BENEFITS OF CBD FOR WOMEN
Women looking for natural remedies for common women’s health issues are turning to CBD to support their health with the healing properties of medicinal hemp. The non-psychoactive cannabis compound has been shown to support women’s health and relieve a host of uncomfortable symptoms.
Many women rely on CBD to help manage anxiety and stress, which can lead to better sleep, improved focus and mood, and more energy throughout the day. CBD is also an effective way to alleviate pain and inflammation, which can be especially beneficial during PMS.
CBD for Anxiety and Depression
Women are almost twice as likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than men. Clinical evidence suggests hormonal fluctuations during a women’s life from puberty, childbirth and menopause contribute to the gender gap difference between women and men. Women are also significantly more vulnerable to increased stress for a variety of environmental factors such as caretaking responsibilities, and life work balance stressors to name just a few.
Cannabinoids are a kind of happy molecule that the body makes naturally when things are going well or when we are feeling relaxed and at ease. These molecules are also released when we exercise or when we eat chocolate!
In fact, the main cannabinoid molecule is called Anandamide, which translates as “bliss molecule” in Sanskrit. By binding to the special receptors in our body which are kind of like docking stations, cannabinoids help stimulate those feel-good responses which helps the digestive system function properly, reduces inflammation, and even decreases pain. All while maintaining a healthy happy mood.
Further research suggests that CBD’s cannabinoids help to prevent anandamide from being broken down. The more anandamide in our body, the better we feel.
CBD for Menopause
Menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 when a woman’s ovaries begin to decrease hormone production. Although this is perfectly natural, it comes with many unpleasant symptoms such as mood imbalance, hot flashes, night sweats.
There are plenty of reasons why CBD oil can be a lifesaver for women during menopause. CBD can play a positive role in mood regulation. Hormones are integral component in regulating mood. Fluctuating levels of progesterone and estrogen can contribute to mood imbalance during menopause and PMS.
One of the most powerful effects of CBD are on the endocannabinoid and serotonin systems. Your endocannabinoid system plays a part in your regulating mood, memory, appetite, and immune system functions. CBD can help to naturally boost your endocannabinoid levels while preventing your endocannabinoid receptors from being overstimulated which can have negative effects on your mood). In short, this can help to promote a brighter, more balanced mood!
CBD for Sleep
Sleep, or lack thereof, is also a big problem during menopause. Fatigue is a common ailment during menopause. Research has shown that women are at an even higher risk of health issues than men when they do not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can increase women’s risk of depression, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
CBD is great for promoting healthy sleep patterns. One of the most common terpenes (an essential oil) found in broad spectrum CBD is called Myrcene which has powerful sedative qualities. Myrcene not only helps to alleviate stress and anxiety but also induces a sense of calm which allows for a better night sleep.
CBD for PMS
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the time just before menstruation begins. During this time fluctuating hormonal levels can lead to a variety of symptoms including bloating, sore breasts, low mood, irritability, and food cravings.
Again, CBD comes to the rescue. Its anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects help to reduce pain and swelling providing much needed relief for our busy lives!
CBD for Menstrual Cramps
CBD can alleviate menstrual cramps, as we know by now CBD has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and is a wonderful pain reliever! CBD is a natural (and potentially safer) alternative to NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories).
Like NSAIDs, CBD works by inhibiting the prostaglandin-producing enzyme that causes pain and inflammation in the body. NSAIDs can cause all sorts of harmful side effects. CBD does not have any of the potential side effects known in NSAIDS. CBD prefers to inhibit COX-2 over COX-1. This simply means that you can benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD without getting an upset stomach.
Studies show the ability of CBD to target certain receptors located in smooth muscle can help muscle tissues relax. Much of the pain experienced during menstruation is caused by contractions of the smooth muscle lining the uterus. As a result, CBD can play a major role in relieving those painful cramps by encouraging the muscles in the abdomen to relax.
As women we have an incredibly unique and special bond with Mother Nature! CBD offers natural and holistic relief from our specific health issues grounded in plant medicine which has been in use for thousands of years.