Where’s the Roar?
Remember the song “I am Woman” by Helen Reddy? It was a song about empowerment and it has resonated with women to this day. In the 1970’s, women took to the streets demanding equality. They roared. Women from around the country banded together and let their voices be heard. They continued to roar!
Fast forward to today. We’re still roaring for many things. The government, the environment, paper vs plastic – you get the idea. What we are not roaring about is cannabis. Cannabis is a natural medication that can help alleviate many women’s health issues. We are being denied the health benefits of a plant! When are we going to stand up and roar about this?
What women’s health issues? I’m so glad you asked…..
Cannabis has helped women for hundreds of years with cramps – from commoners to queen’s.
What most people may not know is that Queen Victoria suffered from severe menstrual cramps. Her Doctor Sir J. Russell prescribed cannabis for the pain. “When pure and administered carefully, [cannabis] is one of the most valuable medicines we possess,” he wrote in 1890.
Yes, this is a predominately female condition!
Migraines affect about 28 million women in the U.S.
85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women.
Almost 1 in 4 women will experience a migraine in their lifetime.
Three times as many women as men suffer from migraine in adulthood.
More severe and more frequent attacks often result from fluctuations in estrogen levels. http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/
It’s that stage in life women don’t look forward to. Hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness. Current treatments include hormone replacement therapy or HRT, which can cause an increased risk of stroke or breast cancer. “Cannabis can relieve many symptoms of menopause without these scary side effects” (February 2017 cannabis.net). If you’re experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, it’s going to affect your ability to get restful sleep. “Studies have shown that cannabis helps insomniacs fall asleep sooner, stay asleep longer, and get more deep sleep”(UnitedPatientGroup.com, 2015). Cannabis can also help our bones…..“Numerous studies have shown that cannabis helps prevent bone loss and increases bone density. Using cannabis to prevent or reverse osteoporosis in menopausal women could help prevent fractures and broken bones” (UnitedPatientGroup.com, 2015).
How many of us have friends or even ourselves who are on some kind of anti-depressant?
Data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, found that women are twice as likely to have generalized anxiety disorder as men. “A 2014 study from Vanderbilt University confirms that smoking weed can actually alleviate symptoms of anxiety: Women would benefit from marijuana’s ability to induce relaxation and ease tension” (mic July, 2015).
Breast Cancer –
“It is no secret that breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women. In the U.S. alone, around 600,000 lives are claimed every year. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women. “However, researchers from all over the world are concluding that certain cannabis do in fact help breast cancer patients in a crucial way” (thefreshtoast June 2017). “Cannabis and cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies. Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory” (Cancer.gov, April 2017). And it is not just beneficial for the side effects from cancer treatment – it has potential to be a cure, “A non-toxic, non-psychoactive compound in marijuana may block the progress of metastatic breast cancer, according to a new study by researchers in California. This is a new way to treat a patient that is not toxic like chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is a new approach for metastatic cancer, said lead researcher Sean D. McAllister, an associate scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco” (ABC News, March 2017).
Where is the ROAR?
The government has politicians – all men - deciding what is best for women’s health.
This is literally happening right now……
“Bloomberg reported that the Senate had formed a 13-member working group to come up with a health care plan that would pass the Senate. All 13 Republican members are men.” Even CNN weighed in, “Lots of questions here, including this, why couldn’t they find one woman to represent the concerns of 126 million female adults in the United States of America?” CNN’s Erin Burnett asked on her show “Out Front” (CNN, 2017)
It’s time to ROAR!
Our Bodies – Our Health Choices!
Get educated – learn the facts and pass them on!