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Endometriosis medical cannabis treatment

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that can have devastating consequences on overall health. During endometriosis, the lining of the womb starts to grow in other areas in the reproductive system, causing a lot of pain, menstrual irregularities, and in many cases, infertility. Traditionally hormonal therapies, painkillers, and antidepressants are prescribed to help alleviate symptoms, but recently medical cannabis endometriosis treatments are proving promising, and popular amongst patients.

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1 in 10

women during reproductive age have endometriosis in the UK

13%

of Australian women with endometriosis use medical cannabis

42%

of medical cannabis endometriosis patients are primarily treating pelvic pain

£8.2 billion

is spent on endometriosis treatments every year in the UK

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Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Articles on Endometriosis

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29. 08. 2023

Medical cannabis and endometriosis symptom management

Conventional pain-relieving options, such as opioids, have been proven to be somewhat ineffective in managing pain from endometriosis, and women suffering from the debilitating condition are up to four times as likely to fall into the trap of opioid addiction. This is where medical cannabis may be able to play a crucial role. Studies have shown that medical cannabis can help to alleviate painful symptoms of endometriosis, as well as help to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.

03. 07. 2023

CBD dosage for endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful disorder that can range in symptoms and severity. Roughly 10% of women struggle with endometriosis. Common symptoms include pain, fatigue, and inflammation, and symptoms can vary from mild to severe.

28. 08. 2023

Is medical cannabis a viable treatment for back pain?

Despite advancements in understanding back pain, the lack of effective and lasting treatment options remains a significant challenge. Managing non-surgical back pain has been identified as a primary contributor to the current issues surrounding the overprescription of opioids. Additionally, post-operative pain management poses a complex challenge for patients undergoing spine surgery. Medical cannabis, a plant with potent therapeutic properties, is increasingly recognized for its potential to alleviate the symptoms of a variety of health conditions, including back pain and chronic inflammation.

Symptoms

Intense period pain that limits usual activities

Very heavy periods

Chronic pelvic pain

Pain during or after sex

Frequent chest infections

Constipation or diarrhoea

Chronic fatigue

Depression

Difficulty conceiving and infertility

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have endometriosis. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

In the UK, patients with endometriosis are typically referred to a gynaecology specialist who can prescribe a range of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), hormonal treatments and analgesic painkillers to alleviate symptoms, but unfortunately, these are not appropriate or successful for everyone.

Ibuprofen

Paracetamol

Naproxen

Hormone medicines e.g. combined pill, contraceptive implant

Gonadotrophin

Hysterectomy

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments to manage endometriosis, 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

"Many conditions that lead to chronic pain often respond poorly to conventional pharmaceutical medications. More and more is being understood about how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the more well known pain pathways to work synergistically with these conventional medications. Chronic pain comes with a variety of associated symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and reduced appetite – all of which treatment with medical cannabis can improve."

Dr David Tang

Chronic Pain Specialist

Is endometriosis a suitable condition for cannabis-based treatments?

Yes. When applied appropriately, medical cannabis endometriosis treatments have shown to alleviate a wide range of both physical and mental symptoms associated with the condition, but, due to years of prohibition and stigmatisation, there are a lack of reputable clinical trials that establish how medical cannabis interacts with, and influences, endometriosis specifically. 

Evidence does show that cannabis-based products interact with our bodies' endocannabinoid systems to modify the messages that it typically sends. For patients with endometriosis, cannabis treatments have the potential to target a range of symptoms, such as reducing the sensation of pain, or boosting the production of serotonin to benefit mood. 

The specialist doctors that work at Releaf are authorised to prescribe endometriosis cannabis-based treatments to patients who have been unsuccessful in managing their symptoms and condition using traditional, licensed medicines. To find out if this could be the case for you, assess your eligibility for medical cannabis here.

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