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CBD for Women

Monday, January 17, 2022 • 14 minute read

CBD for Women’s health

It’s no secret that CBD has taken the world by storm over the past few years.

These three little letters can be found everywhere from supermarkets to high streets to pharmacies. There’s barely a product left out there that hasn’t been infused with the healing benefits of the hemp plant.

As more and more women are turning to CBD, there is a growing movement that claims the plant compound can be used to bring relief to many conditions that are unique only to women.

At the moment research into the effects of CBD is still in its infancy - there are plenty of great signs, but it’s still early days. And to make things harder, research into how it affects each sex differently is almost non-existent.

But lucky, there is good news!

Everything we know so far suggests CBD does have properties that lend themselves to relief a range of conditions that are unique to women.

CBD interacts with a network of receptors in our brains and bodies known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for bringing balance to many of the body's vital functions, including sleep, appetite, pain reception, mood, fertility, and much more.

Because of the diverse role of the ECS, CBD is being used to treat a wide range of conditions, and it may be the reason why it's the secret ingredient many women have been looking for.

CBD for Women’s libido

When it comes to our sex drive, there are so many factors that make a difference. Physically, emotionally, mentally - it only takes something small to put us off completely and turn things stale in the bedroom.

But thanks to CBD’s ability to act on various functions in the body, it could be used to improve your sex life in a number of unique ways.

The answer here might surprise you.

A study conducted in 2012 found that CBD may increase the body’s reception of a neurotransmitter called anandamide.

Anandamide is sometimes known as our ‘bliss transmitter’ and is responsible for a euphoric, carefree feeling conducive to lowered boundaries and inhibitions. It’s also closely associated with oxytocin (sometimes referred to as the ‘cuddle hormone’).

As a result, CBD helps increase the natural transmitters and endorphins that our bodies already produce when we feel sexual arousal and enjoyment.

But despite what our biochemistry may be telling us, it’s often our minds that are the biggest barrier to sexual enjoyment. Psychological blockages in the form of self-consciousness, repressed trauma, or performance anxiety are some of the most common reasons why our sex lives fall short.

If this is something you can relate to, CBD could be the answer you need.

Research from 2015 shows that CBD may be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, and another trial found that it reduced signs of anxiety and increased the performance of people before and during public speaking exercises.

It’s easy to imagine how the feeling of ease and relaxation that many CBD users report can help melt away worries and distractions that prevent an enjoyable sexual experience.

The final piece of the CBD libido puzzle is the latest trend in the hemp world - CBD infused lubrication.

Lube is always a delicate situation in the bedroom - without it, the whole song and dance is no fun for anyone. But CBD lube is here to kill two birds with one stone!

As well as fulfilling its primary job - making sex frictionless and pain-free - CBD lube also comes with another added benefit. Female sexual organs are highly sensitive (obviously!) and filled with an intricate network of nerves and receptors - including a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors.

Interacting with these ECS receptors, CBD can reduce sensations of pain and inflammation and cause muscular relaxation, as well as increase blood flow to the area and relax, further increasing sensitivity and promoting the body's natural lubrication.

Our pick is Dr Ed Long lasting CBD Lubricant which is transparent, high-quality, greaseless, water-based whilst also non-irritating making It ideal for use during intercourse.

Does CBD help with female hormones?

We’ve all been there. You can’t sleep, food is unappealing, and your skin starts to break out like never before.

Is it the moon? Mercury? Something you’ve ate?

Nope, it’s your hormones.

Having hormonal fluctuations happens to all of us (even those poor men), and aside from the predictable monthly dips, it could happen at any time. Women particularly suffer during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, and some have a lifelong battle.

So, can CBD be an ally when our hormones decide to declare war?

To answer this we need to take a step back and look at what it is that causes the imbalance in the first place.

Regulating and controlling our hormones is the job of our endocrine system. The endocrine system is a messenger network built of feedback loops of the hormones released by various glands, which work to regulate specific organs. The main control centre for this system is the hypothalamus.

When too much or not enough hormones are secreted, different organs or functions in the body start to become out of sync, causing the wide range of symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.

Research has shown there is a synergistic relationship between the ECS and the endocrine system, and it’s thought that the ECS helps to balance the network that controls our hormone secretion.

All of the glands in the human body, as well as the central nervous system, spine, and hypothalamus itself have high numbers of CBD receptors, making it easy for CBD to affect the synthesis of hormones, as well increase or decrease the strength and size of hormonal messaging.

We already know CBD can directly affect cortisol levels. Researchers also understand that CBD may affect the production and regulation of oestrogen, testosterone, thyroid hormones, growth hormones, and insulin through its interaction with CB1 receptors, but more studies are necessary.

CBD for PMS

Much of the buzz around CBD has been from people switching from synthetic, lab-produced pharmaceuticals to the holistic power of nature. The public is increasingly becoming aware of the damaging effects of many pills, including off-the-shelf products like paracetamol and aspirin, and they’re searching for an alternative.

