I remember watching Oprah turn 50 on television and hearing her describe a miraculous, liberating shift in mindset. No longer driven by what the world thought, Oprah, as a woman in her 50s could finally, authentically be herself without self-doubt.
Primary insomnia is sleeplessness that is not derived from medical or environmental causes, and sufferers find it difficult to go to sleep or stay asleep. Estimates vary, but 30-60 percent of adults say they have poor sleep several nights per week. Often, the mind is overactive and doesn’t allow rest. Insomnia can also occur during times of stress which releases the hormone cortisol.
Pain is the most common condition which patients say they use cannabis. Across the country it comes in as the top reason in multiple surveys of medical marijuana patients, reaching 90% in some states. This is no surprise, as approximately one in every four Americans, have experienced pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, and millions more feel acute pain. Arthritis, the most common cause of joint pain, eventually affects half of the adult population. These are just a few of the reasons why patients use cannabis to treat pain.
Many of our fellow sisters are suffering. Between 10 and 20 percent of American women have endometriosis during their reproductive years. The condition can begin as early as a girl’s first period, and isn’t always resolved by menopause. None of that is good news, however cannabis might just be the answer for women suffering from endometriosis.