What is Menopause?
The National Institute on Aging states menopause is marked by 12 months after a woman’s final menstrual cycle. Menopause is not considered a condition or disease, but it a transition in the body. It generally affects women between the ages of 45 and 55. The transitional period of menopause can range from 7 to 14 years during which the levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones vary significantly. According to Medical News Today, the average age of menopause is 51 and the transition officially marks the end of fertility. Common side effects include sleep disturbances, weight gain, hot flashes, “mood swings” and loss of bone density. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and “self-management techniques” were specified as common treatments. With all of the medical and home remedies available, it can be hard to navigate through. For those seeking natural support that can benefit their lives in a number of ways, CBD is a clear choice.
What is CBD? What Does it do in the Body?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid compound found in its highest concentrations in the hemp plant. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t produce a “high.” With therapeutic dosing, people don’t experience serious side effects, unlike many other medications. Cannabidiol interacts with a physiological system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS works to create and maintain internal balance, or homeostasis, within the body. The ECS utilizes cannabinoids to fuel itself, interacting with two receptors: CB-1 and CB-2. CBD is highly effective since it works with both receptors, unlike some other cannabinoids. The ECS works to balance mood, immune functions, sleep patterns, pain management, and cognitive functions.
How can CBD Help With Menopause?
It appears that menopause disturbs the natural functioning of the endocannabinoid system, leading to the symptoms experienced during the transition. By supplementing the ECS with cannabinoids like CBD, homeostasis can be achieved again and maintained. CBD is capable of influencing the release of serotonin and dopamine, promoting feelings of relaxation and well-being. As a result, anxiety, and depression can be managed. Other emotional responses, such as agitation, can be reduced by the release of these neurotransmitters. Dopamine also aids with relaxation and can make it easier to fall and stay asleep.
Cannabidiol has been shown to suppress appetite, decreasing overall food intake. This benefit could help to combat the weight gain associated with menopause in combination with a healthy lifestyle. A 2015 study found that CBD influences the cannabinoid receptors that influence bone density. The study found that CBD had a significant impact on the healing of bone fractures. The findings have sparked further research on how cannabidiol effects the amount of bone density lost throughout the transition. CBD interacts with ion channels, including those that regulate body temperature. In fact, CBD binds to and regulates receptor TRPV1, which is predominantly responsible for maintaining steady body temperature.