Women turn to the grass to treat dysmenorrhea
About 90% of women of reproductive age in the world suffer from dysmenorrhea (better known as menstrual cramps). It is a pain that precedes, accompanies or follows menstruation. According to a new survey, most women say they use cannabis to treat menstrual cramps and other types of gynecological pain.
A cross-line survey was broadcast via social media between October and December 2017 in Australia to endometriosis support and advocacy groups. Women had the right to respond to the survey if they had between 18 and 45, lived in Australia, and had a confirmed diagnosis of endometriosis. The questions in the survey focused on the different types of self medication used, symptom improvement or medication reduction and safety.
Four hundred and eighty-four valid responses were received. Self-management strategies, consisting of personal care or lifestyle choices, were very common (76%) in women with endometriosis. The most commonly used forms were heat (70%), rest (68%) and meditation or breathing exercises (47%). Cannabis, heat, hemp / CBD oil and dietary changes were the highest in terms of self-reported efficacy in reducing pain (mean efficacy of 7,6, 6,52, 6,33 and 6,39, respectively, on a scale of 10 points). Physical interventions such as yoga / pilates, stretching and exercise have been found to be less effective. Side effects were common, especially with alcohol (53,8%) and exercise (34,2%).
Women who use cannabis reported the highest self-perceived efficacy. Women with endometriosis have unique needs compared to women with primary dysmenorrhea and therefore, any self-management strategies, especially those of a physical nature, should be considered in light of the potential for "flare-ups".
Effective CBD for the treatment of menstrual pain
The use of cannabis for premenstrual syndrome dates back to the nineteenth century when Chinese women used it to treat premenstrual syndrome. For centuries, women have tried different remedies for relieve this pain, but in vain. Only recently have women started experimenting with CBD to relieve cramps and manage hormonal imbalance.
In gynecology, menstrual disorders account for more than 12% of the total number of emergency visits. The most common menstrual complaints are heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain with cramps.
80% of women experience significant menstrual cramps, from the lower abdomen but sometimes reaching the thighs, back and chest. There is no treatment other than taking ibuprofen, which for some people could mean six tablets a day for one week a month. A person on 10 feels pain so intense that it would be comparable to a heart attack. Regular intake of paracetamol or Advil may irritate the bowel, exacerbating bloating and indigestion, which aggravate menstrual pain.
Common emotional symptoms include mood swings, depression, sleeplessness, tantrums, feelings of overflow, and so on. While behavioral signs include: loss of mental focus, forgetfulness and feeling of tiredness.
researchers from Oregon Health & Science University interviewed more than 1000 women in the United States: 60% had used cannabis, including 36% to treat pain, depression and anxiety. This research OHSU led to new treatments for women seeking relief from heavy menstrual bleeding and other menstrual complications. Clinicians say urgent need for clinical trials
The results, presented at the annual conference of the American College of Gynecology, come as many states take years to wonder whether to add dysmenorrhea as a condition for which doctors could prescribe medical herb.
Nearly two-thirds of women who have never used cannabis (63%) said they would take this medication to relieve their menstrual pain or during the placement of a contraceptive implant.
Which States have approved cannabis for medical purposes for certain gynecological diseases
Although no state has approved medical cannabis for the treatment of menstrual cramps, North Dakota includes endometriosis as an eligible condition. In addition, all states with comprehensive legislation allow cannabis for the treatment of pain. Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia have approved cannabis for treating "chronic pain". The states of Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio and Vermont allow medicinal cannabis to treat "acute pain". The states of Arkansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia have approved cannabis for the treatment of "incurable pain."
The environmental aspects of menstrual hygiene provide an additional argument. The most commonly used health protection products are tampons and disposable towels. Each year, more than 6,5 billion pads and 13,5 billion sanitary napkins, plus their packaging, end up in landfills or sewer systems in the United States, and more than 170000 tampon applicators are collected in US coastal areas.