46, the Menopause and CBD

So about 2 weeks ago I came on. Well OK you might say that’s regular as clockwork and you know what, generally it is. But it literally felt like I had just been on and sure enough I check the calendar.

On the 25th January. What’s todays date I ask myself? The 11th Feb ……Okkkaaayyy not good!

After a google it turns out that I am in the preliminary stages of the menopause which has a 10-year bracket 45-55. Yep I am in it, only just but nature doesn’t seem to discriminate all that much.

Whilst googling I also find out that the menopause is one of the top three reasons women use therapeutic cannabis products. With menstruation and sex being the other two.

So, it seems that it was meant to be that 9 months ago I started taking cannabis oil, or CBD oil from the hemp plant, to help me sleep. Now it is going to help me with the little menstruating I have left, the menopause and sex!

My hubby will be pleased ?

We both started taking CBD 9 months ago after spotting a sign outside The Nut Shop on Market Street in York, whilst enjoying a coffee in Costa. “CBD Oil helps with sleep, anxiety and pain” said the billboard. As we were both poor sleepers we went in and came out £50 lighter in pocket with a little brown bottle containing a dark green liquid that tasted absolutely vile!!!

Improve our sleep it did and recommended to people we did. About 6 months later we then were introduced to our current CBD oil from an American company called Kannaway. This was clear, the colour of pale white wine and a very faint taste.

I didn’t need my chemistry degree to tell me that this was purer and or higher quality!

 

The Menopause

It’s the time at which you stop producing oestrogen, hence stop ovulating and stop having a period. Now I found out through the lovely Marjory Grice that the pituitary gland stops producing oestrogen, but our renal glands do produce it in smaller quantities as to fat cells.

Generally, though we tend to refer to the menopause as a period of time leading to that magical event!

When our pituitary glands start to misfire and as a result our periods go a bit haywire and we begin to experience the following symptoms:

 

Symptoms of the Menopause

  1. Aches & joint pain
  2. Mood swings or depression
  3. Weight gain / diabetes
  4. Hot flashes
  5. Genitourinary syndrome (vaginal dryness, atrophy and bladder control problems)
  6. Osteoporosis
  7. Sleep disruptions / insomnia
  8. Memory loss

 

CBD

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is found in many plants in varying quantities. For example, hemp, black pepper, flax seeds and echinacea.

It can often be referred to cannabis oil as there are higher concentrations of CBD found in the cannabis family. This includes marijuana and the hemp plants. CBD has many therapeutic effects as it acts on receptors of many cells throughout our bodies called CD1 and CD2 receptors. These include relaxation, inflammation, appetite, the nervous system and the immune system.

This was discovered only in 1992 at the University of Jerusalem and named the endocannaboid system, which ensures homeostasis (balance) is achieved within our bodies. CBD is essential in helping our endocannaboid system to maintain homeostasis and should be a supplement in our daily diet.

It is imperative that pure, high quality CBD is taken and unfortunately a lot of high street brads, like the one we took, are just not reliable. Do ensure that the product you take is lab tested and purity and content can be authenticated.

Thankfully the company that we now use for out CBD products triple test all their products and publish their results online.

The other factor to look out for is THC content. This is the psychoactive and intoxication chemical that gives you the high, the munchies and the paranoia.

In the UK is it only legal to sell CBD products with less the 0.2% THC. Our product has 0%. Olympic athletes can take it!

The World Anti-Doping Agency, an organization that monitors and fights against the use of drugs in the Olympics, announced in 2018 that CBD had been removed from its list of banned substances. The 2020 Olympics represents the first games in which athletes can legally use CBD without fear of consequence.

 

CBD Therapeutic Effects

  1. Aches & Joint Pain

More than 60% of women aged 40 to 64 suffer from pain in their muscles and joints hence it is important to reduce inflammation. CBD has proven anti-inflammatory properties alongside low-impact exercise and dietary changes.

 

  1. Mood Swings & Depression

It’s normal for women to experience anxiety or depression during menopause. Oestrogen and progesterone influence the activity of serotonin in the brain, which directly affect mood. CBD activates serotonin receptors, so helps to relieve anxiety or depression.

 

  1. Hot Flushes & Night Sweats

Hot flushes and night sweats disrupt our sleep and daily routines, which can reduce the quality of our lives. The hypothalamus in our brain controls our body temperature. This is triggered way too easily, turning on our body’s cooling system which makes us sweat and cause our skin’s capillaries to dilate giving us that healthy glow ……

As CBD activates the body’s serotonin system and calms the nerve cell, encouraging homeostasis and help to reduce hot flushes.

