CBD (cannabidiol) has really hit the headlines in 2019, and we expect searches on it to rise well into 2020. You’ve probably heard about it on the news, radio and stories from friends. But naturally, before you decide to take something, you want to research it first.
In this blog, we are going to answer lots of common questions, starting at the beginning with what is CBD. We will look at what it can help with, evidence of its success, why it is great for women and more.
Everything you need to know about cannabidiol and women’s health will be in this post.
What is CBD?
Firstly, let’s tackle the question on many people’s lips. What on Earth is this CBD? CBD is a cannabinoid that comes from the cannabis plant. Another cannabinoid you may (or may not) have heard of, is THC. While these are both cannabinoids, they are very different.
THC has psychoactive effects, meaning in basic terms, it gets you high. It might leave you feeling hungry, giggly, confused, sick and even have hallucinations.
CBD does not have psychoactive effects. Its benefits are purely therapeutic and help with various ailments and conditions, but more on that later.
The cannabis plant contains cannabinoids and terpenes. These are extracted from the plant in order to create a distilled oil. This can then be used to create CBD products, such as OurRemedy CBD oil.
Is CBD Legal?
So we might have raised some alarms there with the mention of cannabis. We know in the majority of locations this is an illegal drug. However, CBD is legal in many countries. This is because it contains either no THC or legal amounts (under 0.2%).
However, you need to make sure that CBD is legal in your country before you make a purchase. Some countries require you to have a prescription whereas others allow you to buy it freely.
What might cannabidiol help women with?
CBD is used by men and women all over the world and has been for thousands of years. As women, CBD can have some great benefits in helping with various ailments and conditions. These may include:
- Period pains
- Menopause symptoms
- Endometriosis flare-ups
- Chronic pain
- Hormone balance
- Sleep disorders
Other conditions CBD has been considered helpful for include, epilepsy, Parkinsons, fibromyalgia, cancer symptoms and more.
What is the evidence on CBD?
There are ongoing studies into cannabidiol and it’s many benefits. The reason why you won’t find huge amounts of in-depth studies is due to the fact that CBD has been difficult to study for legal reasons. However, CBD is now fully legal in many countries, so hopefully, we will see more studies soon!
For now, we have rounded up a few studies and testimonials from customers who have been using CBD and referred to it as “life-changing”. We will update this page as more studies emerge.
Ever noticed that during certain times of the month you are more anxious than other times. You might feel a little more socially awkward or just anxious in different situations. This often happens towards the end of your cycle, after ovulation.
There have been a number of studies on Anxiety and CBD. In one study, subjects were split into two groups. One group was unknowingly given a placebo, the other CBD. They were then set the task of public speaking. Those who took the CBD said they felt less anxious.
CBD has also shown signs of reducing stress and anxiety in rats. The rats who were given CBD showed reduced symptoms of anxiety.
Many people use CBD to help manage pain, including period pain. Period pain affects 8/10 of women at some point in their life, and you don’t always want to reach for the medication.
A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) published in 2017 found that there was “conclusive or substantial evidence” that cannabis is effective in treating chronic pain.
CBD for women’s health
As a woman, you will want to know how CBD can particularly help you as you move through the stages of your life. Here are some ways in which you can use CBD for women’s health.
How does cannabidiol help during your period?
Period cramps are a pain. They can banish you to the sofa or bed for a couple of days. You might have months where you suffer much more than others, or you might be someone who is guaranteed to feel the pain every month.
CBD EASES PERIOD CRAMPS – Cramps occur due to the smooth muscle tissue in the uterus contracting. When the muscle contracts it causes aches and pains. The pain that can often be felt in your lower back and legs. CBD has been known to relax smooth muscle tissue. Therefore reducing your pain. Not only that, CBD changes the way in which you perceive pain, thus helping to reduce it.
CBD FOR PMS – CBD has been said to help with symptoms of PMS. If your mood is disrupted during the month, leaving you feeling moody, stressed and anxious then give CBD a try. Cannabidiol has been found to boost serotonin levels and may act in a similar way to antidepressants in the brain. Take CBD throughout the whole of the month to help combat your PMS symptoms.
How does CBD work for menopause?
