Cannabis is about more than getting high. Increasing numbers of women are managing menopause, menstruation, and more with the aid of this historically misunderstood plant.
There’s an explosion of women in Michigan discovering cannabis’ therapeutic benefits for the first time.
And while cannabis seems like a contemporary topic, women have linked the plant with femininity since the dawn of civilization. Women in ancient Mesopotamia were known to treat and relieve menopause, menstruation, and more with cannabis. Here’s why.
Cannabis cannabinoids interact with an essential regulatory bodily system called the ECS (endocannabinoid system).
The ECS is a receptor network located throughout our bodies (including women’s ovaries and uterus). It’s responsible for maintaining internal balance (homeostasis), and it’s a big part of what makes cannabis especially beneficial for women.
Keep reading to learn more about the potential benefits of cannabis to Michigan women.
Cannabis can improve your mental health.
We’ve all had a challenging year. Isolation, fear, and outrage have taken a toll.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 out of 5 women today suffer from a mental health condition.
Women have started to consume cannabis as a healthier alternative to anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. Studies show cannabis can effectively reduce depression, and it can also reduce anxiety. But microdosing is the key.
Women who consume a smaller amount of cannabis can reap its health benefits without getting high. You can safely and efficiently microdose with products like tinctures and edibles. Just remember to start low and go slow.
Cannabis can ease menstrual symptoms.
People have known about cannabis’ anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties for centuries. The Aztecs and Mayans used cannabis to calm uterine pains, and doctors prescribed cannabis to Queen Victoria for the same reason in the 1890s.
There’s a significant body of evidence surrounding cannabis’ pain-relieving properties, so it makes sense to include the plant in your monthly wellness toolkit.
We suggest that you take a cue from the ancients and consider microdosing cannabis the next time Mother Nature visits you. It’ll save you from the usual cramps and discomfort, and a little weed will give you an uplifting dopamine boost.
Cannabis can improve your skin.
Inflammation is the root cause of many skin issues. And CBD is a cannabinoid often recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties, so it makes sense that CBD is becoming increasingly popular in the world of beauty and skincare. Today, you can find CBD in body butter, lotions, bath bombs, soaps, and lip balms.
CBD binds to our skin’s receptors, clearing up blemishes, reducing acne, and relieving rosacea.
Also, a recent study found CBD can reduce sebum, an oily acne-causing substance. The natural fatty acids and antioxidants in CBD can also help provide moisturizing relief for dry skin and eczema, and it’s shown to help relieve psoriasis pain.
Cannabis can help with insomnia.
We’ve all had sleepless nights, and everyone knows how challenging it can be to function well the next day.
Sleep is vital for healthy immune and cognitive functions, and Americans don’t get enough of it. According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million Americans experience sleep disorders.
Fortunately, cannabis can help. The anti-anxiety properties of cannabis can help calm an overactive mind, and its analgesic properties can soothe a tense body.
Here’s something we want you to keep in mind the next time you’re looking for a natural sleep remedy. High-THC strains are exceptional sleep aids because THC is an excellent sleep inducer, and with CBD, it practically ensures a night of relaxing deep sleep. You’ll enjoy a restful sleep with products containing higher THC percentages and a ratio that includes CBD.
Cannabis can help ease menopause.
Each year, millions of women experience menopause, a natural decline in reproductive hormones when a woman reaches her 40s and 50. Menopause can bring a laundry list of woes like:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Skin problems
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
Many healthcare professionals recommend hormonal therapy to manage menopause symptoms, but cannabis is an excellent alternative. That’s why today, roughly one in four women report utilizing cannabis for menopausal symptoms.
We’ve already covered many common menopause symptoms, but we haven’t discussed what cannabis does for hot flashes, weight gain, and osteoporosis.
Cannabis can regulate and lower body temperatures through the ECS to cool down hot flashes and night sweats. Experts also closely link the ECS with estrogen because when estrogen plummets, endocannabinoids become deficient, and bone loss becomes an issue. Cannabis can reverse bone loss by stimulating bone growth, potentially signaling the prevention of osteoporosis.
Studies also show that people who consume cannabis have a much lower BMI (body mass index – aka fat) than nonconsumers, suggesting cannabis actually helps with weight loss (we realize this runs counter to prohibition-era stereotypes).
There’s a lot more to learn.
Federal prohibition still limits cannabis research, but there’s more than enough evidence to suggest cannabis is rich in benefits. And with increasing legalization, it’s only a matter of time before people fully recognize all the benefits of this historically misunderstood (and mistreated) plant.
Until then, be sure to consult a physician before starting a cannabis regimen. And when you’re ready, you can create your path to wellness at our Muskegon dispensary!