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Medical Marijuana and Interstitial Cystitis

What Is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (also known simply as painful bladder syndrome) is and debilitating condition in which patients tend to experience bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pelvic pain. Typically, patients who have been diagnosed with condition suffer from symptoms that are ranging from mild discomfort to severe and debilitating pain. A change in symptoms may intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties. Specifically speaking about women, their symptoms often get worse during menstruation. They may sometimes even experience pain during vaginal intercourse.

With interstitial cystitis, these signals that tell your body it's time to go to the bathroom get mixed up, in turn patients then feel the need to urinate more often and with smaller volumes of urine than most people. It should be noted that interstitial cystitis most often affects women and can have a long-lasting impact on a patient's quality of life. Although there's no treatment that reliably eliminates interstitial cystitis, alternative medications such as medical marijuana and other therapies may offer relief.

Medical Marijuana and Interstitial Cystitis

Similar to urinary tract infections, painful bladder syndrome is not caused by bacterial infection, meaning antibiotics are of no help. While there is no known cure for the disease, there are, however, a number of options available for those hoping to relieve their chronic symptoms. One of these beneficial options would be medicinal marijuana. Marijuana helps trigger the activation of the CB2 receptors which are seemingly the primary inhabitants of inflammation.

Marijuana may also reduce swelling and bladder weight. When considering that phytocannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are known to activate the CB2 receptors, one can conclude that medical marijuana could be of benefit in the treatment of chronic bladder diseases.

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