While the scientific health benefits of marijuana are just starting to be fully studied, there are many signs that cannabis can help alleviate symptoms common with perimenopause.
The debate on the use of marijuana for medical purposes will likely go on for years. It seems, however, that more and more women are finding they can find relief from some of their menopause symptoms with cannabis products. It’s important to separate any preconceived notions you have in regards to using marijuana for medical purposes: Cannabis usage is becoming more mainstream as people learn they can get relief naturally from a wide range of medical issues in various medicinal marijuana forms.
Reduction in endocannbinoids signaling may be responsible for some of the negative symptoms we associate with menopause. Impact network's How Cannabis Helps Menopause offers an in-depth review on how cannabis can help and options for treatments to alleviate your perimenopause symptoms.
Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause but there has been no link to the use of marijuana and vaginal dryness, in fact the opposite effect may be the case. While it’s true you can develop a dry mouth when using cannabis since THC inhibits saliva production, Myth Busters! Let’s Talk About Cannabis and The Vagina from Green Flower points out it can actually increase vaginal lubrication in addition to heightening all phases of sexuality.
United Patents group answers How Does Cannabis Help Menopause? by explaining the relationship between menopause and our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (which maintains stability), and how marijuana can help with some of the more bothersome menopause symptoms.
The trailblazing of mainstream medical marijuana usage for women is already happening; Whoopi Goldberg has long been vocal about her use of marijuana for medical purposes and has recently launched Whoopi & Maya which provides medicinal cannabis products designed specifically to treat menstrual discomfort. Products to help with menopause symptoms seems like it would be the logical next step.
Menopause does not yet seem to be a medical condition that states accept for medical marijuana prescriptions, however if you live in a state that has legal recreational use you might want to try it out to see if it helps relieve any of your symptoms. Aside from smoking and vaping, ingesting marijuana can be done with cookies and candies as well as other food products, and there are non-psychoactive applications you can use such as oils, tinctures, and topicals.
Currently 25 states along with Washington DC have medical marijuana available to qualified residents. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 4 states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) plus the District of Columbia. Florida, Nevada, and Maine have it on the November 2016 ballot and California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont among others are pushing to also have ballot measures in the upcoming elections.
Have you tried marijuana to alleviate any of your perimenopause symptoms? If so, let us know what you did and how it worked for you so we can all make informed decisions based on actual experiences.