If you, or a loved one are going through the menopause and looking for natural remedies to deal with the symptoms, chances are that someone around you may have recommended CBD to you due to its benefits.
For those not familiar with the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant, it may not be your go to option first off, but it is helping people combat a plethora of physical and psychological ailments, and it’s ability to support common symptoms of menopause is well with exploring.
Read on to find out everything about CBD (and other cannabinoids) and using it for menopause.
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound that can be found in cannabis plants. It is famous for its medicinal properties. CBD will not get you high since it is a non-psychoactive compound.
CBD comes from the stalks and leaves of the cannabis plant and is extracted with the help of a Co2 extraction process. You can find CBD in the form of isolate, oil, edibles, and even topicals.
What are the amazing benefits of using CBD for menopause?
Menopause can be a daunting time for women, due to the many changes going on inside the body. Two women won’t be impacted in exactly the same way and it is a very personal journey to be on, so treatment to support your symptoms will likely also benefit from a tailored approach. It can disrupt both your physical as well as mental wellbeing. But, CBD might come to your rescue. Here are some benefits of the cannabinoid for menopause:
1. May improve mood swings
A majority of women feel frequent mood changes during menopause. The hormonal changes in the body can be the culprit behind the mood swings. CBD can communicate with the endocannabinoid system in your body to help you deal with mood swings. The endocannabinoid system is a highly complex structure of cells that can regulate the bodily processes. It produces cannabinoids, which bind with receptors present in the body to change the process. Similarly, CBD can also communicate with the endocannabinoid system to improve your mood and help you feel calm and relaxed.
2. Aid digestion
Menopause can also bring along bloating, inflammation, and cramps, much like periods. The changes happening inside your body can significantly affect your digestion and lead to serious troubles like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). CBD is an anti-inflammatory agent, and it may help reduce the inflammation caused by IBS. It might also improve digestion and reduce the chances of bloating. CBG (cannabigerol) is another non intoxicating cannabinoid and has shown to have even greater impact on gut inflammation so could be more effective if this is the symptom area you are struggling with.
3. Can restore hormonal imbalance
The menopause transition is marked by hormonal changes in women. You can experience a fluctuation in the level of the hormones cortisol, prolactin, and even estrogen. During menopause, estrogen, the primary female sex hormone gets affected the most. Any changes in the level can affect your body. When cannabinoids like CBD, CBG and CBC interact with your endocannabinoid system, they may also help regulate the hormonal imbalance in your body. This of course works depending on each person individually.
4. May help alleviate pain
Pain can also be quite common when you are going through menopause. Headaches, joint pains, inflammation, breast pain, and so much more are associated to the menopause. There is also an increased risk of developing arthritis. More than 60% of women from the age-group of 40 to 60 years go through muscle and joint pain. CBD might be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation and make your life easier. CBC and CBG are also power anti inflammatory supplements, anecdotally having a greater impact on pain reduction, especially when taken alongside CBD. After all we have an Endocannabinoid System and not an Ibuprofen or Paracetamol system.
5. Improves sleep
Difficulty sleeping is one of the most common symptoms. You may also feel stressed, anxious, and experience hot flashes which can hamper the quality and quantity of sleep you get. You can feel tired and restless the next day if you don’t get enough sleep. The cannabinoid CBD might help relax your body and mind and sleep better. It may also alter your sleep schedule to ensure you get more quality sleep each night and wake up fresh the next day. If this is a symptom affecting you then considering CBC for its increased mood lifting ability, or adding functional terpenes to your supplement regime could make a real difference to your ability to switch off and get a great nights sleep. And sleep really does help everything!
Going through the menopause phase is inevitable, and its symptoms may affect your life significantly. While you may have to go through the menopause, there is no reason for you to suffer through it. HRT is great for some and not others, so seeking out natural help that works for you is well worth exploring.
Here at Tincture Tailor we are soon to launch a package of oils designed to support women’s health and common menopausal symptoms, support temperature regulation, mood, sleep, bone health and much more.
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