Menopause is a season of change, but not always for the better. We now know CBD, can help
One of the symptoms associated with menopause is hot flashes. However, little is known about what causes them.
Another common symptom of menopause is mood swings. Estrogens directly affect a woman’s mood and when estrogen levels fluctuate, they can cause severe mood swings. It is also known that women have a higher risk of developing depression during the menopause process.
Pain is another symptom associated with this natural process that all women go through in their adult lives. Hormones fluctuate, and so does the menstrual cycle. This means that women go through irregular periods and, at times, can suffer from migraines and cramps.
Another symptom of decreased production of the hormone estrogen is bone loss. Estrogen plays a key role in the growth and repair of bones. A deficiency of this hormone causes bone loss and erosion. In 2009, a study found that cannabinoid receptors in our bodies directly affect bone formation. This means that treatment with cannabinoids could successfully reverse bone loss and prevent things like osteoporosis.
Insomnia can also be caused by the obstructive nature of other menopausal symptoms. If the woman experiences severe pain, hot flashes or chills during the night, this may prevent her from resting properly.
Pain during intercourse from dryness and vaginal atrophy
Dryness and loss of hair
Decreased sexual desire
Slower metabolism and weight gain
Increased prevalence of urinary tract infections
Role of the endocannabinoid system during menopause
The endocannabinoid system is a system of retrograde endogenous neurotransmitters composed of cannabinoid receptors. Its main function is to regulate endocrine, immune tissue, and brain functions. It also has secondary functions which include pain relief, sleep regulation, good bone growth, and mood stabilization.
During menopause, the system deteriorates and leads to deregulation of estrogen and progesterone. The symptoms of menopause come from this hormonal deregulation.
CBD for menopause
- It helps balance natural estrogen levels, which is great for dealing with anxiety and mood swings
- It has been shown to be beneficial in providing relief from body pain, because CBD is also primarily known to be useful in treating chronic, moderate and severe joint and muscle pain.
- CBD works wonders for managing depression and frustration, unlike harmful addictive drugs
- CBD naturally produces endocannabinoids in the body, making treatment more natural and less harmful
How to use CBD?
Depending on the problem area, there are several ways to use CBD. To improve skin quality, creams and oils for external use are made to be applied directly to the skin. For sleep disorders and mood swings, oils in the form of vapor or edible oils allow CBD to quickly penetrate into blood vessels. These can also be mixed with food or a liquid. Another method of use for localized action is the oils and sprays to be applied under the tongue. Certain cannabis species that are particularly high in CBD can be used as medical marijuana, subject to local laws.
How much CBD to use?
Everyone reacts differently to CBD. The recommended amount may vary from product to product, which can cause confusion. Also, the dosage may change depending on the CBD concentration of the oil used. On average, a dose of 25 mg per day is effective for most people. The amount can be increased little by little until the symptoms go away. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice on a more suitable dosage.
CBD is definitely one of the best answers to the challenges women face during their menopause. It should also be taken regularly for other types of illnesses and medical conditions, to help manage the common menopausal symptoms that every woman goes through during her lifetime.
- Hill, M. and Gorzalka, B. (2009). The Endocannabinoid System and the Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders. CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets, 8(6), pp.451-458. [↩]
- Kogan, Natalya M., et al. „Cannabidiol, a Major Non‐Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts.“ Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 30.10 (2015): 1905-1913. [↩]