How Marijuana Affects a Woman - In Body and Mind
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Until the 1930's, is was normal for American physicians to prescribe Marijuana to treat a wealth of women's issues. In fact, Marijuana was freely used for thousands of years, by most of the past great civilizations; China, India, Egypt, Rome, you name it.
“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS .... or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”
-- Dr. Joycelyn Elders, MD
Marijuana was Legal in the US
It seems criminal now, that Marijuana was removed from the Bible of Drugs - US Pharmacopeia - in the first place.
Previous to being banned in 1937, Hemp and Cannabis were widely used in America, with some of the original Hemp farmers being none other than Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Today, as Marijuana is experiencing revival across the world, physicians are pretty much recommending Marijuana to treat the same woman's conditions specified in official medical literature, way back in 1851. Medical Marijuana has gotten much better too. Over the past 30 years, new Pot varieties and extracts have been developed that are more effective and potent, than way back when.
Recommendation for Marijuana Use by the US Federal Government 1851
"Extract of hemp is a powerful sleep-producing drug , causing exhilaration, intoxication, delirium, hallucinations, and, in its subsequent action, drowsiness and stupor, with little effect upon the circulation.
It has been found to cause sleep, to stop spasms, to treat nervousness , and to relieve pain. The complaints in which it has been specially recommended are neuralgia, gout, rheumatism, tetanus, hydrophobia, epidemic cholera, convulsions, chorea, hysteria, mental depression, delirium tremens, insanity, and uterine hemorrhage."
-- The United States Dispensatory, 1851, (Paraphrase)
How the Music Died
Physicians and pharmacists as a whole, never actually lobbied against Medical Marijuana. Pot was made illegal by special interest groups, plain and simple. Basically, the Marijuana and Hemp industries got into a war with competing interests of cotton, oil and synthetic pharmaceuticals. Hemp clothing, oil and Marijuana would become illegal, replaced with good honest cotton Jeans, motor oil, chemical drugs and etc..
"I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled."
-- Sarah Palin
This Cotton-Oil-Pharma syndicate effectively lobbied Washington with huge bags of cash. They "worked" with the Feds and various "moral' organizations to demonize Pot and its users. Their campaign was completely successful, with Hemp and Marijuana being banned from the 1930's until recently. Marijuana was driven underground and resulted in the millions of arrests over the coming decades.
However, people power and common sense have lifted the dark cloud of "Reefer Madness" across the planet. Even the UN is considering policy that recommends decriminalization and legalization globally.
Pot and Your Body
There are now more than 29,000 medical papers published about Medical Marijuana in PubMed, the world's largest medical database. These Medical Institute reports attest to the multitude of benefits of MMJ. Medical Doctors from Japan to India to China to the States, and in between, now strongly support the use of Medical Cannabis over many traditional pharmaceuticals.
A Canadian study reported that 92 % of women who used Cannabis for morning sickness, found it “extremely effective” in relieving treating their conditions, and was especially good for cramping. There are more than 100 medical research reports that find that Medical Cannabis works well for Insomniacs.
How Medical Cannabis Works
Cannabinoids, medically active substances found in Medical Cannabis, work in a similar way to naturally existing chemicals in the human brain body. When your brain in short supply of certain biochemicals called endoCannabinoids, there is an imbalance in brain chemistry, which lies at the core of many disorders. When your nerves are attacking you with a vengeance, The main Cannabinoids - CBD and THC - can effectively shut down pain and Inflammation centers.
Medical Cannabis is known to alter emotions in ways that benefit many women. Cannabinoids tend to have a balancing effect on nerves which control mood and reduce self-harming behavioral "strategies", making it a godsend for people with eating disorders.
Basically Pot inhibits fear, obsessive and compulsive behavior. Marijuana lifts anorexics from their obsessions; being thin, bizarre diet, calorie counting, and being the perfect woman, ad nauseam, With Pot therapy, many anorexics start eating naturally again.
Marijuana, surprisingly, works to help in obesity as well. How? Anorexia challenged women stop obsessing about food every hour of the day, and eating behavior tends to normalize, with food coming to mind when the body actually needs it.
Pot's Negative Effects
Most people know that Pot temporarily affects coordination, time perception, and memory Sometimes these effects are for the better, but sometimes not. Cannabis can hinder the ability to pay attention to certain issues while other brain activity can be stimulated. Fear is typically reduced with creativity enhanced.
For example, while a musician's ability to speak might be impaired, at the same time, she might be so inspired to compose a magical song.
"I smoke a lot of pot when I write music."
-- Lady Gaga
Some types of Marijuana, known as "day weed" energize and help patrons to be creatively focused on tasks at hand. Other Cannabis strains, known as "night weed" are extremely relaxing and sedating, leaving the user glued to the couch for the evening.
However, other people actually get more anxious after smoking especially strong weed. The good news is there are new varieties of Medical Marijuana that do not get you too high, but still knock out headaches, pain and other maladies.
Depending on a person's genetics, a fraction of users feel temporarily schizophrenic and experience OMG hallucinations that scares the living hell out of them. These days, balanced strains with lower THC content (the psychoactive ingredient) and higher amounts of other beneficial ingredients (CBD) are available for those that cannot tolerate mind numbing wacky-tobaccy varieties.
"Sometimes, you can't focus, that's when you've smoked too much,"
-- MMJ User
Getting and Using Pot
The MMJ industry is definitely maturing. As consumers become more sophisticated, they are demanding a higher quality of product and professional medical advice.
"When I bought weed from a dispensary, I asked, What are the side effects? What's the correct dose? They were very unhelpful and blasé."
-- Carla Lowe, Founder of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana.
There is a growing body of Medical Doctors that have experience in Recommending MMJ and have the answers for patients about dosage, type of Marijuana Medicine, relating personal issues, symptoms and conditions.
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Further Reading - Women's Conditions & Marijuana