Many women use CBD to help with symptoms of the menopause. These symptoms include sleep disturbances, hot flushes, anxiety, mood swings and depression.
MOOD – Hormones during the menopause can play havoc with your mood. You might feel on top of the world one minute and down the next. cannabidiol helps as it treats a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system, which is disrupted during the menopause. In a study involving mice, it was found that CBD works in the brain in a similar way to antidepressants and boosts serotonin levels.
SLEEP – During the menopause, you might find that you struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep. CBD has a calming effect which can help you drift off, as well as reducing any anxiety and stress you may be feeling.
BONE DENSITY LOSS – As you go through the menopause you can start to lose bone density. CBD has been found to interact with a cannabinoid receptor which may help to reduce this. Not only that, it is rich in Omega 3. Omega 3s can improve bone strength by boosting the amount of calcium in your bones. This can reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
HOT FLASHES – Are hot flashes getting in the way of your daily life? cannabidiol could be the one to help due to the way it influences the body’s serotonin system.
Can CBD help with endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition that 1 in 10 women suffer from. During an ‘endo flare-up’ women are left in serious pain. Often this pain causes them to miss days at work, school and social events.
There isn’t a huge amount of in-depth research into cannabidiol and endometriosis, however, there is on cannabidiol and pain and inflammation. Which is essentially what an endo flare-up is.
CBD helps pain because of the way in which it interacts with the human endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoid interacts with receptors and enhances brain chemicals such as serotonin. Reducing pain from endometriosis, naturally, may help you get on with your day to day life.
Can CBD work for regulating your period?
Irregular periods and missed periods might not seem like such a bad thing. However, your period is a great indication of your overall health. It gives you an outward sign of what is going on with you on the inside.
If you are trying to improve your health or planning on having a family, then you will want to have a regular period. A standard period is 28 days, however, this varies from person to person. A regular period is what is regular for you. You shouldn’t be missing them or having varied times between each month.
CBD can do things to regulate your period, indirectly. Here are a few ways CBD can help to get your periods more regular.
SLEEP – If you are not getting enough sleep then it can have an effect on the secretion of reproductive hormones. It also impacts ovulation as it will lower the levels of FSH and prolactin and increase estradiol levels. Maybe turn Netflix off a little earlier!
FATS – CBD gives you a dose of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fats have been shown to kick a cycle into a more regular gear. If your body is not getting enough fatty acids, then it can cause issues to your cycle. You might also want to consume oily fish and avocados.
STRESS – Ever missed a period due to a work deadline or even too much exercise? Both of these are seen by your body as stress. Due to this stress your body will shut down systems that aren’t needed, “you’re too stressed to carry a baby right now” (even if you’re not planning for one, your body is a simple and complicated machine!)
cannabidiol can help you to relax and manage your stress. We would also suggest that you try a yoga class or do a few minutes of meditation each evening to help reduce your stress and regulate your period.
What age do you have to be to take CBD?
CBD can be used by all ages. It might come from the cannabis plant, however, it is legal. It also doesn’t have any negative side effects, as long as you dose it right.
You might decide that if you have a daughter who suffers from painful periods that she might benefit from taking the cannabinoid oil. Teenage years can be challenging with painful period cramps, anxieties, exam stress and irregular periods.
EXAM STRESS – Exams can cause real stress for teens. There is often lots of pressure on them from others and even themselves. A dose of cannabidiol will help them to relax a little more. Going into an exam less stressed can’t be a bad thing!
IRREGULAR PERIODS – Teens often have irregular periods as hormones are firing. CBD can help to regulate periods with omega 3s, stress reduction and helping them get a decent sleep.
PERIOD CRAMPS – Period pains can sometimes be worse in teenagers as the body works out what it is doing.
What are the negative side effects of CBD?
Negative side effects of CBD are not extreme. However, depending on your tolerance and current condition, they may happen. Side effects of CBD include:
- Feeling light-headed
- Dry mouth
However, these side effects don’t happen to everyone. If you notice a negative side effect of using the cannabinoid then we suggest that you adjust your dose.
Hopefully, we have answered your questions about cannabidiol. If you have any more, then drop us a DM on Instagram or an email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will always be happy to answer questions you have about the cannabinoid and how it might help you.