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Menopause: Could CBD offer relief from symptoms?

Increasingly women are finding cannabinoids helpful in managing some of the menopause symptoms.

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Ahead of a new webinar on cannabis and menopause, we share the stories of women who have found cannabinoids helpful in managing symptoms.

Rachel’s story

At first, Rachel had struggled to conceive naturally and was delighted when her first round of IVF was successful and went on to give birth to her son. A year later, after going to the hospital for a routine check-up, she was surprised to have received a call asking her to come for an emergency scan. She then found out she had a 12cm tumour on one of her ovaries. She then had surgery to remove it and was left with half an ovary.

“After my initial surgery, I was advised to get a hysterectomy to fully deal with the tumour. At first, I had resisted, but eventually, I felt I needed to go through with it. Having the hysterectomy meant that I went into premature menopause. I had really struggled to come to terms with this as I wanted to have a second child. But I knew I had to carry on and help other women who have had the same experiences as me.

Rachel had already been using CBD to help her deal with poor sleep and anxiety. She found that CBD was really helpful in dealing with her menopausal symptoms such as low mood and hot flushes.

“The CBD was transformational, I found that I could sleep through the night and my anxiety levels had gone way down. It has completely changed my life helped me to deal with my symptoms and the stress and anxiety associated with menopause.”

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Cannabis medicines and menopause

Cannabis Health, Integro Medical Clinics and Cannabis Patients Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS), PLEA and Primary Care Cannabis Network present a webinar that will focus on the challenging experiences of women who have found cannabis medicines helpful in managing the symptoms of menopause.

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Menopause and perimenopause symptoms are chronically poorly managed in the modern healthcare system.

Many women are simply told to ‘manage their stress better, lose some weight’ or ‘do more exercise’ when seeking medical treatment for symptoms that can have a huge impact on their day to day lives, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, low libido, headaches and hot flushes.

This is due to several factors, both cultural and medical. While women often feel ashamed to speak openly about their experiences due to stigma, many doctors lack the training and time to treat symptoms effectively.

Increasingly women are finding cannabinoids helpful in managing some of the menopause symptoms.

Since the legalisation of cannabis-based medicines two years ago, female patients have been able to discover that the rebalancing of their endocannabinoid system can be incredibly helpful in the management of conditions ranging from endometriosis, bladder and nerve pain, gynaecological pain and PMS to mental health conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Aimed at both the general public and caregivers, the event will explore the experiences of women who have lived with perimenopause and menopause symptoms and how they have found cannabis-based medicines helpful.

We will discuss openly and candidly the realities of the transition and the stigma surrounding it in society.

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Expert speakers include:

 

Menopause: Dr Sally Ghazaleh

Dr Sally Ghazaleh – Female Health Consultant at Integro Clinics. She specialises in managing patients with lower back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, abdominal pain, cancer pain and complex regional pain syndrome.

 

Menopause: Dr Mayur Bodan

Dr Mayur Bodani – A neuropsychiatrist with over 25 years of experience, he has successfully treated many patients with psychiatric disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis, dementia and many other conditions.

Patient speakers include:

Lauren

Lauren CB – having been a successful mental health nurse for 30 years, Lauren had to give up her career after being diagnosed with primary progressive MS. She has found cannabis medicines helpful in dealing with her MS symptoms and menopausal symptoms.

Rachel Mason

Rachel Mason – founder of ‘Our Remedy‘, a wellness brand for women. She has found CBD to be very helpful in dealing with her menopausal symptoms.

The webinar is completely free of charge, click here to register 

 

For more information visit www.integroclinics.com

Email: Contact@integroclinics.com

Twitter: @clinicsintegro

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Take a look behind the scenes at Dispensary Green – and put your questions to the experts

A upcoming webinar will give patients the chance to find out more about where their prescription comes from.

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The dispensary will give patients a glimpse behind the scenes for the first time.

A new webinar will give patients the chance to see behind the scenes at one of the industry’s major medical cannabis dispensaries. 

Medical cannabis patients will have a rare opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in one of the industry’s leading pharmacies, at a webinar taking place on Friday 3 December.

Dispensary Green, is a medical cannabis pharmacy, which currently processes thousands of prescriptions every month.

The pharmacy, which is owned by LYPHE Group, has been in operation since 2019 and has dispatched more than 50,000 items to date.

Now Chris Ashton, the pharmacy’s chief superintendent – and a panel of guests – will open the doors to the dispensary, giving patients the chance to see what really goes on and put their own questions to the experts. 

The webinar, titled Behind the scenes with Dispensary Green plus patient Q+A, will cover a range of topics including insight on how the medical cannabis industry works, what the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is and how this affects access to products, as well as the daily operations of a dispensary.

Patients will then be handed the floor for an open Q&A where they will have the chance to ask members of the panel questions directly.

Chris Ashton, chief superintendent at Dispensary Green, commented: “Dispensary Green is a leading pharmacy, designed to serve and assist patients all over the UK and Channel Islands.

