On average woman will enter peri-menopause in their mid 40's and menopause at 51. Night sweats to mood swings, disturbed sleep patterns, fatigue to weight gain are just some of the symptoms experienced during 'the change' . Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps ease many of these symptoms and has even become available over the counter making it highly accessible, but for some HRT is not an option and in general prolonged use carries its own set of health risks. Woman taking HRT for over a year, have an elevated risk of developing breast cancer as well as blood clots and in some cases cardio vascular disease if HRT has been started many years after menopause. This risk of course needs to off set against the benefits which are reduction in osteoporosis, heart disease as well as a lower chance of dementia.
Many women are seeking alternative and natural therapies that can help alleviate symptoms and bring their bodies back into balance without the need for HRT. CBD, derived from the CBD rich hemp plant, is a natural alternative with a wide range of benefits for this difficult phase in a woman’s life. Latest research shows great promise in its application for menopausal symptoms, by acting as a neuroprotectant that can help stabilise mood swings, help with depression and even regulate sleep patterns.
Some of the benefits that CBD may help with may include
Restoring Hormonal Balance
Experts are not entirely sure how this process works but they do know that CBD does not bind to these receptors but instead stimulates the receptor activity, and prevents the endocannabinoids from being broken down by the body’s enzymes once they have performed their function. This allows them to have a prolonged effect on the body, keeping the body in a state of homeostasis or internal balance.
CBD can help regulate sleep patterns by helping to reduce stress and anxiety, bringing about a sense of calm and helping to avoid the vicious cycle of anxiety induced insomnia. The stress of not being able to sleep exacerbates the ability to not sleep. CBD is used worldwide for all kinds of anxiety and stress disorders with widespread success for sleep disorders.
CBD can help alleviate pain caused by aching joints which is common as we age as the joints degenerate and mineral deposits accumulate. It can also help with inflammation, as well as breast pain through the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD on our bodies. A topical lotion can be used on aching joints to help relieve symptoms.
It is believed that CBD helps to slow bone density reduction (which affects 1 in 4 woman over 65) through the blocking of the cell receptor on osteoclasts that cause bone loss which leads to osteoporosis. This is one of the most exciting areas of CBD research. Animal studies, have 'demonstrated that cannabidiol (CBD) specifically blocked the activation of the receptor which causes bone loss. CBD effectively, and quite dramatically, reduced the activity of the osteoclasts, being the cells that degrade bone' National Academy of Science
May aid digestion with the anti-inflammatory effect of CBD on the gut thus helping IBS and other gut conditions which are common in menopausal woman.
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