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CBD For Menopause: Can it Help with Symptoms

For most women, menopause begins between the ages of 45 and 55. Of course, menopause is not a disease or health disorder. It is just one of the life stages and a normal physiological phenomenon. Which means that all women undergo menopause. However, this is a significant change and causes much distress. Therefore, women often need some support, and one such aid could be using CBD for menopause-related symptoms.

Women are more prone to specific health issues during their lifetime. This is due to hormonal swings that occur during their lives. However, menopause is a much more severe and abrupt change.

For many women, adapting to menopause becomes difficult. It means mood changes, night sweats, weight gain, slow down in metabolism, chills, and other issues.

Although menopause is not a disease, it does increase the risk of different health issues. For example, menopause also means vaginal dryness, decline in libido, frequent vaginal and urinary tract infections, sleep disorders, more severe anxiety, and weakening of bones.

When we talk about managing menopause, we are essentially talking about reducing the risk of a range of health conditions. No single medication or drug may help in all the conditions or help reverse all these issues.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is surely one of the options. However, it also comes with many health risks, like breast tenderness, nausea, mood issues, leg cramps, fluid retention, headaches, and many other troubles. HRT may include heart disease and stroke risk, too.(1)

Why CBD Oil for Menopause Symptoms?

So, as one can see, going for HRT is not a good idea. HRT can really be good, but it also comes with so many severe health risks.

Providing the female body with hormones from outside does not have the same effect. Synthetic hormones cannot fully replace natural hormones. Moreover, natural hormones, unlike hormonal pills, are secreted in small amounts and pulses during the day. So, there are many reasons why hormonal pills can do health damage.

That is why a more natural approach is not to fight against nature. Instead, focus on using natural remedies to lower the distress caused by the beginning of menopause.

Since menopause causes so many issues, remedies like CBD oil for menopause might work.

Benefits Of CBD Oil for Menopause Symptoms

People often ask, “Does CBD effect menstruation?” Well, at the recommended dosages, it does influence much. CBD may influence menstruation at extremely high dosages only. Moreover, this should not be a worry during menopause, as menopause periods eventually stop occurring.

When it comes to issues like vaginal dryness, CBD may help reduce coital pain. It may also have a role in reducing the risk of various vaginal infections. Further, it improves vaginal barrier function, and thus ultimately, it may also help improve vaginal dryness.

Perhaps where CBD excels is at helping overcome mood changes, which are the hallmark of the condition. CBD, which acts on the endocannabinoid system, is an excellent mood stabilizer. It is known to reduce anxiety and may also help reduce depression risk.

What makes CBD such a good choice for menopause is that it is a gentle and safe remedy. It prevents both the hyper and hypo mood changes. This means that it is quite good for preventing mood swings.

The next issue that women often need help with is nighttime sweats and sleep issues. Of course, CBD is not a medication or sedative. However, it does cause some sleepiness. This means that it may help improve sleep. Further, due to its impact on the skin, it may also help prevent night sweats.(2)

In recent years, there has been increased interest in CBD’s role in managing body weight. Many women experience a significant increase in body weight after menopause. Although present studies are inconclusive, they suggest that CBD may suppress appetite and help improve body composition.(3)

What to Expect from CBD Oil for Menopause?

When menopause begins, it often starts suddenly. Women’s bodies find it difficult to adapt to these abrupt changes initially. Hence, CBD may provide that much-needed help during this initial phase.

Of course, CBD is not a panacea. It is not some magical pill. It will only help if one combines it with other lifestyle changes like exercise, mindfulness, and dietary changes.

For example, menopause is about obesity and weak bones. It means that one can prevent obesity through dietary changes and exercise. One can increase calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and K intakes to prevent bone issues. Using CBD along with these measures would promote bone health, as CBD can influence bone formation and may increase osteocyte activity.

What CBD oil is best for menopause depends on many factors. Generally, CBD isolate is a good choice due to its excellent safety profile. However, when mood swings are more severe, perhaps it would be better to consider full-spectrum CBD oil, which works better due to its minute amount of THC content.

An excellent choice could be broad-spectrum CBD oil, as it contains various minor cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, CBDa etc. However, this kind of CBD oil is THC-free.

Finally, one should choose high-quality CBD oil for menopause or CBD vapes. It is better to avoid lower-priced products. Premium products have some hidden properties that make them a better choice. Such products are tested for quality in third-party labs and contain what they claim on their labels.

High-quality products have some other secrets. For example, high-quality CBD oils use terpenes instead of regular edible oils as carrier oils. This results in a much more potent anti-aging, antioxidant effect due to “the entourage effect.”

One more thing, people ask does CBD effect menstruation? Yes, it can help regularise menstruation in those experiencing irregular periods, especially young women.

The Bottom Line

CBD, due to its influence on the endocannabinoid system and ability to increase anandamide, a bliss molecule, can help overcome menopause problems. Moreover, it is quite safe for prolonged use. One can safely use CBD for months or even years to manage menopause-related health issues.

References

  1. Mehta J, Kling JM, Manson JE. Risks, Benefits, and Treatment Modalities of Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Current Concepts. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021 Mar 26;12:564781.
  2. Moltke J, Hindocha C. Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Journal of Cannabis Research. 2021 Feb 18;3(1):5.
  3. Pinto JS, Martel F. Effects of Cannabidiol on Appetite and Body Weight: A Systematic Review. Clin Drug Investig. 2022;42(11):909–19.
Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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