With age, we learn how to take better care of our body and its needs.
We gotta say goodbye to the late-night benders, eating tubs of ice cream, and skipping yearly doctor’s checkups.
As we enter the stage of midlife, we must get serious about things like breast cancer screenings and preparing for menopause.
In this article, we will explore some common menopausal symptoms and how CBD can help you take better care of yourself in this midlife stage.
Menopause is a biological process that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is first diagnosed after you’ve gone for a full year without a period.
Typically menopause occurs when a woman is in her 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the US.
As menopause nears, the ovaries make less of a hormone called estrogen. When estrogen levels drop, your menstrual cycle begins to change.
It can become irregular and then stop altogether. Physical changes can also happen as your body adapts to hormonal changes.
Perimenopause refers to the length of months or years leading up to menopause where you might experience the following symptoms:
- - Mood changes
- - Sleep problems
- - Hot flashes
- - Night sweats
- - Chills
- - Irregular periods
- - Vaginal dryness
- - Joint pain
- - Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- - Thinning hair and dry skin
- - Loss of breast fullness
Hormone replacement therapy has long been a treatment for women experiencing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal discomfort.
However, this type of treatment has been shown to have its own set of risks. In the largest clinical trial to date, hormone replacement therapy that consisted of an estrogen-progestin pill called Prempro increased the risk of conditions like heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer.
But what if there was a better option when it comes to combating menopausal symptoms?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. It is commonly combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes and mixed with a carrier oil, and marketed today as CBD oil.
CBD oil has relatively mild side effects. Cannabidiol interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
This system regulates important functions in our body like mood, sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, and more.
It is through this complex system that causes CBD’s various benefits. Recent discoveries have been found in the many benefits of CBD, including its treatment of epilepsy.
This is heavily indicative of cannabinoid’s neuroprotective properties, and its possible use in improving things like memory.
The research is still in the works, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But, let’s go over what we do know.
How CBD Can Help Curb Menopause Symptoms
CBD is a new phenomenon in the health and wellness world. It is for this reason that not enough research has been done on its effect on specific conditions.
This includes conditions like menopause. While we cannot say specifically that CBD helps women experiencing menopause, there is evidence that CBD can help individual symptoms.
Let’s explore the research and anecdotal evidence on CBD and common menopause symptoms.
Hormone changes often bring more risk to developing anxiety and depression. The reason for this may be because estrogen and progesterone affect serotonin and other neurotransmitters that affect mood.
These hormones eventually drop, which in turn changes your neurochemistry. While most women’s transition into menopause does not result in a mood disturbance, the stage of perimenopause brings more risk.
The risk of depression increases from early to late perimenopause and decreases during postmenopause.
Additionally, early or lengthy perimenopause can have a higher risk of depression. There have been studies on CBD’s anxiolytic and antidepressant effects:
- 2019: This study indicated that CBD may calm the central nervous system, reducing anxiety and improving sleep.
- 2015: This study acknowledged CBD’s interaction with several receptors, including the serotonin receptors. Human experimental findings supported CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders, including PTSD, GAD, PD, OCD, and SAD, with a notable lack of anxiogenic effects, minimal sedative effects, and an excellent safety profile.
- 2014: This study on mice found that CBD can reduce the effects of depression and anxiety.
However, this review in 2020 cautioned that research on the effects of CBD on humans is still limited.
Only a few case studies regarding people with depression have reported improvements from CBD.
If you experience drastic mood swings during perimenopause, it is important to visit your healthcare provider.
They will most likely suggest therapy or medication. Ask if CBD oil may be used as a supplementary treatment. One great support for mood is our Balance CBD product.
With a lower potency than our other products, it can provide a steady baseline, giving you the balance and stability you need every day. Here are a few words from a Juna Balance user:
- “I have massive anxiety, depression & stage 4 endometriosis. My dr recommended this brand & i am so glad she did. I take it every morning before even getting out of bed. It makes getting up and leaving the house easier (especially during such uncertain times) --Allison G.
Many peri- and post-menopausal women have difficulty sleeping during menopause.
Being without a good night’s sleep can cause a host of other issues, not to mention fatigue plaguing your day-to-day life.
It seems that most of the reason for these disrupted sleep patterns could be due to night sweats and hot flashes that are common symptoms during menopause.
This can then trigger sleep maintenance insomnia which is an inability to stay asleep through the night.
Most often, this means waking up at least once during the night and struggling to get back to sleep for at least 20-30 minutes.
But CBD may help:
- 2020: This review indicated that endocannabinoids like CBD can affect our sleep-wake cycles. The results of the studies on CBD and sleep in humans suggested that it could have a sedating effect in higher doses.
- 2019: This review analyzed several sleep studies, concluding many of the reviewed studies suggested that cannabinoids could improve sleep quality, decrease sleep disturbances, and decrease sleep onset latency.
This could mean that CBD may help menopausal women affected by insomnia. However, the evidence relating specifically to those with menopause is lacking.
Our product for better sleep is Nightcap Sleep Drops. Nightcap is rich in the compounds CBD, CBN, and myrcene, which help your body and mind relax.
Unlike melatonin, which can disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm, Nightcap is non habit-forming and restores natural sleep/wake cycles.
Nightcap helps increase Stage 3 Deep Sleep when your cells and body repair themselves. You’ll wake up feeling deeply refreshed and clear-headed.
