Besides getting healthy, supplementing with cannabidiol (CBD) is another hugely beneficial, and natural option. CBD is an amazing chemical compound known as a cannabinoid that is extracted from the hemp plant. It has become popularized due to its many health and wellness benefits. So what exactly can CBD do for hormonal balance?
Treatment options vary depending on your condition and what hormones have been affected. It is often difficult for women to find what suits them, and it can take years to find the right solution. Upon visiting your doctor, some possible options that may be suggested include:
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): During menopause, many women experience hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms. Doctors may prescribe a low dose of estrogen which replaces the diminished hormones. Be aware that this type of therapy has been linked to increased risk of stroke, breast cancer, and heart disease.
A normal insulin level uses sugar efficiently in our muscles and liver, and not much is left to be stored in fat. High insulin levels cause weight gain and diabetes. This is often brought on by high sugar consumption.
What are Hormones and the Endocrine System?
Anxiety can help us perceive many things as potential danger, such as the possibility of losing our jobs, fights threatening our relationships, or bills piling up. These stimuli can cause chronic cortisol output due to stress that has been unresolved. Known for its anti-anxiety benefits, CBD is the ultimate antidote to stress. CBD has the ability to interrupt the stress response through CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus and Cortisol production is halted as a result.
Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet to keep healthy. It has been said that a 10% reduction in body weight in some women may cause menstruation to become more regular and can even increase fertility. Another great practice is managing stress in a healthy way, such as through meditation, taking nature walks, or talking to a good friend.
Long term use of CBD may affect GH. It has been shown that a single dose will have no effect on GH levels. However, other cannabinoids such as THC have been shown to reduce GH through its interaction of the CB1 receptor. Since CBD also has an affinity for the CB1 receptor, this could mean it may affect GH as well. Whether or not CBD causes a positive effect still remains to be seen since more research is needed.
CBD and Insulin
Along with estrogen, testosterone helps with the growth, maintenance, and repair of women’s bone mass and reproductive tissues. It can also affect behavior. Having an imbalance of testosterone may lead to a decrease in sex drive, particularly in pre- and post-menopausal women.
The interaction creates altered hormones that are sent to other glands, and upon receiving these messages, send out their own hormones as a response. Since CB1 receptors are found on most other glands and organs, this makes it easy to balance the hormones directly within its network.
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So far, there’s not much evidence on the medical benefits of CBD, partly because laws on marijuana made it difficult to study. Until we learn more, it’s wise to keep in mind that few high-quality studies have been done.
The short answer is this: pure CBD seems to be safe for most people. However, we don’t have rigorous studies and long-term data to prove whether or not a wide range of CBD products are safe for everyone. For example, there is no evidence to suggest that CBD is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding, or for people who are immunocompromised.
I am a 55 year old woman who has suffered with neuropathy since 2004 (amplified by a trauma in 2011); as well as a sciatic nerve issue and other complication since my trauma. One thing I found out (very quickly!), many of the drugs (natural or not) are either recomended for short term relief and used very long term, or the probable cause of added, often more sever, side effects. I don’t believe, for me personally, any medication that has the potential to do more harm than good, especially when it can only treat symptoms and not the cause, would be ideal, unless there is ‘no other option’ or perspective hope. Limited and controlled ecersizes along with diet, seem to have worked best for me personally; but, yes it is very difficult many days. However, I plan to watch my grandchild grow-up, and I plan to do that watching with as clear a mind as possible for today and tomorrow. Side-effects of CBD have been relatively unstudyed or unpublished for lack of verification. That is not promising. All of that being said, I am sure for some people CBD oil could be a God send of relief, most especially for some seizure and cancer patients.
Unlike marijuana, pure CBD products don’t make you feel high. A different ingredient in marijuana called THC makes people feel high.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and other products containing CBD are being touted as a natural, organic remedy for a wide range of women’s health concerns. Sellers of these products make many claims: CBD has calming effects on sleep, mood, and anxiety; eases hot flashes and improves bone density by balancing hormonal changes of menopause; and has anti-inflammatory properties that clear skin, cure acne, and calm rosacea. It’s promoted for PMS symptoms like bloating and mood swings. And CBD-infused lubricants claim to boost arousal and enjoyment of sex. So, how much of this is true?
Because CBD products aren’t regulated by the FDA in the way that drugs are, there is huge variation in quality and, quite possibly, safety. In 2017–2018, counterfeit CBD oil was found that contained synthetic cannabinoids and led to a poisoning outbreak in Utah.
Does CBD have proven benefits?
CBD is a major ingredient in cannabis plants (like hemp and marijuana). It comes in different strengths and forms, often as CBD oil, but also in pills and powders. It can be absorbed through the skin, ingested, or inhaled. (Vaping it, however, may not be safe, as this blog post and web page from the CDC explain.)
Other potential benefits of CBD aren’t clear. No high-quality research shows that CBD improves sex drive, decreases pain, treats depression or mood disorders, decreases PMS symptoms like bloating and cramps, or relieves symptoms of menopause like hot flashes. This may change as more studies are done, but for now, the jury is out.