It’s no wonder so many of us don’t feel ready for menopause. The medical system isn’t equipped to support us, and, generally, discussion of the topic all feels a bit taboo.
But there’s a new wave of women who are turning to holistic support and taking CBD for menopause to assist them through this important transition.
The laundry list of menopause symptoms contains at least 34 commonalities among women, with unique experiences varying from individual to individual. Emerging scientific research shows that CBD can help soothe the following menopause symptoms:
Learn about how exactly taking CBD for menopause might help you manage these life-impacting symptoms.
Can you imagine trying to sleep or just going about your busy daily life when suddenly it feels like it’s 3,000 degrees? This is a reality for many women going through menopause. And often, they just have to power through.
Caused by altered neurochemistry within the hypothalamus (where your body’s thermostat is stored), during menopause, blood vessels dilate and your sweat response gets easily triggered.
While the connection between CBD and hot flashes has not yet been backed up by scientific studies, preliminary research shows CBD’s promise for balancing mood chemical messengers and serotonin, which may in turn help reduce hot flashes.
Sleep can be a bit of sweet relief – but that’s not so for many menopausal women. Since menopause can exacerbate the common culprits of sleep disturbance (anxiety, depression, night sweats, etc.), many women become sleep-deprived and their mental, physical, and emotional health suffers.
You deserve better! While there is still much to learn about CBD’s relationship with sleep, luckily, the anecdotal evidence is promising. Due to CBD’s effect on endocannabinoid signaling, which may influence neurochemistry and alleviate anxiety, many women have reported a sedative effect or symptom relief when taking CBD before bed.
There’s a reason your mood swings like it’s going out of style while going through menopause. Estrogen and progesterone affect serotonin and other mood chemical messengers in the brain – and therefore directly impact mood. So while your hormones are in flux your mood will be too.
Thankfully, there’s a lot of support in this area. And if you’re interested in natural treatments, studies support anxiety alleviation potential in taking CBD for mood swings and depression caused by menopause. By activating serotonin receptors and stabilizing mood chemical messengers, CBD may offer real relief for women looking for a holistic alternative.
As if the hot flashes, poor sleep, and mood swings weren’t enough – menopausal women experience whole-body inflammation as a reaction to a drop in estrogen. This can cause muscle aches, joint pain, and arthritis symptoms to increase.
As a natural anti-inflammatory, CBD may work to defend bones and joints from inflammatory damage.
Hormone stress and fluctuation can also cause breast tenderness which may be addressed with CBD and its encouraging pain-relieving properties.
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Despite all the clean eating and Pilates, the consistent hormonal shifts menopausal women experience can trigger their bodies to increase fat storage. Increased fat storage can also increase the risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Without pre-menopausal estrogen levels, our bodies don’t burn as many calories or fat. What fun!
But there is a glimmer of light. Studies show that people who use cannabis products consistently may experience lower insulin levels and a better body fat index. And preclinical studies show that CBD may 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 eating calcium-rich foods and calcium supplementation are important during this transition.
However, new studies are showing that inflammation may be one of the main contributors to bone resorption. If this is the case, it’s quite possible that CBD may provide relief for menopause symptoms related to osteoporosis.
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.
Tip: Incorporate our Balance Everyday Tincture into your daily routine for overall joint and bone health support.
Since estrogen and progesterone play a critical role in neural regeneration within the hippocampus for forming new connections, it’s no wonder why 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.
Lack of focus is also another common symptom of menopause. Since estrogen levels are critically connected to brain function, the hormone encourages blood flow to the brain. As estrogen plummets during menopause, so can our concentration levels. Stress and anxiety can further exacerbate this lack of focus, often leading women to experience a vicious cycle as stress is one of the most common symptoms of menopause.
Recent studies showcase CBD’s potential for improving cognitive processes, including attention and working memory. Other studies display CBD’s pro-cognitive and neural regenerative effects. Combined with its stress-relief potential, CBD may offer therapeutic promise for helping menopausal women feel more cognitively present.
Issues with bladder control, vaginal dryness, and atrophy are just some of the treats in store for post-menopausal women.
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 Restore Deep Relief Cream to the pelvic region to support blood flow and soothe painful symptoms.
With all the various hormone changes your body experiences during menopause, it makes women more prone to experiencing digestive issues. The perimenopause process can cause considerable stress which has a direct impact on digestive health. Additionally, sex hormones play a role in the rhythm of our digestive tract, meaning the fluctuating levels can cause pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and changes in your bowel movements.
Unfortunately, digestive health can be further complicated by the use of hormone replacement therapy. CBD may offer antiemetic and anti-inflammatory effects for targeting a number of digestive concerns. While more research is needed, studies and anecdotal accounts report CBD’s therapeutic promise for aiding in a wide scope of digestive issues including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and more.
Our hormones play a significant role in our sex drive. As women experience the stages that lead to menopause, estrogen levels fluctuate and drop significantly. This in itself can cause a lowered libido. However, many of the other symptoms experienced during menopause like stress, pain, and vaginal dryness, can all further exacerbate this.
While there haven’t been any studies directly conducted on CBD and sex drive, CBD does offer promising vasodilator, anti-anxiety, and pain-relief properties that can all help set the mood for sensual experiences. There are also cannabinoid receptors located throughout sexual tissue that play a role in sexual arousal which may act as a gateway for cannabinoid therapy. Some other natural ways of boosting your sex drive are focusing on a nutrient-dense diet along with regular exercise daily.
Further proof that hormones affect absolutely everything… let’s talk about hormone headaches and menstrual migraines.
Hormone headaches and menstrual migraines are reported by about half of women. For some women, these headaches may get better during menopause. For others, the hormone imbalance and disruption can actually make them much more severe than before.
Recent studies support CBD’s potential effectiveness in treating migraines. Its promising pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties may act as a natural option for helping alleviate headaches and migraines.
Tip: Try applying our Soothe Comforting Body Balm to your temples for tension headache relief.
What can we say – hormonal changes can be a real $!@#&! Since hormones play a role in helping hair grow, their decline can lead to hair loss. As estrogen levels plummet, so does our skin’s production of collagen and natural oils. Some women experience dry, itchy skin as a result. With the fluctuating of hormones, our bodies find it more difficult to regulate water levels. This can lead to dehydration and brittle nails.
Not only are there studies that support CBD’s promising benefits for healthy skin, hair, and nails, full-spectrum products also contain essential fatty acids and other critical nutrients for optimal health. CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors located throughout skin cells, hair follicles, and other components, and may help nudge everything towards homeostasis.
Tip: Try applying our Balance Everyday Full-Spectrum Tincture topically to problem areas, including skin, hair, and nail beds. Use alone or add to your favorite skincare and hair care products.
Whenever our immune system is stressed, it releases histamines. Since our hormones are so intimately connected with our immune system, it’s not unusual to experience changes in our allergies during menopause. Heightened allergies can also be one of the factors causing poor sleep and insomnia. From hay fever to changes in food sensitivities, it’s important to make note of these changes.
Studies are limited, but research shows CBD’s potential for stimulating the CB1 receptor and inhibiting mast cell degranulation which is the process where they release histamine inflammation into the body’s bloodstream. CBD may lower the body’s histamine response to allergies while helping alleviate inflammation and other physical symptoms.
During this transition, it’s very common to experience numerous symptoms even beyond this list. Since estrogen and progesterone play such a critical 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.
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, the product’s 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 fewer symptoms overall.
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, allowing you to better understand how it affects you.
Press Pause is committed to supporting women through all the challenging stages of womanhood. 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 personalized help or shop our hormonal wellness products!