As many of us have discovered, the medical system lacks the critical support required for dealing with the myriad of symptoms caused by menopause. With previous generations of women dealing with the taboo nature of this topic, the medical system is finally pushing forward with more available therapies and treatments needed by menopausal women. Due to the significant lack of resources, many of us are turning to traditional herbal choices and holistic options. 

The majority of women find themselves completely unprepared for this metamorphosis, with some not even aware of the symptoms that can be present during the early stages of perimenopause. As women, we all face our unique set of challenges which are often exacerbated during this time. The more informed we are about menopause and how it can impact our day-to-day, the better we’ll be able to implement proactive change and pave the way for optimal health in the future. 

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Natural Menopause Alternatives

Natural alternatives like CBD have been celebrated for helping menopausal women manage their symptoms during this trying time. According to a recent study presented at the North American Menopause Society, nearly 30% of women have reported using cannabis for menopause symptoms. The reputation that hemp-derived and cannabis-derived CBD have for alleviating these symptoms aren’t just anecdotal. Emerging scientific research is also showing incredible therapeutic promise for the following symptoms:

  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Insomnia and poor sleep
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Joint pain and muscle aches
  • Weight gain and diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Memory loss
  • Genitourinary conditions

Learn more about how menopause causes whole-body inflammation and brain chemistry changes that trigger the majority of these symptoms and exactly how CBD’s renowned anti-inflammatory and mood-balancing potential may provide relief. 

Understanding Menopause

Women are born with millions of immature eggs housed in their ovaries. Once puberty begins, our bodies experience a surge of estrogen whenever an egg matures. This process happens about once a month. As we age, we continually lose our egg supply. For years before menopause officially sets in, the body experiences significant estrogen level swings which can be radically low or high before our estrogen completely plunges and triggers perimenopause. Not only does our estrogen swing back and forth before then, but so do all the hormones required for supporting our everyday functions. When all of our hormones start yo-yo-ing back and forth, it creates a cascade effect across all the various molecules in our body. This is what triggers the body’s inflammatory reaction. From impacted brain function to bone reabsorption, menopause significantly impacts every function of the body. Since everyone has varying body chemistry, we all experience menopause differently as well. 

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.

Osteoporosis

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.   

Memory Loss

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

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.

Comprehensive Care for Menopause

During this transition, it’s very common to experience numerous symptoms even beyond this list. Since estrogen and progesterone play such an important role in many of the physiological functions within your body, it’s important to create a comprehensive self-care plan that’s custom-tailored to your needs. While CBD can be an excellent tool for combating certain symptoms, it should be one of many within your toolbox. Make sure you listen to your body, be mindful of the changes, and find the comprehensive support that you need.

How to Use CBD for Menopause

Since all cannabinoid therapy varies from person to person, this also is very true when it comes to menopause symptom management. The results and effectiveness highly vary on the person, the administration method, product cannabinoid profile, timing, and dosage. Some women find value when using CBD on an as-needed basis while others report needing to use it consistently in order to experience less symptoms overall.

We recommend self-experimenting with dosage and timing to find what works best for you. When it comes to understanding the effects of any new supplementation, it’s also wise to keep a journal where you track your dosage, timing, and symptoms. This can give you a clear set of data points for creating the proper CBD regimen for menopause management and allowing you to better understand how it affects you. 

Press Pause CBD for Menopause

As women, we understand the complicated nuances of our body chemistry, especially during menopause. That’s why we’ve handcrafted our high-quality CBD products just for you. We’re always happy to help you find the right products for alleviating the symptoms you’re experiencing. Please contact us for more information!

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