Using cannabis to relieve endometriosis

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Menstrual cramps and related issues are being countered by cannabis consumption

Menstruation is more than just a few cramps for many women. Technically speaking, it’s the process of the body shedding endometrial tissue that builds up during the hormonal cycle and endometriosis is menstrual cramps multiplied by 100. In endometriosis, the tissue grows outside of the womb and isn’t able to be shed normally. In some cases, it grows around organs and can cause them to fuse together. The pain associated with it has been described as barbed wire wrapping itself around the guts, which, in addition to the pain, leads to blackouts, blurred vision, cases of the hives and, in some instances, surgery. Fortunately, there is relief through the consumption of cannabis.

A number of cannabis products targeting female health issues have already been developed and they are already finding a great deal of support from the female population. Anecdotal evidence supports the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and low-dose tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as effective alternatives, with some indicating that their consumption has resulted in surgery no longer being needed.

Science is unlocking how cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and can mitigate endometriosis, not just mask the symptoms. By targeting the N-Arachidonyl glycine receptor, or the GPR18 receptor, cannabis is able to prevent cells from migrating to areas in the body where they don’t belong, helping keep the entire human organism in proper working condition. It can also keep endometrial cells from multiplying, which is part of the reason surgery becomes a thing of the past.

Research is showing that much of what we know about illnesses, pain and inflammation, among other conditions, can be traced to the ECS and an improper balance of its functions. Science has already proven to help serve as a catalyst to rebalance the ECS, which is why CBD is able to be as effective as it is. Cannabis may not be able to cure everything, but it is definitely being shown to cure a lot of problems.