But on the other hand, if your symptoms negatively impact your everyday performance, you can go with higher dosages. However, keep in mind that larger amounts of CBD can induce sedation and make you feel a bit dizzy due to lowered blood pressure.
Scientists are actively researching the benefits of CBD for improving synaptic plasticity and memory loss, specifically in the hippocampus (12). The initial results are promising, to say the list, but we still need more solid evidence to further prove these findings.
Nevertheless, you can use CBD oil along with other ways to protect this region of the brain, such as exercise, spending time with others, avoiding alcohol, cultivating your sex life, and getting restful sleep.
But the sooner you detect and proactively respond to the changes taking place inside your body, the better.
Without estrogen, our bodies don’t burn as many calories as they did before the plunge — even while sleeping. You may suddenly notice that you also burn less fat during physical activity.
Make sure to check with different sources for more objective information. Some companies boast 5-star reviews on their website, while third-party sources like Amazon hammer their products with lots of poor opinions.
CBD tinctures, which are a bit different than regular oil drops, use high-proof alcohol to strip the valuable cannabinoids and nutrients from hemp. But when a company uses butane, propane, and other harsh solvents for extraction, it’s best to steer clear of their products.
Seeing a menopause and cannabis savvy healthcare practitioner is one way to make sure your foray into this alternative treatment is both safe and effective.
Dr. Bone says that while hot flashes are best treated with HT (Hormone Therapy), their most common triggers can be treated with cannabinoids. Take one of the biggest triggers, anxiety. “When a woman finds herself in a high-stress moment, she may start to sweat and flash,” says Dr. Bone. “This is often ameliorated with cannabis. I find that higher-CBD products are best to reduce anxiety, but years of practicing have taught me that every patient is unique and there are women who respond best to higher doses of THC to help mitigate anxiety.”
How it works, what to avoid, and where to legally acquire it
“I think women have trouble turning off their thoughts at night and this causes insomnia,” says Dr. Bone. Sound familiar? “Either they ruminate and can’t fall asleep, or they wake to use the bathroom, and they immediately start thinking about the next day’s to-do list and can’t fall back asleep.” She says cannabis can be very helpful treating these issues. “I usually recommend a higher THC product to fall asleep, but a lower THC product to stay asleep (for if they wake up in the middle of the night).”
Take any claims about intended effects (sleep aid, reducing anxiety, etc.) in the marketing or packaging with a grain of salt. As cannabis and CBD supplements are not regulated, none of those claims can be substantiated.
The active ingredient of a CBD product should be listed as hemp extract, CBD cannabidiol, hemp oil, full spectrum hemp, or PCR (phytocannabinoid rich) hemp extract. This tells you it comes from the flower. Do not buy “hemp seed oil” as this is simply oil extracted from the seed, not the flower, and contains no CBD.
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Estrogen and progesterone shouldered a lot of responsibilities within your body, and CBD should only be one of many resources that help you through (and beyond) menopause.
For instance, vape pens deliver immediate benefits that dwindle within an hour or two, whereas oral CBD oil takes longer to kick in — but its effects can last 8-12 hours.
You’re probably familiar with the estrogen story by now: women are born with millions of immature eggs in their ovaries. Starting at puberty, our bodies are pumped full of estrogen every time an egg matures — approximately once a month. However, over the years, our supply of eggs dwindles. And once all our eggs are gone, our periods stop and the estrogen bursts go away, triggering menopause.