From night sweats and bouts of anxiety to hot flashes and more, the symptoms of menopause can make life difficult for any woman. But, what if there was an all-natural remedy that not only dealt with the pains of menopause but provided much-needed comfort? We are happy to share that it exists. And it’s called CBD. Finally, the extraordinary cannabinoid is getting the recognition it deserves. Although we are still in the preliminary stages, scientific evidence has been streaming in about its therapeutic potential on our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) — a biological system that exists in all vertebrates that controls everything from mood and appetite to body temperature and pain.
It’s commonly theorized that a poorly functioning ECS system can lead to health conditions such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and you guessed — menopause, and many others. Thanks to legislation and public sentiment, however, CBD could be the help women are looking for. Before utilizing cannabis’ CBD, it’s important to know the facts.
First, What Is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural occurrence in a women’s life that dawns the end of their childbearing ability, which leads to a massive decline in fertility hormones, known as estrogen. Typically, menopause starts around age 40, but there are outliers. Some women can start this process as early as the age of 30, while others may not experience this change until their 60’s.
Menopause differs for every person, but for some, the changes are debilitating, and can greatly affect their lives. As one’s menstrual cycle comes to an end, so too does the production of estrogen in the ovaries, which is claimed to decrease endocannabinoid levels. Low levels of estrogen seemingly disrupt the endocannabinoid system, causing a litany of symptoms that vary in intensity, from mild discomfort to life-disrupting.
Symptoms of Menopause
- Mood changes
- Night Sweats
- Hair loss
- Reduced sex drive
- Hot flashes
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Weight gain
- Frequent UTI’s
- Dry skin
What is CBD and How Can It Help With Menopause?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Unlike it’s more well-known botanical sister THC, CBD won’t get you high. By manipulating the chemicals involved in the endocannabinoid system, CBD could potentially be one of the most promising low-risk medicines to date. Of particular interest is the way that CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors found throughout the female reproductive system in the ECS.
Estrogen regulates the FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) enzyme that breaks down certain endocannabinoids. But, as we’ve learned, low estrogen levels can also change endocannabinoid levels. As a result, necessary functions in the body that regulate mood, sleep, pain, and appetite, and others struggle to function properly. Turns out that by directly interacting with our endocannabinoid system, CBD has the ability to augment these functions. Such action effectively increases endocannabinoid levels, thus, reduces menopause and its range of symptoms — from the tiresome to the really troublesome.
Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, usually characterized as an intense buildup in body heat. By inhibiting the action of FAAH, CBD can increase anandamide levels in the body, an endocannabinoid that helps regulate body temperature.
Estrogen rounds up endocannabinoids, which causes mood changes. But, it’s been documented that CBD can stabilize mood in a similar way to antidepressants in the brain, reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mood-related disorders.
Your body needs estrogen for strong bones. Low levels of the hormone can lead to osteoporosis, which can cause low bone density, increasing the chances of fractures or bruises. Some research has found that CBD interacts with a cannabinoid receptor (CB1) that may reduce the rate of bone density loss.
If left untreated, sleep loss can affect other areas of a woman’s life. According to research, CBD may be useful in treating sleep disturbances through its work of stabilizing blood pressure and relaxing the muscles.
Menopause has several painful conditions that restrict women from engagement and productivity. CBD is an effective pain agent, as it inhibits certain cellular processes that cause joint stiffness, inflammation, migraines, and muscle aches.
Women’s skin can take some pretty hard hits during menopause. For improved skin quality, there are certain CBD topical creams that can help to encourage oil production when experiencing dry or damaged skin.
Estrogen replacement therapy (namely HRT) is a common conventional treatment for menopause, however, it comes with substantial risks, like breast cancer, stroke or heart attack. CBD is without any negative side effects, which makes it a safer and highly effective hormonal replacement alternative.
How To Use CBD To Treat Menopause
From capsules and sublingual sprays to topical creams and vape oils, there are many methods to get localized CBD delivery, though, it all depends on the desired effect and problem area. Whatever you choose, know that the dosage for each CBD product can vary greatly. That said, we recommend that you follow standard dosing instructions: slowly increase and monitor until symptoms improve ideally first after speaking with your primary healthcare provider.
WRITTEN BY: Mell Green, a cannabis writer with 5 years of industry experience.
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