Menopause & CBD: Everything You Need to Know
Whether you’re ready for it or not, menopause is an inevitable biological change in every woman’s life. When the time comes, you may be surprised to see how little the medical industry has to offer in regards to treating perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. It seems that just recently, the medical field starting to notice the needs of women going through this life-changing event.
However, there is some good news: early CBD research, suggests that your favorite CBD oil may be your menopausal knight in shining armor. With potential benefits ranging from helping you get a good night’s sleep to relieving the stress, it is no wonder that more and more women are turning to CBD for relief. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the in’s and out’s of menopause and how cannabidiol (CBD) may be able to help.
To grasp how CBD may be able to relieve symptoms of menopause, we must first understand what causes this transformation. While we all may be familiar with the concept that a drop in estrogen triggers menopause, it is much more complicated than that.
Before menopause starts (a period called the perimenopause), women’s estrogen levels fluctuate unpredictably high or low before the final descent — and it’s not just estrogen that dips all over the map, but an entire array of lesser-known hormones that help keep our bodies running smoothly begin to seesaw as well. As a result, countless molecules in our bodies also begin to shift, brain neurochemistry changes, and our bodies start to produce more inflammatory molecules. From brain function to sleep patterns to achy joints, menopause changes the inner workings of women’s bodies in an often uncomfortable way. Although each woman will experience menopause differently, it can make a world of difference to proactively respond to the changes happening within our bodies to better our future health — and CBD may be able to help.
Benefits of CBD
As the medical industry offers few ways to deal with the symptoms of menopause, many women have turned to holistic alternatives like CBD. While more research is needed for conclusive evidence, the initial findings suggest that CBD may be to relieve many menopause-related symptoms due to its ability to affect our Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is an intricate system with tiny receptors all over the body that impact an array of functions like:
- Inflammatory Response
- Brain Function
- Reproduction and Fertility
Early studies suggest that CBD interacts with the ECS by binding or influencing its receptors to produce targeted results in these areas and more. In other words, CBD may be able to influence our inner workings through this relationship, including addressing specific menopausal symptoms.
There’s nothing quite like a good night’s rest, especially when your body adjusts to some profound change. Many peri-menopausal and menopausal women have trouble sleeping, which can trigger a whole host of issues like fatigue and a weakened immune system.
While several factors can spur on sleep deprivation, women suffering from night sweats or increased anxiety may find relief in CBD oil. In fact, people of all genders and ages report that CBD formulations, like Reed’s Remedies Sleep, help them get a night of restorative sleep.
Next time you find yourself tossing and turning, try a few sprays of Reed’s Remedies, and you may be surprised at what you find. Not only does CBD melt away stress, but it also may influence the neurological functions causing your night-sweat-filled-nights — but more on that momentarily.
Fewer Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
If you have ever had a hot flash mid-lunch or had a rough night of sleep, you know how disruptive hot flashes and night sweats can be in your daily life. These “vasomotor” symptoms are caused by altered neurochemistry in the hypothalamus, aka your body’s thermostat control. In other words, your body’s cooling system — blood vessel dilation & sweat response — gets switched on by even the most minute change in temperature. When tested in the lab, women who suffer from hot flashes are triggered when their body temperatures increase by only 1.5 degrees. At the same time, other women’s bodies don’t switch on the “AC” unless their temperatures rise by nearly three full degrees.
Fortunately, many women have reported that CBD has helped them deal with hot flashes and night sweats. Although there aren’t studies that have specifically tested CBD for hot flashes, its influence on the ECS and our serotonin levels could explain why some women swear by CBD oil. Being that hot flashes have a neurological basis, serotonin plays an essential role in how we experience them — and adding cannabidiol to your daily routine may bring you the relief you need.
Improve Mood and Reduce Stress
During menopause, it is not uncommon for women to experience mood swings, depression, stress, and anxiety. Estrogen and progesterone influence the activity of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, which directly affect your mood. As the level of these hormones becomes erratic before its eventual decline, your neurochemistry will change, which can lead to shifts in your mood as well.
Beyond the glowing anecdotal evidence supporting CBD for stress, there is scientific evidence that backs up these findings. For example, one human study found that the test subjects that took CBD oil before an stress-inducing public speaking engagement were much more at ease than their counterparts who took the placebo. If it can work for them, CBD may also be the solution for you.
Supports a Healthy Inflammatory Response
Women experiencing menopause may also start to encounter pain in their muscles and joints. While many assume this is simply part of the aging process, there is more to it than that for women. As estrogen starts to decrease, our bodies begin to produce more inflammatory molecules, which may cause a spike in joint pain. More than 60% of women aged 40-64 say that they suffer from sore muscles and joint pain — but CBD may be able to help.
During menopause, it is more important than ever to reduce inflammation as it is usually the culprit behind minor aches and pains. Cannabidiol has proven to support a healthy inflammatory response that can help control some of these uncomfortable symptoms. Whether applied topically with Reed’s Remedies Soothe Balm or ingested, CBD may be an excellent source of relief for achy joints and tender muscles.
As with any supplement, be sure to check-in with your doctor before deciding to take the CBD plunge. Although there is an array of evidence supporting cannabidiol, it is essential to do your research to make the best decision for you and your body.
Whatever you decide, you can always rest assured that Reed’s Remedies is reliably sourced, lab-tested, and created with care so that you can take on your day — no matter what life may throw at you.