CBD Oil & Menopause
There are so many discussions being had about CBD oil and the benefits of using it as part of a symptom management supplement. We thought you might have some questions and have tried to outline all the pros and cons.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid discovered around 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in a cannabis plant, along with Tetrahydrocannabinol otherwise known as (THC). It accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract according to Wikipedia and science. As of 2019, clinical research on CBD including studies related to menopause symptoms is still ongoing, however, there is increasing anecdotal evidence supporting claims that CBD Oil can help relieve chronic pain and other symptoms.
Is it legal?
In some countries, CBD is legally used in clinical practice to help cancer patients and those with epilepsy. In the UK it is legally sold providing the THC content is less than 0.2%.
Will I get High?
No, because of the low concentration of THC in most CBD Oil products, you will not feel that high sensation associated with Cannabis.
How it can help Symptoms of Menopause
So many symptoms can be relieved by CBD Oil that includes stiffness of joints through inflammation, headaches or migraines, acne, anxiety, depression, mood, appetite, and because you start to feel better in some cases this may also improve your sex life too.
If you have been doing free menopause training with us, you will know that our bodies are full of estrogen receptors. Well, it turns out that it’s no different for the Endocannabinoid system. This refers to a collection of cell receptors that interact with chemical messengers (hormones) and help the body in terms of health.
More and more women are now starting to use CBD Oil, especially those who can not take HRT for example. Though there is no hard evidence yet about the certainty of the benefits, there is much anecdotal evidence, and we hear stories all the time from women. We would like to hear yours!
CBD Oil could help to treat the following symptoms:
Depression and Anxiety
Weight Gain & Diabetes
Aches & Joint Pain
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The ECS resides in the body of all animals except insects. This 600-million-year-old messenger and receptor system is integral to the management of body balance, known as homeostasis. There is not a single function within our body that will not be influenced or controlled by the ECS. It works across all physical processes in the body, acting and reacting to both internal and external stimuli, directing, correcting, and managing overall health and well-being.
Here comes the science bit…
While scientists are still fully evaluating the complexity of how the ECS works and all its functions, what we do know is, the ECS plays a significant role in regulating key systems of the body whether you use cannabis or not. These systems include:
The ECS comprises three core components:
- Receptors – CB (1) in the central nervous system and CB (2) in the peripheral nervous system, digestive system, and specific cells in the immune system.
- Two key identified endocannabinoids: body-made cannabinoids, such as Anandamide (AEA), the bliss molecule, promoting feelings such as euphoria after exercise and 2-AG.
- Enzymes – synthesizing enzymes to make endocannabinoids when required and degrading enzymes to them down when used in response to neurotransmitter stimulation.
How could CBD help symptoms?
Although the exact details of how CBD interacts with the ECS are also under debate, research indicates CBD can be helpful in the body’s management and reaction to pain, inflammation, stress, environmental pollutants, aging, prescription drugs, and many other symptoms that present themselves. Importantly, once you start to understand what is going on with your body and in your mind, you can take control of your physical health, mental and emotional well-being.
In essence, endocannabinoids can bind to either receptor, signaling the ECS to take action. The ECS reacts very quickly when required to function. The effect depends on where the receptor is situated and which endocannabinoid it attaches itself to. For example, when the body experiences inflammation, a reaction of autoimmune disorders, endocannabinoids may bind to a CB (2) receptor. Once the endocannabinoids have carried out their functions, degrading enzymes break down the endocannabinoids.
ECS facilitates our internal bodily systems to return to their state of homeostasis. So, a sense of the body being centered and in balance is critical. Science in the present moment of today and the future lies in this important regulatory system. Choose to live in balance, in the words of Maya Angelou “Nothing will work unless you do”.
Where can I buy safe CBD Oil?
Because we trust it and have a good relationship with the company that prepares the product for us, you can find our CBD oil products in our shop by clicking here if we did not believe it had benefits, we would not be selling them.
Can I use it even if I’m on HRT?
There is no scientific or clinical evidence that CBD interferes with HRT. However, we recommend that you space out the time between taking HRT and taking CBD oil giving each supplement time to work.
Usage & Dosage – How and when to take it?
With our CBD oil, you can use it in several ways. Either neat, just a couple of drops under the tongue, twice a day (do not exceed this). Or you might want to become more adventurous as it can simply be added to food or drink. We have some great recipes to share with you.
Will it work for me?
Former Loose Women star, Andrea McLean can attest to the benefits of taking CBD oil speaking publicly in May 2019. Her doctor recommended CBD oil to cure hot flushes associated with menopause. She said “It has massively taken the edge off things with the flushes, and it has made me less anxious because anxiety is still a key thing for me. It is not an anti-depressant but what I no longer feel is that sensation of being on high alert.”
The issues and health impacts that women face as they go through menopause are multifaceted. The use of CBD oil on a daily basis can play a pivotal role in helping to get the ECS back into a state of homeostasis, the balance needed to maintain a healthy equilibrium within the body.
And for women suffering from menopause symptoms, achieving this balance will lead to a greater sense of wellbeing, raising the quality of life they can live. How women deal with these menopause symptoms is a matter of personal choice; whether they prefer pharmaceutical or prescription drugs or a more naturopathic pathway including CBD oil. This may depend on menopausal severity, where a combination of both could be a good option.
One thing is for certain, CBD oil is becoming more popular according to Statista, where twenty-one percent of people in Great Britain have taken it. And with so many people experiencing the health-related benefits of CBD oil, it’s certainly worth giving it a try for all the potential advantages it can bring to your daily life.
