Feb, 2017

PMS? Pelvic Pain? Maybe You Should Consider Cannabis

Late one night I lay in bed listening to Padma Lakshmi’s speak about her experience with Endometriosis. I was almost asleep when I remember her say, “I spent so much time in pain that I missed important parts of my life.” Something deep inside me awoke and told me to pay attention. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night.

Like Padma, approximately 1 in 10 women in the United States, or 176 million women worldwide, suffer from endometriosis. It wasn’t until I heard Padma explaining her symptoms, her pain, and her experience with the disease that I realized the pain I felt during my period was not normal.

Endometriosis is real, and while it affects most differently, it occurs when the endometrial cells, or uterine lining cells, exist outside of the uterus. As ABC news highlights, The cells can be found on the outside of the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries, or on surrounding organs in the abdomen such as the intestines, bladder or rectum. Each month, the endometrial cells act as they should, by swelling and thickening, then bleeding. However, since they are outside of the uterus, this leads to endometrial lesions, which worsen over time and can cause severe pain.

In an interview with Lenny Letter, Lakshmi explained, "What if I had been diagnosed at 20? Or 25, or 30, or shit, even 35? I didn't get help until I was 36. Think of all that time that I lost: times that I couldn't go on a second or third date; times when I missed jobs; times when I missed school exams, school dances, volleyball games, being present for my family, being present for my girlfriends, taking an extracurricular activity, being emotionally and physically OK. That's one week every single month for all those years. That's 25 percent of my life, and I could never get that time back. It made me angry.”

That’s what millions of women cope with every day. And it’s one of the reasons I rely on medical cannabis. If you experience exceptional pain during your period, or huge hormonal mood swings, we provide a few tips that may help you during that time of the month.

Beat Back Excruciating Pain:
Minor abdominal pain during your period is normal. Excruciating pain until you pass out? Not normal. While we each have a different pain threshold, consider how severe your pain is. If it’s difficult to manage and if you think about pain all day, consider using foria vaginal suppositories. Commonly referred to as a cannabis tampon, these products drastically minimized my pain caused by endometriosis. Within 20 minutes, I was able to go back to bed for the remainder of the night and have a productive morning. Something that would not been possible without the product.

Get a Restful Night Sleep:
If you’re like most women with endometriosis, it can be difficult to fall asleep because of the pain or because your body is so uncomfortable, you can’t find a spot where your body feels at ease. If you’re not interested in putting pot up into your vagina, than traditional smoking methods can quickly impact and reduce your pain. We recommend smoking or vaping a heavy indica like Fire OG or OG Space Dog, or you could try dabbing cannabis concentrates or vape pens. We find that smoking, vaping, or dabbing can have a pretty quick impact on unbearable pain making it easier to avoid tossing and turning all night.

Minimize the Swelling:
You can also help ease your pain and swelling by using topicals or bath soaks. The bath soak by xternal can provide you with relief and a nice relaxing atmosphere to help put you in a better mood. If you don’t have time to kick back in the bath with a good book, we find that Weeds Grow Wild Redwood + roses body salve comes on fairly quickly to reduce any swelling in the abdominal region. Plus, the soothing scent will de-stress anyone.

It’s incredibly painful to live with Endometriosis and the pain that comes along with having the disease can directly impact your overall quality of life. Finally, the National Institute of Health is looking into if the endocannabinoid system does, in fact, provide important relief for people living with Endometriosis.

If you think you’d benefit from these medicinal treatments for endometriosis, or if you suffer from chronic pain we may have a solution for you. As always, Green Soldiers Healers staff is just an email away and happy to answer any questions you may have about how to use this plant for medicinal purposes.

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