Cannabis Health magazine, Integro Medical Clinics and Cannabis Patients Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS) are pleased to present a four-part webinar series exploring the experience of women who have struggled to feel supported by the healthcare system when seeking a diagnosis. It is widely understood that the current model of medicine has largely ignored the complexity of the female body.
Women’s pain is not acted on as quickly, many conditions can often present differently in women than in men and therefore take longer to diagnose, and many women are still unaware of female health conditions such as pelvic inflammatory syndrome or vulvodynia. They can end up living with the symptoms for many years before they are correctly diagnosed and treated. Increasingly women are finding that cannabis-based medicines (CBM’s) can be the key to managing their health conditions.
Since CBM’s legalisation two years ago, many female patients have discovered that the rebalancing of their endocannabinoid system can be incredibly helpful in the management of conditions ranging from endometriosis, bladder & nerve pain, gynaecological pain and PMS to mental health conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and depression. Aimed at both the general public and caregivers, this series aims to discuss the application of cannabis medicines in the management of complex female health conditions and to highlight some of the wider issues surrounding gender inequalities which are played out in our modern medical model.
We will discuss openly and candidly the realities of living with chronic women’s health conditions through patient testimonies. The first webinar in this series will focus on health issues of women under the age of 30.
Laura – Laura is a reproductive health advocate and health blogger with a devoted following who writes The Endo Monologues, a satirical diary about her experience of living with endometriosis, adenomyosis, vaginismus and vulvodynia from the point of view of her uterus (called Patricia). Her blog of the same name features reviews as well as information and advice on a wide range of topics such as: living with a chronic illness, gynaecological/sexual health and mental health.
Abby Hughes – Abby is an endometriosis patient who uses CBM’s to help with gynaecological pain as well as her ADHD & autism. She is a patient access consultant for Drug Science’s Project Twenty21, Europe’s largest medicinal cannabis registry evidencing safety and efficacy. A co-founder of PlantEd Collective, she is interested in the integration of evidence-based plant medicine within mainstream healthcare, particularly in the areas of chronic pain and mental health.
Dr Sally Ghazaleh – is a Pain Management Consultant at the Whittington Hospital, and the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. She also prescribes cannabis-based medicines and is the Women’s Pain Expert at Integro Medical Clinics. Sally 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. She is fluent in Arabic, English and Hungarian.
Sarah Higgins – Clinical Nurse Specialist – Sarah is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, with over 10 years’ experience working in the NHS. She developed an interest in medical cannabis and its application in women’s health following the implementation of routine screening for recreational drug use in sexual and reproductive health services. On exploring this further she identified a trend in which women were often self-medicating with cannabis for hormone related difficulties. She is the women’s health lead at non-profit organisation CPASS Nurse’s Arm.
Date & Time:
Wednesday 12th May 19:00 – 20:30 (BST)
The webinar is completely free of charge
Please contact Jessica Smith on 07710274661 or firstname.lastname@example.org