CBD Oil is taking the world by storm at the moment as a groundbreaking compound helping treat various illnesses and ailments. It’s got a bit of a reputation as a wonder-drug, not because it’s a cure-all, but because it does so many different things for different people.
Every day we hear new anecdotal evidence of CBD as a cure or aid for a new disorder, illness or disease; and a few times a year we find new studies published, most often confirming these suspicions. Knowledge and understanding of this compound from the cannabis plant is increasing daily, and this non-intoxicating substance is increasingly found at your local health shop or organics store.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the benefits of CBD Oil for Women, CBD and fertility, and CBD and Menopause. Now, let’s dive in.
What are the CBD Health Benefits?
CBD Oil has a vast array of benefits and proven uses, to begin with, for everyone. Man, woman, child and pet. These range from treating pain and inflammation, to anxiety and stress; insomnia and lack of appetite, sleep and brain function. It’s one of the many natural plants that we’re now finding have great medical potential.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive (meaning you won’t get high) compound extracted from the cannabis plant, and it works on our endocannabinoid system. Our bodies naturally generate and use cannabinoids (the chemicals that also happen to exist in marijuana) to mediate a variety of bodily functions from mood, appetite, cell, nerve, and serotonin function. You can probably start to see now why CBD works on such a variety of levels for different people.
While CBD works for everyone, from seniors who aren’t getting appropriate sleep on their medication, to young men and women anxious in the workplace, and even as far as helping dogs with arthritis lead a better life with reduced pain. There are, however, a number of benefits that women in specific can gain from CBD and the products it’s used in. Let’s take a look at some of these.
CBD Oil – Benefits for Women
One of the most common uses of CBD Oil for women (for something men don’t have to deal with) is using CBD Oil to help deal with PMS Symptoms. Whether it’s the cramps, aches and pains, mood swings or weird cravings and fatigue that get to you, CBD Oil can be a huge help for a lot of these symptoms.
For general help with PMS, a few drops of CBD Oil 2-3 times per day (or as directed on the bottle) can be a massive help for many. Although it’s not a surefire way to treat your premenstrual woes, it’s very likely that it’ll help you deal with at least one of the major issues.
For more localized and specific pain, for example backaches caused by cramps, a topical CBD cream or lotion applied to the needed area, as directed, will likely help better target the inflamed area than just taking CBD drops.
CBD can also help a lot with digestive problems or stomach issues. After all, women are far more affected by these kinds of issues than men are. CBD has been shown to be an effective aid in treating symptoms of digestive issues in recent studies, from bloating and cramping to nausea and general pain or inflammation.
Beauty products containing CBD are also fast taking over the market. The compound is extremely healthy for your skin, as a healing and regenerative agent, and as such is being increasingly found in beauty creams, anti-aging gels and the like. We’re sure we’ll see CBD slowly creep its way into more and more beauty products as time goes on, and even possibly standard makeup products too.
There still remain, however, two large areas of interest that we’ve not yet addressed: menopause and fertility. Let’s take a look at those a little more in-depth, as they’re probably the two biggest areas of interest when it comes to the benefits of CBD for women.
Can you take CBD Oil for Menopause Symptoms?
CBD and Menopause is nothing new – many people have been citing a good old joint as a massive help during menopause for a long time now. However, now that we’re able to isolate and extract individual compounds such as CBD with more ease, we can more accurately target the areas of menopause where relief is needed, with the exact cannabinoids which are known to help.
While menopause is different for everyone, because everyone’s bodies are different, there are still a number of symptoms that seem most common or ‘shared’ on average. These include hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats and difficulty sleeping, to name a few. Now, on paper, most of these symptoms seem appropriate to use CBD for, however with everyone’s individual hormone levels differing, as well as the symptoms, you’ve just got to try and see what works best for you individually.
At the least, the anti-inflammatory, and anti-stress properties of CBD have great potential in making menopause a more gentle, and less anxiety-inducing period in one’s life, and can help lift one’s spirit during these intense times.
CBD Oil and Fertility – What’s the Deal?
One of the biggest questions surrounding CBD is that of fertility. Does CBD affect one’s fertility? Is it a negative or a positive effect? No one wants to risk their ability to reproduce, and it’s scary taking a medication that you’ve heard affects fertility.
This is an area that we deal with talking about with great caution. The simple answer to the aforementioned question is, “We don’t know”. As with so many medical studies, the vast majority of studies on cannabis, and CBD in particular, are centred around men. You can find studies about prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and male sexual health in general related to CBD, but you’d be hard pressed to find a decent study of CBD and the female reproductive system.
What we do know, however, is that CBD and other cannabinoids can have an effect on your estrogen and other hormone levels, as well as those that regulate your hormonal balance – a good balance being one of the most important factors in having a healthy, fertile reproductive system. The endocannabinoid system also plays a role in fertility, as far as we understand, in isolation from ingesting external cannabinoids.
The safest advice we can deduce from this information is that we don’t fully understand CBD and other cannabinoids in terms of the relationship they play with fertility. While some might anecdotally swear that CBD helped make them more fertile, you’ll easily find conflicting anecdotes about how it did the opposite in others. In short, your fertility is likely important to you, and as such shouldn’t be messed with without the proper knowledge.
We’re sure we’ll soon see studies popping up relating to female fertility, but for now, we’re just going to have to play it safe and accept that we can’t know what we don’t know.
CBD has definitely had a focus both in studies, and marketing, towards men – however as you now know, that doesn’t rule out some major benefits for women. Remember to always make sure to consult a medical professional before taking CBD or other cannabis products, and to double check the product you’re getting has been tested by a reliable 3rd-party lab. This is the best way to ensure a properly-extracted and non-intoxicating CBD product.
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