As most women can probably agree… PMS is not very fun.
Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, can occur before or during your period, and involves one, or usually more, of the following symptoms:
CBD may help lower my cholesterol, but if I continue to eat junk food, the benefits CBD delivers are only prolonging the inevitable.
It’s the middle of the day… You’re halfway through your errands and… knock, knock….
This is referred to as hormonal imbalance.
CBD has grown in popularity since its inception, and it’s no surprise why with these claims. Below, The Extract will take a look into some of the benefits of women taking CBD oil.
CBD is a naturally-produced, active compound that is found in the cannabis plant. The Cannabis sativa plant has over 80 cannabinoids. However, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD are the most known compounds since they are the most abundant of all the cannabinoids.
Anxiety is a common problem for many women. The cause of this anxiety differs from woman to woman. For example, the pressure of juggling home and work-life responsibilities.
Many claim CBD has helped them with their anxiety, depression, pain, and much more. In addition, studies are backing CBD’s use for female-specific concerns such as PMS, hormonal imbalances, and menopause symptoms.
The researchers aim to find out how CBD affects women and whether it affects men and women differently. Leading the study is Dr. Sarah Lichenstein. She has said that most research in this area has been conducted solely on men.
“Sleep is interrupted during this time, impacting your day-to-day life,” she says. Her patients are using CBD oil to help them stay asleep. She says it also helps them sleep when menopause-related anxiety keeps them up at night. “Women wake up with a busy mind and can’t shut down their thoughts,” she says.
CBD is typically safe and well tolerated. It may cause side effects like sleepiness, diarrhea, rash, decreased appetite and weakness, and it may interact with some medications, like antidepressants. Like any drug, its effects vary with the dose. Typically, the higher the dose, the more unanticipated side effects. Consult with your health care professional before trying it.
Menopause: No evidence has been found that CBD can alleviate all menopause symptoms. But CBD may help stabilize mood changes, reduce sleep disturbances (a common menopause complaint) and decrease the rate of bone density loss that can occur during menopause. Alyssa Dweck, MD, an OB-GYN who practices in Westchester County in New York and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V, says she has seen women use CBD to help with insomnia during perimenopause and menopause.
These days, CBD—cannabidiol, a chemical derived from cannabis—is being sold in many forms and used for many things. Find out what women are using it for.
Beauty: CBD beauty products like antiaging serums are all the rage in the beauty industry. CBD may offer women benefits like strengthening hair follicles, reducing the appearance of dark spots and improving the look and health of their skin. A 2014 study found that CBD helped suppress acne breakouts by regulating oil production of the sebaceous glands and lowering skin inflammation, says Anita Sadaty, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist and founder of Redefining Health Medical, a women’s health medical practice in Roslyn, New York. “In general, anti-aging skin benefits may be related to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD,” she says. Topical CBD is also great for skin rashes, eczema and psoriasis, says Dr. Sadaty.
Just remember that CBD isn’t a miracle, cure-all solution. You can’t take CBD and expect all your problems to magically disappear. You may take it to help manage cholesterol for example, but if you eat fatty foods, you’re doing yourself no favors. To be truly healthy, you have to stop doing what’s causing your health problems.
Countless products containing CBD have popped up, touted as natural remedies for ailments ranging from joint pain and seizures to anxiety and insomnia. CBD is thought to alleviate conditions like inflammation, migraines, nausea, sleep disorders and more. And women are getting in on it, too. (See more below on that.)
Hormonal imbalance: CBD may provide relief for women suffering from hormonal imbalance. One study investigating the effect of CBD found that it helped regulate the secretion of the stress-activating hormone cortisol. By influencing hormone regulation, CBD can help prevent hormonal imbalance. Also, when you use hemp-based CBD products, you’re getting omega fatty acids and gamma linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid which is known to help regulate hormones.