Interstitial cystitis, also referred to as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition that causes bladder pressure, bladder pain and pelvic pain ranging from mild discomfort to severe discomfort. For most people, when their bladder is full, it signals your brain through pelvic nerves that you need to go to the bathroom. Interstitial cystitis occurs because your brain mixes up these signals, as you feel the need to urinate more often and with smaller volumes of urine than the average person. Interstitial cystitis occurs more often in women and it can impact the quality of life.


The cause behind interstitial cystitis isn’t known, but there are many factors that contribute. Sufferers may have a defect in the protective lining of their bladder that allows toxic substances found in urine to irritate your bladder wall. There are other unproven but possible factors that include an autoimmune reaction, heredity, allergy or infection.

Risk Factors

Your gender is a major risk factor, as women are diagnosed with interstitial cystitis more often than men are. Fair skin and red hair are also associated with a greater risk of developing this syndrome, as well as age and whether or not you have a chronic pain disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia.


There is no one set of symptoms that signify whether or not you have interstitial cystitis. Your symptoms also may vary over time and respond to triggers such as menstruation, sitting for long periods of time, stress, exercise and sexual activity.  You may experience periods of time without any symptoms at all.

Symptoms include the following:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pain in your pelvis or between the anus and vagina in women
  • A constant, urgent need to urinate
  • Urinating frequently and in small amounts throughout both the day and night (up to 60 times a day)
  • Pain or discomfort while the bladder fills up
  • Pain during sex

Medical Marijuana for Interstitial Cystitis

Medical marijuana can help ease the pain that sufferers with interstitial cystitis endure. It can help trigger CB2 receptors that are linked to inflammation. Medical marijuana can also reduce swelling and bladder weight, providing relief for interstitial cystitis sufferers.

Contact Greenhouse Dispensaries

Living with interstitial cystitis affects you on a daily basis, so it is worth exploring the benefits that medical marijuana has to offer in order to find relief. If you have interstitial cystitis, your first step is to obtain your registry identification card. Once you have done so, visit any of our Greenhouse locations to speak with a team member about how medical cannabis can help you.