Learn all about CBD and Menopause
Menopause is a natural aging process.
Lifestyle changes and a positive approach can make a big difference in getting through this important life stage.
The list of symptoms associated with menopause is long and can make us feel worried, anxious and pessimistic. So we want to share with you some ideas for taking a positive approach to this very stereotypical mindset that surrounds menopause.
An overview of female and male menopause
The midlife crisis affects both men and women.
While women experience a decrease in estrogen levels, andropause affects men 50 and older who see a decrease in their testosterone levels.
But andropause is a debatable subject.
Of the studies indicate that not all men go through this phase, although the symptoms may be similar to those faced by women.
Is CBD Beneficial During Menopause?
Let's start by understanding that menopause is a natural process of transformation in your mind, body, and even your soul.
Menopause can lead to a wide range of physical symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, weight gain due to reduced metabolism, urinary incontinence, dizziness, headache, decrease in bone density, joint pain, breast tenderness, hair growth in unwanted areas of the body, etc.
We can also see in some people mood swings, irritability, difficulty concentrating, etc.
As people age, they are generally more prone to feelings of insecurity and anxiety.
Also, vaginal dryness and decreased estrogen levels can affect libido.
As we have described in other articles, CBD helps to respond to some of these symptoms by acting on hormonal imbalances and mental stress.
Of the works have shown that the interaction of phytocannabinoids and terpenes has a synergistic effect. Terpenes such as myrcene, linalool, and caryophyllene help fight pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, and bacterial infections.
Other studies also show that women can find comfort in times ofinsomnia or hot flashes when using CBD products.
Does CBD Help Balance Hormones?
The endocrine system is made up of glands responsible for producing hormones that regulate growth, metabolism, reproduction, mood, and sexual health.
Therefore, fluctuations in these hormones lead to an increase in health problems like diabetes, thyroid disorders, obesity, osteoporosis and more.
In women, puberty, pregnancy, lactation and menopause are important biological events that trigger hormonal fluctuations.
A research conducted in 2018 highlights the connection between the endocannabinoid system and the functions of the endocrine system. Cannabis-derived compounds exert their effect by acting on cannabinoid receptors.
Another one study suggests that CBD interferes with the secretion of cortisol (hormone produced from cholesterol).
Estrogen and the endocannabinoid system have interactions direct and indirect. The endocannabinoid system notably affects the release of estrogen through the central downregulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH).
Which CBD products are good for menopause?
CBD products are available in several forms that allow you to choose what suits your needs. This includes CBD oils, CBD capsules, CBD e-liquids, CBD supplements, CBD creams, etc.
If you are new to CBD, we recommend microdosing to see how your body reacts.
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain all of the cannabinoids and terpenes that can cause the entourage effect. You can take a few drops sublingually or add them to your diet, two or three times a day. It takes 15-20 minutes for it to be absorbed by your body and the effect can last between 4-6 hours.
CBD capsules are a good option. The absorption time is usually 60 minutes, but its effect can last from 6 to 10 hours. For experienced users, CBD concentrates may provide a faster absorption time as they are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
- Vaping is not recommended for women on hormone therapy or other challenges.
In the end, the ideal is to choose the support best suited to the symptoms you want to treat; If you have any questions, do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor.
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