What is endometriosis?
Over 176 million women worldwide are affected by endometriosis, or a condition characterized by abnormal extrauterine growth of endometrial tissue. The most frequent symptoms are pain and cramping, fatigue, and irregular menstrual cycles. Some even experience painful sexual intercourse and infertility.
What causes endometriosis?
In Eastern Medicine traditions, to properly treat a condition one must know the root cause of it. Although the exact cause is still being debated, it has been widely speculated that environmental pollution is to blame for the abnormal growth. Studies focus on a toxin called dioxin, which is often found in polluted drinking water, trash burning sites, some types of clay, pesticides, and chemicals released during the process of industrial paper bleaching. Dioxins are extremely toxic and known to cause cancer, reproductive problems and hormonal imbalances. Research conducted by the United States Environmental Agency (EPA) has determined a strong connection between dioxins and endocannabinoid deficiency as well. Another study published by the Endometriosis Association looked at the effects of dioxin exposure in monkeys, and found that 79% of the monkeys developed endometriosis.
Can CBD help?
Although there hasn’t been any study that substantiated phytocannabinoids such as CBD can actually treat endometriosis, it has been suggested that CBD, as a well-established option for pain management, can be effective enough to improve the patients’ quality of life. In addition, CBD is a phytocannabinoid, which works naturally with the endocannabinoid system to bring balance.
A study from 2010 shows evidence of a connection between the endocannabinoid system and endometriosis. “We found that CB1 receptor agonists decrease, whereas CB1 receptor antagonists increase endometriosis-associated hyperalgesia (enhanced sensitivity to pain)”, researcher stated. They further suggest that the endocannabinoid system contributes to mechanisms underlying both the abnormal tissue growth and the pain associated with endometriosis, thereby suggesting new approach to treatment should include CBD. Another study from 2017 looked at various mechanisms such as nociceptive pain, inflammatory pain, neuropathic pain, and even the psychological effect of pain and endocannabinoid system. The authors of the study explained the importance of targeting the endocannabinoid system when treating endometriosis symptoms.
In conclusion, many have found it helpful to use CBD in managing pain associated with endometriosis. It is important to consult with your doctor or other medical professionals you trust to provide you with more information on this topic before using CBD as part of your treatment.
Start with micro-dosing with 500mg of CBD – at 0.25mg or a quarter dropper x 4 times a day which gives you 16mg of CBD a day.
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