Wellness with Weed: Women’s Health

Women’s Health with CBD & THC

Today we’re sharing some of the latest and greatest research on how CBD and THC are being used for women’s health. Our Pinterest Board has a collection of articles highlighting the benefits. We also recommend checking out this informative and compelling presentation for free: Celebrate Women of Cannabis: Focus on Women’s Health and Wellness with Jessica Peters.

fullsizeoutput_3f63Our dispensary is located in Montana where we have a medical program but aren’t legal on a recreational level yet. Our store sells a line of hemp-based CBD and essential-oil infused products by Therapeutic Naturals LLC. These products are legal for purchase not only here in Montana without a card but throughout the country. We have salves, tinctures, and edibles you can use to alleviate the symptoms highlighted below, or if you want to try THC-based products, give us a call to discuss becoming a patient of Herbaceous Inc. We are excited to help you understand the way our products are used for women’s health issues like cramps, back pain, GI distress, headaches, and mood swings.

Here are some highlights from the articles we’ve collected:

Over 75% of women experience some form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In fact, physical and emotional symptoms can start as many as one to two weeks before menstruation.

There’s no definitive proof yet—largely due to the federal government’s failure to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I drug and therefore limit the research available—but early studies, as well as firsthand accounts, suggest that medical marijuana can significantly abate a number of PMS symptoms.

Preclinical research suggests that the primary psychoactive in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a muscle relaxant. Back pain, breast tenderness, and generalized abdominal pain are extremely common for women around the globe.

Women can experience various types of headaches during PMS and menstruation, including “menstrual migraines”. For those who find themselves with a bad headache, cannabis might be there to help. A 2016 study found tested the effects of inhaled cannabis in migraine patients. The study, published in Pharmacotherapy, included 121 adult participants and was conducted between 2010 and 2014. While not related to a menstrual migraine specifically, the herb did reduce the number of monthly migraines from 10.4 to 4.6.

The days leading up to your period can be rough. This time frame is known as the luteal phase and the body changes quite a bit while preparing to shed uterine tissue. For those with PMS and PMDD, these hormonal shifts can cause some real emotional ups and downs. In preclinical studies, small doses of cannabis compounds have antidepressant effects. Studies on both THC and CBD’s effects on depressed moods suggest that ingesting the drug can boost serotonin levels in the body—your “feel-good” hormone—and mitigate these feelings substantially. And unlike antidepressants, which often take weeks to take effect (and are likely overkill if a person is only depressed during PMS), taking cannabis can improve your mood after just one dose.

While not the prettiest topic, many women with PMS and PMDD experience gastrointestinal distress while menstruating. Menstrual cramps are thought to contribute to a bad case of the runs, but other factors might lend a hand. As a muscle relaxant, cannabis eases muscle cramps. The plant is also a potent anti-inflammatory, which may be useful for those with other bowelconditions.

Whether you’re interested in topicals, tinctures for edibles or tea, smoking or vaping, the time to consider an alternative solution for cramps, headaches, PMS, and GI issues is upon us. Herbaceous Inc. and Therapeutic Naturals LLC are working together to help women explore their options. We’re preparing to launch Conquer; a line of products created specifically for women.

The Synergy of CBD & Coffee

Learngreenflower.com has a short & sweet article about the benefits and synergy of CBD with coffee. Here are some highlights.

CBD-infused coffee is stimulating without the edge. 

CBD may be helpful for balancing out the sometimes overly stimulating effects of caffeine. CBD is a potent anxiolytic. Caffeine can trigger the release of the hormone adrenaline in the body.  Adrenaline is what triggers the fight or flight response, promoting stress and anxiety. CBD, however, may counteract some of these effects. CBD-infused coffee is stimulating without the edge.

CBD and caffeine both interact with adenosine in the body. Adenosine is a calming neurotransmitter that helps the body determine when it’s time to stay awake and when you need more sleep. However, CBD and caffeine have opposite effects on this time clock chemical. Caffeine blocks the body from being able to feel the sedative effects of adenosine. With CBD, however, early research suggests that CBD may improve the body’s response to adenosine. It seemingly does this by increasing the amount of calming adenosine available for the body to use.

Herbaceous Inc. carries Therapeutic Naturals, a line of CBD and essential oil infused products made in Montana.
Herbaceous Inc. carries Therapeutic Naturals LLC, a line of CBD and therapeutic grade essential oil-infused products made in Montana.

CBD is energizing and boosts mood

Early research has shown that low-dose CBD seems to have an energizing effect. This means that you can feel stimulated and awake with less overall caffeine. A 2016 rodent study found that CBD treatment caused a rapid increase in serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter that is often regulated with antidepressants. Not to mention, CBD is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, which can be helpful for those with morning time tension in the muscles and joints.

Cranky in the morning? A cup of joe can help. Coffee also has some mood-lifting properties. A  2011 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who drank 3 cups of caffeinated coffee each day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression.

Combining the two seems like a great way to start the day.

CBD and caffeine are both potent antioxidants

Both coffee and CBD are superfoods. Several compounds in coffee, including caffeine, are powerful antioxidants. Coffee is considered the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western Diet. Antioxidants protect cells and DNA from damage, which supports healing and offers protection against aging.

CBD is also a powerful antioxidant. In fact, the U.S. Government owns a patent (US6630507 B1) on “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.” Cannabinoids like CBD are expected to be particularly helpful for recovery from major brain events like trauma or stroke.

One of the greatest things about the hemp-based CBD line from Therapeutic Naturals is that it’s legal anywhere in the US. Whether or not you are a Montana Medical Marijuana Patient, you can walk into our dispensary in Butte and select your favorite flavor or order online and we’ll ship your order to you.

We offer Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wild Orange and Flavorless varieties of CBD Tinctures.
We offer Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wild Orange & Flavorless flavors of CBD Tinctures.