Article by Rachel Garland, Green Flower
Are you or someone you love suffering from endometriosis?
It’s estimated that 1 in 10 women between the ages of 15 to 49 will be affected by endometriosis during their lifetime. This equates to around 176 million women worldwide.
Yet endometriosis remains one of the most misdiagnosed and least understood medical conditions.
Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis.
However, cannabis does offer hope as treatment.
In fact, a growing body of research suggests there is a profound link between cannabis and endometriosis.
That’s not all…
Cannabis also alleviates many of the most severe symptoms – all without the harsh side effects pharmaceuticals produce.
Discover 7 incredible facts about cannabis and endometriosis:
1.) Endometriosis is linked to endocannabinoid deficiency
Did you know there is a link between endometriosis and Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency?
What does this mean exactly?
Scientific evidence shows humans produce endocannabinoids naturally.
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 ECS is made up of countless receptors (called CB1 and CB2) throughout almost your entire body.
These receptors work in conjunction with compounds that your body produces naturally, called endocannabinoids.
Any type of dysfunction in the ECS, such as a deficiency in endocannabinoids, can lead to a wider range of possible health problems.
This is where cannabis comes in…
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.
And here’s where things get interesting:
Evidence indicates women who have endometriosis have fewer CB1 receptors in their endometrial tissue.
Why is this important?
Lower levels of CB1 receptors not only exacerbate the symptoms of endometriosis but can also cause the condition to spread.
While we certainly can’t make bold medical claims here, we can see there is a clear link between endometriosis and endocannabinoid deficiency.
2.) THC and CBD fight inflammation
Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease.
The condition is still not fully understood.
However, 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.
But that’s just part of the story…
Nonpsychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) also treats inflammation.
In fact, many scientists believe CBD may be a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than THC.
3.) Cannabis affects cell growth and death
Irregular cell growth is a hallmark characteristic of endometriosis.
The 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.
This is huge!
Cannabis may not only alleviate symptoms of endometriosis, it could also treat it.
In fact, the researchers concluded cannabinoids showed promising medical efficacy as a therapeutic approach.