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Menopause medical cannabis treatment

When ovaries stop producing eggs and the menstrual cycle ends, the menopause begins, and the body has to get used to hormonal changes in oestrogen and progesterone levels. The menopause can cause a myriad of symptoms that are typically treated with hormone replacement therapies, but, recently, increasing numbers of women are turning to cannabis-based menopause treatments for relief.

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33 million

people will go through the menopause in the UK

65%

said sleep improved during menopause with medical cannabis

Over 75%

of those who have tried cannabis endorse it as a menopause symptom reliever

45%

said their anxiety improved with menopause cannabis treatment

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my medical cannabis treatment.“

Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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12. 02. 2024

What are the qualifying conditions for a UK medical cannabis prescription?

In this article we will look at the different medical conditions and routes of access UK patients can legally obtain a medicinal cannabis prescription through. Releaf recently conducted public surveys and published a report with the data titled Say No To Pain revealing 58.5% of the British population are likely to be unaware of the current medical cannabis laws.

10. 10. 2023

Key cannabis statistics in the UK revealed

Today, cannabis is a hot topic around the world as more countries are legalising it for medical application and/or recreational use. While recreational cannabis remains illegal, in recent years, the UK has seen a growing interest in medical cannabis, particularly since legalisation for medical use was put into place in November 2018. In this article, we will explore the key cannabis statistics that relate to the UK, taking every angle into account.

Symptoms

Mood Swings

Anxiety

Sleeping problems

Issues concentrating (brain fog)

Hot flushes

Headaches

Vaginal dryness

Muscle aches

If you are displaying these symptoms, you may be going through the menopause. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

The menopause is a natural biological event that is inevitable for anyone with a womb, and so there is no cure or prevention. There are a number of conventional medications that are typically prescribed to help manage the symptoms of menopause; however, like every form of treatment - they are not appropriate or successful for everyone.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Progesterone

Testosterone

Oestrogen Treatments

Gabapentin

Clonidine

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments for menopause, medical cannabis treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now.
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A word from our specialist

"There is increasing evidence that medical cannabis can reduce the intensity of symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, albeit without altering what the condition looks like under the microscope. Irritable bowel syndrome similarly, although a distinct condition from both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, can be calmed down considerably by means of cannabinoid therapy."

Dr David Tang

Gastroenterological Specialist

Can medical cannabis treatments help symptoms of the menopause?

Although many are unaware, in the UK, medical cannabis treatments can be prescribed to eligible patients to help them treat the symptoms of the menopause. Cannabis-based treatments interact with our bodies' endocannabinoid system (ECS) when they enter the body, and are able to influence the messages it typically sends.

However, during the menopause, changes in hormonal production affect the endocannabinoid system’s ability to function properly, and adequately regulate sleep, mood, temperature, memory, and pain - amongst other things. 

Evidence demonstrates that medical cannabis treatments have the ability to alter these ECS messages, and they can therefore (when applied appropriately) improve sleep quality, and reduce anxiety, stress levels, and pain, making medical cannabis a powerful tool in menopause management. 

Surveys of women who have used cannabis treatments for menopause symptom relief display positive results, particularly in the sleep and anxiety department, but also in the frequency of self reported night sweats, vaginal dryness, and level of enjoyment during sex. 

Our specialist doctors can legally prescribe medical cannabis menopause treatments to those who have been struggling to manage their symptoms with conventional medicines and therapies. To find out if medical cannabis may be able to give you the relief you need, assess your eligibility here. 

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