Cannabis use, which has long been considered taboo and criminalized in many parts of the world, is becoming more and more accepted and widespread. This is especially important for the many people who rely on its powerful healing properties for medicinal purposes.
Let’s get one thing straight. While conversations about cannabis come with a lot of political and social baggage and complications, ultimately it is about one plant – marijuana. A plant that, when used carefully, offers numerous benefits.
Cannabis helps many people in a variety of areas of life, particularly reproductive health care. There is records of people using cannabis or hemp to treat gynecological problems dating back to 2000 BC. In ancient Mesopotamia.
However, different people will of course react differently to it, just as they would with any other herbal medicine. Learning how to incorporate cannabis use into your reproductive health plan can help relieve cramps, treat pain from endometriosis and PCOS, enable mind-blowing sex, and much more!
Before we dive into how you can use cannabis to support your reproductive health, it’s important to understand how the plant’s various compounds interact with the human body.
The one that most people are familiar with is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, also known as the one that makes you feel high. As well as making a buzz, THC can help with anxiety, nausea, pain, and insomnia.
CBD or Cannabidiol has grown in popularity in recent years, and many people rely on it to help relieve inflammation, chronic and acute pain, anxiety, migraines, and mental disorders. It is usually not psychoactive, although some people may experience drowsiness and / or dizziness.
While both compounds are active in most cannabis and hemp strains, some are predominantly THC or CBD. Both compounds are typically consumed by smoking the flower of the plant or a concentrate, by ingesting a concentrated oil or tincture, or by vaporizing.
Companies like Foria even created intervaginal or anal CBD suppositories that can be used to treat symptoms of Vulvodynia, Endometriosis, menstrual cramps, painful sex, and more.
Reproductive disorders like Endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), come with severe pain that can affect a person’s daily life, especially around or during menstruation.
While many people have relied on cannabis to relieve the pain of endometriosis, this is new research shows that the plant can also help treat the root cause of these disorders. Cannabis and hemp have the potential to stop or prevent the process of Cell proliferation and migration.
THC has the ability to stop the increased number of endometrial cells that occurs in someone with endometriosis. While CBD can prevent these cells from migrating and attaching to other organs in the abdomen.
When CBD and THC are used together, they can be an effective remedy for a disease that is considered incurable. In addition to treating the body at the cellular level, CBD also helps with inflammation, a chronic event for someone with endometriosis.
PCOS is the result of an imbalance in sex hormones and can lead to irregular or absent periods, weight gain, fatigue, and much more. Cannabis can be incredibly helpful in treating the chronic pain and depression that can be associated with PCOS. Much like endometriosis, PCOS is an inflammatory disease and cannabis is naturally beneficial in regulating it.
People experience painful periods for a variety of reasons outside of endometriosis and PCOS. Often there is no cure as it is difficult to pinpoint the root of the problem. In these cases, cannabis and hemp can usually be incredibly useful in treating pain and discomfort.
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CBD and THC can both help relieve pain. Lost appetite? THC can help with this. Do you feel nauseous from these cramps? CBD is your friend. In addition, cannabis can also help with PMS anxiety or depressive symptoms.
One way to incorporate cannabis and hemp into your self-care routine without the risk of feeling high is to apply it topically. Topical CBD balm can be applied to the pelvic area, stomach, and back to relieve cramps and discomfort.
With the rise in cannabis use, companies have started creating incredibly innovative products like CBD lubricants. That’s right! More and more companies are doing Lubricant with CBD This can help relax the pelvic floor, relieve pain during sex, prevent irritation and, overall, make for an extremely comfortable experience.
For people who experience pain during sex, CBD lubricant provides the option to allow penetration when it was otherwise a source of anxiety. People with vaginas who have experienced trauma, be it sexual or from an injury, could use CBD to enjoy sex again – or for the first time. Talk about life changing!
Cannabis is fantastic when used medicinally, but it can also offer incredible benefits for your sex life when used recreationally. Thanks to its euphoric and uplifting effects, this wonderful flower can help you connect with your partner – or with yourself -, deepen your orgasms and stay present in your body!
Natasha’s passion for reproductive health began at the age of fourteen when she was present at the birth of her youngest sister. Her incredible experiences as a birthing doula gave her insights into the magical realm of childbirth, pregnancy and everything in between. Your role as an obstetrician is her way of serving as an activist. She uses writing as an important educational tool to bring about changes in our view of reproductive health as a whole.