Women searching for relief from PMS are part of this trend, and many are ditching traditional remedies in favour of the goodness of hemp.

PMS affects 75% of all women, and although the exact cause isn’t fully understood, it's generally agreed that hormonal changes during this part of the monthly cycle play a large role.

Every woman will tell you PMS affects them in different ways, and there are over 150 known symptoms (although most women experience a small number) - making it hard to pin down an effective remedy.

So can CBD play a role in dealing with PMS?

Well, according to Cambridge-based psychologist Fa-eeza Caprani, yes it can. “For years I’ve suffered from painful cramps, extreme mood swings, and huge fluctuations in my appetite as a result of endometriosis,” she says. “But I’ve found CBD helps with all three, especially around my period. I feel more relaxed mentally as well as physically, the pain is lessened, and I can manage to eat even if nausea is kicking in.”

Science backs up what she’s saying.

We already know CBD can help supercharge the endocrine system and has the potential to bring your hormones into balance, which could help combat the entire range of PMS symptoms in one hit.

But it could also target the most prominent individual symptoms - pains, cramps, nausea, and mood swings.

Reducing chronic pain and inflammation is one of the top reasons people use CBD, and its sedating properties can help relax muscles - making it a great choice to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps.

As for nausea, the American Cancer Society lists cannabinoids as an effective treatment for nausea and sickness related to chemotherapy, which demonstrates just how widespread and necessary CBD has become.

Many women suffer from stress and mood dips at this time, and it’s not news that CBD can help reduce both of these symptoms, which can have a knock-on effect of increasing appetite, encouraging healthy sleep, and reducing blood pressure.

CBD for Menopause

Like so many of the conditions we’ve talked about today, menopause is an undeniable part of womanhood.

Usually occurring between the ages of 45-55, it’s diagnosed when a person hasn’t menstruated in more than 12 months and can no longer become pregnant. The symptoms are varied and include hot flushes, weight gain, and hormonal imbalances which can affect the entire body.

Some women go to great lengths to try and delay the onset of menopause through different herbal and dietary regimes. Others turn to HRT to fight some of the most disruptive symptoms - but this treatment in itself isn’t without its unwanted side effects.

Enter CBD.

There has been no research on the direct link between CBD and menopause. CBD won’t stop menopause, and it may be hard to imagine it can fight the symptoms of such a huge bodily change.

However, let's remember that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating mood, the functioning of the immune system, pain, sleep memory, fertility and reproduction, and even temperature regulation. These are all areas that can be disrupted by menopause.

Let's take a closer look at which specific menopause symptoms CBD can help treat. Insomnia

Up to 60% of postmenopausal women experience difficulty sleeping. If you take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, consistently sleep less than 6 hours, or find tiredness if effective your day, this could be you.

Good news - a 2020 study reported cannabinoids can increase sleep quality, and decrease nighttime disturbances and help you fall asleep quicker.

CBD and anxiety and depression for women

Rapidly fluctuating hormones often leads to extreme mood shifts in menopausal women. This can be anything from mild feelings of discontentedness up to severe depression and anxiety. We’ve already learnt that CBD can help bring our overall hormonal system into balance, as well as decrease signs of stress and depression.

CBD and Joint Pain

As oestrogen levels fall during menopause, one knock-on effect is a loss of bone density. This in turn can lead to joint inflammation, flare-ups of old injuries, a general loss of mobility and even arthritis. Lucky, a[ 2015 study revealed CBD reduced joint inflammation and pain in animals] , and a separate study found CBD could affect receptors that may regulate bone density loss.

Women CBD products

So you’re ready to explore the relieving effects of CBD? Follow these tips to get the best from your CBD experience.

Lab-tested- Always buy products with 3rd party lab tests. This way you’ll know exactly how much CBD is in every drop, as well any terpenes, additives, and other cannabinoids such as THC, CBC, and CBG

Dosage - There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to CBD dosage. It’s always best to start low for a few days, monitor your symptoms and increase the dosage as required. Check out our dosage calculator for a more accurate dose.

Consult your doctor- If your symptoms persist, or you are already taking medication, always consult a medical professional before taking CBD products.

Here are two women’s specific CBD brands and products to get you started.

Our Remedy

Led by women and specifically targeting women's health, Our Remedy donates a percentage of every sale to UK period poverty charity Bloody Good Period.

Our Remedy has everything from Vegan CBD Hot Chocolate, to ‘Moon Swings’ - oil infused with natural ingredients that help reduce period cramps.

Dr. Ed

Dr. Ed is a CBD brand for both men and women, but they have a few products that are 100% worth seeking out. First up, their Libido CBD Oil takes the power of hemp and combines it with carefully selected terpenes and other functional ingredients to help support libido in a natural and safe way.

And finally, the Dr. Ed PMS contains broad-spectrum CBD bath salts (with added cinnamon and vitamin B6 to help support a healthy immune system and balance mood), as well as their specially formulated PMS CBD Oil.