Cannabis liberation gives us a greater understanding of its effects on the human condition, and so far the prognosis is fantastic. In addition to its recreational reputation, the cannabis plant is an effective healing agent that’s thought to prevent many ailments.
Modern studies are uncovering that marijuana is particularly good for women.
Obviously, all of humanity is created equally but it’s our hormones that set us apart from men – and sets us up for a few of life’s unpleasantries like PMS, morning sickness, and the dreaded menopause.
But, at the risk of sounding trite: Ganja’s got a cure for that. Cannabis can be used as a substitute for many of the pharmaceuticals manufactured to treat “women’s woes”. Check out the numerous ways in which women and weed make a perfect pair.
According to the Sleep Foundation, women tend to suffer from insomnia more than men and many of us are encouraged to find relief in pill form. Problem is, drugs like Ambien, for example, are proven to be rather harmful to women. We run a higher risk of next-morning impairment when taking even small doses of the stuff.
A nice indica joint tincture or edible, however, can help you get those precious 40 winks every night. Side effects may include euphoria, increased libido, or the munchies.
PMS & PMDD
A great many women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder bloating and/or severe cramps find relief in marijuana. Products like Moxie Meds and Full Moon Tincture harness the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving power of cannabis in liquid form. Check out Herb’s full list of cannabis products made with women in mind.
Menopause & Bone Loss
Three words none of us want to hear, but damnit, it’s inevitable. Dig what the Impact Network has to say about Mary Jane ’n’ Menopause:
“Bone loss is one of the major reasons doctors prescribe estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) but it is clear cannabis treatment can be an alternative for stopping bone loss and treating menopausal symptoms.
Cannabis, specifically the cannabinoids cannabigerol (CBG), cannabidiol (CBD), (CBC) and THCV, stimulate bone growth and may be able to prevent osteoporosis after menopause.”
Please note that:
“There are no clinical studies looking at cannabis use to aid menopausal or postmenopausal women, so dosage guidelines are still being developed. How you will use cannabis depends on what menopausal symptoms you are treating and whether you mind being slightly “stoned” from consuming cannabis or prefer non-psychoactive doses.”
In other words – there’s hope for the future!
Cannabis is a natural aphrodisiac.
It’s arguably one of the best side effects of the plant. It helps lower stress and inhibitions which for many modern women suffer from in spades.
Ganja provides us a natural cure in this vital area of release and sheer ecstasy. Products like Foria – a sensual enhancement oil – are designed to intensify the female erotic experience. But a good ole fashioned jay can work just as well.
Scientists state that the cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits aggressive breast cancer cells and we already know if helps relieve the accompanying pain and discomfort. Singer Olivia Newton-John recently attested to this fact. “My husband’s a plant medicine man so he grew cannabis and made tinctures for me for pain and inflammation,” she told The Daily Mirror.
The 68 year old performer and cancer survivor isn’t the first to use marijuana to aid in the fight for her life, but perhaps she’s one of the most high profile to do so. “It’s kind and compassionate. It’s what should be available for everybody to use,” she proclaimed.
Women who suffer moderate to sever morning sickness are often prescribed drugs like Reglan, Benadryl or droperidol (an antipsychotic) to ease nausea, but for those who have reservations about taking pharmaceuticals while pregnant, cannabis is an excellent substitute.
As with any substance ingested while expecting, research and a thorough discussion with a medical marijuana professional is highly recommended.
According to the Harvard Health blog, women are 2 1/2 times more likely to use antidepressants as men. Although they’re effective many of them come with some pretty heavy side effects. One study even linked child psychiatry disorders with antidepressant use during pregnancy.
A growing number of ganja users have reported success in supplementing, or outright replacing bud with antidepressants. A study by techno-delivery titan, Eaze, found that 78% of women decreased their antidepressant use in favor of cannabis while 28% percent completely replaced their prescriptions with bud.