Medical Marijuana Research Overview of Menstrual Cramps

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Many women experience reoccurring menstrual cramps, known as dysmenorrhea, during their monthly periods. For some, especially those who suffer from endometriosis, these cramps can cause severe pain. Cannabis is known for its analgesic properties, and some studies have even show cannabinoids are helpful for the pain caused by endometriosis-related menstrual cramps. Research on cannabis and pain are substantial. Studies have found the cannabinoids in cannabis can lower pain levels, even for pain that had previously proven resistant to treatment options, through their interactions with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. In regards to menstrual pain, however, studies are few. That said, a few select studies have found cannabis can treat menstrual pain associated with endometriosis. Additionally, there studies have determined CB1 and CB2 receptors are present throughout many cells of the uterus, which suggests cannabis' analgesic effects could target menstrual discomfort. The CB1 receptor, specifically, can help manage dysmenorrhea-related pain.

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