HOW MARIJUANA CAN AFFECT THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
- November 4, 2018
For girls and women, there is nothing more awkward than the lovely lady in red who visits you once a month and brings nothing but unpleasantness. Of course, we are referring to the monthly toil of menstruation, a necessary but painful part of female life. In a bizarre twist, members of the cannabis community have claimed that using marijuana helps lighten uncomfortable cramps and aching. Still, recent studies have shown that the drug may produce unwanted side effects (not much of a surprise). While cannabis science and reproductive science have yet to mesh fully, females should still be cautious about experimenting with a drug that can (and will) impact health in the long run. How is this possible? Let’s take a closer look at how marijuana can affect the menstrual cycle.
Keep up the Flow
Overall, the average female loses between 10 and 35 milliliters of blood during her period, and these numbers can fluctuate greatly each month. Overall, a variety of elements including stress, diet, and birth control can influence how much a woman bleeds during this time. Typically, a heavy flow is caused by an overabundance of estrogen and a low level of progesterone during menstruation, when reproductive hormones tend to fluctuate erratically.
Prior to a period, progesterone levels skyrocket as the uterus prepares for pregnancy. Ultimately, if an embryo does not enter the uterus, the hormone drastically falls, triggering a progesterone withdrawal. Thus, the thick lining of the womb (endometrial lining), which thickened prior to bleeding, sheds and exits the body.
Cannabis and Menstruation
Based on recent studies, scientists have determined that cannabis use can instigate a heavier flow during menstruation, but keep in mind that research on this subject is still limited. In 1985 a study found THC reduced progesterone levels in uterine cells during experimental treatment. Apart from this, marijuana may also decrease the luteinizing hormone, which can halt the thickening of the endometrial lining and lighten bleeding. How ironic, that a compound responsible for increasing progesterone also reduces bleeding?
Even more bizarre, scientists have found that apigenin (a compound in marijuana) act similarly to the female hormone estrogen, proving that the endocannabinoid system and estrogenic compounds have a singularly unique relationship.
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