Did you know that women have been using cannabis as a natural way to relieve health ailments for hundreds years? Here are 7 ways cannabis has been and is currently benefiting women’s bodies:
1) Menstrual Cramps
Cannabis medicines were once so valuable that they were fit for queens. England’s Queen Victoria was famously prescribed indica tinctures to relieve her menstrual cramps in the late 1800s. Her physician, Sir J. Russel Reynolds, had a love of cannabis medicines for women’s health, this was then echoed by practitioners in ancient Chinese cultures.
Currently, many women consume cannabis for PMS relief. But, how does CBD or THC diminish your hormonal moodiness or PMS’s sometimes nauseating and debilitating pain? Put simply, your body already possesses a complex network of cannabinoids, called the Endocannabinoid System. This biological web of neurotransmitters and receptors regulates everything from fertility to your ability to feel pain. Since your body naturally produces and responds to cannabinoids of its own, THC and CBD can regulate your physiological and neurological responses.
2) Labour Pains
Many cultures around the globe used cannabis as a women’s aid during labor and pregnancy. Today, cannabis consumption during pregnancy remains one of the most controversial aspects of cannabis research and regulation. However, cannabis was viewed as one of the most powerful women’s medicines to help women throughout the childbirth process.
Following childbirth, mothers are turning to marijuana for help with postpartum depression. Many believe that cannabis is a natural alternative to potentially hazardous antidepressants and the risks to a child’s development when a mother with PPD doesn’t get treatment.
Women are more likely to suffer migraines than men. In fact, women are three times more likely to experience these excruciating headaches. Interestingly, cannabis was a “preferred” treatment for migraine and headache disorders in Western cultures until around 1942. Beginning in the 1940s, cannabis medicines were replaced with more modern pain treatments.
A 2016 study found tested the effects of inhaled cannabis in migraine patients.The study, published in Pharmacotherapy, included 121 adult participants and was conducted between 2010 and 2014. While not related to a menstural migraine specifically, the herb did reduce the number of monthly migraines from 10.4 to 4.6. A substantial difference, it seems.
4) Weight Management
Replacing your recreational alcohol consumption with cannabis could help you better manage your weight. Your body recognizes alcohol as a poison and has to focus entirely on processing that alcohol before it can process your food, resulting in your food often being stored as fat. On the other hand, cannabis can improve functions such as digestion, helping your body better process food. Not to mention that cannabis consumption methods such as vaping or smoking have zero calories, unlike alcoholic beverages which can have anywhere between 100 and 2,000 calories.
Unfortunately, women are nearly twice as likely to experience major depression than men. While this discrepancy is far from fair, it’s well-known that cannabis can boost mood and promote feelings of positive well-being. Our ancestors knew this as well, which is why cannabis was used to ease symptoms of depression in many ancient cultures.
Scientifically, cannabis can reduce anxiety and depression. It’s effectiveness ranges from assuaging anxiety and insomnia through microdosing to treating post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in clinical studies.
6) Improve Exercise
When the idea of daily exercise seems daunting, cannabis can be used as a motivation tool. (Running isn’t nearly as horrible with a little cannabis in your system.) An uplifting and energizing strain can help you get out of any mental ruts you’ve dug and allow you to push past limitations you’ve created for yourself, allowing you to get out of your head and focus on your body instead.
7) Rejuvenation Time
Studies have shown that everyone should take at least 20 minutes each day to do something revitalizing for themselves, whether that be a little yoga, journaling, drawing, reading, music, etc. But when the stress of life falls upon us, it can be easy to push this short time – which is technically only 1.3% of your day – to the wayside.
Cannabis can provide you with the mental space necessary to step back from your hectic day long enough to relax and enjoy yourself.