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Medical cannabis and menstrual pain

  • Menstrual pain is a condition suffered by a large part of women throughout their fertile life. The use of medical cannabis has a therapeutic effect that can help relieve the symptoms of dysmenorrhea.

    As we have already told you in previous articles on our blog, cannabis is a plant with numerous medicinal properties. For centuries it has been used in different cultures to treat different pathologies: skin diseases, rheumatism, and pains of all kinds. As dysmenorrhea is an inflammatory process, cannabis, and in particular cannabidiol (CBD) can help us relieve pain and other discomforts it causes.

    In fact, Queen Victoria of England took cannabis tincture by prescription of her doctor, since she had very painful menstruations. In the nineteenth century in the United States, you could buy syrup with cannabis "Dysmenine" formulated specifically for menstrual disorders.

    If you continue reading our article we will explain better how to take advantage of its therapeutic effects when you have menstruation.

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    What is dysmenorrhea?

    The menstrual cycle and its hormonal ups and downs are usually an annoying process for most women, however, for many, it becomes a really feared and hated period that even incapacitates them at work. When talking about dysmenorrhea is usually associated only with pain in the belly, however, this disorder includes other symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhea, pain in the head and lower back, dizziness, anxiety, nausea, weakening, vomiting, and even depression. It is therefore a condition that can really incapacitate the woman who suffers from it, thus conditioning her life on the days she menstruates, although it can also appear days before.

    Dysmenorrhea affects one-third of women of childbearing age and can be classified into two types depending on its severity:

    Primary dysmenorrhea: It occurs primarily in the younger female population and usually decreases with age or if you have a birth, but can last your entire fertile life. Women experience stronger uterine contractions. This is accompanied by intense pain in the lower belly that may appear days before bleeding.

    To improve the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea, a healthy diet, exercise, and analgesics, anti-inflammatories, or hormonal contraceptives are usually recommended. But keep in mind that these drugs should be prescribed by a professional as they have side effects to consider and may interact with other drugs.

    Secondary dysmenorrhea: It occurs in women over 30 who have children. This type is more serious and is the consequence of a pathology such as endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, or fibroids in the uterus. This disorder also manifests itself with pain in the lower abdomen, but it is much more intense than in primary dysmenorrhea.

    Secondary dysmenorrhea begins to give symptoms even a week before bleeding and can last the entire period. It is important to do a gynecological review since as we have explained it can be caused by a more serious disease that needs a medical evaluation and treatment and even surgery.

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    How to relieve menstrual pain with medical cannabis

    CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the cannabinoids that the cannabis plant has and that does not have any kind of psychoactive effect. Its use is totally safe so we can go to this cannabinoid to find relief from menstrual cramps. Among its many medicinal properties, we find some that are suitable for the symptoms of dysmenorrhea.

    Analgesic: Cannabis has been shown to be an effective analgesic and can eliminate the headache, lumbar and pelvic pain we suffer during those days.

    Antiinflammatory: During menstruation, we not only have swelling in the lower belly, we can also notice it in the breasts. Cannabidiol helps minimize inflammation and we will notice great relief.

    Antispasmodic: It is another of the qualities of this plant that we can take advantage of to reduce abdominal cramps that occur during menstruation.

    Relaxant: CBD is a substance that causes relaxation and natural sedation, and manages to reduce stress and anxiety. During menstruation hormonal changes can cause us problems falling asleep or increase our nervousness. The use of this organic compound a few days before will calm us down and beat insomnia.

    As you can see, cannabis and specifically CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural remedy to improve the symptoms of dysmenorrhea. Before taking it, as always, we recommend that you be evaluated by a gynecology professional who rules out that you suffer from any disease that causes these disorders.

    In the event that what you need to relieve these problems of menstruation are analgesics and anti-inflammatories you can consult if they interact with another medication. In the event that you have no problem taking it you can resort to cannabis. The best way to benefit from medical cannabis is in infusion or tinctures since smoking it can damage your lungs.

    Recently, in the United States, the Foria Wellness laboratory has created and tested cannabis tampons. Women who have participated in the trial have corroborated that cannabinoids decrease cramps and menstrual cramps. These products are completely organic, but more research is still needed to confirm their reliability. We hope that soon we can find them.

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