Menopause is the greatest transition that women have to go through in their lives. Going through any kind of transitions is often difficult, and women have to be prepared to face the onset of menopause with confidence. The woman's body goes through dramatic changes during menopause and never does the reproductive system experience such drastic transformation since attaining puberty. Most importantly, the experience of menopause is not always pleasant as some very disturbing symptoms accompany it. From pain to hot flashes, insomnia to mood swings and other symptoms, menopause can take its toll on the physical and mental health of women.

Women are keen to look for some medications or treatment that can provide relief, but the effectiveness of traditional medicine in dealing with menopause is fraught with risks.  The medicines used for controlling the symptoms are quite dangerous due to its side effects. Regular medical checkups are necessary during the treatment to detect any untoward development in the body as the risk of cancer, and cardiovascular disease is quite high. 

Those looking for a safer alternative treatment to manage menopause effectively could use cannabis or more precisely CBD strains of cannabis.  In this article, we will discuss in detail how you could seek relief from the symptoms by using Every Day Optimal CBD Oil.

Menopause explained

 Menopause is the phase in a woman’s life when she experiences the end of the menstrual cycle. During this phase, the menstrual cycle gradually tapers off and comes to a stop almost over a period of one year.   Menopause sets in when women are in their forties and fifties, and there is no specific cut off for it. However, going by the trend, women could experience menopause when they attain fifty-one years of age. The phase that could last for a year consists of peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause.

  • Peri-menopause – The beginning of menopause show some early signs that becomes evident from some changes in the body. Peri-menopause is the phase that rings the bell and alerts women that menopause is coming. It is the preparative stage of menopause when the estrogen levels in the body start reducing.
  • Menopause – The phase could last for a year since the last menstrual cycle when estrogen levels drop significantly. This is the time when the ovulation process comes to a complete halt. Some women might take longer or lesser time for the phase to complete.
  • Postmenopause - Once women become sure that the menopause phase has come to an end, they enter the post-menopause phase. During this period, the menopausal symptoms that torment women start receding as they enter into homeostasis. 

 During menopause, women may experience varied symptoms ranging from low libido, pain, hot flashes and mood swings to insomnia, weight gain, fatigue and even osteoporosis.

To understand how CBD can be effective for the treatment of symptoms of menopause, you have to learn about the endocannabinoid system of the body.

The relation between the endocannabinoid system and menopause

The endocannabinoid system is a network of cell receptors that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body.  The cannabis compounds like THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system of the body by bonding with the endocannabinoid receptors to provide the feeling of comfort and pleasure for which cannabis is so famous.  Besides bonding with the cannabis strains, the endocannabinoid receptors also bond with the cannabinoid produced by the body as well as with endocannabinoids. Estrogen has a link to the endocannabinoid system by regulating the fatty acid hydrolase enzyme (FAAH) that has the ability to break down certain endocannabinoids. Estrogen makes use of endocannabinoids to regulate emotional response and mood.

The role of cannabis in menopause

Based on a modern scientific understanding of how CBD works on the body in alleviating pain, soothing nerves and providing stress relief, we can surmise the role of CBD in managing the menopausal symptoms.

Hot flashes

Anandamide is a natural cannabinoid that the body produces that behaves like THC due to its ability to give a ‘high,' but it can also help to regulate the body temperature. Therefore, THC could be a cannabis strain that can control hot flashes by providing a cooling effect on the body. For maximum effect in cooling, you have to consume higher doses of THC and to neutralize the ‘high' effects you could pair it with CBD, which is a known THC inhibitor.

Pain

Pain is the most harrowing experience during menopause that happens from hormonal fluctuations. Increased menstrual cramping, pain during intercourse, breast tenderness, migraines, joint pain, and bruising can all make like very difficult. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD come in handy during this time as it provides relief from pain and you can use it without the fear of getting addicted to it.

Low libido

Vaginal dryness and low libido are the most concerning side effects of menopause. It can drive women into depression as they start losing interest in life while the body undergoes various changes that mark the beginning of a new lifestyle.  It is this feeling of being out of touch and the fear of losing feminine attraction that you can counter well by using cannabis strains that have reported to improve the sex lives of affected women.

Mood swings

Estrogen plays a vital role in stabilizing moods and regulating the emotional response of the body by utilizing the endocannabinoids in the body. Studies have shown that the low activity of estrogen during menopause that results in mood swings can be well compensated by THC and CBD that can fight anxiety and depression and elevate moods.

Insomnia

CBD, well known for aiding sleep although it is not a sedative can help to fight insomnia during menopause. Hot flashes can lead to insomnia as the uncomfortable feeling can wake you up in the middle of the night and leave sweating. A relaxing topical or long-lasting edible CBD can help to gain sleep.

CBD also helps to keep the body weight under control and even counter the effects of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Published by Lucy Jones