Cannabis is the new medicine for menstrual pains

The number of Americans who suffer from chronic pain is approaching 80 million more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to the National Centers for Health Statistics.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, you may experience greater relief if your doctors add cannabinoids, the main ingredient in cannabis or medical marijuana, to an opiates ­only treatment.

A combined therapy of opiates and cannabis could result in reduced opiate dosages.

A Canadian research team found that medical marijuana users are more likely to have less- serious side effects like headache,nausea, sleepiness and dizziness, the research revealed.

"In terms of a side effect profile, we felt the drug had a reasonably good safety profile, if you compare those effects to other medications," said study lead author Dr. Mark Ware. He is director of clinical research for the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University Health Center in Montreal.

Although this study focused on the safety of medical marijuana, Ware reported that participants also appeared to experience some pain relief through their use of the drug. The researchers also saw improvements in mood and quality of life in the marijuana users.

History: In the nineteenth century. Drugs such as opium, cocaine, and marijuana, were not only legal and loosely regulated, but they often appeared as ingredients in both prescription and patent medication during that time. Drugs’ effectiveness as medication made them fairly common household objects, so it would be wrongheaded to apply today’s attitudes toward the use of these drugs History Channel documentary titled “Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way.”

One of the experts interviewed for this program asserted that Queen Victoria used marijuana to relieve menstrual cramps.

Female drug use in Victorian fiction and poetry. Ruling the British Empire from 1837­ to 1901, Queen Victoria was England’s longest ruling monarch. Victoria’s team of physicians would prescribe her marijuana for menstrual pains. Sir J. Russell Reynolds, physician to Queen Victoria, prescribed the queen cannabis to relieve her menstrual cramps. (“A Pharmacy of Her Own: Victorian Women and the Figure of the Opiate.”Kristina Aiken"/.)

Julia Wick wrote in 1890 about the history of medical marijuana in Europe. "When pure and administered carefully, cannabis is one of the most valuable medicines we possess," Different strains treat pain in a different way: How do you know which strains work best for which type of pain?

Despite the dearth of peer-­reviewed studies on menstrual cramps and cannabis, marijuana has been demonstrated to be effective in treating nausea and reducing pain associated with ailments ranging from cancer to Cronn’s disease. Many women who vaporize, smoke, or consume flower in edibles say it similarly offers relief from their debilitating monthly cramps. 

Simone Fischer at The Weed Blog says "indicas are well known for their effective relieving qualities often lacking in sativas," and are "much more effective" than sativas in treating cramps.

Recommendation: Some women that suffer from PMS pain and they don’t want to use cannabis because they are concerned that they could get anxious or worsen their symptoms, For those who want the relief, without the buzz, might want to use Pain relief & nerve calm – cream, Green Door West recommends Whoopi and Maya,  Foria Relief and Forest Nymph Botanicals for patients seeking relief of menstrual cramps and nausea.

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