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Hot Flashes: Marijuana Treatment

For those who want to nit pick, I know all about Estrogen, Progesterone, Soybean products and Tamoxiphen-- so adjust your girdles and keep reading.

Hot flashes

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Several years ago I wrote an article Endometriosis: Marijuana Treatment for One of the comments/responses was that cannabis was also effective for HOT FLASHES. I have been expecting 3 years now for other ladies to write in their comments, positive or negative. No responses!

I elected to search the subject online myself. What showed up was: Marijuana and Hot Flashes, Can it Make Them Worse?, along with 1.75 million other results. It was a mixed bag. One thread on a blog spoke directly to the question of hot flashes, and that Cannabis is successful in managing them.

The strange thing about it all was that many of the articles strayed from the title and some even said that Marijuana caused hot flashes.

To the contrary, it is well known that Marijuana causes dilation of blood vessels (blood-shot eyes are an example of this) but after interviewing about 5000 Medical Marijuana patients I never heard anyone complain of hot flashes from its use.

Looking through the articles on the subject, I read that there are about 40 (give or take) herbs which have been used for the hot flashes problem which means that most don’t work or only provide minimal relief.

In my regular medical practice, I heard from women who became alcoholics and/or addicted to Valium-like drugs, anti-depressants or even worse-addicting drugs.

For those who want to nit pick, I know all about Estrogen, Progesterone, Soybean products and Tamoxiphen-- so adjust your girdles and keep reading.

Don’t ask me how Marijuana works for hot flashes. I do know that Queen Victoria and thousands of other women have used it for PMS, morning sickness, menstrual cramps, obstetrical analgesia and probably many more female problems.

It is also used for brain problems, in addition to euphoria. It does affect short term memory but it is useful for pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gerhigs disease, tourettes, alzheimers, certain psychoses, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, autism, insomnia, and is good for getting patients off opiate and opioid addictions, alcoholism, tobacco addiction and a whole lot more.

If anyone has first-hand experience with cannabis success, or if you think you know how Marijuana/Cannabis works for hot flashes please email me.



Dr. Phil Leveque is’s Medical Expert

Dr. Leveque has a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, working as an osteopathic physician and forensic toxicologist. He is currently a non-practicing physician in Oregon who has testified in over 400 court cases as an expert witness and continues to share his wisdom through speaking engagements and special events, as well as with readers far and wide. Phil Leveque has always been a fighter, from his days in the Army during World War Two, when he captured 26 Nazi officers in a single day -by himself - to the rigors of being a Professor while also a full-time medical student.

He spent 25 years as a Professor, teaching in 10 different colleges and universities in the U.S., and two years teaching in Africa through the University of London where he had the opportunity to help train the first physicians in Tanzania. He was also offered the position of Chief Toxicologist for Baltimore, Maryland, offered Chairman of Pharmacology in Texas and Deanship at the Osteopathic College in California.

He then settled down as a retired professor in Oregon, and continued to pursue an occupation as an osteopathic physician and forensic toxicologist.

Dr. Leveque was an integral force in the passing of Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Act in 1998, and co-founder of the THC Clinic in Portland, Oregon. He was a vigilant patient activist throughout his battle with the Oregon Medical Board, earning him the moniker “Most dangerous doctor in Oregon” and continues to serve the public good as a national spokesperson. (For consult or to invite Dr. Leveque to your event, contact via email, below)

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Elaine May 19, 2016 7:29 am (Pacific time)

Cbd makes my hot flashes worse.

Victoria December 20, 2014 12:03 am (Pacific time)

Hey there! I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis.. I suffer from many symptoms but the ones that are most troublesome are hot flashes and cold sweats that happen continuously.. The hot flashes make me very dizzy and nauseated.. I have been smoking marijuana for the pain I experience from my PCOS & Endo.. What I have noticed is that on the nights I run out, my hot flashes and night sweats come back. The only time I am pain free, hot flash free, cold sweats free, anxiety free, insomnia free, depression free, and not nauseated is when I have smoked a little bit of pot.. There are studies now showing that marijuana aids those who are insulin resistant and can help balance hormones. Those are two huge components with PCOS and Endometriosis. I honestly don't know what I would do without it.. I don't want to live the rest of my life on pain killers, mood stabilizers, and hormone stabilizers.

Diane Jones September 15, 2012 10:53 pm (Pacific time)

I had a hystectomy last yr,I took the horomone pills,it didn`t help,then I did the synthetic weed and it worked no hot flashes but then my son about died from the fake stuff,so we went back to the real weed,and we are so much better,hardly any hot flashes or night sweats.

gracie May 14, 2012 10:23 am (Pacific time)

im a smoker of 25 years. just recently started hot flashes. Mother!!! im 47 years old. would love to talk to someone write this as im experiencing a hot flash!!

gracie May 14, 2012 10:22 am (Pacific time)

im a smoker of 25 years. just recently started hot flashes. Mother!!! im 47 years old. would love to talk to someone.

gp March 15, 2011 5:52 am (Pacific time)

Doc, We have not worn girdles since we began smoking pot in the '60's. We threw them out as we threw off the mantle of masculine domination. This was prior to bra burning and at the time of $10 baggies. However, from personal experience, the best way to avoid hot flashes is a little tofu or soy milk every day. I never tried cannabis for hot flashes but think that sleep deprivation caused by the flashes did make me irritable and a bit of cannabis would have helped with that aspect.

Irishgawdess March 15, 2011 5:27 am (Pacific time)

Thank you Dr. Leveque! You wrote, " ...I do know that Queen Victoria and thousands of other women have used it for PMS, morning sickness, menstrual cramps, obstetrical analgesia and probably many more female problems."

As a related side note, yesterday someone told me marijuana also has a disinfectant quality. I wouldn't doubt it! Hemp makes an excellent cleaning product. Throughout history, women working as mid-wives were often associated with witch craft because of their ability to save lives. In concert with their treatments for many facets of being female, e.g., childbirth, PMS, painful menstrual cycles, and ovarian cysts among them, their use of herbs and water to sterilize all the areas they worked or lived in was incredible. The miracle to both give life and save life. Yes, I can see how mysterious that must have seemed when many others around them were in pain or dying.

The four examples I used above are personal to me. Coincidentally, I just tried a mmj strain today renowned for its qualities that help many women with the same symptoms as well as others you mentioned in your article. I have anecdotal information I'd love to share with you related to dilation of blood vessels, and what differences med mj has made to my hormonal system, vs. pharma hormones, for example, and in a relatively short time. However, you're asking us women to just "lay it all out there" for the world to see when it really feels too personal to do that. You'd think that after two C-sections and the loss of modesty during those and other "female-related" procedures in hospital I would have toughened up enough to just let it all hang out!

"Newsroom" just seems a bit too exposed. If you provide a more private email address, I would love to write you about my own observations. Maybe other women would respond as well with little more anonymity provided them? You are asking the right questions; it would be interesting to collect data, even if it's anecdotal. Women know their bodies, and I believe we should be trusted to report actual details about them.

Thanks again! Irish

EDITOR: Just FYI, all emails with "To Dr. Leveque" in the subject line go directly to him. Feel free to write at will, your privacy is protected. 

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