Just think of menopause as another rite of passage. Or maybe not. Although menopause is a female body’s natural progression, the symptoms can be problematic. But first the facts. Menopause is essentially the end of fertility. No more menstrual periods, no chance of becoming pregnant. OK, that’s the short version, and for the purposes of this blog, that’s all I’ll say about what menopause is. If you’re going through menopause, you know this. You also know, there are uncomfortable and sometimes more serious symptoms to deal with.
When you’re going through menopause you may have:
- More frequent, heavier periods
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Mood swings, depression
- Sleep deprivation
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary symptoms
- Increased risk of osteoporosis
- Increased risk of heart disease.
Hormone replacement therapy and estrogen replacement therapy have been used to alleviate symptoms, but come with their own problems and side effects. I’m here to suggest that CBD could be a natural treatment that has few if any side effects.
The endocannabinoid system in every body is linked to estrogen. When estrogen peaks, so do endocannabinoids. When estrogen plummets; same thing. Therefore, when women’s estrogen levels wane, as they do during menopause, CBD can interact with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors to stabilize the endocannabinoid system and reduce symptoms.
Reduced estrogen can alter how you handle stress as well as produce depression or moodiness, leading to sleep deprivation. Studies show that CBD can help modulate mood swings and depression and improve sleep. More important, CBD can protect against bone density loss and improve heart health as well as lower blood pressure.
All without side effects. It’s worth checking into.