CBD and Menopause
Menopause is a natural aging process. Lifestyle changes and a positive approach can make a big difference in navigating this important life stage. The list of symptoms associated with menopause is long and can make us feel worried, anxious and pessimistic. We would therefore like to share with you some ideas for adopting a positive approach to menopause.
The midlife crisis affects both men and women. While women experience a decrease in estrogen levels, andropause affects men aged 50 and older who see a decrease in their testosterone levels. But andropause is a debatable topic. Of the studies indicate that not all men go through this phase, even if the symptoms are similar to those of women.
Let's start by understanding that menopause is a process natural transformation. It acts on your mind, your body and even your soul. Menopause can cause a wide range of physical symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Also the sleeping troubles, weight gain due to reduced metabolism and urinary incontinence. Other symptoms include dizziness, headaches, decreased bone density, and joint pain. Not forgetting the sensitivity of the chest, the growth of hair in unwanted places on the body, etc.
Some people may also experience mood swings, irritability, difficulty concentrating, etc. As people age, they experience more feelings of insecurity and anxiety. Additionally, vaginal dryness and decreased estrogen levels can impact libido. As we have described in other articles, CBD helps address some of these symptoms. It can effectively act on hormonal imbalances and mental stress.
Work has shown that the interaction of phytocannabinoids and terpenes has a synergistic effect. THE terpenes such as myrcene, linalool and caryophyllene help fight pain, inflammation, anxiety and bacterial infections. Other studies also show that women can find comfort in case of insomnia or hot flashes when using CBD products.
The endocrine system consists of glands responsible for producing hormones. It regulates 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, breastfeeding and menopause are biological events important which trigger hormonal fluctuations.
A research conducted in 2018 highlights the link between the endocannabinoid system and the functions of the endocrine system. Cannabis derivatives exert their effect by acting on cannabinoid receptors. Another study suggests that CBD interferes with the secretion of cortisol (a hormone produced from cholesterol). Estrogen and the endocannabinoid system have direct and indirect interactions. The endocannabinoid system notably affects estrogen release through the central downregulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH).
CBD products are available under several forms which 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 a new CBD user, microdose to see how your body reacts.
THE full spectrum CBD oils contain all the cannabinoids and terpenes that can cause the entourage effect. You can take a few drops under the tongue or add them to your dishes or drinks, two or three times a day. You need to wait 15-20 minutes for this to be absorbed into your body and the effect can last between 4-6 hours.
THE CBD capsules are a good option for menopause. The absorption time is generally 60 minutes, but its effect can last 6 to 10 hours. For experienced users, CBD concentrates may provide a faster absorption time because they are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Vaping is not recommended for women undergoing hormone therapy or other challenges.
Ultimately, the ideal is to choose the support best suited to the symptoms you wish to treat; If you have any questions, do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor.
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