Endometriosis Gets Put Down by Cannabis
The pain of endometriosis can be debilitating at the time of menstruation; cannabis has a solution for that.
Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects 200 million women worldwide, with an estimated 1 in 10 (in the US) remaining undiagnosed. Pain that is specific to women tends to be under-represented in research. Endometriosis is no different, and as such, many women seek alternative treatments; cannabis has proven to be effective in treating the symptoms of endometriosis.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when the uterine lining grows outside the uterus, such as onto the ovaries, cervix, bladder, and any other pelvic organs. When the lining breaks down, during menstruation, that blood has nowhere to go, leading to severe pain, cysts, and infertility. Women also experience pain during intercourse and severe cramping. For some, the pain is as strong as if one were having a heart attack.
Endometriosis advocates urge medical experts to take women’s pain more seriously, and treat this as an issue deserving of research.
How is Endometriosis Treated?
Well, unfortunately, when research is lacking, so too are treatments. Many women face a litany of “try this” before being permitted the option of surgery. Some women, like Lena Dunham, end up having a hysterectomy after struggling with untreated endometriosis.
Doctors often prescribe opioid medications to relieve the pain. Many women end up going through a trial and error process to find the right one, sometimes never finding one that fully relieves their pain while still allowing them to function in their life. On top of this, they’re faced with seemingly endless side effects, all while battling the symptoms of their condition, and also facing possible addiction issues.
Opioids solve one problem (pain) by creating mass risk for another (addiction). With the opioid epidemic sweeping across North America, it’s no wonder that women are hesitating to resort to this medicine, even when over-the-counter pain killers can’t cut it.
How Does Cannabis Help?
Cannabis helps women return to a higher quality of life. CBD-rich strains, in particular, reduce the pain caused by endometriosis as CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, the key source of pain for endometriosis patients.
You can vape CBD flower, use medibles, take a tincture, or even use a full spectrum oil derived from a strain that is high in CBD.
If the pain is persistent, adding in a higher concentration of THC is recommended as CBD and THC have a synergistic effect on pain. Strains like ACDC, Ringo’s Gift, Stephen Hawking Kush, Canna-Tsu, and Harlequin are all high in CBD but also possess a nice ratio of THC (ideally 1:1).
If you are concerned about the side effects and addiction issues associated with opioids, or other treatments have not been effective, cannabis is a viable option. Visit a cannabis physician that can help you figure out which strain and method of consumption is right for you.