Medical Marijuana Influences Women in A Different Way Than Men


Medical marijuana has been used across the world to treat a variety of symptoms and ailments. It has been relieving patients suffering from PTSD to epilepsy to IBS [irritable bowel syndrome]. What exactly offers the relief? Do hormones inhibit relief impact?

In general, human body generates natural cannabinoids via endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining overall health. ECS is a network that is responsible for unique communication between body and brain that impacts crucial functions including feelings, reactions and movements. It has receptors that cannabinoids bond to and is broken down by the enzymes.

There are different systems in a human body that work in sync to maintain homeostasis or healthy balance. Cannabinoid receptors are present in other systems, so when imbalance gets detected then body naturally produces endocannabinoids, which interact with the receptors that stimulate a response and works in maintaining homeostasis again.

Some human bodies don’t produce sufficient endocannabinoids, which roots multiple ailments like fibromyalgia, migraines, IBS and many syndromes that resist treatment. Person with deficiency can supplement cannabinoids at this medical marijuana clinic. However, there is more research necessary that can open doors for several ways of treating different health issues.

How marijuana impacts women in a different way than men?

Impacts endocrine system

Endocrine system is connected with the ECS system. Endocrine system makes use of hormones to regulate and manage reproduction, energy levels, homeostasis, growth, and response to injury, trauma, and environmental factors. Endocrine system includes hypothalamus, pancreas, sex organs and glands [pineal, adrenal, and thyroid]. Glands play a vital role in sending and receiving signals for releasing hormones.

In general, women’s tolerance gets strongly influenced by cannabis product than men. Women have high tolerance to THC because it attaches to fat cells [is lipophilic]. Women have high fat percentage than male. It means high level of THC gets absorbed and stored in the fat cells instead of blending in the blood stream. Thus, the level of THC that provides the euphoric effect by attaching to brain receptor is low. Other reason is estrogen hormone that prevails more in women than men.

Impacts estrogen hormone

ECS affects the production of estrogen. During reproductive cycle the level of estrogen fluctuates. Estrogen can affect the absorption of cannabinoids in the body. CB1 receptors amount in the brain can fluctuate as they get influenced by the estrogen level. Anandamide strengthens the endocannbinoid system and estrogen is capable to increase its level. It means, whenever estrogen level is at peak, the THC effects are strong.

During women’s menstrual cycle endocannbinoid activity and CB1 receptor functions fluctuate. Anandamide level increases during follicular phase and gets high during ovulation. Research has revealed that ECS play a huge role in regulating menstrual cycle and fertility. The absorption of marijuana is different in female body depending on the amount of estrogen.

More research is necessary to understand the effect of marijuana on women’s hormone production and endocrine system. There are studies reporting that marijuana can be great for specific disorders caused due to hormone level fluctuations, nerve disorder and inflammation.

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