The Menopause isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Not that women’s magazines give it the most flattering write up with endless articles featuring tips on how to manage hot flushes, mood swings and weight gain.
But despite covering the basics in terms of what symptoms to expect, what’s often missing is the vital information about what it’s really like for many people. The fact that, sometimes, dietary tweaks to up your intake of phytoestrogens and keeping a cool spritz by the bed ain’t going to cut it when your whole world is being slammed upside down by a debilitating migraine or a vagina that’s dry as the desert.
Here at The Tonic, we’re all for honest conversation. Not only in terms of business transparency, the ins and outs of CBD and cannabis as a whole, but about everything life throws at us that we may need CBD for. For us, there’s no such thing as taboos – just stuff we’re all thinking about and dealing with quietly that, quite frankly, needs talking about in an up front kind of way. And the menopause, for some utterly bizarre reason, still sits up there in the list of subjects we’re supposed to suffer in silence about.
Let’s talk menopause symptoms, shall we?
You know, the ones which start years BEFORE menopause officially sets in and continues for years AFTER it’s apparently finished.
Your hormones are a mess, that’s just a fact of life.
Your emotional state is likely to be highly sensitive (there’s no shame in bursting into tears in the supermarket because you can’t find the cereal aisle or finding yourself boiling over with spitting rage at something you’ve seen on the TV – it’s horribly normal).
You may feel so sick and dizzy at times that leaving your bed or eating anything remotely healthy just isn’t an option; Your periods are probably having a wild time, really making the most of it’s final stretch with weeks of bleeding at a time or crippling pains.
And who knows what the deal with sex drive is – is it non-existent? Are you insatiable? It probably changes minute to minute. Then there’s the mysterious aches and pains, the brain fog which leaves you forgetting your own name, the weight fluctuations with no rhyme or reason. In short it really, really sucks, most of the time. But you’re not alone and better still, you’re not a lost cause.
Can CBD Help with Menopause?
As a pleiotropic, cannabis (and the cannabinoids derived from it), produces many different effects through almost all molecular pathways, by activating or binding to the receptors throughout your endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a complex network which spans your entire body. When you use a CBD product, the molecules from this incredible plant will travel where they are needed, assisting in releasing your own endocannabinoids including bliss neurotransmitter, Anandamide, providing the support you need to regain and maintain balance – exactly what’s missing during those menopausal years.
How to take CBD during menopause?
There are multiple ways to take CBD, depending on the symptom you want to focus on:
- All-round Menopause support: Taking CBD orally, as water-soluble oil or just oil, is the best way to tackle multiple issues, as it enters your blood stream and moves to where it’s needed. Your endocannabinoid receptors run through your endocrine (hormone) system, nervous system, brain and muscle cells. Taking it orally allows you get a high amount into your system quickly, so great for a morning boost or bedtime calm.
- Restless Legs and Aches: Rubbing CBD oil into your skin can soothe all manner of issues. It’s great for your skin and has the power to penetrate deeper into the joints and muscles.
- Sleep: CBD Teas make for a delicious and effective bedtime drink. If, like me, you need a lot of help getting off to sleep or wake in the night, the oral oils provide a fast acting remedy.
- Brain Fog and Mind Focus: CBD oils are great for a morning energy boost and to calm the nervous system, to bring some mind focus. If you want to replace your morning coffee for something more calming, but as effective for increasing your energy and clearing brain fog, this might help
“I love this. It does what it promises, in my case I needed something to help with dryness caused by the menopause. The texture is beautifully silky and not at all greasy or oily. While the perfume is so discreetly sexy that I’d like to wear it all over!
CBD isn’t a quick fix for the menopause, sadly there’s no such thing, but it is a simple, natural and accessible way to make the whole awful process much more bearable. You can support your body in bringing a little balance to your over-burdened endocrine system by microdosing your favourite CBD.