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Studies Suggest A Lot Of Women In Menopause Use Cannabis To Relieve Painful Symptoms. What A Dope Solution!

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It doesn’t happen a lot but, sometimes, I actually end up sympathising with my brother. Yes, that is right, actual human feelings of resonating with my otherwise annoying brother, who I find the most difficult to see eye to eye with. Why, you ask? Only when I see him spend week after week after week, first dealing with my mood swings, then his girlfriends’, and then finally, the mood roller-coasters that our mom suffers through, now that she has hit menopause. Turns out, menopause isn’t like a switch and you turn it off and dust your hands of sanitary napkins. There’s hot flashes, insomnia and what not. . However, a study reveals, women have found their way around this problem, one that involves cannabis aka marijuana.

At the risk of getting flagged by the NCB that is actively scouring the deep ends of Bollywood to get to the bottom of an alleged drug cartel, a study conducted by a psychologist and health services researcher at San Francisco VA Health Care System, Carolyn Gibson, reveals that a growing number of women suffering from troubling symptoms of menopause and insomnia have been found using cannabis to treat themselves.

Out of the 232 women that participated in this study in Northern California by the Midlife Women Veterans Health Survey, with an average age of 55 years, more than half of them complained of suffering from night sweats, hot flashes and sleeping trouble and even genitourinary symptoms. Of them, almost 27% of the women were found breaking bad (pun intended) to manage their pain.

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On top of that, 10% women showed interest in experimenting with the use of cannabis in future to cure such aching symptoms. Carolyn Gibson,  the head researcher of  the study shared, “These findings suggest that cannabis use to manage menopause symptoms may be relatively common. However, we do not know whether cannabis use is safe or effective for menopause symptom management or whether women are discussing these decisions with their healthcare providers–particularly in the VA, where cannabis is considered an illegal substance under federal guidelines. This information is important for healthcare providers, and more research in this area is needed.”

It is true that medicinal marijuana is often used to cure a lot of health problems, but that it had deep roots in providing relief to women suffering from hormonal changes in their menopause is new,  and hopefully important information. The safety and warranty of using marijuana is still to be determined, but as of now what has been established is that women in California have made a swift jump from eating green to smoking green. Or maybe that is just what I am imagining it to be.

The study, ‘Cannabis use for menopause symptom management among midlife women veterans,’ is said to be presented during the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), which opens on September 28. Hopefully that will open a strong and interesting dialogue into this ‘stoned age’.

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