CBD has become a worldwide phenomenon, it is capable of a hugely diverse range of applications that can suit any kind of lifestyle. It comes as no surprise that CBD is being commonly used for the treatment of symptoms related to the menopause.
CBD is a natural product that is produced using the cannabis plant, it is not psychoactive and has very few to no side effects. It can be used as a healthier natural alternative to otherwise harmful or addictive medications.
In this blog we are going to explore how CBD can help with and be used to treat unwanted symptoms of the menopause. If you're looking for CBD for menopause symptoms, shop online at ICE Headshop.
How can CBD help with menopause symptoms?
There are many menopause symptoms that can make adjusting to this new chapter of life quite challenging or difficult for many women. There are many benefits of using CBD products for the treatment of menopause symptoms, CBD can make daily life much more comfortable and the management of unfamiliar symptoms easier.
The interesting thing about CBD oil and other CBD products is that they can be adapted to your personal needs and lifestyle, this enables you to go about your regular daily routine with no need to take pills or have any unwanted interruptions.
The first thing to note here is that CBD can help relieve many symptoms that can hinder our regular sleep patterns and prevent us from getting much needed quality sleep. This can be things like stress (including PTSD), anxiety and chronic pain which can lead to sleep problems.
As the female body is going through hormonal changes it can be quite stressful and there can often be pain associated with it. This can be in the form of muscle and joint pain and stiffness - mostly due to declining hormone levels, inflammation and general ageing.
Using CBD can help achieve restful sleep while your body needs time to heal during this natural transition. CBD oil could aid in falling asleep as well as helping to maintain a regular sleep routine.
Read more information on how CBD can help to improve sleep disturbances.
Hot flashes are one of the most well known symptoms for menopausal women and can cause discomfort and annoyance. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which can help regulate the body, reducing the chances of hot flashes and making everyday life more comfortable.
Mood changes and mood swings
CBD can not only relieve symptoms of anxiety disorders but it can help to alleviate stress and other factors that can lead to a change in our moods.
CBD helps to boost the signalling ability of our serotonin receptors, when our serotonin levels are balanced we are more likely to feel relaxed, focused and more emotionally stable.
Again we know that CBD can help the regulation of things like pain (including being able to relieve chronic pain and acute pains), the reduction of blood pressure and to ease relaxation and boost concentration, all contributors to our mood and state of mind.
For more information, read our blog dedicated to relaxation and self-care.
Weight gain and slowed metabolism
There are many ways in which CBD can contribute to help regulate weight gain and increase metabolism making it beneficial for use during the menopause. CBD can help to stimulate genes and proteins that enhance the breakdown of and oxidation of fat, it can also increase the number of mitochondria which increases the body's ability to burn calories.
Furthermore CBD can decrease the expression of proteins involved in lipogenesis (this is fat cell generation). CBD increases 'fat browning' which is converting white fat into beige fat tissue that helps burn white fat.
As CBD interacts with our CB1 and CB2 receptors found in our brain it helps to prompt responses in our endocannabinoid system so that our bodies can better deal with the fats we consume and the way in which we can convert and use them.
Dry or irritated skin can come as one of the many menopause symptoms and it is no surprise that CBD can also help alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms. So how does it do this? CBD oil and other CBD products can regulate our skin's production of a substance called sebum. Sebum is the oily, waxy matter that helps to lubricate our skin.
During the menopause dry skin can occur for a number of reasons and this can be due to hormone imbalances, hormone production decline and imbalance within our immune system. Using CBD can help to create a balance in our bodies and improve various skin conditions like dry or spotty skin.
Other common uses of CBD
Here are just a few of the many things that people choose to use CBD for.
- Pain relief (including chronic pain )
- Stress (including things like PTSD and other stress disorders)
- Bacterial infections
What types of CBD are best for relief against menopausal symptoms?
There are thousands of different types of CBD product that can be used to treat symptoms of menopause, the wonderful thing about CBD is that you can choose a product that best suits your individual lifestyle.
Depending on the types of symptoms you are experiencing you could choose a CBD that will work best for that situation, for example:
If you are experiencing difficulty sleeping then a CBD oil or a CBD edible could be well suited to you as you can plan ahead for your bedtime and dose so that it starts to work when you want to go to sleep.
For joint pain and muscle aches then a topical lotion or balm can help to better focus the CBD in the areas in which you need it as they can be applied directly to the skin. The truth is you can really choose the way in which you take CBD and exactly how much of it you take.
