Women are much more likely to experience pelvic pain due to conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, miscarriages, UTI’s and menstrual cramps. But men can also suffer from painful inflammation of the prostate called, Chronic Prostatitis that affects the pelvic area and lower back. To treat pelvic pain, many resort to using over-the-counter medications containing ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin, all of which can cause liver damage, kidney damage, intestinal damage, ulcers and result in fatal overdosing if used frequently. We won’t even get into the harmful and addictive properties of opioid treatment for pain relief. But if you find yourself suffering from any form of pelvic pain, cannabis could be the miracle treatment you’ve been searching for.
The endocannabinoid system
The endocannabinoid system is an important internal regulation system within the human body that promotes optimal health and repair.
When cannabis is ingested, it mimics the properties of these endocannabinoids to assist in healing, pain relief, and inflammation reduction. Cannabinoids, THC, and CBD are highly effective for pain management.
Cannabis better than NSAIDS for Pelvic Pain
Studies have shown that cannabis is not only safer than NSAIDS, but can be much more effective. Doctor of Pharmacology, Phillip Leveque says
Inhaling marijuana fumes from a vaporizer gives relief in about five minutes. Not only that but marijuana is a much safer drug, with minor side effects, and no deaths ever in about 5000 years of use.
A 2014 study performed by researchers from the Canadian Urological Association Journal reported that cannabis use benefited participants who suffered from chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
Over half of the participants reported cannabis use, and approximately 61% of cannabis users reported improvement in symptoms as a result of use.
Of the cannabis users whose symptoms were improved, 57% of clinic participants and 63% of online participants reported that cannabis was ‘somewhat/very effective.’ A number of studies have also revealed that medical marijuana reduces the neuropathic pain associated with pelvic discomfort.
Additionally, cannabis is considered a pharmacological treatment for endometriosis and feminine cramping. Due to lack of research and medical literature on the effects that marijuana has on period pain, women have had to self-medicate with weed and have overwhelmingly been satisfied with its pain-relieving effects.
Just take a look at the industry’s growing feminine product market.
Weed to the Rescue
While smoking or vaping is the most common way to ingest cannabis, high-CBD topical applications like transdermal patches, ointments or oils might be the best way to treat localized pelvic pain.
Both CBD and THC have analgesic properties that relieve pain as well as anti-spasmodic properties to relax pelvic muscles.
Dr. Leveque continues,
Marijuana as an analgesic, has no peer. It can be used successfully and safely for the mildest pain as well as the most severe and debilitating pain. It is classified as a euphoric drug, making patients feel better. It is better and safer than any other drug.