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Wednesday February 23 2022

CBD for Menopause – Three Reasons Why We Love It

The women’s health industry is massive. It targets a host of issues that are specific to women (yet at times not necessarily limited by gender). The spectrum of these can range from “benign” or “invisible” issues such as mental health, straight through to reproductive issues, maternal health, cancer and more. In a truly changing world, we have a solution to almost all of these. Whether it is medicine, adapting a healthier lifestyle, alternative medicine, or cognitive behavioural therapy – there are options out there for you to try.

One of the issues women face which hasn’t been given enough coverage until recent years has to be menopause. As a collective, we simply don’t talk about it enough. We don’t talk about the years of symptoms before menopause inevitably hits. We don’t talk about what those symptoms are and how they impact women in their day-to-day life. Menopausal transition can consist of hot flashes, irregular periods, night sweats, sleep irregularities, vaginal dryness and more. Inconvenience is putting lightly.

Endocannabinoid System

Now for a breakdown of the technical part. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a complex signalling system that runs through our entire body and is made up of three main components:

Endocannabinoids – these are molecules made by your body. The two key endocannabinoids have been identified as anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG)

Receptors – found throughout your body, endocannabinoids bind to them in order to let the ECS know action needs to be taken. The two main receptors are known as CB1, mostly found in the central nervous system, and CB2 which is mostly found in the peripheral.

Enzymes – these are responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids once they’ve completed their function. The two main enzymes that deal with this are fatty acid amide hydrolase, which breaks down AEA, and monoacylglycerol acid lipase, which breaks down 2-AG.

So what is the link between ECS, CBD and menopause?

CB1 and CB2 interact with cannabinoids, liked CBD found in our products, and regulate physiological functions. In women, both of these receptors can be found in the ovaries due to the endocannabinoid anandamide we spoke about earlier. Anandamide plays a role in egg maturity and release during the menstrual cycle and by boosting levels of endocannabinoid or stimulating the CB1 and CB2 receptors with a cannabinoid such as CBD, this may delay or ease menopause. Which menopause symptoms can CBD help with?  

  1. Anxiety and sleepless nights. While going through menopause you may notice your anxiety levels are extremely high compared to normal and this in turn can impact your quality of sleep. This can be due to hormonal changes, especially oestrogen. Based on feedback from our customers, CBD has a calming effect, which helps you to calm your body and mind. A study published in The Permanente Journal in 2019 found that CBD can be a promising remedy for anxiety. The study can be found here.
  2. Bone density loss. During menopause the average decrease in bone mineral density is approximately 10% which is why women experience osteoporosis during this difficult time. Alongside this, research has found that CBD can block a receptor that is involved in activation of osteoclasts, the cells responsible for degeneration of the bone. However, it is worth noting that more research is needed into finding the correct dosage for this. 
  3. Aches and pains. CBD is already a popular natural remedy due to its anti-inflammatory properties. And as we age, we are all susceptible to feeling the associated effects. The fluctuations in oestrogen levels associated with menopause could be another reason why women experience aches and pains more intensely that they would have previously. This is where CBD comes into play. It interacts with our receptors and can stimulate the production of pro inflammatory cells and encourage the immune system to create more anti-inflammatories.

What CBD products should you try?

Our goal at Prym Health is to build a brand by creating products to help in areas that are not talked about enough. If you’re going through menopause and want to try some alternative approaches to relieving symptoms, we recommend pairing our CBD drops with the delicious CBD gummies. 2 drops and 1 gummy for the morning and the same at night. This is a tried and tested method with some of our customers, who felt an initial difference just after 2-3 weeks of daily use! The CBD drops come in a range of flavours and strengths, starting from 5% to 30%. As a beginner, we definitely recommend starting on the lower end.

The full range can be found at the link here

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