Menopause is one of the top reasons that more and more women choose to use cannabis products as a therapeutic treatment to reduce the severity of symptoms.
What is menopause?
Menopause is a stage in a woman’s life when she stops having her monthly period. It’s a normal part of ageing, and it marks the end of her reproductive years. Menopause will typically occur in ones late 40s to early 50s. Defined as a complete year without menstrual bleeding, physical changes can also happen to one’s body, as it learns to adapt to different hormone levels. This is where many believe that cannabis oil can come into play, and help relieve some of the symptoms of menopause.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Some of the symptoms of menopause will include:
- Aches and joint pains
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Emotional changes
- Memory lapses
- Dry skin, eyes, and or mouth
How can CBD help with the symptoms of menopause?
Let’s take aches and joint pains as our first example. Because the ovaries are producing less of a hormone called estrogen, women’s bodies start to produce higher levels of inflammatory molecules. This leads to muscle aches and joint pains. This is where CBD comes in. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this 2015 animal study found that CBD topicals helped reduce inflammation and other pain-related issues. The authors of the study also concluded that CBD topicals had the therapeutic potential to ease inflammation without any side effects.
Now let’s look at insomnia, or sleep disturbances. A common symptom of menopause is the difficulty in getting quality sleep. It goes without saying that this can have a significantly negative impact on ones daily life. This 2020 review of clinical studies related to cannabinoids and sleep found that these compounds do have the ability to improve sleep quality, decrease sleep disturbances, and even decrease delays in the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
Let’s look at one more – weight gain. Again, due to the ovaries producing less estrogen, women’s bodies burn fewer calories. And even when cutting down on calorie intake, the hormonal shift simply tells the body to essentially store fat. Because of the way that CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, initial research suggests that CBD could have potential weight loss properties as it increases our metabolism, reduces our appetite, and turns bad fat into good. Read our article on whether CBD can help with weight loss.
Which CBD products are best for menopause?
- Oils and tinctures – CBD oils are taken sublingually, or beneath one’s tongue, for full-body relief. They’re a great option if you’re dealing with something like insomnia or anxiety.
- Capsules – CBD capsules are swallowed and therefore take a longer time to be absorbed in the bloodstream than oils. They’re also a good choice for insomnia or sleep disturbances.
- Topicals – CBD topicals are applied directly onto the skin. They are the best option if you’re using CBD to treat aches and joint pains as well as dry or irritable skin.
- Edibles – CBD edibles are ingested and offer yet another method of consumption to the user.
As is common in the CBD world, larger human trials and more research is still needed for scientists to prove that CBD has beneficial properties when it comes to menopause.
It’s also important to point out that CBD is not and cannot be a cure for menopause. Early research, however, does suggest that it could have the ability to ease and assist with some of the symptoms of menopause.
If you’re considering using CBD to help relieve menopausal pains, then as always, we advise consulting with your doctor first before introducing CBD into your daily regimen.