CBD Oil and Cannabis for Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Relief

person with endometriosis lifting up their shirt to reveal a scarred belly with heating pad burnsWhy are we talking about cannabis and CBD in relation to endometriosis?

Because a whopping 76% percent of people with endometriosis use self-care strategies to manage their pain and other symptoms. (Armour, et al., 2019).

If you know someone with endometriosis, you know that pelvic pain relief is always a priority.

Recent studies indicate that CBD and cannabis are powerful tools for combating endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain.

In a recent study out of Australia, women with endometriosis-related chronic pelvic pain reported that four self-care activities had the most positive effects on their pain:

“Cannabis, heat, hemp/CBD oil, and dietary changes were the most highly rated in terms of self-reported effectiveness in pain reduction (with mean effectiveness of 7.6, 6.52, 6.33, and 6.39, respectively, on a 10-point scale).” (Armour, et al., 2019)

Since people with endometriosis are using self-care strategies, we want to be sure to educate them on the most effective strategies to use any CBD or cannabis-related products, topicals, edibles, etc.

Even now in 2022 when 37 states have legalized cannabis in some form, CBD (cannabidiol), hemp, and cannabis production still exist in a legal gray area from a federal standpoint.

Our goal is to educate and support clients to understand what CBD, CBG, CBN, THC, or any of the other 100+ cannabinoids can benefit them.

Once you understand what you’re interested in trying, then it is our responsibility as integrative health coaches to make informed recommendations for our clients to purchase from skilled producers with integrity, third-party testing, and other standards in place.

An overwhelming share of U.S. adults (91%) believes either that marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use (60%) or that it should be legal for medical use only (31%). (Pew)

However, people are still confused about the difference between hemp, marijuana, and CBD. This is a common issue that is due to the legal gray area that the cannabis industry is stuck in right now while it remains federally illegal while 37 states have passed legislation legalizing cannabis in some form.

Struggling with complex endometriosis and pelvic pain? Looking for endometriosis health coaching? We’re enrolling now for the next session of The Outsmart Endometriosis Group Health Coaching Program. Start here today → Click here to learn more.

medical cross filled with cannabis leaves

Hemp, marijuana, and CBD are all related, but they differ in significant ways.

Cannabis vs Hemp? What’s the Difference? 

Hemp plants and marijuana plants are both the same species, and they are both technically cannabis plants.

Legally, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC, while marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC.

CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana plants.

That’s right, read that again. CBD, one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana.

Cannabinoids are defined as any of various naturally occurring, biologically active, chemical constituents (such as cannabidiol or cannabinol) of hemp or cannabis including some (such as THC) that possess psychoactive properties. There are over 100 cannabinoids in hemp and marijuana, with CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahyrdocannabinol) being the most widely recognized ones.

cannabis and cbd for endometriosis cannabinoid list

 

Another crucial component of why and how cannabis can help endometriosis is because humans have a pre- Endocannabinoid System.

The ECT is a recently discovered system considering how important it is for crucial and basic bodily functions, such as learning and memory, emotional processing, sleep, temperature control, pain control, inflammatory and immune responses, and eating. The ECS is currently at the center of renewed international research and drug development. (Harvard Health). 

functions of the endocannabinoids system and cbd

“The ECS comprises a vast network of chemical signals and cellular receptors that are densely packed throughout our brains and bodies.

The “cannabinoid” receptors in the brain — the CB1 receptors — outnumber many of the other receptor types on the brain.

They act like traffic cops to control the levels and activity of most of the other neurotransmitters.

This is how they regulate things: by immediate feedback, turning up or down the activity of whichever system needs to be adjusted, whether that is hunger, temperature, or alertness.

To stimulate these receptors, our bodies produce molecules called endocannabinoids, which have a structural similarity to molecules in the cannabis plant.

The first endocannabinoid that was discovered was named anandamide after the Sanskrit word ananda for bliss.

All of us have tiny cannabis-like molecules floating around in our brains.

The cannabis plant, which humans have been using for about 5,000 years, essentially works its effect by hijacking this ancient cellular machinery.”  (Grinspoon, Harvard Health)

Should you choose full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD products? 

CBD products are available as full spectrum or broad spectrum.

Full Spectrum products include ALL cannabinoids from the source plant, including a trace amount of THC. Full spectrum products are true, whole-plant medicine. 

On the other hand, Broad Spectrum products include all cannabinoids from the source plant EXCEPT for THC.

It is important to understand their difference, especially if you work somewhere that requires regular drug testing and you work for a company or live in a state where marijuana and THC are illegal.

cannabis cbd cannabinoids in full spectrum vs broad spectrum products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in learning more now that we’ve gone over the basics? I sat down with my colleague, Dr. Mary Clifton, an expert in the medical usage of CBD and cannabis, to learn more, listen to our interview below. 

 

I also spoke with top CBD researcher, Dr. Michael Lewis about CBD (cannabidiol)’s impact on head injuries, more specifically, concussions.

Click below to listen to us discuss the use of CBD oil in healing the brain from traumatic injuries.

CBD Oil Resources that are recommended by Dr. Lewis.

He is one of the top United States Military researchers on CBD (cannabidiol) oil and cannabis for traumatic injury.

And, since all pain signaling – acute and chronic – involves brain health, I highly recommend you also watch my conversation with Dr. Lewis.

 

Struggling with complex endometriosis and pelvic pain? Looking for endometriosis health coaching? We’re enrolling now for the next session of The Outsmart Endometriosis Group Health Coaching Program. Start here today → Click here to learn more.

Recommended Brands & Products

 

 

 

  • Mary’s Nutritionals (hemp-derived, available nationwide in US)
    • Transdermal pain patches, hemp-derived CBD only.

 

  • Mary’s Medicinals (marijuana-derived, available in specific states) 
    • Transdermal pain patches.

Reference:

Armour, M., Sinclair, J., Chalmers, K. J., & Smith, C. A. (2019). Self-management strategies amongst Australian women with endometriosis: a national online survey. BMC complementary and alternative medicine19(1), 17. doi:10.1186/s12906-019-2431-x

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-endocannabinoid-system-essential-and-mysterious-202108112569

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