Cannabis & Hemp for Menopause
Menopause is one of the top three reasons women use therapeutic cannabis products. Menstruation and sex are the other two. The good reputation that hemp and cannabis-derived CBD oils are gaining for treating peri- and post-menopausal symptoms isn’t based just on testimonials. Scientific research also indicates how cannabidiol (CBD) could be useful for:
- Aches & joint pain
- Mood swings or depression
- Weight gain/diabetes
- Hot flashes
- Genitourinary syndrome (vaginal dryness, atrophy, and bladder control problems)
- Sleep disruptions / insomnia
- Memory loss
In this article, we’ll explore how menopause triggers inflammation and brain chemistry changes. These are at the root of most of these symptoms. We will also go over how CBD and other interventions could help.
Numerous Changes Occur In Our Bodies
You’re probably familiar with the estrogen story by now: women are born with millions of immature eggs in their ovaries. Starting at puberty, our bodies are pumped full of estrogen every time an egg matures — approximately once a month. However, over the years, our supply of eggs dwindles. And once all our eggs are gone, our periods stop and the estrogen bursts go away, triggering menopause.
But in reality, menopause is not so clear-cut. For years before the menopause (a period called the perimenopause), our estrogen levels swing unpredictably high or low before the final plunge. And it’s not just estrogen that goes on a roller-coaster ride — a full supporting cast of hormones that (more-or-less) kept our bodies operating smoothly over the years also begin rebelling.
Controlled by these hormones, countless molecules in our bodies also increase or decrease. Our brain neurochemistry changes. Our bodies ramp up production of inflammatory molecules. From brain function to fat accumulation to bone reabsorption — menopause changes the inner workings of our bodies. And each woman’s experience of menopause will be unique.
Finding a Solution
If menopause has left you feeling like the medical system doesn’t understand your needs, you’re probably right. Scientists are still uncovering why and how our bodies change during menopause.
Much of the information in this article is at the cutting edge of menopause research, and may have never been explained to you by your doctor — but the more you understand about your symptoms, the easier it will be for you to find support.
Here are some of the most widespread issues women face during menopause:
Symptoms of Menopause
Aches & Joint Pain
Mood Swings & Depression
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Weight Gain & Diabetes
Vaginal Dryness, Atrophy & Bladder Control
Many peri- and post-menopausal women have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. And sleep deprivation can really wear a person down — triggering fatigue and a full spectrum of other health issues. Menopause might disrupt your sleep a number of different ways, including through night sweats and increased anxiety or depression. You’ll need to identify the biggest hurdles between you and a good night’s sleep before you can troubleshoot the best solutions. Track your sleep or ask your doctor about a sleep study if you need help.
Finding a Natural Solution for Menopause
Now, more than ever is an important time to observe the changes happening within your body and life. Be honest with yourself and others about how much support you need.
Estrogen and progesterone shouldered a lot of responsibilities within your body, and CBD should only be one of many resources that help you through (and beyond) menopause.
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