Menopause can be both sad and liberating. Ironically, it’s sad because it signals the end of fertility. At the same time, it’s liberating because it means there’s no chance of an unwanted pregnancy. It is a time in a woman’s life where significant changes occur.
Dropping estrogen levels can make your life miserable. Lower levels of estrogen have been linked to weight gain, mood swings, and hot flashes, amongst others.
In this post, we’re going to look for CBD and menopause. Can CBD make menopausal symptoms more bearable? Some say that it can. We’d like to know what the science says, though. Let’s find out right now.
The symptoms of menopause vary from one woman to the next. According to the Mayo Clinic, you’re considered menopausal if you’ve had no periods for at least a year. Other symptoms include:
Menopause is perfectly natural in most women. 1% of the population might experience early menopause. i.e., menopause before the age of 40.
Causes for menopause include:
Dealing with these symptoms naturally boils down to taking better care of yourself. Let’s go through some natural ways to reduce your discomfort.
Getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D is an excellent place to start. Estrogen helps keep your bones healthy. Without it, you’ll need these nutrients to prevent osteoporosis. It’s also worth noting that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help to prevent demineralization of the bones.
Having a higher body mass index is linked to having more hot flashes. In the study, participants who lost ten pounds or at least 10% of their body weight saw a significant reduction in symptoms.
This will help you to identify triggers that exacerbate symptoms. Caffeine, sugary snacks, and spicy food are usually best left off the menu.
Foods like soy protein contain high levels of phytoestrogens. These foods can reduce the severity of symptoms by mimicking estrogen in the body. Many people prefer this natural alternative to hormone therapy. We recommend speaking to your health care provider about your options.
Let’s get to the good stuff. Cannabis has been used since ancient times to make the change of life smoother. Why do we think that CBD oil might help? Let’s see:
This study shows that the endocannabinoid system supports the healthy functioning of the endocrine system. Will this help with your hot flashes? That’s unlikely. Where it can help, though, is to keep your hormones on an even keel.
That, in turn, can prevent mood swings. A balanced endocrine system is also important in controlling hormones related to weight gain, like insulin, leptin, and ghrelin. If these hormones are out of whack, it becomes a lot harder to manage your weight.
For some people, CBD oil effectively suppresses the appetite. This could be useful in preventing weight gain later in life. Before you stock up, though, there are studies that show that CBD increases the appetite.
It’s a little bit of a gamble here because CBD affects different people differently. The only way to know for sure is to try it. If you find that it causes an increase in appetite, there are steps that you can take.
Making sure that you have a stock of healthy snacks is one. Taking the oil late at night, as close to bedtime as possible, is another.
Our opinion is to try it and see how it goes. The study showing that CBD suppresses appetite involved the injection of the compound. It might, therefore, be prudent to avoid edibles and other oral applications here.
CBD oil has been proven to be effective at reducing anxiety. It’s also been shown to have an anti-depressant effect. Both properties can make the transition smoother for you by calming racing emotions.
Some women become highly irritable during the change. If you’re one of them, it’s worth trying CBD oil. If you battle with tense muscles during this trying time, a topical application of the oil can help your muscles to relax.
To use it for this purpose, it’s best to take it orally.
Researchers often argue about what the benefits of using CBD are. There are many claims out there. Many of these claims remain unsubstantiated. Some of the claims, however, have been scientifically proven. CBD’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties have both been scientifically proven.
During menopause, the body may produce a higher level of inflammatory compounds. The reason for this is that estrogen has an inhibitory effect on some forms of inflammation. When the estrogen levels drop, this inhibitory effect is blunted.
This increases the likelihood of suffering from degenerative conditions like arthritis.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could help to protect against that. If the pain has already set in, CBD oil can become a valuable part of your pain management treatments.
A vasodilator causes the blood vessels to expand. This, in turn, increases blood flow to the area. There is scientific evidence that CBD is a vasodilator. As a result, we’ve seen a range of vaginal suppositories being developed.
These are said to reduce vaginal dryness. It does make some sense. With increased blood flow, the vaginal wall could become more stimulated. This, in turn, could encourage it to produce lubrication.
Is it a surefire thing? We have our doubts. We have explored the issue more fully in our “CBD Oil and Vaginal Dryness – Can CBD Really Help?” post. If you’re interested in learning more about vaginal dryness, that’s a great place to start.
Yes, there are concerns here. The first question most people as is whether or not using these products will make them high. The answer is, “No,” as long as you stick to low THC versions. For CBD oil to be legal in the States, it must contain less than 0.03% of THC.
THC is also a cannabinoid with some useful healing properties. Unfortunately, it’s also the compound in weed that makes you high. That’s why it’s illegal.
Why are we raising this point? The current craze for CBD has led to the market being flooded with products. Some are well-made, others are not. When buying one of these products, it’s prudent to check whether or not the lab allows independent testing.
Reputable labs do this and are happy to provide the results. With other products, you’re taking something of a risk because you don’t know what’s in there. There might not be enough useful compounds, or there might be too much THC.
Another danger comes with the generally held belief that CBD is a cure-all. People are dosing themselves, their kids, and their dogs because this is a natural product. Arsenic is also natural. Would you feed that to your child?
It’s a pretty extreme example, granted. Especially considering that the WHO considers CBD as safe. The reason that we’re warning people is that there’s no evidence about the long-term effects of using these compounds.
As a result, we’re loathe to recommend using them with wild abandon. We do believe that CBD has secured its place in modern medicine. We’re sure that further investigation will reveal even more evidence that it’s beneficial.
That said, we do recommend sticking to the smallest possible dose to start with. It’s a highly effective remedy – even a few drops is efficacious. You don’t need to guzzle it down to get the benefits.
Overall, we feel that CBD can help you to manage some of the symptoms of menopause. The balancing effect on the endocrine system could prevent weight gain due. The anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects could help with mood swings.
The anti-inflammatory effects certainly look promising. Overall, CBD could be a useful tool in managing the change.