CBD and Women’s Health
Women experience unique health issues and conditions, from pregnancy and menopause to gynecological conditions, such as uterine fibroids and pelvic floor disorders.
Some other conditions affect men too but affect women primarily or more severely.
Women’s health involves a variety of gender-specific issues, like estrogen production, mental health, sexual health and fertility concerns. Women go through dramatic mental and physical changes as their reproductive systems go through major changes.
CBD is thought to help alleviate some conditions unique to women.
How CBD Helps Women’s Conditions
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
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.
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. “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.
Sex: Women are turning to CBD to help improve their sex life. Dr. Dweck says that women are trying CBD oil, lubricants and sprays to enhance sexual activity and alleviate dryness and sexual pain. They hope that these products can increase pleasure, help libido, set the mood, relax muscles and ease performance anxiety. “Many women need to feel relaxed to want sex,” says Dr. Sadaty. “CBD fits the bill.”
Premenstrual Syndrome (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. It can help soothe bloating and cramps. It can help alleviate discomfort from swollen or tender breasts. “Anecdotally, I’ve seen it help PMS, particularly mood behavior,” says Dr. Sadaty. “However, the combination of lowering stress hormone levels, improving liver detox capabilities and reducing inflammation will target physical PMS symptoms as well.”
The ECS (endocannabinoid system) regulates almost all levels of female reproduction, starting with oocyte production through to parturition. Dysregulation of the ECS is associated with the development of gynecological disorders from fertility disorders to cancer. Cannabinoids that act at the ECS as specific agonists or antagonists may potentially influence dysregulation and, therefore, represent new therapeutic options for the therapy of gynecological disorders, such as endometriosis, cervical and ovarian cancers.
Research studies have used doses from 15mg to as high as 600mg. Typical CBD supplements provide 20mg to 25mg. When taking CBD for lupus pain, dosing can vary widely depending on the depth of pain you are experiencing. One goal to consider is to use CBD to replace pharmaceuticals you might be taking. CBD is an all-natural alternative that does not build up in your system and cannot be overdosed.
May we suggest trying one of our CUBED Hemp based CBD Tinctures. Available in 1200mg or 3600mg concentrations, mixed with our exclusive Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy or NYS-sourced sunflower seed oil. Our Graduated Sprayer makes it simple to dose properly.
It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement program. Most prescribed medications cannot and should not be stopped all at once.
It has been suggested to start with a dose of 10mg to 15mg of CBD twice a day. After a few days, you may want to reduce prescribed meds incrementally while increasing your CBD dosage the following day. Steps of 10mg are suggested to help monitor changes. Monitor your symptoms; be aware of how you feel. Don’t hurry the process. Wait 2 to 3 days between changes. This will allow you to determine the dosing that your body requires to meet your goals, while documenting how your medications interact.
You may also want to use our topical CBD products which are applied directly to painful joints and muscles.
Medical Disclaimer: The content of this post is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.