What is CBD oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a chemical or oil that is extracted from a plant called hemp. Hemp is similar to marijuana as both the plants are strains derived from the cannabis family. CBD oil is made of hemp which has only 0.3% THC and hence doesn’t offer any psychedelic effects.
This oil reacts with the human body through two cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2 and helps regulate homeostatic functions of the body. Processes like sensory perception, appetite, immune response, cognitive functions, memory and mood are few of the functions that can be managed using CBD oil in case they are compromised.
How can CBD oil help with menopause?
Menopause is also a bodily function as the secretion of reproductive hormones is involved and this function is monitored by the endocannabinoid system. It is yet to be proven that CBD oil is an effective measure to deal with menopause but several studies have shown that the oil certainly helps manage the symptoms and effects of menopause. Below are few of the issues that a woman might face during menopause and how CBD oil might be helpful.
- Night sweats and Hot flashes:
When the neurochemistry in the hypothalamus is altered, these symptoms sometimes arise. When the body temperature changes, the blood vessels dilate suddenly and the sweat response is triggered.
Using CBD oil might be helpful as it influences the body’s serotonin levels which affect the hypothalamus too.
- Genitourinary Syndrome:
Vaginal dryness, inflammation and hypersensitivity issues arise after menopause due to the change in estrogen levels. Estrogen is responsible for maintaining healthy blood flow as it brings fresh oxygen to the organs in the pelvis.
Cannabidiol is a potent vasodilator so it can help direct more blood flow towards the pelvis which moisturizes the vaginal canal. It also has soothing effects that can reduce inflammation of muscles & calm the nerves to control hypersensitivity.
The loss of bone density is called osteoporosis. As menopause nears, the transfer of calcium and other essential minerals between the bones and bloodstream decreases, lowering bone density and increasing the woman’s susceptibility to fractures.
As osteoporosis is somewhat similar to arthritis, the anti-inflammatory capabilities of CBD oil may contribute in improving bone density and managing their degeneration.
- Memory Loss, Sleep disturbance and anxiety:
The secretion of progesterone and estrogen fluctuates in menopause, the functionality of the hippocampus is affected. Emotions, learning & memory are controlled by this gland hence they are affected as well. Anxiety and depression along with night sweats can disrupt sleeping patterns.
The studies being conducted on effects of CBD oil on one’s neurochemistry and possibly also on the plasticity of synapses are positive and it might prove beneficial.
Precautions while selecting a CBD oil:
One must consider researching the following aspects before selecting a CBD oil to treat symptoms of menopause:
- Oil extraction method
- Source of hemp used
- Rating on cannabinoid spectrum
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