CBD For Women
Women And CBD: CBD’s Effects On Women
Although some people may not want to put too much thought into it, not all humans are created equal.
Indeed, especially when it comes to men and women, they’re created quite differently. This can be seen in various ways in life. Such as in how different genders’ bodies react to aging, food, and even in how they respond to things like CBD.
What Is CBD?
Although CBD’s scientific name is cannabidiol, you’re unlikely to hear many people call it that. Additionally, while CBD oil is medically considered an effective medication for preventing seizures, it is being used for a myriad of different reasons.
CBD is a chemical found in Cannabis, related to THC (the element of marijuana that makes you high). You can get CBD in a few different formats, such as an oil-based capsule, an extract, or in its unadulterated form in hemp flower. There are even many CBD-infused beauty, food, and drink products that now exist that contain CBD.
There is currently only one product on the market that has received approval from the FDA (the FDA is the Food and Drug Administration, and they’re the governmental agency that makes sure which products are safe for human consumption and which aren’t).
In a vast majority of cases, if a product is given the green light by the FDA, it tends to be safe. As such, Epidiolex - the sole product with FDA approval - is a prescription CBD medication that is meant to treat two types of epilepsy.
This means that most of the CBD available for purchase is not FDA-approved. This is not to say that it’s unsafe – it simply isn’t regulated in the same way, hence our focus on 3rd party testing, organic methods, and full spectrum and raw unadulterated hemp-derived products.
Risks of CBD
CBD is becoming wildly popular with increased use in various ailments. While there is no definitive evidence suggesting use in troubles related to the effects of diabetes, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia, CBD use is never-the-less becoming popular among folks suffering from these effects.
Despite the myriad of ailments that CBD is being used for, the long-term effects of CBD use are still unknown. Additionally, there are some short-term side-effects of using CBD that you might want to consider before using it as well.
Some of these side effects include (but are not limited to):
- dry mouth
- reduced appetite
Also, if you’re on blood thinners, it’s likely best not to use CBD as CBD has been known to interact with these medications.
That’s why if you decide to use CBD, it’s best to talk to your doctor about it. Having a medical professional there to help you will ensure you're getting the right treatment or medication.
Why Use CBD?
With all the risks and lack of regulation surrounding CBD, you might now be wondering why anyone would even take it.
Well, that’s because, outside of treating specific medical ailments, CBD is being used for . . .
CBD could Possibly Relieve Pain
If you have old wounds that ache in cold weather or even just constant bone and joint pain, you may want to look into CBD for potential relief.
CBD Could Reduce Certain Mental Disorder Symptoms
As mentioned above, CBD is currently being used in medical treatments for diseases such as schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
CBD May Aid With Certain Cancer-Related Symptoms
Although the research on this isn’t 100% certain, some studies have shown that cancer treatment side effects (such as nausea, vomiting, and pain) might be helped or lessened by CBD.
CBD May Have Brain-Protecting Properties
For debilitating mental diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, CBD has been seen to prompt improvement/a lessening of symptoms. In a similar vein, some medical professionals have started to use CBD as a potential treatment for seizures.
CBD Might Improve Heart Health
This is another that is not 100% certain, but some research has linked CBD with potential benefits for the heart and circulatory system. Certain studies posit that CBD may help people with high blood pressure (which is important, because high blood pressure can lead to medical issues all on its own.)
CBD's Other Possible Benefits
As people continue to use CBD, more and more research is being done. This means that there may be other benefits that haven’t yet been found. Every day, scientists learn more.
In fact, there are a few other benefits that have not been confirmed with CBD use:
- Antipsychotic effects.
- Substance abuse treatment.
- Possible life extension for people who have glioblastoma.
- Possible improvement in sleep.
How is CBD Used By Women?
As with other information surrounding CBD oil, there is no specific information out there to confirm one way or another how accurate or scientifically sound CBD oil is on any specific body.
As such, there is also very little research about how women might be affected differently by CBD than men are.
