Endometriosis kicked my butt for 15+ years. At least with CBD & THC, I can level the playing field.
From age 15-30, I only knew of one thing that could alleviate my endometriosis flareups and pain... Pain killers and birth control. My doctors constantly prescribed me oxycodone, percocet, and hydrocodone to manage my pain and a shot in the bum every 3 months to manage my crazy endo hormones. I learned early that these pills have side effects. Nausea, intestinal issues, kidney and liver problems, dizziness, and above all, addiction. Though I've never went as far to become addicted, I have heard the stories. None of them were particularly pleasant to listen to.
Taking pain killers for as long as I had, made me realize that it really wasn't making things better. As soon as the meds wore off, the pain would all come rushing back in all at once. It was an endless cycle that was hard to break when a pain-free moment is up for grabs. Regardless of how nauseous I knew I'd be, taking that pill meant less pain.
After my hysterectomy last year [yeah, I finally said it], I was optimistic that the pain I felt would be gone forever. Even though there is no cure for endometriosis, I wanted to have faith. Though the excruciating pain was over, it followed with monthly endometriosis cramping and pain that eventually could only be managed with pain meds. I seriously needed another way to deal with endo that was natural and caused less side affects.
For about 2 years, I have been hearing about CBD benefits. I was too scared to do it, but curious as to how it worked. It wasn't until one day I was scrolling Reddit and saw endo sisters opening up conversations about how CBD and THC was helping them through their pain.
After doing more research, I found that CBD and THC is basically designed for women with issues of the womb! Especially those with endometriosis. [Like me ;)]
There were a ton of benefits, but here are 3 that stood out to me the most:
It prevents endometrial cells from multiplying and migrating.
It helps with inflammation and swelling.
It starves the endometrial cells from what they need to survive.
My first go at CBD, I actually just walked into my local gas station. The store owner advertised it often. I had to make a choice between a topical treatment and Gummy Bears. I chose Gummy Bears. I got home, made myself comfortable, ate the recommended dose and waited for any "magic" to happen.
45 minutes later, it happened. No, I wasn't high [smh], but I noticed I wasn't in as much pain. The heaviness that I felt so often in my belly felt lighter and more bearable. That night, I surfed the internet for more CBD products. At that point, I became a believer.
Here's what happened in my body when I ate the CBD Gummy Bears:
Most women have an endocannabinoid system that consists of CB1 & CB2 receptors that reside in the uterus. This is how a 'normal' uterus functions. However, women with endometriosis have a CB1 deficiency. Medical cannabis is one of the best options to relieve pain by activating the CB1 receptors. Unlike pain killers and hormonal treatments, CBD & THC don't produce harsh side effects. Since trying CBD, I've tried topicals, tinctures, oils, and even herbals to manage my endo pain.
Knowing what I know now, I wonder when Georgia will catch up? There was a recent law passed that allows for person's with a "Low THC Oil" card to use and possess up to 20 fluid onces of THC, which is truly a step in the right direction. Sure, having access to THC oils may help, but the lot of us prefer different ways to consume our THC outside of vaping it.
As it pertains to endometriosis, the facts are all there. CBD & THC is alleviating pain for women with endometriosis everyday. With Georgia being so strict about cannabis laws and culture, I think the "Low THC Oil" cards are a sign up hope that Georgia laws could be advancing. [Just a tad bit, maybe?]