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5 Benefits of Cannabis to Female Health Issues

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Benefits of Cannabis to Female Health Issues

5 Benefits of Cannabis to Female Health Issues

The legal use of cannabis has long been a much-debated issue throughout America. However, in 2017 about 64 percent of Americans backed its legalization, which is a record high since 1969. This overwhelming number implies that Americans truly support the safe and legal use of cannabis.

Women, in particular, are now supporting cannabis legalization as much as men are since these past few years. Although gender is hardly an issue, it’s not hard to decipher why there is such a trend. It turns out that marijuana addresses women-specific health concerns and provides promising health benefits, which range from reproductive health to general mindfulness. 

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Alleviates PMS Symptoms

One of the reasons women smoke pot is to alleviate the horrific symptoms and discomfort that come with their menstrual cycle. Period cramps can vary from woman to woman, and it can be worse for some, which is why any means to relieve it is welcome.

Fortunately, a cannabis compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been associated with alleviating nausea, headaches, and other symptoms related to premenstrual pain. Smoking pot can serve as a natural alternative to prescription medication, which greatly helps the 10 percent of women who get debilitating dysmenorrhea during their periods.

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Improves Reproductive Health

Since cannabinoids, the active ingredients found in cannabis, work closely with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a significant role in the ovaries and uterus, marijuana has been linked to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle and even improve how one feels in every stage of the cycle. This explains marijuana’s ability to alleviate premenstrual symptoms.

Aside from this, marijuana also plays an important role during the onset of menopause among women, relieving night sweats, hot flashes, and other discomforts that are caused by changes in the body during this stage.

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Gets Rid of Anxiety

Passing an upcoming drug test may be required by some companies when hiring employees, yet they fail to realize how cannabis use has significantly helped women with regard to mental health. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, women are more likely to acquire generalized anxiety disorder than men will, so it’s no wonder they turn to a more accessible and seemingly effective alternative to counter it.

Studies have shown that women use cannabis because they want to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and tension. This is also backed by a Vanderbilt University 2014 study that identifies cannabinoid receptors in the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that regulates one’s anxiety. 

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Cures Insomnia

Insomnia is known to be a particularly common problem among women as compared to men, which is why a significant number of them turn to smoke weed to catch some well-deserved sleep. Taking a few puffs before bedtime has been known to benefit many women who have trouble sleeping and staying asleep. Not only does it alleviate anxiety, depression, and chronic insomnia, but smoking cannabis also prevents one to resort to prescription medication that can be damaging to one’s health in the long run. 

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Enhances Sexual Experience

According to sex therapist Ian Kerner, smoking pot has aphrodisiac effects that have been closely linked to the fact that marijuana decreases anxiety and, therefore, lowers inhibitions, urging women to go over their limits during sex. In the female brain, the parts that show high anxiety and stress deactivate during arousal or orgasm, and this process is enhanced when one smokes marijuana.

There’s also some scientific basis linked to the heightened strength of orgasm with the use of marijuana. Couples who smoke pot before sex tend to relax and slow down, allowing more time for vasocongestion or blood flowing to the genitals as well as for muscular tension. So couples feel more relaxed, comfortable, and sexy, which enhances the quality of orgasm. 

Other Considerations

Because workplace policies still apply restrictions on marijuana use, many women use detox products to pass a drug test and land a job. However, granting the numerous benefits that marijuana brings to the table for both women and men, it won’t be long until a more relaxed policy is in place.

A word of caution, though. Human bodies respond differently to marijuana (or any kind of substance, for that matter), and one’s medical history may influence or have an effect on how marijuana interacts with other medicines one is taking. Always consult a doctor first for further education and information. Do not self-medicate.

Stacey Chillemi

editor@thecompleteherbalguide.com

I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at staceychillemi.com. I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.