The healing power of CBD (cannabidiol) is great news for those suffering from debilitating pain. Historically speaking, using CBD and cannabis was common for pain relief, especially for women! CBD can be extracted from cannabis or hemp.
Amanda Siebert, author of The Little Book of Cannabis, has reported that cannabis was used by ancient Egyptians for alleviating pain while giving birth. And according to CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medical Cannabis, “it was most notably used by Queen Victoria in England who was prescribed cannabis tincture by her doctor Sir John Russell Reynolds for dysmenorrhea; she used it monthly for years.”
So if you’re having trouble with PMS or menopause, here are some reasons to try CBD:
- CBD balances your endocannabinoid system. “The endocannabinoid system is made up of molecules that are similar to cannabis to help reduce stress and pain,” writes Earl Mindell, author of Healing with Hemp CBD Oil. That said, consuming CBD will help trigger your endocannabinoid system to bring homeostasis (or balance) to your body. CBD does this by interacting with “molecules in the endocannabinoid system responsible for managing stress and pain,” explains Mindell. This is how CBD may help alleviate discomfort from menstrual cramps and back pain, and even pain related to menopause such as migraines, joint soreness and breast tenderness. The endocannabinoid system has a role in regulating body temperature; with that said, some women have reported relief from hot flashes due to CBD topicals, edibles and vapes.
- CBD may contribute to better mood and lower anxiety. Mood swings are common during PMS and menopause. However, CBD is an option for improving your outlook on life. As reported in Medical News Today, a study on mice in 2010 revealed that CBD works similarly to antidepressants, which suggests that CBD may work as a natural mood stabilizer for humans. Dr. Rachna Patel, author of The CBD Oil Solution, is a physician who treats patients with CBD oil. The effects of CBD have been positively significant for her patients, especially when anxiety puts a damper on life: “My patients have reported that CBD works quite well to relieve anxiety…They no longer feel paralyzed by the anxiety… In addition, patients report that they are able to eliminate or significantly reduce the dose andnumber of their prescription medications, such as SSRIs and benzodiazepines.”
- CBD may lead to better bone health. Osteoporosis is common among menopausal women, especially due to hormonal imbalances. However, as reported in Medical News Today, “Some research has found that CBD interacts with a cannabinoid receptor that may play a role in bone density loss. CBD may … be able to reduce the rate of bone density loss that can occur during menopause.”
TAKE NOTE: CBD and cannabis products are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals. If you have concerns about pain relief during PMS and menopause, please don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor. You’re welcome to pop into our store in Streetsville if you have any questions about cannabis prescriptions or which pain relief products may work for you. Click here for our contact information.
Does CBD Oil Work for Menopause Symptoms? , reviewed January 14, 2019, viewed on August 26, 2019.
The Little Book of Cannabis by Amanda Siebert, Greystone Books, 2018.
CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medical Cannabis by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum, North Atlantic Books, 2017.
The Cannabis Health Index by Uwe Blesching, PhD, North Atlantic Books, 2015.
The CBD Oil Solution by Rachna Patel, DK Publishing, 2019.
The Leafly Guide to Cannabis, 2017, Leafly Holdings, Inc.
Healing with Hemp CBD Oil by Earl Mindell, 2018, Square One Publishers.