Because it is almost as natural as consuming olive oil and has similar health benefits. The body tolerates this oil very well. However there have been some side effects reported that include fatigue, diarrhea, and a dry mouth. Bearing this in mind, always keep well-hydrated. If you have any concerns about taking CBD oil we recommend that you consult with your doctor first as you should if you are considering introducing any supplements to your diet. Remember plants are very powerful, and most pharmaceutical products are derived from plant extract.
We have also heard some references to a reaction if you combine eating Grapefruit alongside taking CBD Oil, so please don’t, as that may react. We think it has much to do with certain enzymes found in the Grapefruit. It may upset your stomach.
Fancy giving it a go, and finding out how much better you can feel? Take a look here
Message from Dee Murray – Founder, Menopause Experts Group.
‘For years I have remained skeptical about the use of CBD. As a retired Psychotherapist, my concerns were born out of cannabis use and my experience of patients struggling with dependency.
However, with all the new knowledge we now have, CBD Oil has undeniable anecdotal evidence to support the claims that it helps women during menopause, and indeed at any time. To relax, feel less-stressed and anxious, and can even relieve chronic pain which so many of us experience due to the decrease in estrogen.
That is why I agreed to add this product to our range, and I can’t wait to hear all the stories from women who use CBD Oil as part of the management of their own symptoms. I for one will use it to treat my occasional frozen shoulder.’
Taking CBD with HRT
If you do decide to take HRT increasing research shows that taking CBD products can work well together. The female of the species are apparently more responsive to the pain-relieving effects of CBD but you don’t have to choose between one over the other. Consider a tailored approach. There is no right way or wrong way – whatever works for you.
There’s a very fascinating tie between CBD and expanding the window in which HRT is effective. CBD can help with a range of issues which probably led you to look at HRT to begin with.
There is little interaction between CBD and the HRT hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
If you can’t take HRT there are plenty if studies to say how CBD could help the menopause symptoms, but CBD is not a direct replacement for HRT, as it contains no hormones.
HOW MUCH CBD TO TAKE WITH HRT
There isn’t exact research on this, it really does depend on each indiviual, and if you already use our CBD oil you will have already, or are finding your own correct dose that works best for you. The FSA in the UK recommends not taking more than 70mg a day. Thats approximately 9-10 drops per day of our Meno CBD Oil + Turmeric.
A starter level is around 25-30 mg to test how it works on your system, thats equivilant to 3-4 drops of our Meno cbd oil + Turmeric per day .
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TAKE CBD WITH HRT
The general rule is at least 4 hours apart between CBD and hormones (oral) and/or medications. Always work with your doctor or naturopath of course.
Cannabidiol (CBD) have become key areas of interest, offering potential low-risk treatment options for menopause symptoms. Women of all ages have experienced CBD-related relief in relation to other female-specific hormone-related conditions and symptoms, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), as reported in an article published in 2017 in the journal AddictioResearchTheory.
While studies on CBD and menopause are limited, there is evidence that high-quality CBD products may help combat associated symptoms. This is particularly true when CBD is combined with other treatment options.
According to a literature review published in 2019 in the Journal of Ovarian Research, the ECS impacts female reproductive tissues and processes, playing a vital role in temperature regulation, sleep, pain, mood, memory, and immune function.
Several studies have reported the positive effects of CBD and CBD-rich cannabis oil on mood changes, joint pain, and sleep problems, all commonly associated with hormonal changes during menopause. Though the studies didn’t look specifically at menopause, the results indicate that CBD could provide relief for these symptoms regardless of their cause.
In addition, numerous studies have identified the potential impact of CBD on mood, including its inherent anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that cannabis significantly reduced perceptions of depression, anxiety, and stress in both women and men. Researchers also reported that women experienced greater reductions in anxiety compared to men and that low-HIGH CBD strains were best for reducing symptoms of depression.
Aches and joint pain frequently occur post-menopause, as reduced estrogen levels tend to produce higher levels of inflammation. Luckily, CBD has been shown to offer relief from pain and inflammation, as reported in a 2015 literature review published in the journal Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Melanie Bone, a board-certified OB-GYN and cannabis specialist, shared the stories of two of her patients who are going through menopause and using CBD as a treatment option. Names have been redacted in accordance with patient privacy laws.
J.A. is a 52-year-old woman who has had one period in the last six months. She has trouble sleeping because she is awakened with hot flashes and sweats. This makes her tired during the day and she feels depressed because she can’t get a good night’s sleep. J.A.’s sister had breast cancer at age 54 and she is worried about being diagnosed herself. She is scared to use hormones due to the history of breast cancer in her family.
Dr. Bone said, “The patient wanted a consult because she is having so much trouble concentrating at work that she is afraid she will lose her job. After I explained to her that she could opt to try hormones, she decided to try cannabinoids first, with hormones as a fallback. Currently, she is doing exceedingly well with excellent management of most of her complaints.
C.T. is a postmenopausal patient who uses both cannabis and bioidentical hormones. “I was using bioidentical hormones to help with hot flashes, mood changes, and dryness. After discussing my situation with Dr. Bone, we agreed that I might benefit from the addition of CBD.
“Now that I have been using both, I feel great. I have no more symptoms of menopause and my husband is delighted to have me back to my old self.”
It is important to note that these are individual testimonials and results will vary among patients.
We do not make any medical claims from our informations on studies that have been done, and are intended for information purposes onlyTaking