CBD oil for joint pain
CBD oil is one of the most popular types of CBD product due to its effectiveness, ease of use and range of flavours and strength. You can get CBD oil in:
- full spectrum - it contains other cannabinoids including THC
- broad spectrum - it contains other cannabinoids but no THC
- CBD isolate - CBD extracted to a pure state and containing no other cannabinoids
Some CBD oils also contain other ingredients like turmeric, citrus and other ingredients to make them a truly wholesome natural remedy so that you get as much goodness as possible.
CBD oil is simple to use and each type comes with its own instructions. Some can be added to food, drink and smoothies etc while others are simply held under the tongue (this is known as sublingual).
How to choose the right CBD oil
When choosing a CBD oil look for the percentage of CBD and how many mg of CBD per ml. The higher the percentage of CBD and mg per ml the stronger it is. We recommend always starting with 2-3 drops and then upping the dose until you reach your desired effects.
Remember each of our bodies are different and it can take anywhere between 30-40 minutes right the way up to 2 hours until we feel the effects. Start slowly and see what works best for you.
CBD gummies and edibles
Edibles are like little magic and medicinal treasures, simply carry these in your lunchbox or in your bag and eat them at work or on the move, whatever suits you! CBD gummies and edibles come in all shapes, sizes, strengths and flavours so there is sure to be something that tickles your taste buds.
If you are looking for an aid to help alleviate your menopause symptoms then edibles are a must-try. They are really simple to use and well, just delicious!
It is worth noting here that again, like most other medications or supplements, these take time before you will feel the effects. We each metabolise at different rates so start with a low dose and work out what is best for you.
CBD creams, lotions or balms
These products are a brilliant way to get relief directly to where you want it without the need to take CBD capsules or oils. CBD creams can be applied to the affected area so that the CBD reaches your target area directly. Some are made for targeting pain specifically and others are made for sports recovery or purely for cosmetic reasons (like for treating skin conditions).
If you are suffering with joint pain or muscle aches related (or unrelated) to the menopause then you could really enjoy this kind of CBD. What could be better than a bit of self care or a cosmetic treatment with added benefits?
Balms and lotions each have their own application instructions, always read the label and follow the guidelines for use.
CBD products for menopause relief
Here we have chosen some stand-out products that we believe can be of great benefit for some of the more common symptoms of menopause.
Of course, you should always check with a healthcare professional if you are using other medications or have any other medical conditions.
Naturecan Broad Spectrum 100% Natural Oil
This wonderful, vegan friendly, THC free oil contains 500mg of high quality CBD and with a very fair price tag too. It is organically grown and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Furthermore it is 3rd party lab-tested so you can be sure it contains exactly what it says on the bottle.
This oil is perfect for managing pain and stress related conditions as well as wellbeing and your mood. Start with 2-3 drops and then increase the dosage until you reach your desired effects.
CBDFX Muscle and Joint Cream
This all-natural and vegan friendly cream by CBDFX has been specially formulated by combining anti-inflammatory botanicals like white willow bark and caffeine to ensure a quick fix and a cooling effect for sore or achy muscles and joints.
It comes in a handy-sized bottle of 50ml, perfect for your pocket or bag! Ideal for quick relief and also simple to use, just apply directly to the affected area.
Orange County CBD Gummy Strawberries
I think we can all agree that gummy strawberries are a classic sweetshop favourite! Orange County brings these to you filled with broad spectrum CBD and available in 5 different strengths so that you can choose a delicious treat that matches your strength criteria.
These yummy gummies are vegan friendly and contain absolutely no THC which is perfect for those of you subject to testing for sports or work. Remember, these aren't regular sweeties so be sure to exercise that self control when dipping into the tub.
Shop CBD products online
If you are looking for the ideal solution for treating your unwanted symptoms of menopause or are simply looking to explore alternative treatments of any other unwelcome symptoms then look no further. At ICE Headshop we have one of the largest ranges of CBD products available online today and our experts are ready to help you choose the perfect product for you.
Disclaimer: Please note that you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products. All claims and effects of CBD have been regulated by the MHRA since 2016 and distributors require a license from the MHRA to make any medical claims. Claims are opinion based and non-scientific, and while we may discuss the opinions people share, they are not our own. Our CBD is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Although we can advocate its calming & healthy properties it is in no way intended for medicinal use.