Women are often referred to as the ‘heart of the family’. Regularly seen as the nurturing mother, hard-working single mom, caregiver to elderly parents or a career-minded trailblazer (or a mix of these descriptions), women press on through what can be emotionally exhausting days while battling symptoms of our silent illnesses and symptoms of womanhood that society has told us to be embarrassed of and hide from sight.
Since May is Women’s Health Month, we wanted to – of course – focus on women, but also specifically bring to light ways that CBD oil can alleviate symptoms of PMS and menopause.
One of the most commonly-reported symptoms of PMS and menopause are mood swings. We all know that mood swings from PMS are the result of a woman’s hormones mimicking that of a 3-day long bungee jump. Those of you experiencing the changes of menopause are experiencing the same bungee jump but more sporadically, and unfortunately, sometimes more than once a month as a result of the decreasing levels of estrogen. Instead of the positive rush of adrenaline one would experience from a (voluntary) bungee jump, women instead feel anxious and jittery, while lashing out and possibly overreacting to situations that we otherwise could deal with (saying this out of love from someone who experiences this once a month). The beautiful thing about using CBD oil to prevent these varied symptoms is that it is an all-natural, non-psychoactive solution to an age-old problem. CBD boosts levels of serotonin, which helps to level out stress and emotional responses.
Another common symptom of both PMS and menopause is insomnia. Unfortunately again, menopausal women may begin to experience insomnia more frequently than during their PMS years. CBD helps your mind and body to relax, so incorporating it into your routine can help you fall and stay asleep by increasing your serotonin levels – and therefore lowering feelings of anxiety. In fact, in most cases, CBD does not only impact how long you sleep but also how deeply you sleep.
In addition to the benefits listed above, the serotonin boosting effects of regular CBD use also reduces the frequency and intensity of hot flashes. You might be thinking it’s impossible to cool down your internal sauna, but we assure you that it’s worth a shot! Boosted serotonin levels can lower your overall body temperature and help regulate hot flashes (or power surges).
Again, May is Women’s Health Month and we encourage you to celebrate the month by honoring your body and mind by practicing self-care. Why struggle with the effects of womanhood when there are safe, natural solutions available? PMS and menopause do not have to impact how much you enjoy life and they are certainly NOT something to be embarrassed of. Take some time this month to do your own research on the benefits of CBD on your perfectly-beautiful female body!