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CBD Oil for Symptoms of Menopause

Cannabidiol is a chemical that occurs in cannabis plants. It is possible that cannabidiol oil could help to treat the symptoms of menopause. Researchers have looked at other herbal and natural remedies as treatment options, but have not yet found that any of them are consistently effective.

Menopause is one of the top three reasons women use therapeutic cannabis products — menstruation and sex are the other two. The good reputation that hemp and cannabis-derived CBD oils are gaining for treating peri- and post-menopausal symptoms isn’t based just on testimonials but are also supported by scientific research.

Does CBD oil work for menopause?

CBD may work on the body in a range of ways to help menopause symptoms. Of particular interest is the way that it interacts with cannabinoid receptors.

  • Aches & joint pain
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Weight gain / diabetes
  • Hot flashes
  • Genitourinary syndrome (vaginal dryness, atrophy and bladder control problems)
  • Fertility and reproduction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep disruptions / insomnia
  • Memory loss

What menopause symptoms can CBD treat?

While there is no evidence indicating that CBD oil is likely to influence all menopause symptoms, it could be helpful for the following:

Mood changes

One of the most common symptoms of menopause is mood changes.

A 2010 study in mice found that CBD operates in a similar way to antidepressant medications in the brain, and reduces symptoms of depression.

It may be that CBD could also help to stabilize mood in humans.

Bone density loss

A low bone density can increase the chance of fractures or bruises, so it is an important symptom to treat.

Some research has found that CBD interacts with a cannabinoid receptor that may play a role in bone density loss. CBD may, therefore, be able to reduce the rate of bone density loss that can occur during menopause.

Sleep disturbances

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Being unable to sleep properly is a common complaint during menopause, and it can have a significant impact on daily life.

A 2016 case study on a person with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) showed that CBD oil was able to reduce sleep disturbances and anxiety.

It is possible that CBD oil may also be useful in treating the sleep disturbances relating to menopause.

Aches & Joint Pain

Cannabidiol has proven anti-inflammatory properties. In mice, CBD is anti-arthritic, protects joints against inflammatory damage, and lowers levels of inflammatory TNFα. Low-impact exercise and dietary changes are also excellent resources in a fight against inflammation.

Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

Hot flashes and night sweats are frequently joked about, but in reality they’re no laughing matter. They disrupt our sleep and daily routines, which can reduce the quality of our lives. These “vasomotor” symptoms are caused by altered neurochemistry in the hypothalamus — your body’s thermostat control. In other words, your body’s cooling system — blood vessel dilation & sweat response — gets switched on way too easily. 

Although there aren’t studies that have specifically tested CBD for hot flashes, its influence on the body’s serotonin system could be one reason why some women swear by CBD for this symptom. Other treatments like therapy, hypnosis and relaxation techniques that calm the nervous system can also influence your neurochemistry and help reduce hot flashes.

Although there aren’t studies that have specifically tested CBD for hot flashes, its influence on the body’s serotonin system could be one reason why some women swear by CBD for this symptom. Other treatments like therapy, hypnosis and relaxation techniques that calm the nervous system can also influence your neurochemistry and help reduce hot flashes.

Weight Gain & Diabetes

Population studies have found that adults who use cannabis products have lower insulin levels and smaller waist circumferences. Cannabidiol could contribute by switching on genes for healthy metabolism. CBD also helps buffer the activity of natural endocannabinoids, usually linked to insulin resistance and ramped up during menopause.

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