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Cannabis Brings Relief To Women Suffering From PMS And PMDD Symptoms

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Marijuana aids a plethora of medical conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Studies have shown that up to 85% of women suffer from at least one of the symptoms these disorders may bring.

In the 1800s, cannabis was a common medicine use to alleviate menstrual cramps, general pain and anxiety. It went out of fashion as marijuana use became regarded as a reckless option, though it has been phased back in as the legal and societal approval of medical marijuana use increases.

Treatments for PMS and PMDD typically include pain killers, muscle relaxants and anti-depressants. Pain killers can become addictive and do long-term damage to the liver and kidneys. Muscle relaxants have similar drawbacks. Anti-depressants (such as Prozac and Zoloft) take several days to start working, so relief is not in arm's reach. Even with the other pill options, pain killers and muscle relaxants take 40-60 minutes to kick in. Cannabis helps these symptoms immediately, much sooner than pain killers and muscle relaxants will begin to take effect. Additionally, cannabis is not physically addictive or as harmful to the human body.

These other options only address the pain of cramping, headaches and back aches. While the anti-depressant approach may help with the anxiety, it may not. Many women have to go through several different anti-depressants before finding the right one. Moreover, there is also insomnia that often accompanies these symptoms. Zolpidem (Ambien) is often prescribed to aid in sleeping. Why take three of four different pills?

Marijuana is an safer alternative that is not considered "alternative medicine". If smoking is not the most desired activity, vaporizing or eating might be a better fit. Though eating the drug may take longer to notice the expected effect, it typically lasts longer. This is usually seen as a plus in medicine under most circumstances.

For centuries, many have suffered from their natural cycles with little or no relief in sight. Years of seeking a cure-all or a safer alternative may have finally come to an end. There are not many reasons to look further than cannabis.

Source: Cannabis brings relief to women suffering from PMS and PMDD symptoms - Las Vegas Cannabis Revolution | Examiner.com
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