Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a painful health condition that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Although the name contains the word cyst, not all women with PCOS have ovarian cysts. Many experience unpredictable and abnormally painful menstrual cycles,  hormonal acne, and hormonal fluctuations. PCOS can dramatically impact weight and mood. Fatigue and low sex drive are also PCOS symptoms. Many are turning to cannabis to help manage their symptoms. This article will attempt to help women with PCOS find relief treating symptoms with THC and CBD. 

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder with an unknown cause. The factors which seem to contribute include excess insulin, low-grade inflammation, and genetics. All result in excess androgen. Because insulin regulates sugar use and your energy, excess insulin results in hormone imbalances. Excess insulin may increase androgen production resulting in PCOS. Low-grade inflammation is a normal response to infections.

Unfortunately, without infection, the result is a hormonal imbalance. Low-grade inflammation increases androgen production. Genetics may predispose some women to higher androgen production. Increased androgen, regardless of cause, results in the symptoms of PCOS. Increased androgen results in acne, hair growth or loss, and issues with menstrual cycles. 

Symptoms of PCOS

Symptoms of PCOS are varied. Not all women experience every symptom of PCOS. Reported symptoms include Irregular menstrual cycles; women with PCOS may miss or have more frequent menstrual periods. Painful ovarian cysts. Too much hair on the face, chin, or other uncommon body parts. Fatigue and low sex drive. Acne on the face, chin, and upper back. Thinning hair much like male-pattern baldness. Weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Darkening of the skin along neck creases, groin, and underneath breasts. PCOS may also increase skin tags. 

Treating Symptoms of PCOS With THC and CBD

For a health condition with many symptoms, managing them with THC and CBD may be a great option. One paper published in the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology suggested that a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system may be the underlying cause of PCOS. Although more research is needed, many symptoms of PCOS may be treated with THC and CBD. THC and CBD are often used to control pain.

For women with PCOS who develop cysts, THC and CBD can alleviate the pain associated. Menstrual cramps, which can occur more frequently due to PCOS, are commonly treated with THC and CBD. There is also evidence that women with PCOS are more susceptible to depression. Cannabis is used to promote mood, induce euphoria, and alleviate persistent negative thoughts. Women who use THC and CBD to treat symptoms of PCOS report that it helps balance their mood swings. 

Best Strains for Treating Symptoms of PCOS

If you are treating symptoms of PCOS with THC and CBD, try these strains to alleviate your symptoms: 

  • ACDC (CBD): This strain can contain up to 20% full-spectrum CBD. It is a CBD dominant strain, so it is less likely to get you high. ACDC may be a good strain for alleviating pain and de-stressing during the day.
  • Pennywise (CBD): Although this strain contains higher levels of THC, it also has high levels of CBD. Pennywise gets its name from its genetic cross of Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. With an even 1:1 CBD/THC, the strain creates effects that are described as functional and enjoyable. It may create feelings of relaxation and euphoria, suitable for patients who struggle with depression.
  • Bubble Gum Hydro (CBD): This CBD strain may be great for helping relieve muscle spasms and chronic pain. Its calming effects may also be helpful to fight anxiety and stress, as well as induce appetite. 
  • Agent Orange (Sativa): This strain is a THC dominant, so it’s best for those who have experience with medical cannabis. It may be effective for pain and for relieving symptoms of fatigue. 
  • Blackberry Kush (Indica): A THC dominant Indica, this strain is known for sedative properties. For managing PCOS symptoms of nighttime pain, this strain may give you total body relaxation. It may also help users get a good night’s sleep.
  • Chocolope (Sativa): This THC dominant strain may alleviate the pain as well as depression women with PCOS sometimes experience.

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