Welcome to our Women’s Health Week special where we meet nurse practitioner Caroline Dwyer from specialist medical cannabis consultancy CA Clinics. Caroline is an experienced addiction and sexual health specialist with extensive experience in treating women’s health issues. Here she answers some common questions around women’s health and the breakthroughs that are being made with medicinal cannabis. Emma Castle reports.

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Nurse practitioner Caroline Dwyer says more women are asking about the health benefits of medical cannabis as word of mouth spreads.

Caroline Dwyer, CA Clinics: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), endometriosis, menopause, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia and vaginismus.

Because of the anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and analgaesic properties of medical cannabis, it’s helpful for a number of conditions.

In female health, especially gynaecological health, we learn a lot about treating the symptoms of pain but it’s more about how we treat the patient and help them manage what they are going through. We know that medicinal cannabis works quite well for this.

Regarding delivery modes, you can use CBD oil, soft gels, wafers or dried flowers (smoked/inhaled).

We are also looking at things like medicinal cannabis-soaked tampons or suppositories that could be used at the source to relieve pain and cramping.

CBD oil can assist with easing the mood disruption and insomnia that often occur in menopause, but it also changes the psychology of how the person deals with those symptoms.