Congress declared January as Cervical Health Awareness Month as a method of raising literacy on the various health issues facing women. MyCannX is interested to share in this exploration of cervical health by exploring the ways that cannabis and cervical health, and cervical cancer, have been linked in the cannabis community discourse.
Cervical Health and Cervical Cancer
January became Cervical Health Awareness Month due to the fact that nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and nearly 4,000 women will die from this devastating disease.
Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women worldwide and is usually diagnosed between the age of 35 and 55 years of age. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is found to be within 99% of cases of diagnosed cervical cancers (but not all women with HPV develop cervical cancer), recognizing the importance of sexual health and prevention.
Perhaps different from other cancers, cervical cancer is thought to be a disease that develops over time, giving women opportunities to intervene to slow the development of the disease and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
The Link Between Cannabis and Cervical Cancer
MyCannX helps people explore the medicinal benefits of cannabis for the often-harsh side effects of going through cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. We recognize the existing body of research that points to cannabis as providing anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, and in some-cases anti-tumor properties that are causing people to wonder why cannabis hasn’t always been the answer to tackling the epidemic of cancer.
While we wait for more research to emerge that supports the often-reported miraculous effects cannabis is having on the actual disease itself, stories are emerging that support how cannabis could seriously affect cancer’s place within health care. Cervical cancer, in particular, is taking its place among the medicinal cannabis discourse as evidence builds that cannabis may inhibit cervical cancer cell growth.
Last year scientists at North-West University in South Africa used in vitro methods to test the efficacy of CBD (cannabidiol) in killing cervical cancer cells. It was observed that that CBD induced a process called apoptosis, where cancer cells literally kill themselves.
This study is extremely promising in terms of the ways we see the potential for cannabis to treat cancer, yet we must continue to replicate these findings so to grow the body of research surrounding cannabis and cervical cancer.
Other Ways Cannabis is Affecting Women’s Health
There has been a strong emergent movement in support of raising awareness to all the ways cannabis can benefit women’s health. Here are a few important ways that cannabis is proving to be a perfect pairing for a woman’s unique body:
· Providing relief for reproductive pain. Most women will be able to share their account of menstrual pain and cramping, but many women are also suffering from chronic pain conditions. One common condition is dysmenorrhea which manifests with extreme cramping. Other debilitating conditions and diseases affecting their reproductive system include endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which causes extreme pain. Cannabis can provide pain relief by working with the endocannabinoid system to interrupt the pain signals to the brain.
· Taking the edge off in menopause. Middle-aged women will be able to find relief through cannabis for symptoms of menopause. Women going through menopause can experience hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings, which can bring severe discomfort for the menopausal woman.
· Using cannabis as a nutritional supplement. Cannabis leaves contain so many essential nutrients including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that can provide an extra boost to a woman’s diet. When you place cannabis leaves (decarboxylated) into your diet, you experience the overall health benefits of antioxidants, protein, and cannabinoid (CBD). Why not juice it, or toss some into your morning smoothie?
Talk to your cannabis doctor, and learn more about how cannabis is providing women with a slew of health benefits for overall health. Discuss your particular stage in life and the ways that your reproductive health is affecting your overall well-being. Consider the ways that you can bring cannabis into your daily lifestyle as a health supplement while exploring the various ways that the cannabis plant is promoting women’s health.
What Can You Do for Cervical Health Awareness Month
Congress declares certain months as awareness months in an effort to spread the word about prevention and early detection of diseases that can be treated and prevented.
What can you do in honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month? MyCannX offers a few tips:
· Talk to your doctor about scheduling a Pap Test (also known as a Pap Smear) to be able to screen for the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells on the cervix;
· Discuss HPV and how you or your young daughter can take steps towards prevention through vaccinations;
· Talk to your doctor about the emergent discourse on cannabis and cervical health and share what you’ve learned;
· Consider getting your cannabis card within your state to explore how you can use cannabis as a regulator of your health, or if you have cancer, to explore how cannabis can help you manage the symptoms of the disease and its treatment
· Spread the word about cervical health – help thousands of women avoid diagnosis and early death.
Connect with MyCannX
MyCannX understands that there is a lot more research that needs to be conducted to understand the link between cannabis and cervical cancer, and we are dedicated to helping spread the information that we know.
If you have experiences with cervical cancer and cannabis therapies, connect with MyCannX to share your story. If you’re curious about how you can talk to a cannabis doctor about treating the symptoms of cervical cancer and its treatments, we can help you explore booking an appointment to get your cannabis card.
We are here on your journey with you and we remain dedicated to advancing what we know, and exploring what we’re yet to find out, about the possibilities of cannabis for cervical health.