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Almost 180 million women around the world suffer from endometriosis, and those who use cannabis to help treat the painful related symptoms rave about the relief they feel. Not only do experts cite anecdotal reports from women of less physical discomfort, but also better sleep, less painful sex and emotional respite.

Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue lining the uterus grows in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and pelvis and treatment for it is limited beyond over-the-counter pain medication, anti-inflammatories, sometimes hormone therapy and, worst-case scenario, surgery. Despite the encouraging self-reports, however, cannabis still isn’t considered a first line of defence or gynaecologists when it comes to writing prescriptions for patients.

Antuanette Gomez, founder and CEO of Pleasure Peaks, a women’s sexual health and cannabis line based in Toronto, suggests there simply isn’t enough medical research on the benefits women say cannabis has on sexual health and endometriosis.

“Despite the statistics showing one in 10 women have the condition, and that endometriosis was one of the most googled medical terms of 2018, there’s not much other than anecdotal research in the sexual health world when it comes to cannabis.”

Dr. Kevin Rod, a family physician with a focused practice in chronic pain, as well as medical director of the Toronto Poly Clinic, says medical cannabis doesn’t just help ease the symptoms of chronic pelvic pain (including nausea, painful periods and gastrointestinal issues), it allows doctors to treat the patient as a whole and improves several aspects of health and wellness.

“The inflammation and pain caused by endometriosis affects stress, irritability and the ability to relax, sleep, cope and self-manage,” Dr. Rod said. “In my experience, when cannabis is used appropriately, seven out of 10 patients report a significant improvement.”

Source: https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-health/cannabis-offers-promise-as-a-treatment-for-endometriosis-pain-and-other-symptoms

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