Here are a few words from happy Nightcap customers:
- “I definitely sleep better, more solid and less waking up during the night. The first night I took this, I didn’t wake up until 5am, and typically I wake up between 2-3am consistently. Am buying a 2nd bottle!” --CJ
- “I’ve been using juna for about 3 months now. I started only with the nightcap and have now also incorporated balance and ease into my routines. That being said, nightcap has truly brought me much greater rest without feeling groggy the next day!i struggle with many mental illnesses including depression and anxiety. While cbd is non-psychoactive, the way it has help alleviate physical symptoms of my anxiety has help me even come off my meds and feel much more grounded in myself and my days. Nightcap specifically has given me consistently sound sleep which i previously thought impossible without other medication. Of course this is just my own experience, but if it helps someone else find what works for them then it was worth it! To be fair, i have also tried cbd in the past and it didn’t work for me, but now it does!”--S.W.
Aches and Pains
Arthritis symptoms could go through the roof when you hit menopause. More than 60% of women between the ages 40 and 64 suffer from pain in muscles and joints.
These aches and pains may seem like a factor of aging, but this may not be entirely the case. With the absence of estrogen, our bodies have higher levels of inflammation.
Luckily, CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties:
- 2020: This review on mice subjects suggested that CBD may interact with the receptors that are involved with motor control and pain perception. This interaction may diminish inflammation and heightened pain sensitivity.
- 2018: This study showed that CBD may reduce inflammation at different endocannabinoid receptors.
- 2000: CBD is a proven anti-arthritic in mice, which indicates its possible influence on humans.
Ease Functional Body Oil is a great way to melt muscular and mental tension; just as is indicated from a happy customer:
- “I have so many old ease and pain due to my childhood life during the Vietnam War that getting worst and worst each day as I getting older. Using this product release any pain occur thru the day and give me relax and calm with a mild scent has been a peace of mind for the last 2-3 weeks. My mom who was currently at age 79 love this product; she doesn’t like to take any pills or medications as she believes everything she put in her month cause some kind of reaction so she refused to take anything. However, this CBD Oil work wonder for her; she can just rub a few drop around the painful area and resolved it without realized it. She love this product too. Thank you so much” --Mimi Y.
Weight Gain and Diabetes
Without estrogen, our bodies will burn fewer calories and thus we can gain weight during menopause.
This pattern can then raise your risk of developing serious medical conditions such as insulin resistance, diabetes, and heart disease.
Here are some studies that indicate that CBD may help with weight gain:
- 2013: This clinical research study showed that adults who use cannabis have lower insulin levels and smaller waists.
- 2009: CBD may help turn on the PPAR-γ receptor, which can contribute to a healthier metabolism.
Having lowered insulin levels may explain this Juna Balance user’s loss of sugar cravings:
- “My intentions for taking this CBD was to help me focus during the workday by reducing the anxiety I feel around my to-do list. However, I wasn’t expecting my strong sugar cravings to become dramatically muted. I am eternally grateful for that since I would feel out of control around sugar but now the strong urge to eat something sweet after each meal is pretty much gone.” -- Jackie A.
Sexual health and bladder control are both affected by menopause and are related to what is called genitourinary syndrome.
Genitourinary syndrome leads to vaginal dryness, atrophy, and lack of bladder control.
Estrogen keeps things elastic and healthy by delivering fresh oxygen to the tissues in the urinary tract and sexual organs.
But when menopause comes around, more *ahem* attention is needed in this area to get the blood flowing.
Being sexually active lessens the risk of vaginal atrophy. As it is often said, “use it or lose it.”
So how can CBD help?
2010: Cannabis extracts containing CBD, cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) had the biggest effect on incontinence and bladder control in this study.
2009: This study showed that CBD is a vasodilator, which means it can relax blood vessels, increasing blood flow. Using a topical CBD lubricant can help increase blood flow in the pelvic region. This may help moisturize the vaginal canal and keep it healthy.
This research suggests that not only may CBD help with bladder control, but it can also get things flowing down there, causing more arousal.
Try this Intimacy Natural Lube with CBD which can enhance arousal and excitement.
Users have reported its “benefits for vaginismus, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, other pelvic and genital pain conditions, and relief of menopausal challenges.” So light some candles, it is time to get it on. ;)
Osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women aged 65 and over. As we enter perimenopause, bone resorption often occurs.
This is when more calcium and minerals move out of bones than into them. This will result in lowered bone density and increases the risk of fractures.
It has been suggested that inflammation from arthritis and other conditions may be one of the biggest factors of bone resorption.
The cytokine TNFα is a small protein used by the immune system for cell signaling and helps tell your body to increase bone resorption.
2009: In rats with periodontitis, it was found that CBD lowered TNFα levels, allowing for the prevention of oral bone loss.
Even though this finding shows promise in the use of CBD for low bone density for humans, there haven’t been enough studies to prove this.
As we wait for the science to catch up, we do recommend that you utilize resistance exercise to help prevent bone loss. But supplementing with CBD definitely couldn’t hurt.
Bright Future for CBD and Symptoms of Menopause
As you can see, there are many possibilities for cannabidiol’s positive impact on women’s health.
Admittedly there have not been any studies specifically relating to CBD’s effects on menopausal women.
However, we do see that this exciting cannabinoid may help with some symptoms, namely things like mood changes, sleep, pain, and inflammation.
And we are excited to see what additional research regarding CBD and menopause is to come on the horizon. Stick with us for the bright future of CBD.
Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. It is not provided to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. It should not be interpreted as instruction or medical advice to displace the advice of your doctor or other medical professionals.