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Cannabis and Your Vagina

For almost a century, there have been bias implications attached to the word cannabis. This is mainly because of the criminalization of the use of this drug. 

So, naturally, when most people think of marijuana, they don't consider its health benefits. 


Did you know that cannabis has been used as a medicine since ancient times? It was hardly even smoked, instead used in oral and topical remedies for a number of different ailments, especially for vulva owners. Historically cannabis has been used as a relief from gynecological conditions.


So let's take a deeper look at how cannabis can benefit your vagina.


Traditional Uses of Cannabis in Gynecology

Where does the whole idea of cannabis being a healing agent even come from? The oldest written record that we have of using cannabis for its healing properties dates back to 4000 years ago. The civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia have written records of the use of cannabis for its healing properties. The primary use that these manuscripts show of cannabis during this time period is childbirth.

They were used at that time for any kind of difficult or complicated childbirth. The use of cannabis in the field of gynaecology has been around in almost all ancient civilizations. Cannabis was a major part of every concoction that was used in gynecology ranging from Africa to Asia. Here are some uses of cannabis that we have learned about from ancient civilizations:

  • Menstrual pain and cramps
  • Menstrual bleeding 
  • Pregnancy 

The use of cannabis in gynecology has its roots in ancient civilizations, and we are just rediscovering the beneficial properties of cannabis. 


Healing Effect of Cannabis During Your Menstrual Cycle

Let's be honest here, menstrual cramps can be hell! The cramps and pain combined can often become too much to handle. Cannabis is something that has been traditionally used to relieve menstrual pain. 

Cannabinoids are very effective at alleviating pain. They achieve this in two significant ways:

  1. Desensitizing nerves – Cannabinoids desensitize the nerves around the area that they are applied on. This means that the pain-receiving sensors of these nerves are dulled down. This helps you with menstrual pain and cramps immensely.
  2. Stopping inflammation – Cannabinoids are very well known as anti-inflammatory agents. They target the part of our body that has a rash and act as a soothing agent for that part of our body—reducing the inflammation and the pain that it might be causing.

These two methods of relieving pain make cannabinoids and cannabis products perfect for dealing with pain during the menstrual cycle.


How Can Cannabinoids Turn You On?

If you are someone who enjoys their cannabis, then you can attest that cannabis has a great property of putting you at ease and in a great mood. Cannabis can turn you on sexually, and this is not just a side effect of the high that it gives you. There is a scientific reason behind it.

We feel sexual arousal when the blood flow to our vagina and clitoris is increased. This does three things. It elongates, lubricates, and opens. When you apply a cannabis product to your vulva the blood flow to the vulva increases. This effect is called vasodilation. You might notice that your eyes get red when you are high. This is because of vasodilation—the increase of blood flow in our body.

Research has shown that cannabis stimulates the nitric oxide neurotransmitters in our body. This causes most of the smooth muscle in our body to relax, which in turn dilates blood vessels increasing the blood flow. 


Antibacterial & Antifungal Properties of Cannabinoids Can Help Alleviate Vaginal Infections


The moist, warm vaginal environment provides an ideal bacterial as well as a fungal breeding ground. For this reason, vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis (caused by overgrowth or an imbalance of Gardnerella bacteria), Candidiasis ( most commonly known as the yeast infection), and Trichomoniasis ( a sexually transmitted infection caused by a microscopic parasite) are pretty common throughout the year. The discomfort that accompanies these infections can easily send anyone over the edge. However, cannabis can help combat the symptoms of these painful infections as certain cannabinoids have antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflamatory properties. 

According to a 2008 study published in the Journal of Natural Products, all five of the major cannabinoids show effective activity against bacteria like MRSA. These cannabinoids include: 

  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)

Moreover, a study from 2011, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, showed that CBD, CBC, and CBG might make caryophyllene oxide (a highly potent antifungal) even more effective against fungal infection. 

Apart from that, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are well known. Inflammation is not only painful, but it also causes itchiness in most cases, and we all know how itchy vaginal infections can get!   While anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis on vaginal infections specifically still need to be explored, we still have some knowledge of it due to research on cannabinoids in dermatology. Research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology noted that of all the dermatological uses of cannabinoids, it is most effective as the treatment against itchiness. 


It is extremely important to note that not all cannabis products are made the same. All Kannavie products are 3rd party tested to ensure potency and safety. These test results are always available to our consumers, allowing them to make purchases with confidence in formulas.


Overall, whether you are looking for a remedy for the pain that accompanies your menstrual cramps and vaginal infection or looking for something that would bring excitement to your love life, Cannabinoids may help. 

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