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    Top Reasons Women Are Using Medical Cannabis

    Women around the world are exploring natural ways to enhance their health, wellness, and self-care.  Whether it’s through diet, meditation, essential oils or exercise, natural wellness alternatives are becoming an important part of everyday life.

    It's time to include medical cannabis in that discussion. After all, why not? There is still some lingering stigma surrounding the use of medical cannabis, but it has had a tremendous impact on many women’s wellness, and there is a great deal of scientific evidence to support it. You can also be rest assured that medical cannabis products purchased from licensed cannabis producers are safe and put through a rigorous testing process.

    Take Control of Your Stress & Anxiety

    Stress and anxiety are accepted as normal parts of everyday life. But where did this idea come from? And why should women (or anyone, for that matter) learn to live with stress and anxiety, when it can have several negative impacts on your health that can lead to insomnia, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and social withdrawal1-2.

    Traditional medication can help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. But they aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay. This is one reason many women choose to seek out the potential healing properties of medical cannabis. In fact, in one study, 85% of participants stated that their stress was reduced after using medical cannabis for six weeks3. They even experienced an overall improvement in their quality of life3.

    Get a Better Night's Sleep 

    Everyone needs their sleep. Yes, we’re stating the obvious, but it’s true. There’s nothing like getting a good night’s sleep and waking up feeling rested and ready to tackle the day! So why is it that so many women struggle with sleep? While it can affect everyone, women are more likely to experience insomnia than men4.

    Your doctor may prescribe you a sleep medication and there are many over the counter options at your local pharmacy, but long-term use of these medications is not always recommended, and the side effects can be unpleasant5. That’s why many women are choosing to use medical cannabis instead. It has been reported to help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer11. By extension, many women stated that using CBD reduced their anxiety, which led to better sleep at night while THC allowed them to fall asleep quicker14,15.

    Improve Your Sexual Health

    Canadian writer and sex educator Sue Johanson once said, “sex is natural, enjoyable and something that enhances a relationship.” Well, it can even enhance your health! A healthy sex life can lower your blood pressure, lower your risk for heart disease, and even decrease anxiety6? All good things!

    In one study, women reported that their sexual experiences improved with medical cannabis7. They reported an increase in sensitivity to touch, increased sexual satisfaction and increased ability to relax during sex 7. Even better than that, about 65% of them said they had an overall increase in the desire for sex and reported having better orgasms7.

    Help Relieve Your Menstrual Pain and PMS Symptoms

    Bloating, pelvic pain, headaches, and mood swings are some of the most common symptoms women have to deal with because of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)8. For many women, these symptoms can be so severe that they’re forced to miss work, school, and other day-to-day activities.

    But, once again, medical cannabis may help. Women who used medical cannabis reported that their pelvic pain was significantly reduced9. Not only that, but there was less cramping, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, libido issues, and irritability10.

    Dealing with Endometriosis

    Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 (roughly 190 million) women around the world12. They may experience severe pain (during menstruation, sexual intercourse, bowel movements, urination), abdominal bloating, nausea, fatigue, depression, anxiety, chronic pelvic pain, and infertility issues12.

    But there may be relief with medical cannabis. Women who used medical cannabis reported that their pain related to endometriosis was significantly reduced9. There was also a significant reduction in the use of endometriosis associated pharmaceutical medication13.

    What Women Are Saying About Medical Cannabis

    And there you have it! Now you know why so many women are turning to medical cannabis. The current body of scientific evidence suggests that women may experience several positive changes when they introduce medical cannabis into their lives.

    We asked several women to share their thoughts with Canadian Cannabis Clinics on the specific reasons they’ve introduced medical cannabis in their lives and barriers that they have faced. Canadian Cannabis Clinics is one of our clinic partners, consisting of a team of healthcare professionals and cannabis educators, who will assess for medical cannabis, provide you with a prescription, and provide continuous support throughout your journey.

    Click here to read what other women had to say about using medical cannabis.

    Why Medical (and Not Recreational) Cannabis?

    With recreational cannabis legalized, there are important factors that differentiates medical cannabis from recreational cannabis:

           -  Medical Stock is Prioritized: Even though a variety of products can be found in stores, medical stock is generally more reliable and consistent. This is particularly helpful for those who find a product that works well for them and want to continue using it.

           -  Online Ordering is Easy: All products are ordered from the AuroraMedical.com online shop. When you order from Aurora Medical, the process is easy, convenient, and in many locations, we offer same-day shipping. You can also instantly re-order your medical cannabis in less than a minute.

           -  Advice from Healthcare Practitioners and Cannabis Educators: By obtaining a medical cannabis prescription, you’ll have spoken to experts who can advise you on the best products for you. This is especially important if you’re already on other medications, as you should always consult your doctor before mixing medical cannabis with any existing medication.

           -  Deal With a Dedicated Client Care Team: We have a team of experts willing and ready to answer any of your questions. We even have a dedicated pharmacist on our Client Care team who has significant experience in supporting patients through their medical cannabis journeys. Whether you have questions about medical cannabis in general, ordering from our store, registering with us, etc., they’re available to help. (See below for contact information).

    Ready to Take the Next Step with Medical Cannabis?

    If you’re ready to start exploring medical cannabis as an option, you will need a prescription for it. You can obtain a prescription by booking a virtual online appointment with Canadian Cannabis Clinics at www.cannabisclinics.ca. They also offer in-person appointments at various locations across Cananda. Their experts will help you through the process of obtaining your authorization document for medical cannabis and registering with Aurora Medical.

    If you would prefer to get an authorization document for medical cannabis from your personal healthcare practitioner, they can fax or mail your signed authorization document to us. Then, you will need to register yourself with Aurora Medical by creating an online account.

    Questions?

    We understand that you may be hesitant to explore medical cannabis. That’s why we’re here to help. If you’re interested in learning more before you register, or simply want to have a few questions answered, feel free to check out our blog, where we cover several topics like How to Get Started with Medical Cannabis and Different Ways to Consume Cannabis.

    You can also email our Client Care team at askus@auroramedical.com or give us a call 1-877-928-7672. Aurora will never pressure you into becoming a client. Instead, we are happy to simply help guide you in the right direction of introducing medical cannabis into your life.

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