Women entering menopause today have quite a lot going for them. Besides looking a decade younger than their actual age and leading healthier and more active lifestyles, women today have better tools and menopausal treatment options than ever before. Among these treatments include looking beyond traditional medicine and hormone replacement therapy towards holistic, alternative health treatments to help them through menopause -- including CBD oil!
What is Menopause?
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and, therefore, her fertility. But make no mistake – menopause is anything but easy!
Menopause is not a disease or a syndrome but, in fact, a collection of very uncomfortable and often-times debilitating symptoms that accompany “the change.” Blistering hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia are only some of the symptoms associated with menopause. As the body becomes increasingly deficient in the estrogen hormone, these symptoms can increase in severity and often last years.
CBD For Menopause: How Can It Help
In recent years, there has been a growing body of clinical and anecdotal evidence suggesting that CBD, or cannabidiol, could alleviate some of menopause’s harshest symptoms.
But how do CBD oil and menopause go together? It all starts in a woman’s endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS system is responsible for utilizing our naturally-occurring, cannabis-like molecules called “endocannabinoids” to “maintain bodily homeostasis: [a] biological harmony in response to changes in the environment.”
In the 1990s, scientists discovered that cannabis could mimic and work alongside our naturally-present endocannabinoids to combat stress, inflammation, and more. From there scientific studies on CBD have expanded to explore how CBD oil can manage and even eliminate some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
Reduce Depression and Anxiety
For instance, a 2010 study on mice showed how CBD operated similarly to antidepressants in the brain, reducing the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety disorders. While this study did not specifically study CBD for menopause, with mood swings and bouts of depression and anxiety topping the list of dreaded menopause symptoms, this is a significant finding. Women experiencing anxiety and depression during menopause could find relief by turning to CBD for its ability to regulate stress and stabilize their moods
Insomnia is another dreaded symptom of menopause. A 2016 study on a PTSD sufferer showed that CBD oil was able to quickly reduce sleep disturbances caused by anxiety. With continued, regular use, CBD was able to continually improve the sufferer’s “sleep scale score.” These studies show that, paired with CBD’s effects on anxiety, CBD oil shows promise to menopausal women struggling with sleeplessness and sleep anxiety during menopause.
Regulate Your Body's Cooling System
CBD also has the potential to treat hot flashes and night sweats which are notorious for disrupting the daily routine and quality of life for most menopausal women. Hot flashes are triggered by altered neurochemistry in the hypothalamus and can make even the slightest change in temperature feel overwhelming. By influencing the body’s natural production of serotonin, CBD could help regulate the body’s cooling system and bring relief to menopausal women.
It’s only a matter of time before further studies reveal the many ways in which CBD for menopause could help support women during their stages of life. In the meantime, current evidence --combined with numerous instances of anecdotal evidence -- is beginning to show how CBD oil can help menopausal women.
Getting Started with Kanavia
All of our products -- ranging from our natural CBD oils to our broad-spectrum CBD capsules -- are crafted using organically-grown, US-sourced, pharmaceutical-grade hemp. We then submit all of our CBD products to rigorous third-party labs for testing to ensure the CBD you purchase is 100% free of THC, pesticides, and heavy metals.
If you want to learn more about CBD for menopause or how our products could help you, please feel free to contact our healthcare professionals for personalized information. In general, however, we suggest women experiencing menopause use CBD oil in the following ways:
Mornings: Take one Premium CBD Softgel with your favorite morning beverage to help keep daytime symptoms at bay. For additional support with aches, pains, and inflammation, explore our Premium CBD Softgels with Curcumin.
Evenings: One hour before bed, take a full dropper (1ml) from one of Kanavia’s CBD oil tinctures (we have products ranging from flavorless CBD oil to orange and mint CBD oil options!) to aid with rest and relaxation.
At Kanavia Organics, our team is passionate about helping women across the country discover the holistic support they need to cope with the changes of menopause. As with any treatment plan, consistency is key with CBD! If you would like to learn more about the benefits of full-spectrum CBD or have questions about CBD oil and menopause, please feel free to contact us.