Menopause is a normal, natural process that all women go through as they age. The word “menopause” can describe any or all of the changes a woman goes through just before or after she stops menstruating, which marks the end of her reproductive years.
All women are born with a finite number of eggs, stored in the ovaries. The ovaries also produce the main hormones involved in ovulation – estrogen and progesterone. When the ovaries no longer produce these hormones and stop ovulating each month, women are said to be in menopause.
Many women welcome menopause (no more need for pads and tampons, and no more pregnancy worries), but most women experience at least some symptoms of “the change.” Some symptoms of menopause are not serious, while others (particularly mood changes and so-called hot flashes) can make women feel uncomfortable, frustrated and no longer in control of their bodies.
In the US, the average age for menopause is 51 years.
Why take CBD oil for menopause?
Research has suggested that CBD may have many health benefits, ranging from relieving pain to treating depression and anxiety, and possibly also reducing the specific symptoms of menopause. CBD is one of many substances that occur in marijuana. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoid, CBD is not psychoactive – it will not get you high, but it may have other health benefits.
Is CBD good 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. The endocannabinoid system is a collection of cell receptors, called cannabinoid receptors, which are present in the brain, organs, and other tissues throughout the body. The endocannabinoid system works by interacting with chemical messengers, including CBD. Researchers believe that this system plays an essential role in many bodily functions and other aspects of health, including immune function, pain, memory, sleep, mood regulation, and temperature regulation
Menopause seems to disrupt the endocannabinoid system, and there are cannabinoid receptors throughout the female reproductive system, so it is possible that CBD oil could reduce some of the symptoms relating to menopause.
CBD oil dosage for menopause
Everyone is different and individual. So the effective dosage for you may vary depending on your menopause symptoms, the way you choose to take CBD, and your personal attributes. But we always recommend starting on a low dose, and then moving up in strength if it feels necessary. Particularly as it can take a short period of time for CBD to build up and start to have an effect on your body.
Our suggested CBD oil dosage for menopause would start with our 4% CBD Oil, taking 1-3 drops orally under your tongue. And repeating this twice per day.
If you don't enjoy the taste, you could try our CBD Capsules, which are vegan-friendly and also include Turmeric and Black Pepper. We recommend 1-2 capsules taken in the morning and evening.
CBD oil for menopause symptoms
If going into menopause has left you feeling like the conventional medical system doesn’t understand your needs, you’re not alone. Scientists are still uncovering why and how our bodies change during menopause.
Here are some ways women find CBD helps them with menopause symptoms:
- CBD has proven anti-inflammatory properties, potentially reducing the aches and pains many women feel as they age.
- Many women swear that CBD’s influence on the serotonin system help them experience fewer and less painful hot flashes. This study looked at the link between serotonin and hot flashes.
- Population studies have found that adults who use cannabis products have lower insulin levels and smaller waist circumstances, and may be at lower risk for developing type II diabetes as they age.
CBD oil for menopause mood swings
A 2010 study in mice found that CBD operates in a similar way to antidepressant medications in the brain, and reduced symptoms of depression. This could mean that CBD could also help to stabilize mood swings in menopausal women.
CBD oil for menopause research and studies
Bone density loss is a major concern for women as they age. Low bone density can increase the chance of bruises and fractures, so it is important to optimize bone density. A 2008 study found that endocannabinoids like CBD may play a role in reducing the bone density loss that naturally occurs in menopause.
Another frequent complaint of menopausal woman is poor sleep. A 2016 study found that CBD was able to reduce sleep disturbances and anxiety in the study participants, suggesting it may also be useful in treating the sleep disturbances associated with menopause.
How to take CBD oil for menopause
We always recommend that people who haven’t used CBD before start on a low dose, which will allow your body’s endocannabinoid system to wake up gradually. Our 4% Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a good strength for beginners. If you feel you need to increase your dose, or if you have used CBD before and know you need a higher dose, we also have an 8% CBD Oil and a 15% CBD Oil available.
To take CBD Oil orally, you should take 1 to 3 drops under the tongue twice per day. Hold the drops under your tongue for at least one minute before swallowing, which enables the CBD to get into your bloodstream sooner so it can start taking effect.
If swallowing CBD oil is not your preferred way to enjoy the potential benefits of CBD, you can try vaping, where the oil can be added to liquid for e-cigarettes. There are many ways to take CBD oil easily, effectively, and discreetly.
More useful menopause links:
- NHS Guide to Menopause
- Menopause Support
- The British Menopause Society (for health professionals, and for patients, the Womens Health Concern).
- Menopause Matters
- International Menopause Society
Hopefully our guide to using CBD Oil for Menopause has helped you understand the potential benefits and ways in which CBD can alleviate some of the symptoms and problems you might be experiencing. If you've found it useful, you may also be interested in some of our other guides to CBD and specific health issues, including: