Cannabis and menopause: can symptoms be improved?
How cannabis can help women during menopause
Menopause is a period of time that begins as soon as a woman's menstrual cycle stops. This occurs frequently in women in their 40s or 50s. The most common age for menopause to begin is 51 years old. Cannabis and menopause may work better than expected, let's get a glimpse of the symptoms.
Menopause produces a variety of symptoms including: extreme feeling of heat, mood swings, insomnia, pain, low libido, weight gain, fatigue, and osteoporosis. In addition, it can cause anxiety or depression in some women.
The endocannabinoid system and menopause
Estrogen is linked to the endocannabinoid system, regulates the enzyme FAAH (fatty acid hydrolase enzyme) that metabolizes some endocannabinoids. When estrogen levels go up, endocannabinoid levels rise and vice versa. There is research to suggest that the onset of menopause is linked to endocannabinoid deficiencies.
Estrogen also uses endocannabinoids to regulate mood and emotional response, this explains why mood swings are more common in menopause, when estrogen levels drop.
As a result, it can be theorized that the use of cannabis during menopause can help improve the functions of the endocannabinoid system that have problems to work properly; due to low levels of estrogen.
Cannabis and menopause: treating symptoms
· Feeling of heat:
The endocannabinoid, anandamide; is a chemical that works very similar to THC, both share the same effect in the body: they regulate body temperature.So THC can be key to mitigating these sensations of heat. Studies suggest that high doses of THC have cooling effects on the body. Few amounts of THC, on the contrary, increase the temperature of the body, so finding the right dose for each person is crucial
Insomnia goes hand in hand with the feeling of heat. It can be difficult to fall asleep when suffering from this symptom. However, in addition to helping reduce body temperature, many strains are very good at allowing people to fall asleep.
Hormone fluctuations create a lot of pain as a side effect: migraines, breast tenderness, joint pain. Cannabis is well known for its pain relieving properties in patients and there are many strains that are very good for this purpose. Plus, cannabis offers pain relief without serious side effects. The combination cannabis and menopause, then, results in an improvement in the quality of life of patients.
· Mood swings:
Estrogen plays a very important role in using endocannabinoids to regulate emotions. Fortunately, several studies have found that CBD and THC can help mitigate feelings of depression and anxiety.
Cannabis has been shown to have a very beneficial relationship with female health. Furthermore, the evidence points to an optimistic future for the use of this plant during this stage of physiological changes; as it may help women reduce symptoms and avoid severe side effects.
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