While there are many conditions that can affect women’s health, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a mysterious condition that can cause a variety of health complications, including infertility. Though PCOS is estimated to affect millions of women, its causes and treatment are still poorly understood. In many cases, it goes undiagnosed and the focus is on treating the hormonal issues separately, rather than the underlying issue.
Fortunately, cannabis has shown promise in treating the symptoms of PCOS and providing much-needed relief to sufferers.
What is PCOS?
Though not much is known about PCOS, we do know that it’s common in women of childbearing age. It is believed to be a result of an imbalance in reproductive hormones, leading to a surge of male hormones, androgens, and too few female hormones. This disrupts the natural production of progesterone and estrogen, leading to problems with women’s ovaries.
This imbalance can cause menstruation irregularities and enlarged ovaries, as well as a collection of fluid called immature ovarian follicles. Painful cysts are also common, along with a failure to release eggs during the normal menstrual cycle.
What Causes PCOS?
The medical community is unsure of the exact causes of PCOS, and it appears to affect women of any age and ethnicity. That said, researchers believe that genetic and environmental factors may play a role in patients developing the disorder.
A significant factor in the development of PCOS is insulin, the main anabolic hormone in the body. Women with PCOS tend to suffer from insulin resistance, which means the cells don’t respond to insulin as they should. This causes higher insulin levels in the blood than normal, which could lead to increased androgen production.
Symptoms of PCOS
There are many different symptoms for sufferers of PCOS, but here are some common indicators:
- Irregular menstrual cycles.
- Elevated levels of androgen.
- Ovarian cysts.
- Excessive face and body hair.
- Severe acne.
- Dark skin patches.
- Thickening of the uterine wall.
- Pelvic pain.
Without treatment, PCOS can lead to complications like endometrial cancer, uterine bleeding and severe liver inflammation.
Cannabis for PCOS
Though cannabis isn’t a cure for PCOS, it does offer hope for treating the symptoms. Plenty of evidence suggests that PCOS may arise from a dysfunction in the endocannabinoid system, which is stimulated naturally by cannabis.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that are similar to those secreted by our body’s own endocannabinoid system. There are a series of receptors in every physiological system, which works to achieve a state of homeostasis. Cannabis interacts with these endocannabinoids to elicit responses that bring the body back into balance.
With further research, cannabis can be developed into an effective treatment for PCOS, but for now, it can help in relieving the symptoms. Cannabis is effective in treating insulin resistance, obesity and hormone imbalances, which may help PCOS sufferers find relief.
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