How can CBD help ease the symptoms of menopause?
The difficulty of getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most common menopausal symptoms. This can be made even worse when accompanied by other demanding symptoms, like stress, anxiety and hot flushes, leading you to feel tired and restless the following day. Using CBD before bed may allow you to relax both your body and mind, hopefully enabling you to improve both your quality and quantity of sleep.
Mood swings and anxiety
Frequent mood swings are also something the majority of women will experience during menopause which are often down to hormonal changes. With its ability to communicate with the endocannabinoid system, CBD could help your body handle those mood swings, improving your mood and helping you to feel more calm and relaxed.
Pain is a relatively common occurrence throughout menopause; this can vary from joint pains, breast pain, headaches, inflammation – the list goes on. CBD is said to be an effective anti-inflammatory, and therefore might be helpful in reducing these pains and inflammation and allowing you to get on comfortably with everyday life.
Throughout menopause there is likely to be fluctuations in the levels of various hormones in your body, like cortisol, prolactin and of course oestrogen (this being the most affected). Any changes in hormone levels can affect you and your body in various ways, as well as contributing to those awful night sweats that can disrupt your sleep pattern and quality. This can ultimately all add up to make you feel even more unwell. The good news is, when the cannabinoid from CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system, it might help regulate the hormonal imbalance in your body and the night sweats that accompany this. So if you suffer with this, CBD could be a useful method to help combat it.
During menopausal bloating, inflammation and cramps can occur that are similar to those you experience when having a period (and we know how intense those blighters can get). All of the changes that are happening within your body can have a significant effect on your digestion, potentially leading to more serious issues, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The use of CBD in this case might be able to aid in reducing any inflammation, perhaps that caused by IBS, as well as potentially improving your digestion and reducing chances of bloating.
Vaginal dryness and sex drive
On top of everything else you may experience during menopause, vaginal dryness is an additional inconvenience that can lead to unpleasant sensations and pain during sex. (Can we not catch a break?) Oestrogen levels are responsible for good blood circulation, so when these levels drop during menopause, blood circulation becomes poor. This can lead to vaginal dryness as well as possible insufficient amounts of cervical mucus. Not only can CBD help you feel more relaxed, it is also believed to increase blood circulation. CBD could therefore indirectly reduce the area of dryness and feelings of discomfort whilst hopefully boosting your sex drive, so you can have better, more comfortable sex.