Here's How Medical Cannabis is Revolutionizing Women's Health
By: Victoria Ann
Thanks to scientific breakthroughs in medical cannabis research, innovative treatments for female health issues are becoming available to the public. Women now have choices – alternative treatment options – that can help them where traditional medicine may have not.
The importance of this cannot be underestimated - Today’s women are more likely to have a chronic illness, more likely to act as a caregiver for a loved one, and make 80% of the healthcare decisions for their families according to The Department of Labor. So basically, when women are healthy, everybody wins. Let’s take a look at how cannabis is benefitting women's health.
Death to Cancer: Studies Show Cannabis Kills Breast Cancer Cells
With breast cancer being the leading cause of cancer death among women, medical cannabis could be a promising answer to a global burden. In 2014, the California Pacific Medical Research Group discovered that Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, is effective in preventing metastasis (tumor spread) in breast cancer cells by inhibiting the key genes involved. While this is a more recent study, similar findings go back to 1996.
Compared to treatments like chemotherapy, CBD has a very low toxicity profile. It can be especially beneficial when used alongside other cannabis compounds: thousands of people swear by Full Extract Cannabis Oil to treat their cancer, with some even claiming it keeps them cancer-free.
More Female Orgasms: Strains Designed for Her Pleasure
While cannabis has long been regarded as an aphrodisiac, there is now cannabis specifically designed to help women have mind-blowing sexual experiences. Enter 'Sexxpot', a low THC strain developed by Karyn Wagner to put women in a “sensual” head space while avoiding the type of high that can make it difficult to perform.
Cannabis consultant Eloise Theisen muses that “Women need less THC in general and high levels of it can promote antiestrogen activity… with the lower THC strains like Sexxpot, the body's endocannabinoid system can be triggered just enough to help bring back the balance of hormones without sacrificing the therapeutic properties.”
Menstrual Relief: Provided by Products like “Weed Tampons” and Whoopi Goldberg’s Line for Period Pain
When the cannabinoids THC and CBD are combined, they’ve shown to be incredibly healing for menstrual cramps and dysmenorrhea. THC acts as a pain reliever, reducing pain signaling, while CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, interacting with vital parts of the immune system, slowing down electrical signaling to muscles so they can relax.
Foria Pleasure recently launched the first ever vaginal suppositories, aka “weed tampons”, that work by activating cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region and affecting the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounded muscle tissue.
Meanwhile, legendary actress Whoopi Goldberg and Om Edibles founder Maya Elisabeth recently released an entire medical cannabis line just for menstrual relief called, aptly, Whoopi & Maya. Combining cannabinoid power with the power of other natural healing ingredients and superfoods, the product aims to provide relief through cannabis-infused lavender bath soaks, raw cacao, body balms, and tinctures.
With the legalization of medical marijuana getting the green light in more and more states across America, there are sure to be more strides in using this healing plant for women’s health. Watch this space.