 

  1. Weight Gain & Diabetes

Oestrogen also affects out metabolism, so during the menopause our metabolism slows down so we burn less calories and less fat, even when we are exercising. In fact, we will burn protein before fat. Great. So we will put on more fat reserves which means you are increasing your chances of getting a resistance to insulin and hence of developing diabetes.

CBD switches on the genes for healthy metabolism and lowers insulin resistance.

 

  1. Genitourinary Syndrome (Vaginal Dryness, Atrophy & Bladder Control)

Oestrogen helps keep blood flowing to the pelvic region, delivering fresh oxygen to the tissues of the urinary tract and sexual organs, keeping things elastic and healthy.

Along with regular sexual activity, a topical lubricant that contains CBD can increase blood flow to the pelvic region. This keeps tissues healthy while also moisturizing the vaginal canal. Topical CBD can also fight inflammation, relax muscles and calm pain-perceiving nerves in the vulva and vagina.

 

  1. Osteoporosis

Our bodies constantly move calcium and other minerals into, and out of, bones. As we enter the menopause, the net result is often bone resorption (where more bone is taken away than is added). Inflammation from arthritis is one of the biggest causes of bone resorption.

The same anti-inflammatory features that make CBD oil a popular remedy for arthritic symptoms might also prove useful for bone health. Resistance exercise can also help prevent bone loss.

 

  1. Sleep Disturbances

Sleep deprivation can really wear a person down. It is also a myth that you need less sleep as you get older. A good 7-9 hours sleep is essential for good health.

CBD helps to get restorative sleep as it influences neurochemistry and reduces anxiety.

 

  1. Memory Loss

The hippocampus is responsible for memory, learning and emotion. Both oestrogen and progesterone encourage neurons in the hippocampus to form new connections, so without them our memories do suffer

CBD has been shown to reduce or remove the impact of inflammation, oxygen buildup and brain cell decline.

 

In Summary

So, I am actually quite glad that I discovered CBD! Who knew!

I am now taking 4ml of our 1000mg product which gives me 33mg of CBD daily though I am thinking of switching to our capsules as they also have omega 3 fish oils. Marjorie told me that I also need omega 3 in my diet to help with the menopause. And with a hubby that hates fish I only tend to eat it when we go out.

I also use our vape during the day to keep my CBD levels topped up and just before bed to aid me sleep. CBD is a bronchodilator so rather than irritate my asthma it helps. There is no nicotine in it just the coconut oil, CBD and citrus flavourings. None of the synthetic Vitamin C which is what causing all that stir in America.

Should you be interested in our products the link to my website is http://theriseofcbd.kannaway.com

Make sure you click on preferred customer as you get wholesale price and free shipping. You will be asked to make a Smartship (repeating) order but don’t worry you are not tied in. This can be amended or cancelled at any time. You will get a reminder 5 days before hand so no unexpected parcels or withdrawals from your account. Products are shipped straight to you.

Do let me know how you get on and if your symptoms of the menopause are relieved ? My email address is ana@ijms.onlineand my  mobile number is 07798911071.

Comments

  • Diane Brown
    12th May 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Lovely to find such a detailed overview, and some of the science behind it. Thank you. x

  • Asana Nutrition
    19th May 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Hi! I am not against the use of CBD oil. I know for sure for example that it is a great pain reliever in terminal illnesses. I do believe it helps but rather than using it like a prescription drug as an easy way to reduce symptoms, I would encourage people to look at the whole picture of what is driving their symptoms such as their diet and lifestyle. You quote some research behind the reasons why CBD oil helps. However, it is never as clear-cut as this. There are always more factors at play, such as vitamin D and other nutrient deficiencies (contributing to inflammation, muscle & joint pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia etc), levels of the DHEA going down in menopause which is an antagonist to the stress hormone cortisol which can then cause insulin levels to rise as well contributing to insulin resistance, increasing anxiety, inflammation and poor methylation in the liver causing hot flushes etc etc. In short, it is always better to look at the individual person and all the root causes for their imbalances and use CBD oil in conjunction with other supplements only if changes to diet and lifestyle don’t work. Otherwise, you become dependent on supplements just as much as other people become dependent on prescription drugs.

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