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Whoopi Goldberg is a household name. Famous for bringing us some of the funniest, family favorite movies of the past thirty years, she’s someone that brings laughter and joy to minds of millions of people. In addition to being an accomplished actress, Whoopi has always been known for being slightly whacky. Her bubbly, fearless personality and sense of humour have given her a reputation for being a bit nuts, in the best possible way. So it didn’t really surprise anyone when she began shouting from the rooftops about how great medical marijuana was for her menstrual periods.
Whoopi began talking about using medical marijuana to ease her menstrual cramps years ago. She was adamant that this natural product was more effective than the chemical-packed over the counter drugs she’d been turning to for relief from agonizing cramps, every month for decades. In her opinion, the fact that medical marijuana products aimed specifically at periods don’t already exist is bizarre. “I can’t believe no one has thought of this”, she told Rolling Stone in an interview.
Today, Whoopi has teamed up with medical marijuana industry leader Maya Elisabeth to bring CBD menstrual products to women everywhere. Maya is the founder of Om Edibles and someone who is seen as a real thought leader and expert on all things medical marijuana. Together, the two powerhouses make a dynamic team. Unfortunately, for the moment their products are only available to purchase in California and Colorado dispensaries but there are big plans to expand.
As exciting as all of this may be, there are still many people who are suspicious of medical marijuana and the ever-growing range of products that contain it. The hype surrounding the discovery of medical marijuanas natural healing powers has exploded online. This, unfortunately, has led to the distribution of a lot of misinformation surrounding it.
Menstrual bleeding occurs when the lining of the uterus is shed. Our bodies create this lining just in case we become pregnant. This uterine lining is just one of the vital things our bodies do to prepare for pregnancy. The menstrual cramps that accompany this process are just one of those things that women have to deal with. Unfortunately for most of us there’s no way around them. And thank goodness for that, because major changes to your menstrual cycle or a disappearance of your period altogether is usually a sign that there’s something not quite right going on with your body. So, as much as we may curse them and complain about them – it’s definitely something that you should be glad of.
Periods are extremely individual. Some girls and women only bleed for two days, while others bleed for five. Some experience extremely heavy menstrual flows, while others barely bleed at all. Many women have very regular periods that are totally predictable, while others suffer from extremely irregular periods.
Typically a period starts between the ages of 11 and 14, but there’s nothing wrong with you if you start menstruating before or after that. Each girl or women is totally different, as is her period.
Still though, they’re tough. Some women are blessed with very mild menstrual cycles with little or no side effects other than bleeding. However, for an awful lot of women the period brings with it a world of pain. Headaches, constipation, diarrhea, nausea and extreme moods caused by dramatic changes to our hormone levels are very typical side effects that many experience every single month. The pain alone can be horrific. Many women are forced to take time of work each month for the first day of their period, while others have to fill themselves up with the strongest painkillers they can find in order to just get through the day.
The fact is that a lot of the pain medications that are marketed towards women experiencing period pain just don’t work very well. This can be incredibly frustrating and upsetting for the girl or woman in question. Knowing that you’ll have to go through it all over again next month, every month, for approximately forty to fifty years of your life is a devastating thought, especially if you suffer from severe periods. This is why Whoopi Goldberg has decided to bring medical marijuana menstrual products to the market – in the hopes that she can help women ease their pain and live happier, fuller lives.
But what is medical marijuana? Many people hear the term and conjure up the stereotypical images of ‘pot heads’ surrounded by a cloud of smoke, and immediately dismiss it and any medicinal properties it may have. It’s a real pity that people still feel this way, as they’re closing their minds to what could be a groundbreaking medicine for a whole host of illnesses, diseases and conditions.
The fact that this attitude lingers in the United States, and globally, has really gotten in the way of medical marijuana research. The fact that it is still illegal in many states means that the locations where it can be used for research are extremely limited. While some studies have been conducted, none of them are really of the scientific standard required for medical research. The results have been overwhelmingly promising, but until more thorough investigations are facilitated, it’s impossible to make any categorical claims as to its uses as a medicine in men or women’s health.
Despite the lack of scientific research, the anecdotal evidence supporting the potential of medical marijuana is astronomical. For centuries, indigenous peoples have been using the plant for a variety of purposes including as a treatment for burns, wounds, infections, mood stabilizing and pain. There have been no proven deaths or extreme, long term side effects as a result of medical marijuana use.
The negative associations that people tend to have are based on side effects they’ve heard about in relation to unregulated, poor quality, illegally produced and distributed marijuana. As with all drugs and illegal substances, making them illegal drives production underground and results in an infinitely lower quality and less safe product for the user. Whereas, all evidence suggests that in its purest form medical marijuana is really very safe.
Medical Marijuana For Menstrual Cramps
While the legal status of the drug has hampered efforts to understand it, there are some things that we do know about medical marijuana. All of these things point towards it being an excellent option for the treatment of cramps and other typical side effects caused by the menstrual cycle.
First of all, medical marijuana contains cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that are actually found naturally in the human body. In our bodies is an endocannabinoid system which consists of receptors that are scattered across our bodies. This system is strongly linked with our immune systems, our brains, and our skin. While we still don’t know enough about how it works, scientists believe that it has an enormous impact on the regulation of our moods, the ways in which we feel pain, and other key functions of the body.
The effect that cannabinoids have on pain is particularly relevant for menstrual products, such as those created by Whoopi and Maya. CBD is one of the 100+ endocannabinoids found in medical marijuana. CBD oil, which is derived from the seeds of the plant, contains all of the pain relieving properties of medical marijuana without creating the ‘high’ effect that so many people want to avoid. This is why CBD oil products have become extremely popular for a wide and varying range of medical problems.
CBD is often used as a main ingredient in topical creams and lotions. This is the route that Whoopi and Maya have chosen to go down for their own CBD product line. Their medical cannabis and raw cacao butter enters your body through your endocannabinoid receptors just like cannabis and releases an array of feel good” chemicals that physically improves your mood. Studies have suggested that this is an extremely effective way to use medical cannabis. Whoopi and Maya have also created a Medical Cannabis Rub, designed to ease pain and tension during menstrual cramps.
In addition to these two topical treatments they’ve created a Medical Cannabis Herbal Tincture and a Medical Cannabis Lavender Bath Soak. Their Medical Cannabis Herbal Tincture contains elderberries, cramp bark, red raspberry and motherwort – all natural ingredients believed to ease the pain of menstrual cramps. This tincture can be taken orally, sublingually (under the tongue) or added to a beverage. The Medical Cannabis Lavender Bath Soak harnesses the natural healing properties of medical grade epsom salts, avocado seed oil, jojoba oil and aloe.
Although many of the ingredients of these products boast very little scientific research, they are known to be excellent natural remedies for centuries. Like cannabis, they are both calming and pain relieving. Furthermore, they have been used for such a long period of time without anything but positive anecdotal evidence that it can be assumed they are safe to use. What woman wouldn’t jump at the chance to use these products to ease the intense pain and discomfort of period pains?