CBD Health Forum: Improvements In Women’s Health With CBD
March 9, 2021 | By Denise M. Chesne, R.N.
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International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. What better way to celebrate than to learn more about women’s health?
Even before this current health pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people were turning to CBD (cannabidiol) to help regulate their stress, pain, anxiety, and even fight inflammation- all without the “high” that can make regular treatment with cannabis impractical.
CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid acquired from the hemp plant, and it is overwhelmingly changing the way individuals view health and wellness — particularly women.
CBD and Women’s Health
For women especially, CBD can offer very specific and very helpful benefits when added to a daily routine.
Scientific research indicates that CBD may provide the answers to a variety of women’s health issues like anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances, sexual performance, and sleep disorders.
Hundreds of scientific studies have been underway investigating CBD’s therapeutic potential. So far, most of the research has been at the pre-clinical stage, meaning the studies are conducted on animal models, but more studies are taking place on humans, which have begun to confirm many of the findings from the pre-clinical trials.
What’s becoming increasingly clear is that CBD has therapeutic potential for a host of health conditions. Fundamental to these benefits is the relationship CBD shares with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Scientists have discovered our endocannabinoid system is constantly working to regulate every biological action including sleep, appetite, the immune system, energy levels, and memory.
CBD helps to increase levels of one of the main naturally occurring endocannabinoids in the body (anandamide) which can become depleted through stress, poor diet, alcohol, and lack of sleep. It also activates receptors related to mood, discomfort, and body temperature.
CBD Alleviates Some Conditions Unique To Women
We’re all trying to find a comfortable balance in our lives, whether we’re juggling home and work or focusing on our personal lives and health.
No matter what age you’ve reached in this thing called life, achieving hormonal balance seems to be an impossible task, particularly for women.
While there are no conclusive scientific studies to say that CBD helps PMS and other hormone-related conditions, we do know that it can alleviate some of their symptoms.
During the transition into menopause, many women suffer from mood swings, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression. So, like many others, if you’re facing menopause you may be turning to traditional herbal medicines, like CBD, for natural support.
An increasing number of studies show the positive effects that CBD can have on women encountering menopause. A 2019 study confirmed the success rate of CBD of over 78% in alleviating anxiety-related problems, and a 66% success rate alleviating signs of depression in women going through menopause.
Effects of CBD On Our Mood
One of the most common reasons people take CBD is to help improve their mood. Scientists know that CBD activates the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor responsible for regulating mood and anxiety.
Thanks to CBD’s activation of the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor, anxiety and stress levels associated with the menstrual cycle are typically reduced.
CBD also has other properties which come in handy for period cramps such as regulating production of cortisol, which is one of the main stress hormones.
Help For PMS
Studies have found that CBD can help alleviate PMS symptoms, which occur before or during your period. CBD may help moderate mood irregularities and overall mental health and it can help soothe bloating and cramps. It can help alleviate discomfort from swollen or tender breasts.
We are slowly beginning to understand how CBD affects the human body and what it can offer to us in terms of health and wellness, with many studies showing promising results especially in regard to women's health.
It is important to always remember to check with your physician before adding to your regime to avoid any interactions with your present medications.
Now is a time to learn more about improving our health choices and celebrating the achievements of women worldwide!