Marijuana & Women's Health
THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the cannabinoid that gives marijuana its psychoactive response, but we are only just beginning to understand the many benefits THC can provide, specifically when it comes to women’s health. It’s essential to understand how the compound interacts with your system and how to make the most of it. That’s especially true if you’re a woman who also happens to be new to marijuana.
So read on as we unpack some of the hidden facts about marijuana and women’s health, as well as some benefits women can explore when deciding to incorporate THC into their lifestyle.
Marijuana and Women
Sex-comparative studies have shown that woman react differently to the side affects of THC from men. That's mainly attributable to the hormonal differences between men and women, especially sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone.
Another reason women could have higher THC sensitivity than men is the hormonal and physiological changes that occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Studies have shown that drug sensitivity spikes during ovulation, due to peaked estrogen levels. Other studies suggest that women contain a higher number of endocannabinoids and more sensitive endocannabinoid receptors than men.
Marijuana and PMS
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) are conditions that affect a woman’s physical, mental, and behavioral health during specific days of the menstrual cycle. Symptoms can range from mild cramping, fatigue, and mood swings to depression, headache, and trouble sleeping.
Unfortunately, there are very limited studies regarding the use of marijuana for PMS. However, THC has already shown to increase feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, as well as help relieve muscle pain, reduce migraines, and improve sleep. The potential for marijuana to treat these symptoms can, as a whole, lead to an overall helpful aid to reduce PMS and PMDD.
Marijuana and Sex
Surveys have shown that more and more women are turning to marijuana to improve their overall sexual experiences, but, as with most efficacy statements around THC, there are very few studies that actually affirm potential benefits.
THC has been confirmed to dilate constricted blood vessels, increasing blood flow to all organs and potentially increasing libido. That ensures more nutrients and oxygenated blood flow to your sexual organs, which can lead to better sexual arousal and more intense orgasms. One study, however, found that women who use marijuana prior to sex reported “increases in sex drive, improvement in orgasm, decrease in pain,” including “2.13 higher odds of reporting satisfactory orgasms.”
Pain during intercourse is an issue many women experience, referred to as dyspareunia, which is a common symptom of vulvodynia. A 2020 research study found that women who reported a higher severity of symptoms are more likely to see pain relief during sexual intercourse when using cannabis.
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