Endometriosis can afflict any woman of childbearing age, and finding relief from the associated pain can be just as trying as dealing with the discomfort itself. It is a common condition, where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (endometrium) is found in other parts of the body. CBD or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp, may provide endometriosis sufferers with all-natural relief. This is backed up by the real world, anecdotal evidence that is already showing the therapeutic value of CBD.
Treating Endometriosis with Cannabidiol (CBD)
Endometriosis can afflict any woman of childbearing age, and finding relief from the associated pain can be just as trying as dealing with the discomfort itself. CBD or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp, may provide endometriosis sufferers with all-natural relief.
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common condition that can afflict any woman of childbearing age.
Endometriosis is a common condition, where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (endometrium) is found in other parts of the body; it may be present in the fallopian tubes, ovaries and inside the stomach, and even inside or outside the bladder. It may affect anyone with a uterus of childbearing age, but is less common in those who have gone through menopause. Every month when hormones that lead you to shed the lining of your uterus as a period, those hormones also affects the buildup of endometrium, affecting other parts of the body and breaking down the extra lining which then has nowhere to go.
For those who suffer from endometriosis, finding relief from the associated pain can be just as trying as dealing with the uncomfort itself. Some few are lucky enough to bypass most of the symptoms of this illness, but many who suffer feel they must turn to hard pharmaceuticals, like opiates, hormone pills and contraceptives, to combat the intense and unrelenting pain that comes with endometriosis; and even then, some say it only softens the edge of their pain.
Symptoms Of Endometriosis
Endometriosis, it’s symptoms, and the pain that it causes can vary greatly from patient to patient.
Symptoms of endometriosis can vary in severity from case to the amount of deposits, or adhesions, has no correlation with the severity of pain. For instance, a woman with very few adhesions can suffer a great deal of pain while someone with many adhesions might never know they have the disease. With that in mind, here are a few of the many symptoms in which women with endometriosis suffer:
- Serious painful cramps during menstrual period, that becomes more chronic and severe over time.
- Chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis
- Painful intercourse, during or after sometimes resulting in bleeding.
- Pain in digestive and intestinal tract and bowels with diarrhea, constipation, bloating and nausea (often mistaken for IBS).
- Pain in the urinary tract, often mistaken for a UTI or bladder infection.
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
- Inability to get pregnant
- Fatigue, muscle weakness.
What Is Cannabidiol Or CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring constituent of industrial hemp (cannabis sativa) plants. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and is being medically reviewed for numerous potential uses. Most people have heard of a cannabinoid called THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. Unlike THC, CBD is used therapeutically and does not cause a high.
For more information on CBD, please refer to the article “What is Cannabidiol or CBD?“.
Treating Endometriosis with Cannabidiol (CBD)
In previous articles, such as “Chronic Pain, Pain Killers and the Cannabidiol (CBD) Solution“, we’ve discussed the pain reducing qualities of CBD. These qualities come into play again with endometriosis. However, for endometriosis, the therapeutic value of CBD doesn’t stop there.
CBD works to block pain receptors in the body through its affinity with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Cannabinoids such as CBD, which comes from the cannabis plant, attaches itself to cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, within the body and inform the body of what changes it need to make in order to enact homeostasis. So if your body is slightly off balance due to medication, illness or disease, like endometriosis, you made need a little extra help maintain this internal balance.
Endometriosis has been linked to endocannabinoid deficiency. This is seen in women with endometriosis, who are shown to have lower levels of the CB1 receptor in their endometrial tissue than those with healthy tissue. This reduced ECS function then leads to growth of endometriosis throughout the body, along with more pain. As endometriosis pain is mediated through the CB1 receptor, having fewer of these receptors makes it difficult for the body to control the pain from endometriosis.
CBD has been found to help those suffering from chronic forms of pain and inflammation. These two factors are major components of why endometriosis is so unbearable, so when you find a natural product that can help target both, you’re on a winning track!
Real CBD Results From An Endometriosis Patient
Jessie Fletcher suffers from endometriosis and was on a regime of painkillers for years. However, thanks to CBD, Jessie was able to quit ibuprofen.
I am currently experiencing an endometriosis flare-up. My right ovary has decided to remind me of its presence via throbbing, stabbing pains, and my uterus feels like it’s tearing apart. This is when my pain-relief weapons come into action, and cannabinoids take center stage.
I took strong painkillers for years, mainly high doses of ibuprofen. I knew I was playing with fire, since this type of anti-inflammatory can damage the lining of our stomachs. However, suffering chronically crippling pains, the only way I could hold a job and pay bills was through strong medication. Years have passed, and now my gut is a war zone. I have made changes in my diet, but also had to quit ibuprofen. That’s when cannabidiol (CBD) came into play.
It’s very good at reducing the intensity of pain. If like me, you experience severe levels of pain, CBD may not get rid of it completely, but it can provide a lot of relief. CBD is a superhero when it comes to migraines and anxiety.
While many people might not consider the prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like aspirin or ibuprofen to be dangerous, that just simply isn’t the case. In August 2017, the FDA outlined the fact that prolonged use of NSAIDs, increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. CBD is an all-natural option, that may work for you, without the associated risks of NSAIDs.
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Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.