It’s estimated that 10% of US women between 18 and 49 suffer from endometriosis. Currently, there is no cure – but cannabis is helping many women ease their discomfort!
Endo Equates to a Endocannabinoid Deficiency
Endocannabinoids are part of a larger system known as the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
The ECS is present in all humans and many animals.
The ECS explained:
Essentially, it is a signaling system in your body that regulates vital processes like mood, pain, sleep, appetite, immunity, memory and more.
The compounds in cannabis just happen to target the ECS perfectly, mimicking those molecules your body already produces naturally.
In other words, cannabis is a great supplement from nature for when your ECS goes haywire.
In fact, it was the study of cannabinoids that led to the discovery of the ECS in the late 1980s and early 90s, which is why the system was named after the plant.
Researchers now believe many diseases, including endometriosis, are associated with clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.
THC & CBD Fight Inflammation
Research shows inflammation has a significant impact on the development and progression of endometriosis.
As a matter of fact, excess inflammation leads to an increase in pain and cramping – two of the most debilitating symptoms of endometriosis.
Meanwhile, both THC and CBD possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
A study from the Journal of Biological Chemistry revealed THC modulates inflammatory responses in the body, helping to reduce inflammation.
Cannabis Helps Cell Growth!
he lining of the uterus, the endometrium, begins to grow in other parts of the body like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and along the pelvis.
This can be extremely painful. It can also lead to infertility issues.
Current research shows cannabis could have a profound impact.
A study in 2010 revealed cannabinoids had an anti-proliferative effect on endometrial tissue. Simply stated, cannabinoids stopped the spread of harmful endometrial tissue overgrowth.
Is cannabis the end-all, be-all solution for endometriosis? The studies are still out – but it does work. I know from first-hand experience!