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.