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Cannabis for Complications of PCOS

Females of child-bearing age may find themselves with some mysterious concerns that are caused by an underlying health condition known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). There are multiple complications associated PCOS and the imbalance can lead to physical and psychological dysfunction(s).  Early indications include balding, irregular menstrual cycles and an increase in belly fat.

While PCOS might begin as an issue for adolescent females, it often leads to lifelong concerns for women who suffer with this troubling condition.  The symptoms typically surface during a female’s late teens or early 20’s. “Not all women with PCOS will have all of the symptoms, and each symptom can vary from mild to severe. Some women only experience menstrual problems or are unable to conceive, or both.”  While there aren’t any solid facts regarding the cause of PCOS, it is likely a disruptive hormone imbalance. Evidence shows that roughly 10% of pre-menopausal females suffer with POCS, excluding the other global population of approximately 70% who remain undiagnosed.

What are the symptoms of POCS?

  • Irregular menstrual cycle or the absence of it
  • Thinning or baldness of terminal/scalp hair
  • Excessive hair growth (hirsutism), typically appearing on the face, chest, back or buttocks
  • Weight gain
  • Oily skin/acne
  • Infertility due to irregular or lack of ovulation

As you can imagine, this troubling condition increases the risk of other serious concerns that may appear later in a woman’s life.

What are the complications associated with PCOS?

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Psychological Concerns
  • High blood pressure/cholesterol can lead to stroke or heart disease
  • Obesity leading to sleep apnea and other problems
  • Endometrial cancer

An organic way to gain relief from many of the symptoms associated with PCOS may be found with medical marijuana.  Research on cannabis shows that the herbal medicinal can have a beneficial impact on metabolic disorders, such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  Medical marijuana is a plant that contains chemical-compounds called cannabinoids, which interact with our body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS). This organic system regulates many functions including appetite, metabolism and inflammation, all symptoms associated with PCOS.  “Management of insulin resistance alone is effective in preventing many cardiometabolic diseases including obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, whole-body inflammation, metabolic and cardiovascular disorders.”

“PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility due to anovulation in women. The disease is characterized by … signs of hyperandrogenism and presence of polycystic ovaries. It is important to underlie that cardinal features of PCOS such as insulin resistance, androgen hypersecretion and obesity might be influenced by the endocannabinoid system.”

The powerful healing compounds that work synergistically with the ECS are found in hemp-derived medicinal cannabis and include cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG and CBN.  For example, live resin tinctures are being produced to offer all of the benefits of the medical marijuana plant.  Patients like Tiffany G.. believe in the multitude of healing properties.  “Remarkable for medical. Unexpected first aid kit need,” she expressed enthusiastically.  Evidence suggests that, “the evaluation of chemical compounds acting on the endocannabinoid system will pave the way to develop alternative pharmacological strategies for… dealing with diseases of the female reproductive system.”

Currently there is no known cure for PCOS, but with mindfulness and a multifaceted approach, the symptoms can be managed and medical marijuana could be used as a frontline treatment.

Which PCOS symptoms could be relieved with medical marijuana?

  • Psychological Concerns
  • Weight Management
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia associated with sleep apnea
  • Chronic pain and Inflammation
  • Complications associated with cancer

Legalized medical marijuana products are readily available for patients who choose healthy alternative medications.

Author: Mary Ann Merriman

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