Written By: Sam Milam
Menopause is a natural transition for women to experience as they age. Menopause is the point in time where a woman hasn’t had a period for 12 months. The menopausal transition before this time, and leading up to it, is called perimenopause. Some of the symptoms associated with this transition are hot flashes, mood swings, painful sex, depression, and trouble sleeping. If you, or someone you know, suffer from some of these not-so-fun issues, could CBD oil help alleviate some of the symptoms? Let’s take a look at the information available out there.
What Can You Expect With Menopause and The Menopausal Transition
Menopause typically occurs anywhere between 45 and 55 years old. It can also last anywhere between 7 and 14 years. So there is a lot of room for unique experiences amongst individuals. While this transition occurs, the body might produce varying estrogen and progesterone amounts, which can cause a myriad of symptoms. Once menopause has landed, these hormones are much lower and can contribute to hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
As you move through this period of your life, it can feel off-balance and emotional. You’re getting older, and your body is telling you so. This can feel scary and exacerbate anxiety and sleep struggles. With the help of CBD oil, you can find a little relief, a softening of the edges, if you will, to help you move through this process more gracefully and feel at your best.
The Endocannabinoid System and The Female Body
The Endocannabinoid System is a powerful entity in the body responsible for balancing and regulating many of the body’s processes, including things like immune response, metabolism, memory, pain sensations, and communication between cells. It’s a newer discovery when it comes to systems in the body, and still has much to explore.
The primary cannabinoid receptors in the body, CB1, and CB2 are located mostly in the brain and central nervous system, and then in the immune system, respectively. CBD is known to stimulate these receptors that are essentially responsible for achieving homeostasis on many levels within the body. The endocannabinoid system has a substantial impact on fertility, reproduction, endocrine function, and other functions of the body, as well as the secondary symptoms like temperature regulation, pain, sleep, memory, that can result from reproductive “events” like perimenopause, menopause, and even just your monthly cycle.
Can CBD Oil Alleviate Perimenopause and Menopause Symptoms?
As we’ve discussed previously, studies on CBD and its effect on the body are limited due to that small problem of the federal government being anti-cannabis on many fronts. The good news is that the people are speaking, and laws are changing. CBD is legal federally, with stipulations that it can’t contain more than 0.3% THC (and states raining down heavier regulations like the necessity of a prescription to purchase it).
With all of that being said, the research done so far and the overwhelming anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD oil can alleviate many of the symptoms associated with menopause. As women experience menopause, their estrogen levels drop, contributing to issues like pain and inflammation. Even though there isn’t much specific research between CBD oil and menopause, studies have shown promising results that CBD oil is a great option to help with inflammation in the body. While a healthy lifestyle and diet are also essential to treat inflammation, using CBD oil in conjunction with other therapies is a potentially viable solution.
Which symptoms have CBD shown to have a positive impact on?
- Anxiety and moodiness
- Sleep struggles
- Vaginal lubrication (if used topically)
- Aches and pains
CBD is a useful tool for anyone suffering from these symptoms, but knocking all of them out with a single product is an ideal scenario. Of course, you should always collaborate with your supportive healthcare provider to ensure you utilize the best strategies and treatment methods for your specific needs.
While more research is needed to understand the link between the endocannabinoid system and menopause and other female-specific hormone-related conditions, there is definitely promise when it comes to the research that already exists when it comes to the treatment of many of the symptoms that are a by-product of menopause.
It is believed that a THC-CBD combination has more powerful effects when it comes to the more severe symptoms of menopause. Low THC and high cannabidiol strains have shown promise in treating issues like depression and inflammation (using the power of the Entourage Effect), and these combinations provide potentially low-risk treatment options for those who are looking for alternative solutions to taking artificial hormones.
CBD oil is an option worth considering for those looking to find relief from perimenopause and menopause symptoms. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, though, and might require some experimentation with doses (in collaboration with your healthcare provider), as well as in conjunction with other treatment options to find what works best for your specific concerns. All in all, this potent cannabinoid shows promise when it comes to improving your overall quality of life, even as you age.
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