CBD has been gaining popularity as an alternative therapy for a number of conditions and symptoms. Amongst our customers are women using CBD for various women's health issues. These include menopause, period pains, endometriosis, fertility, hormone balance and skin conditions.
A survey has found that 55% of CBD users are women, which suggests that the cannabinoid shows promise in helping with female concerns. In this blog, we will explore how CBD may help with menopause, fertility, hormone balance, periods and skin conditions.
There are a number of symptoms that make the menopause uncomfortable for women. Hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, low mood, sleep disturbances, joint stiffness, aches and pains, headaches and more. These can cause problems in daily life, so most women are looking to curb these symptoms. So, how can CBD for menopause symptoms help?
During the menopause, your estrogen levels will be depleted and eventually dropping off entirely. When you don’t have estrogen your body will produce more inflammatory molecules. This is why issues such as arthritis, muscle and joint pain increase during these years. CBD is used by many to reduce inflammation as it has anti-inflammatory properties. This can help you with your aches and pains as you go through this new phase in your life.
As your hormones shift you might find yourself disturbed during the night. You might be unable to sleep, or unable to get back to sleep if you wake up. CBD can help to relax you and help you to drift back to sleep. It is used by people with sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
Hot flashes and night sweats are probably the symptoms you think of first when someone says menopause. They can cause distress and get in the way of daily activity and sleep too. CBD could help hot flashes due to the way in which it interacts with serotonin. If your hot flashes are beyond the help of CBD then some antidepressants and prescription medications can help too.
Estrogen and progesterone influence neurotransmitters in the brain. When these levels start to drop you may notice that you don’t feel as cheery and that you are more anxious than you used to be. This is normal. CBD can help by activating the serotonin receptors. Many customers use CBD for the sole purpose of helping with their anxiety and depression.
During the menopause, hormones will change dramatically. When your body doesn’t have estrogen you will need fewer calories in your diet. If you carry on eating the same and doing the same exercise then you will gain weight. Your body will naturally favour fat around the middle over lean muscle mass. CBD may be able to help as it can switch on the genes which relate to a healthy metabolism. The product can also help to reduce your appetite and is used by dieters for this reason.
When you don’t have estrogen your body will produce more inflammatory molecules. This is why issues such as arthritis, muscle and joint pain increase during this time in your life.
CBD has been known to help to decrease pain sensations. CBD interacts with brain receptors which receive chemical signals. When the receptors react with the CBD they help to reduce the pain. People use CBD for their chronic pain and inflammation, so there is no reason why it won't help with menstrual cramps.
CBD helps to reduce the production of prostaglandins. When the CB2 receptors are activated by the cannabinoid it prevents macrophages from releasing cytokines, which are inflammatory proteins.
CBD has been said to relax smooth muscle tissue. It is smooth muscle tissue which lines the uterus and therefore can be relaxed using CBD. Not only that, but blood vessels are also lined with this smooth muscle tissue. When the blood vessels relax they increase blood flow, relieving tissues that are starved from oxygen.
Aside from this, it can also help you to relax. So if you are feeling stressed, hot and bothered during this time you might want to give this a go.
Feeling grumpy in the lead up to your period? This is because of the shift in hormones which leads to both physical and emotional symptoms. The shift can affect serotonin levels which are linked to feeling irritable and sad. CBD may be able to help here.
CBD helps your body to use its own serotonin levels and boosts your mood as a result. Not only that, CBD may help you to relax and wind down before bed, beating that period insomnia that can happen. Having better sleep may also influence your mood.
CBD is a natural antioxidant. It counteracts free radical damage and inflammation. In turn, this can help to reduce the visibility of wrinkles, skin dullness or a ruddy skin tone. You can buy CBD infused skin creams, or you can add a CBD oil dose to your daily routine.
CBD also shows promise with conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and even acne. Having a way to fight these conditions will hopefully improve your confidence and make you look and feel radiant.
Hormones play a vital role in how the body functions efficiently. Having too much of one or too little of another can cause issues with metabolism, fertility, periods and growth. As we have touched on, hormones will shift during menopause and of course puberty, but they can also change due to lifestyle factors.
Symptoms of a hormone imbalance include:
One study found that CBD helps to regulate the secretion of cortisol. Cortisol is the stress activating hormone. Having too much of this hormone can affect weight, stress levels and mood, not to mention sleep.
CBD also contains omega fatty acids which are known to help with hormone regulation. You can also find these fatty acids in fish and eggs. However, if you want to ensure you’re getting a good dose you could add CBD oil to your daily routine.
If you are trying for a baby, no doubt you have been told to “relax and it will happen.” It can be easier said than done. There are a few indirect ways in which CBD may help with fertility.
CBD may help you to reduce your anxieties and stresses of daily life. If you are too stressed then ovulation could be delayed, which if you are timing baby-making, a delay in ovulation may throw you off. Not only that, reduced stress will probably boost your libido too!
If you are not getting enough sleep it may have an effect on fertility. The hormones that trigger ovulation may well be connected to the body’s sleep-wake pattern. If you lose sleep over a longer period of time it can affect the release of LH which triggers ovulation. As a result, you may have an irregular cycle.
As we have touched on, CBD contains Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 can help to boost the quality of your eggs.
Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK and as many as 10% of females worldwide. The condition may prevent women from attending school or work, as well as leading a normal life. In this blog, we are going to look at whether CBD for endometriosis could help combat the pain, naturally. It is way more than your standard period cramps, the pain can often be chronic.
This is a condition in which the cells, like the ones which line the womb, are found surrounding other organs and parts of the body, such as the ovaries, bowel, bladder, liver, and lungs.
These cells build up during the month, then break down and bleed, just like the ones in the uterus. However, the cells are unable to leave the body and the blood cannot escape, causing inflammation and pain.
The condition leads to heavy and painful periods. Also, it can lead to infertility, with infertility from endometriosis being as high as 30-50%.
CBD is used by many to help combat pain and inflammation, as well as anxiety. Both of which can play a part in the lives of those with endometriosis.
The cannabinoid is said to interact with our own endocannabinoid system and change the way in which we perceive pain. It also relaxes smooth muscle tissue, which is the type that lines the womb. When this muscle relaxes it can help to reduce cramping and painful uterine contractions.
Anxiety can go hand in hand with endometriosis. Some women find that they feel anxious that they will have to stop what they are doing due to pain, or that they will have to leave work early or miss a day.
The stress of worrying about juggling pain with work and social situations can cause anxiety.
CBD is used by people suffering from anxiety as it helps to relax muscles, calm the mind and increase concentration. One lady said:
“I notice that CBD helps me focus on other things. When I’m dealing with severe endo pain (which is usually sharp stomach pains or unbearable cramps even when I’m not on my period), I struggle to pay attention to anything other than the fact that I’m in pain. Because CBD helps my anxiety, I’m able to put my pain aside and direct my focus elsewhere.”