Because every human is different, something that might work for one person might not work for another person. Despite that, many women are turning to CBD to try and treat several things in their lives.
Whether or not these will work for every woman is uncertain, but - so long as you discuss your needs and desires with a medical professional - perhaps trying something new may alleviate your symptoms.
In places where CBD is now legal, women have been trying to use CBD for several different ailments. Read on to learn about some of them, and maybe you’ll even find CBD possibilities you hadn’t considered!
CBD for Menopause
Let’s face it. Menopause is a thing that happens, and it’s pretty miserable. For decades, women have tried to find ways to make it less terrible, to mixed results.
Unfortunately, science hasn’t confirmed whether CBD can help alleviate menopause symptoms, but don’t lose heart! Some women claim to have found relief when it comes to using CBD to help with menopause.
Many small preliminary studies provide anecdotal evidence that women can confirm CBD stabilized mood changes, decreased potential bone density loss, and reduced sleep disturbances, but without further study, it is still up in the air.
This way, if you’re one of the many who suffer from additional fatigue from a lack of sleep, it might be worth looking into CBD.
So long as a medical professional says you won’t be at risk for trying it, the benefits (when it comes to menopausal symptoms) might far outweigh the risks and the relatively minor cost.
CBD for Hormonal Imbalances
This is one of the possible conditions that CBD is thought to help with when it comes to women’s health!
Hormonal imbalances happen when either too much or too little of a specific and necessary chemical is produced by the body. Even the slightest deviation in hormone amounts can have distinct consequences on the body and a woman’s health.
As such, treating hormone imbalances with CBD may prevent women from suffering from hormone imbalance side effects! Some small and preliminary studies have found that CBD - in some women – may have helped to regulate the secretion of cortisol.
For those wondering, cortisol is the chemical in the body that is secreted in response to stress. This means that if CBD may help to regulate this process - whether from a hormone imbalance or otherwise, the down-stream effects of this potent stress-related compound, has the potential to be mitigated.
Additionally, many hemp-based CBD products, may not only be able to potentially help with your hormone imbalances through the CBD mediated pathway, but because you are additionally receiving good omega fatty acids, this is a distinct additional way that they may help with hormone regulation.
CBD Relieving Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Similar to menopause, this is one of those things that women have been told to just deal with over the last century or so. Sure, there are certain medications out there that are meant to help with PMS pain and symptoms, but none of them are as effective as women would like them to be.
As such, many women will find themselves self-medicating with additional pain medication dosages that may not even be strong enough to alleviate their systems if the pain is big enough!
However, CBD is here to (maybe) to help save the day. Studies have discovered that CBD might be able to lessen debilitating PMS symptoms - those that come before, during, and after.
Similar to how CBD might be able to help with menopause, CBD might also help with regulating mood swings and mental health fluctuations caused by the onset or offset of PMS, and it may also help with bloating, cramps, or other uncomfortable issues that revolve around the stomach area.
It is speculated that CBD might help with some of these symptoms in that it tends to have anti-inflammatory properties (which may help with discomfort and pain in sensitive areas like the breasts) and because it seems to also cause general relaxation and potentially lower stress levels. If you’re less stressed and less sore, you’re likely to feel overall better during your period, no matter how many other symptoms you’re suffering from.
Some women claim to have had CBD help them deal with other PMS symptoms such as headaches, tiredness, severe bleeding, and negative mood swings (there are no major studies to back this up).
Although it may not work for you, if nothing else is working for you either, there’s very little evidence of potential harms (see side effects above) - as long as a doctor approves for you to try this. CBD has enough confirmed medicinal properties that it is promising and will hopefully be able to help a little bit and give you some relief when you’re on your period.
CBD for Pain Relief
As you may have realized by this point, CBD’s confirmed properties of anti-inflammation and muscle relaxants can go a long way towards helping with pain relief.
