Cannabis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Published May 11, 2019 11:39 a.m. ET
What is PCOS? Will cannabis help my PCOS? Photo Credit Tijana Martin

PCOS, is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This affects women of child-bearing age. This syndrome is a hormonal disorder, too many male hormones and not enough female hormones. It can be very painful and can cause infertility.

Symptoms of PCOS

You may find you have difficulties in becoming pregnant. PCOS interferes with your ovulation cycle, and the result could be that it’s hard for you to conceive. Your ovaries can become enlarged causing pain and may contain structures that resemble little cysts. Other common symptoms include:

• Menstrual irregularities, very heavy periods or no menstrual periods
• Weight gain
• Oily skin
• Excessive hair on the face and your belly and upper thighs

There seems to be a relationship with smoking marijuana and the ovaries. Women who smoke or consume the herb in other ways regularly can experience an elevated rate of menstrual cycles, but their cycle may lack ovulation.

These symptoms and others appear to be caused by higher levels of androgens. Men produce higher levels of this hormone. Yes, women do need this male hormone, but in smaller doses. Women need estrogen, the female hormone, women who suffer from PCOS do not develop the estrogen in the levels needed to keep a healthy balance in their system.

Living with this syndrome can cause extreme depression and feelings of unworthiness. Not wanting to be in social gatherings because of their change in appearance, due to the weight gain and facial hair.

Conventional remedies and their side-effects

There are the conventional remedies for PCOS; these do however come with a side-effect. For the woman who does not want children a common drug prescribed is birth control medication. This medication will regulate your menstrual period, help in reducing those male androgens. This type of drug may help with your acne also. The major side-effect of this treatment is, no children.  Other conventional meds can include anti-androgens, these drugs must be taken with a contraception drug due to the problem of these types of drugs causing congenital disabilities.

Now let us look at what PCOS and weed can do for aiding in this syndrome. Often, women suffering from PCOS do have issues with depression, pain, relaxation and love of themselves. There know what the month is going to be like as far as body feelings, and it is not a bright outlook for many sufferers.

Living with PCOS can be debilitating at times. The beautiful marijuana plant will ease your pain and provide you with a brighter outlook to life, consume responsibly and enjoy!

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