Colleen was introduced to herbs as a medicine when she was taking a holistic medicine course in 2016. Friends in the class shared how they used whole plant cannabis derivatives and cannabis oils to medicate for debilitating pain and digestive issues. That was an eye opener for Colleen for these highly functioning and educated mothers and professionals were not the pot smoking stoners that she had otherwise associated with cannabis use. This new insight started the shift in Colleen’s mind and she began seeking her own education on cannabis as a medicine. Colleen took this cannabis information seeking as far as enrolling and completing a medical cannabis course, The Cannabis Professional Series at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. It was during these studies that her research made her curious as to whether cannabis could be an effective treatment for the post menopausal symptoms.
Colleen had her doctor refer her to MCRCI, a medical cannabis resource centre. The centre provided a compassionate and non-judgemental space in which she was able to chat with a qualified doctor who has an understanding of cannabis and cannabis-derived medicines and received a medical document – akin to a ‘prescription’ for medical cannabis in Canada. With guidance, Colleen, has selected cannabis oil from licensed producers Tilray and Maricann and has been experimenting with the effects. She shares her experience below on how it’s helping her deal with her postmenopausal symptoms.
It Helps Her De-Stress and Calm Down
Colleen describes herself as an anxious worry wort, her mind always running, stressing over the little things. She is finding that small amounts of the cannabis oil drops, helps her to relax and quieten her racing mind. She is experimenting with different ratios of THC and CBD in her cannabis oil to find the right balance for both daytime and nighttime. Being stressed constantly, Colleen was also concerned about her rising cortisol levels which she understands are affecting blood sugar levels, mood, metabolism, immune and more. So by focusing on calming herself down, with cannabidiol, she knew she was dealing with a wider range of issues.
It Helps Her Fall Asleep and Sleep Through the Night
Sleep deprivation was ruining her quality of life in so many ways. She had tried many different methods to both fall asleep and then sleep through the night but nothing had helped. It wasn’t until recently, when she started experimenting with the cannabis oils, that she found the relaxing effects that calmed her mind helped her shut off and fall asleep and these sedative effects worked through the night. The times that she does wake up her mind doesn’t worry about the next day and her body is heavy and relaxed.
She Believes It’s Good For Her Overall Health
When she started doing her own research Colleen came to understand more about her own endocannabinoid system and how cannabis interacts with it. She found that when our bodies become unbalanced, endocannabinoids bind with receptors to bring back homoeostasis and restore the body to health. Cannabis contains ‘phytocannabinoids’ that bind with these receptors, and that’s how it can treat such a wide number of ailments, stepping in when the body’s endocannabinoid system isn’t working optimally. She also discovered that she has osteopenia, a bone loss condition and that the endocannabinoid system regulates bone loss seen after menopause. It was with this condition in mind that she began to see cannabis as an important part of holistic medicine.
To anyone who is afraid of the mind high Colleen says that going slow and micro dosing her cannabis oil helped her to become comfortable with the feeling. She is open minded about the joy and the giggles that a little bit of mind enhancement from cannabis could bring, also known as euphoria, but admits she is a very cautious consumer. Thank you, Colleen, for chatting with Flower & Freedom. We hope that you inspire others to be proactive on their cannabis education and chat to their doctor or health care professional. Leave a comment below if cannabis has helped you or someone you know with postmenopausal symptoms.
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Disclosure: The information shared in this post is a personal experience and not to be considered medical or legal advice. Please consult with a health practitioner and seek legal counsel on the cannabis laws in your area.