“Cannabis is Effective for Many Women’s Medical Issues” Say San Francisco Doctors

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Jun 21, 2007
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Many women come to Greenway Medical Marijuana Physician Evaluations seeking help with ailments that only or primarily affect women, such as eating disorders, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), mood swings and menopause. The San Francisco medical marijuana doctors at Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations know that properly administered medical marijuana can provide relief, and they are seeing an increase in female patients.

Women who have developed eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa may find relief in the use of certain medicinal cannabis strains that aid relaxation, alleviate anxiety and stimulate the appetite. The naturally occurring marijuana compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known for improving desire for food and thereby helping patients gain weight. Strains high in THC are more likely to stimulate the appetite.

For many women, monthly menstrual cycles include cramping, and they can also include nausea and backaches. Cannabis is prescribed for cancer patients specifically because it helps target pain and nausea, so it follows that it would also be a good herbal remedy for cramps. Medicinal marijuana also has many secondary, non-psychological effects on the body, including the relaxation of smooth muscles that may be causing the cramps. Indica strains would be beneficial both prior and during the cycle.

Menopause, and the period leading up to menopause, typically begins after 40 years of age. The usual symptoms that menopausal patients complain of are insomnia, irritability, headaches, night sweats, hot flashes, decreased libido, vaginal dryness and overall emotional instability. Many doctors prescribe drugs for these problems, which may or may not work effectively, and patients may suffer the risk of side effects from these drugs. Medicinal cannabis can alleviate many of these symptoms naturally. It is a great sedative and helps patients sleep through the night. Cannabis helps relax patients, and many strains of cannabis can increase female libido and enhance their sexual experiences.

Cannabidiol (CBD) may also increase bone density, which is important as osteoporosis is a major concern for post menopausal women. CBD rich strains are also minimally psychoactive and allow patients to remain fully functional during the day, but relaxed and clear-headed.

Other conditions that occur more often among women that may be relieved through cannabis use include migraine headaches, depression and fibromyalgia.


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