Every woman has to deal with it: menopause. This is the time in a woman’s life, in which menstruation slowly comes to a stop, which causes great hormonal changes in the body. Some women experience a lot of bothersome symptoms, that are so serious in nature, they disrupt their daily lives. If you would like to find a way to treat these complaints, CBD could be the right solution for you.
What is menopause?
The menopausal transition is part of the natural process of aging. As a woman, you have a limited amount of eggs and by the time you’re approximately 50 years old, the supply has run out. When there are less and less eggs, your body produces less female hormone (estrogen). Your menstruation will get more irregular, until it stops completely. When you haven’t had a period for more than a year, the menopausal transition is over.
For most women, menopause starts between the ages of 45 and 55, and this period lasts 4 years, on average. Menopause usually doesn’t go by without a struggle or complaints: 25% of women experience so many symptoms, that these disrupt their daily lives.
Most common symptoms:
- Irregular periods: unusually heavy or light periods. Periods last longer or shorter.
- Trouble sleeping
- Hot flashes (short, intense feeling of heat)
- Painful joints or muscles
- Reduced sex drive
- Mood swings
- Weight Gain
- Feelings of depression
- Vaginal pain or discomfort because of changes in hormones
Some women are bothered by one or more of these symptoms to such a degree, they seek treatment for them. One of the possibilities is hormone replacement treatment, where the lack of estrogen is replenished. Estrogen is administered, through vaginal suppository, an implant under the skin, through patches or tablets. Hormone treatments unfortunately do have side effects.
A natural way to treat symptoms during menopause
However, there is a natural alternative to treat the symptoms you experience during menopause and that is taking CBD. CBD is a cannabinoid, a compound extracted from the hemp plant. What makes CBD an ideal remedy, is that it works with the body naturally. During menopause, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) gets out of balance, because there is a shortage of certain hormones. CBD, a fytocannabinoid, can help bring back balance to this system. Research shows, that there is a connection between the endocannabinoid system and the female reproductive organs. This is the reason CBD can have a positive influence. Below, you see how CBD could be useful during menopause.
CBD for hot flashes
Hot flashes are one of the most notorious symptoms of the menopausal transition. You suddenly get very warm, you skin turns red and you might even break out in a sweat. A hot flash usually doesn’t last long, but it can be a nuisance. Your body can’t properly regulate your temperature. The system that controls your temperature is located in the hypothalamus. Because of the biochemical changes in the body, the system gets disrupted. Since CBD can influence the production of serotonin, through the ECS, it may also influence temperature regulation. Many women use CBD oil or CBD tablets to keep their hot flashes under control.
Menopause can also be the cause of painful muscles and joints. The decrease in estrogen levels results in an increase of proteins, that promote inflammation. Many women (40 to 60%) experience arthritis like symptoms during the menopausal transition. It’s a good idea to treat this with CBD: it inhibits inflammation and has an analgesic effect.
During menopause, your mood can change quickly, one moment you’re happy, a little later you’re crying. You can also be more anxious or feel depressed. The decrease in estrogen levels determines the activity of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. This largely affects how you feel. CBD has a positive influence on your mood. It stimulates the ECS to respond more effectively to serotonin. In fact, research shows it has the same effects as antidepressants. Because of this, during menopause, you’ll feel calmer and mood swings will not be as bothersome.