Reduces Gastrointestinal Inflammation
Many cancer patients experience bouts of diarrhea and constipation. This can be caused by either the treatment itself or even the prescribed medications. Cannabis has the ability to decrease inflammation in the gut and intestines which is a primary cause of the gastrointestinal issues.
9. Increases Libido
While cancer patients undergoing treatment may not be interested in sex, marijuana does contain aphrodisiacs. Cannabis eases pain, relaxes the muscles and decreases anxiety, in effect making it easier for the patient to ‘get in the mood’ to maintain and enjoy their intimate relationships.
10. Slows Tumor Growth
There is evidence that suggests THC and CBD have the ability to slow the spread of, and even kill, cancer cells all together. The anti-cancer properties in the cannabis leaf starve off the formation of blood vessels in tumors, essentially halting growth.
Are you a Florida resident that is also a cancer patient? Are you in need of relief from any of these symptoms? Schedule your free consultation, today! Call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule online or stop in to one of our 12 Florida locations.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had access to a medication that could treat a multitude of symptoms without any major negative side effects? Oh wait… we do! More and more Americans are finally gaining access to at least some form of medical marijuana. Truly understanding the major health benefits of medical marijuana can help even more people gain access to this wonder drug.
Often times, diseases and illnesses produce extremely painful symptoms. Cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment for people suffering from migraines, arthritis, sclerosis, PMS, injury, etc… Cannabis also has the ability to prevent and/or decrease opiate addiction. This is due to the fact that cannabis and opiates share many of the same benefits. It’s important to note, that when compared to opiates, cannabis carries a significantly lower risk.
Studies have shown that cannabis has the unique ability to slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Cannabidiol slows the spread of cancer cells by turning off specific genes that are involved in tumor growth. Cannabis is commonly used to stimulate the appetite of chemotherapy patients, as well. Cannabinoids have also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by helping to remove excess plaque from the brain.
Cannabis significantly combats the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, etc. It is a natural relaxant that can ease the symptoms of these disorders. As a result, smoking cannabis will boost mood, improve sleep and lessen the number of episodes that one may experience.
Marijuana treats symptoms of many different diseases. Cannabis can decrease pressure in the eye, hence relieving the symptoms of glaucoma. Medical marijuana has antispasmodic properties, which decrease symptoms of epilepsy, seizures and Parkinson’s diseases. As far as inflammatory bowel diseases go, cannabis can effectively treat several of the related symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Medical marijuana can also treat asthma by improving pulmonary function, over time.
Lastly, cannabis has the ability to calm a patient. Medical marijuana can effectively calm the symptoms of Tourette’s by slowing down the tics associated with the disease. It can also treat OCD by decreasing the obsessive neurological compulsions.
It is evident that marijuana is nothing short of a miracle drug. The major health benefits of medical marijuana are numerous. No medication to date has treated symptoms of such a vast array of diseases. Anyone who is suffering from any of the above illnesses should have access to medicinal marijuana.
If you’re a Florida resident in need of relief, schedule your evaluation today! You can call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule online or visit one of our 12 Florida locations. We look forward to speaking with you.
Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is extremely important for your health. According to the American Sleep Association, approximately 60 million people struggle with a sleeping disorder. Furthermore, 30 percent of Americans experience insomnia, 10 percent of which struggle with chronic insomnia. In the United States, nearly 9 million people take prescription sleep aid. Many of these medications come along with a number of negative side effects. In recent years, many people have begun using medical marijuana for insomnia and other sleeping disorders, as it is both effective and low risk.
Why and Who
One of the many benefits of marijuana is that it has the ability to restore the sleep cycle. Using medical marijuana before bed can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. People experiencing chronic pain, anxiety, stress and other related symptoms can really benefit from medical marijuana. Additionally, those who have been diagnosed with PTSD can also benefit from certain cannabis strains.
Choosing the Right Strain
When choosing a cannabis strain for sleeping disorders, you’ll want to choose one with a higher THC level. THC has been shown to help induce sleep. You will want to select Indica over Sativa. Indica contains more THC and will bring about heavier, sleepy effects due to the concentration of relaxing, sedating terpenes. Sativa will have the opposite effect by energizing you. THC has the unique ability to reduce the REM cycle, also known as our dream state. This means that it will reduce nightmares as well, which is why it will benefit those that suffer from PTSD.
Harvard physician, Dr. Jordan Tishler, recommends choosing a strain with less than 20% THC. He warns that consuming too much THC before bed can have adverse effects, leaving you anxious and even paranoid. Long term use also has the potential to impair the quality of your sleep. Dr. Tishler also noted that while edibles may help you stay asleep longer, they can also take much longer to kick in, leaving you feeling groggy in the morning. The effects of smoking usually last less than 4 hours while it can take the liver up to 12 hours to to process edibles.
Your Best Option
Your best option is to smoke an Indica strain that contains less than 20% THC, at least 1 hour before bedtime. Keep in mind that not all sleep aids work the same, including medical marijuana. Dr. Tishler says that choosing a strain should be like choosing a tea. Everyone is different and may require a different blend. You should experiment with different strains until you find one that works for you.
If you’re a Florida resident that suffers from any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact us today to set up your free consultation. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, Schedule your appointment ONLINE, or stop in to one of our 12 Florida locations. It’s time to get a good night’s rest!