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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial-like tissue grows outside of the uterus on other organs like the ovaries and depending on the severity might cause intense pain or problems with the bladder or bowels.

While it is normal to have some pain during one’s period, continuous or even intensifying pain that persist through painkillers may be a sign to seek medical attention. The only way of diagnosing endometriosis definitively involves a laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery where a small incision is made close to the navel and a camera inserted into the pelvis to examine the organs.

The endometrium and gut linings have endocannabinoid receptors that both THC and CBD can bind to, making cannabis a potential symptom management solution. Endometriosis can cause inflammation and pain as well as psychological distress and anxiety, cannabis has been reported by some patients to help with these conditions.

Your Natura doctor can help you find out whether medicinal cannabis might be right for your individual circumstances and which product and form of administration would work best for you.

Chronic Pain Australia

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is any type of noticeable unpleasant sensation in the body that lasts for a period greater than three months. Examples include arthritic pain, backpain, migraines but also neuropathic pain among multiple other forms with varying underlying causes. Consequently, the experience of chronic pain is unique to the individual, making it one of the most difficult and frustrating conditions to treat and live with.

While many other conditions have clear signs of when to see your doctor, individuals suffering with chronic pain often spend years coping with their condition without relief. In short, if the pain does not go away with the intervention of simple and commonly used treatments, or is getting progressively, worse it is important to speak to a doctor. Chronic pain is usually diagnosed when it has persisted for a minimum of 3 to 6 months and treatment of the underlying cause shows little to no improvement.

While there are multiple traditional treatment methods (including opioids), some of them are far from ideal and are often associated with serious side effects. While Cannabis is not entirely free of these, it has been reported by patients across multiple studies to help with managing the intensity at which pain is perceived as well as reducing the use of other forms of pain treatment in some cases.

Your doctor will help you find out whether medicinal cannabis might be right for your individual circumstances and which product and form of administration would work best for you.

Insomnia

Insomnia is a lack of experiencing quality sleep while still having the motivation, time and space for it to happen. Sleep is imperative for physical, emotional, and mental recovery, and is more than just a time to recharge the batteries. Sleep is at the heart of optimal brain function as well as maintaining an effective immune system. A lack of sleep can be the underlying cause for several physical and mental disorders including both anxiety and depression among others.

While individual sleep requirements vary a little, most people do not get as much quality sleep as they need. Changes to one’s environment, situational changes or physical changes (aging, for example, leads us to produce less of the hormone melatonin which acts as our sleep trigger), can all impact our quality of sleep. If a lack of sleep is causing a physical or mental disruption to your daily life, it is advisable to seek out professional medical advice.

While there are many forms of traditional treatments for insomnia, cannabis has shown to provide a valid alternative in some circumstances. Cannabis is a complex plant, it’s various active ingredients comprising of cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) and terpenes can have different effects on different individuals. Therefore, it is important to find the right medication together with your doctor for treating your condition.

Your doctor will help you find out whether medicinal cannabis might be right for your individual circumstances and which product and form of administration would work best for you.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most studied conditions for cannabis treatment in the world. A neurological disorder that causes a wide spectrum of unpredictable seizures, Epilepsy can have a catastrophic impact on the life of those who suffer. It can differ greatly from person to person in terms of seizure types which are usually recurrent and unprovoked. Many people living with Epilepsy experience more than one type of seizure.

The diagnosis with Epilepsy becomes likely after a person has two or more unprovoked seizures where there is no known underlying medical condition that is reversible (like the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol misuse). While brain injury or family tendencies can be early indicators for this type of disorder, the cause it often unknown.

One third of epilepsy patients will continue to have seizures despite taking medications for it. Some research together with anecdotal evidence from patients suggests that cannabis can help in further reducing the severity and frequency of seizures in people living with epilepsy in some cases. In fact, the first SAS-approval for medicinal cannabis was for a very rare type of epilepsy in young children.

Your doctor will help you find out whether medicinal cannabis might be right for your individual circumstances and which product and form of administration would work best for you.

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that stems from traumatic experiences. PTSD can result in a wide range of comorbidities such as insomnia, increased stressed levels, anxiety induced panic attacks, and depression.

Some people are more resistant to trauma than others or have a more robust and supportive social network, consequently, what is labelled as a ‘traumatic event’ differs from person to person. In general, once any of the above-mentioned signs occur – whether linked to a specific event or not – it is best to seek medical advice. Healthcare professionals use questionnaires alongside the DSM-5 framework to diagnose PTSD.

PTSD is often treated with a combination of therapy and medication. Due to some of the negative side effects of traditional pharmaceutical treatment, in recent years there has been an increase in research looking into cannabis medication as an alternative approach to managing these conditions. It is thought that, as part of the endocannabinoid system, phyto-cannabinoids are able to indirectly modulate other neurotransmitters such as dopamine or serotonin. It is important to recognise that cannabis treatment for PTSD is very much dependent on the individual patient, their personal history, and the form their PTSD takes.

Your doctor will help you find out whether medicinal cannabis might be right for your individual circumstances and which product and form of administration would work best for you.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition often associated with sensations similar to that of chronic pain but without the associated physical inflammation or tissue damage. Fibromyalgia is often linked to neuropathic or nociplastic pain, where there is an altered function in the pain-related sensory pathways. It is believed that pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord develop a memory of pain that was caused by a physical or cognitive traumatic event and get over sensitive to certain sensations in the aftermath.

The location and intensity of the resulting pain can differ from person to person, but patients often report multiple pain points throughout the body. Comorbidities often include – insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. The complexity of symptoms for fibromyalgia makes it difficult to diagnose, so healthcare professionals use multiple tools like MRI and CT scanning, and blood tests to diagnose this condition to rule out other possibilities like arthritis.

Traditional pain medication like opioids or benzodiazepines are often used in conjunction with physiotherapy to treat this condition. As the condition cannot be treated or cured directly, doctors focus on treating and managing symptoms.

Your doctor will help you find out whether medicinal cannabis might be right for your individual circumstances and which product and form of administration would work best for you.