Australian Women Fight Endometriosis Pain with Cannabis
Approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis — an inflammatory and chronic condition that affects the female reproductive organs. It happens when tissue, which resembles the uterus tissue, is found outside the womb. It’s an extremely painful condition, which can also cause infertility and gastrointestinal problems.
About 1 in 10 women in Australia fight this problem with cannabis. So, how does cannabis help? The endocannabinoid system (ECS) balances chemicals and enzymes in our bodies. It spreads through all the organs, but mostly through the nervous and immune system and the female reproductive system. THC and CBD, chemical compounds that can be found in cannabis, connect and interact with ECS, as well as other receptors, and in this way help alleviate the pain.
There’s still not enough research on this topic, but one study claims that medicinal cannabis can not only help women with endometriosis pain but also help them reduce their intake of opioid painkillers. Research shows that women who experience high levels of endometriosis pain are more likely to use cannabis than women who suffer from mild pain. Additionally, women who take cannabis for this condition claim that they feel relief in other symptoms like nausea, depression, anxiety, sleep and gastrointestinal problems.
Australian doctors are allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis for these types of pains. The Authorised Prescriber Scheme and Special Access Scheme Category B have enabled Australians to legally use medicinal cannabis. However, the majority of the surveyed women actually smoked cannabis to battle the pain, which is not prescribed by doctors; meaning, it’s not obtained legally.
Further research is encouraged to determine the benefits of cannabis for this condition.