Cannabis plants have been widely regarded for its medicinal benefits, as evidenced by medicinal marijuana legalization sweeping across the U.S. and the world. While cannabis and its various by-products such as cannabidiols (CBDs) provide extensive health benefits for all people, there are specific ways that it interacts with the female body.
Here is an overview of 5 ways that cannabis and women’s health go naturally together.
1 Menstrual Cramping Relief
One undeniable truth in the lives of women is that period cramps simply suck. Many women clamor to get any kind of relief they can. The cannabis industry has risen to recognize the needs of women’s pain relief during menstruation.
Thousands of women are suffering from dysmenorrhea (extreme cramping), and other debilitating conditions and diseases affecting their reproductive system. States are recognizing these conditions as medical conditions and thus allowing women’s health issues to be addressed through medical marijuana.
Specific brands such as Whoopi Goldberg’s brand Whoopi & Maya are creating cannabis-infused products that are specifically designed for the needs of women.
2 Eat it Raw
Unsmoked, raw marijuana leaves will not get you high. They need to go through the decarboxylation process, or be heated to a certain degree, in order for the THC to be activated.
Cannabis leaves themselves are full of amazing nutrients including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids as well as antioxidants, protein, and cannabinoids (CBDs), and this is why cannabis and especially CBD products have been lauded as a beneficial dietary product.
Many women add raw leaves or drops of CBD products to their morning smoothies, or will directly juice the leaves of cannabis.
3 Boost for Exercise
Everyone needs exercise to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. A recent report revealed that the THC that gets left in our systems after using marijuana provides us with beneficial effects for up to 28 days after marijuana ingestion, even weight loss.
Exercise can re-activate the THC in your body and it’ll grab onto the endocannabinoid system, the receptors that grab onto the THC, producing a high close to what runners describe as “runners high”. Your endocannabinoid system relies on energy boost, and the THC you use can keep on giving to provide this healthy boost to enhance your exercise.
4 Take the Edge off for PMS
Menstrual cramps aside, PMS, or pre-menstrual syndrome is a very real part of being a woman. PMS often reveals itself not only physically, but emotionally in terms of mood due to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle.
It’s widely supported that cannabis in small and regulated doses has antidepressant effects, which will help women to stabilize their moods during times where mood swings get to be a bit much.
Cannabis doctors will often point out that cannabis can significantly reduce the effects of menopause. Women going through menopause are apt to experience hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings, which can be difficult to deal with. Cannabis can provide relief from these tough symptoms – tell your mom!
Those who haven’t tried cannabis before and may be trying it later in life will likely be interested to hear about how they can use hemp-based and marijuana-based CBDs, as well as vaping as an alternative to smoking. The positive benefits of cannabis can never be underestimated for woman who is curious to understand the link between marijuana and health.