Endometriosis is a gynecological disorder that affects over 11 percent of women between 15 and 44 in the United States. It usually occurs in women in their 30s and 40s and may lead to infertility. In some cases, it may increase the risks of certain cancers.
Endometriosis can cause painful periods, pelvic pain, back pain, leg pain, painful bowel movements, and pain during sex.
Marijuana has amazing pain-relieving properties and can help women suffering from endometriosis pain. But, how exactly does cannabis treatment work?
Medical Marijuana For Endometriosis Pain
Endometriosis is characterized by the growth of endometrium outside of the womb. The growth affects reproductive organs, thus resulting in pain, anxiety, depression, etc.
Women suffering from endometriosis may experience pain for years before the problem is actually diagnosed. Treatment strategies for endometriosis are focused on managing the symptoms.
Hormone therapy is a popular treatment for endometriosis. During the menstrual cycle, the increase or decrease of the hormones may lead to thickening and break down of the endometrial implants. The hormone therapy may slow the growth of the endometrium. However, it’s not a permanent solution, and patients may experience symptoms again after they stop taking the treatment.
Hormone therapy may lead to side-effects such as depression, acne, weight gain, etc.
In a report published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may play a role in endometriosis pain.
There’s scientific evidence that cannabinoids in marijuana can interact with the endocannabinoid system, thus fighting pain and other symptoms.
The main psychoactive cannabinoid THC activates CB1 receptors in the ECS, thus decreasing pain. While CBD blocks the activation of GPR 18 receptors, thus stopping the migration of endometriotic cells.
What about medications such as pain killers?
NSAIDs are often prescribed for endometriosis treatment. These medications inhibit COX-2, an enzyme that causes the production of prostaglandins, thus contributing to pain and inflammation. The problem using NSAIDs is that they also block COX-1, thus causing various gastrointestinal side-effects. However, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, and it blocks only COX-2.
How to Access Medical Marijuana Legally in Your State?
With more research showing the medicinal benefits of marijuana available, more states are legalizing it. Currently, cannabis is legal for medical purposes in 33 states. But, marijuana in any form is still illegal as per federal regulations.
In each cannabis legalized state, there are dispensaries available, which are licensed to deliver marijuana products to the patients who hold MMJ cards.
To get a medical marijuana card, you must be diagnosed by a condition listed in your state’s MMJ qualifying conditions. Your doctor will evaluate your condition by checking your medical history and current symptoms. If you are approved, you will get an MMJ card.
However, to buy CBD products, you don’t require any MMJ card. According to the Farm Bill of 2018, hemp-derived CBD products (that contain less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal. Thus, before buying CBD oil for pain, creams, gummies, etc. make sure you check the label carefully.
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