CBD for Menopausal Symptoms
If you’re experiencing a lack of support around your menopausal symptoms, your feelings are completely valid. We still don’t fully understand menopause– the scientific community continues to research this transition in regards to why and how our bodies change. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most prevalent symptoms of menopause and how CBD may help.
Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
Night sweats and hot flashes are some of the hallmark symptoms of menopause. They can be very disruptive to both sleep and our everyday routines, causing frustration, sleep deprivation, and a lower quality of life. These symptoms are caused by altered neurochemistry within the hypothalamus which controls your body temperature. During this altered state, your blood vessel dilation and sweat response become easily triggered. Studies have shown that hot flashes can be triggered when body temperatures increase by only one and a half degrees during menopause when normally only triggered when the body temperature increases by three degrees.
Since hot flashes are due to neurochemistry, certain antidepressants and SSRIs have been prescribed to help alleviate these symptoms. While there aren’t any existing studies regarding CBD and hot flashes, studies have shown CBD’s promising therapeutic value for balancing mood chemical messengers and serotonin. This could explain the abundance of testimonials of women who swear by CBD for their night sweats and hot flashes.
Insomnia and Poor Sleep
Sleep issues are commonly experienced by many women during menopause as well as post-menopause. Sleep deprivation causes havoc across the body, impacting physical, emotional, and mental health. Since menopausal symptoms can exacerbate sleep disturbances through night sweats, anxiety, or depression, you’ll need to determine what’s causing your poor sleep before you can take the proper action.
While there’s still much to learn about CBD’s relationship with sleep, the anecdotal data has been overwhelmingly positive. CBD may enhance endocannabinoid signaling, influencing neurochemistry and alleviating anxiety for improving your quality of sleep. Many women have reported a sedative effect when taking CBD before bed while others experience relief from other symptoms that can affect your quality of sleep.
Mood Swings and Depression
Since estrogen and progesterone affect serotonin and other mood chemical messengers in the brain, they directly impact mood. During menopause, hormone levels are in constant flux and eventually drop, meaning that it’s likely that you’ll experience mood swings, anxiety, or even depression.
Professional help is always advised if you’re experiencing these issues. There are many therapeutic and pharmaceutical treatments available to help cope with mood disorders during menopause. Studies have shown that CBD may offer significant anti-anxiety properties, activating serotonin receptors and helping stabilize mood chemical messengers.
Joint Pain and Muscle Aches
When your estrogen levels start to plummet, your body will produce higher levels of inflammatory molecules in response. With whole-body inflammation triggered, this can drastically exacerbate arthritis symptoms. More than 60% of menopausal women experience muscle and joint pain due to this.
Finding ways to lower your inflammation can help address these aches and pains. There are numerous scientific studies that showcase CBD’s anti-inflammatory potential and promising ability to defend bones and joints from inflammatory damage. In addition to taking CBD, an anti-inflammatory diet and low-impact exercise are also great natural tools for combating inflammation.
Tip: Try soaking in a warm bath with our Bath Bomb for whole-body inflammation and pain relief.
Weight Gain and Diabetes
Hormones also play a key role in regulating our metabolism. Without pre-menopausal estrogen levels, our bodies don’t burn as many calories or fat. Regardless of diet changes and maintaining a stable weight, the consistent hormonal shifts experienced trigger your body to increase fat storage. Increased fat storage also increases the risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
There have been studies supporting lower insulin levels and better body fat index ratios in individuals that use cannabis products consistently. Preclinical studies also show that CBD may help promote a healthy metabolism while buffering the activity of natural endocannabinoids which are linked to insulin resistance during menopause.
Calcium and other minerals are consistently moved in and out of bones as a part of healthy body function. As women enter the perimenopause phase, bone resorption occurs which results in lowering bone density and increasing the risk of fractures and breaks. That’s why calcium supplementation is important during this transition. However, new studies are showing that inflammation may be one of the main contributors to bone resorption.
Preclinical studies have shown that CBD may promote bone cell growth, helping improve fracture recovery times. It may also lower TNFx levels and aid against age-related bone loss. The promising anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may also target this condition at the root cause.
Since estrogen and progesterone play a critical role in neural regeneration within the hippocampus for forming new connections, it’s no wonder that menopausal women may experience memory loss. While it can be easy to blame this symptom on age, younger women who have undergone surgical menopause also experience this.
Even though research is limited, studies have found encouraging neuroprotective properties in CBD. These preclinical studies show that CBD may promote synaptic plasticity and neuroprotection, especially within the hippocampus.
Genitourinary conditions are characterized as bladder control, vaginal dryness, and atrophy. They can become quite common post-menopause. Estrogen is important for providing adequate blood flow within the pelvic region, helping deliver fresh oxygen to tissues within the sexual organs and urinary tract. When menopause starts, it’s crucial to find ways of keeping up blood flow.
Topical CBD may offer therapeutic value due to its vasodilator nature. CBD may help increase blood flow when applied in the pelvic region while helping combat inflammation, alleviate tense muscles, and calm painful sensations experienced in the vagina.
Tip: Try applying our Pause Muscle and Joint Cream to the pelvic region to help stimulate blood flow and alleviate painful symptoms.