“We’ve seen a growing level of enquiries from patients who are keen to know more about their medical supply chain and processes.

“During this event we’ll be sharing expert voices and answering patient questions.

“I’m looking forward to connecting to as many people as possible and revealing what really goes on behind the scenes at Dispensary Green and the wider industry.”

Behind the scenes with Dispensary Green plus patient Q+A is a free event and takes place at 1pm on Friday 3 December. Click here to sign up and submit your questions in advance.

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Competition time: Cannabis Health’s 24 days of Christmas giveaways

Our Christmas giveaway launches this week – here’s how you can get involved

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We are very excited to announce our month of Christmas giveaways starts this week over on Instagram. Here’s how you can get involved.

Nothing says Christmas like gifts, so we thought we would get into the spirit of things by giving you the chance to win some incredible goodies during the countdown to the festivities.

Every day from the 1-24 December, we will be giving away a variety of CBD products from some of the leaders in the industry.

You could be in with a chance of winning oils, skincare, edibles, bath bombs and much more – (we’re keeping the exact prizes under wraps for now!)

A new gift will be announced each day, from brands such as Biosportart, J’Tanicals, Mendy, Bud & Tender, Amphora and Savage Cabbage/ Charlotte’s Web.

To enter

To be in with a chance to win one of our gifts, check our Instagram page daily, from Wednesday 1 December and follow the instructions to enter.

You can enter as many times as you like and tag your friends to encourage them to take part too.

Terms and conditions, as always, apply. The competition winner will be chosen at random on Instagram only.

Visit the Cannabis Health Instagram page

Good Luck!

Looking for Christmas gift ideas?

Our Christmas gift guide has everything from edibles to oils perfect for those new to CBD or canna-xperts. The guide features our selection of gifts for wellness, sleep, sports and skincare to give you plenty of ideas.

Read our CBD gift guide here

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How cannabis can offer an alternative for menopause symptoms

Experts at Integro Clinics explore how cannabis medicines can offer an effective alternative to HRT

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Experts at Integro Clinics explore how cannabis medicines can offer an effective alternative to HRT treatment for menopause symptom control.

It is now widely accepted that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can be very useful in treating menopause symptoms. However, it is not suitable for all women – some who may not feel comfortable using it or have a medical contraindication such as a family history of cancer.

There is an alternative out there that can be used in conjunction with HRT treatment, to complement it, or used entirely on its own – cannabis medicines.

At Integro Clinics our female pain expert, Dr Sally Ghazaleh and Neuropsychiatrist, Dr Mayur Bodani have seen encouraging results from patients using medical cannabis in the form of an ingestible oil (CBD mixed with THC) and by vaping prescribed cannabis flower.

The specific symptom cannabis-based medicines (CBM’s) can address in menopause include insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, low libido, and brain fog. If you have profoundly disturbed sleep, it can have a massive impact on your quality of life, mental well-being & ability to cope.

At Integro Clinics we have witnessed that once the patient achieves a better and more consistent regular quality of sleep, with the help of CBM’s, everything starts to pick up. Anxiety can decrease, the desire to take physical exercise and mental clarity are increased, which can lead to a lift in depression and a more positive mindset.

If you are interested in finding out in more detail how CBM’s can help you with your menopause symptoms, do not miss the opportunity to register for free for a webinar on Tuesday 30 November.  Hosted by Integro Clinics, Cannabis Health and Cannabis Patient Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS), it will look to break down the stigma that women face when it comes to menopause and medical cannabis.

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To register for a free ticket for the webinar, please click here

On the panel

Integro Clinics Dr Sally Ghazaleh and Dr Mayur Bodani will join other experts in the field including specialist sexual health nurse Sarah Higgins. There will also be an opportunity to take questions from the audience.

Menopause: Dr Sally Ghazaleh

Dr Sally Ghazaleh

Dr Sally Ghazaleh is a pain management consultant and prescriber of cannabis-based medicines at Integro Clinics, where she is the resident female pain expert. Dr Ghazaleh specialises in managing patients with lower back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, abdominal pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, post-stroke pain and fibromyalgia. She has a particular interest in bladder and abdominal pain in women, and women’s health in general & menopause. She is fluent in Arabic, English and Hungarian.

Menopause: Dr Mayur Bodan

Dr Mayur Bodani

Dr Mayur Bodani, a neuropsychiatrist at Integro Clinics qualified in both General Medicine (to hospital medicine standard) and neuropsychiatry. He has over 25 years of experience in the field and prescribes cannabis medicines at Integro Clinics for mental health-related conditions.

Gone are the days where women are just supposed to put up and get on with it – there are new medicines out there such as medical cannabis, that can address and help menopause symptoms.

If you would like further information or to speak to Dr Sally Ghazaleh or Dr Mayur Bodani or any of the team at Integro please contact us at:

Website: www.integroclinics.com
Email: Contact@integroclinics.com
Twitter: @clinicsintegro

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