If you’re a woman suffering from painful issues, or if you know you’re going into a situation that will likely cause pain (such as childbirth or your monthly cycle), taking CBD might help by decreasing the pain.
If you suffer from chronic pain in the form of cramps, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, and the like, trying CBD might make your ailments easier to manage.
And if you’re very stressed and you suffer from tension headaches or tight muscles - that a massage just can’t seem to work out - CBD may help you relax, which could take away those specific aches and pains along with it.
CBD for Anxiety And Depression
This was mentioned above, but it’s important enough to mention it again! Many women are under stress 24/7. Additionally, many women may not even realize they’re under stress because they’re so used to working under the pressure.
Dealing with extreme amounts of stress and anxiety may even feel normal to them. However, if they are diagnosed with anxiety/depression - or if they think they might be following a consultation with their doctor – they may consider taking CBD for anxiety may help to deal with their symptoms.
Some women have claimed to find that their stress goes away and that they can finally live a life without the crushing weight of anxiety and depression keeping them down.
Can CBD Improve Gut Health?
If you suffer from a sensitive stomach, IBS, or other digestive problems, you might want to look into CBD. Some studies and women have reported that their digestive problems were aided and alleviated by using CBD.
Although there isn’t widespread confirmation, CBD might help when it comes to regulating bowel movements . . . and it might even help if you suffer from heavy cramps, constant nausea, and always feeling like you’re bloated.
CBD Effects on Beauty and Skin Care
Perhaps you thought that CBD was only for working on treating specific types of hormones, but that isn’t the full case.
Many women nowadays are using CBD oils to try and combat health and beauty issues that may or may not be caused by additional hormone imbalances. They also use CBD to handle general health and beauty issues as well.
For example, some women have found that CBD has helped them with hair loss issues by strengthening their hair follicles. This leads them to gain healthier hair that is less likely to experience breakages and that is less likely to fall out.
CBD has also been demonstrated in small preliminary studies to help with dark spots and dry skin. If you have acne scars or other dark patches of skin, rubbing CBD balm on it might help to remove them and prevent future scarring. Similarly, CBD has helped some women curb their acne problems, which has gone a long way towards suppressing acne breakouts and helping with how much oil the skin produces (the oilier your skin is, the more likely you are to break out).
Topical CBD may also act as an anti-inflammatory and may help with ailments such as skin rashes, eczema, and psoriasis.
It should be noted that all of this is meant to be treated topically. Do not ingest the CBD products if you’re hoping to focus on your skin health and beauty unless otherwise directed by a medical professional or the CBD product label instructions.
CBD for Sex
This may be one on the list that you weren’t expecting! CBD as a helpful element to sex can come as a surprise to some people, but some women and clinicians have reported positive results.
It should be noted that CBD in this form is not meant to help improve a woman’s sex drive. If that’s something that you’re looking to treat, please contact a medical professional.
When it comes to CBD and sex, many women are using it to try and make it easier and more pleasurable for themselves. They try CBD oil, lubricants, and sprays to try and increase their sexual activity without having to deal with increased dryness and pain that might come from sex.
CBD and additional lubrication may also help to increase the amount of pleasure they receive from their partners due to a combination of less pain, relaxed muscles (caused by the CBD), and a reduction of potential performance anxiety (remember: CBD is being used to treat anxiety amongst other things . . . so why not in the bedroom, as well)!
If this is an issue that you or your partner is suffering from, looking into CBD with a doctor’s approval might be the ticket to enhancing the experience in bed.
If CBD Is Right For You, Take the next step.
We’ve now gone over the risks, side effects, and potential differences that women might experience when using CBD.
If you’re wondering which of our CBD products may help you, take a look how the near immediate effect of our high CBD hemp flower could be just what you need to address the issues ailing your body. Or, if you are thinking of a topical solution, our organic ingredient centered CBD Balm may be just the thing to help you out.
Contact us you have any questions, and whatever you decide to do, do it safely and make sure you’ve made your doctor aware so they can be prepared for any potential side effects.
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