CBD and Hot Flashes (Plus other Symptoms of Menopause)

Going through the menopause is one of the hardest and dramatic changes any woman will ever have to go through with regards to the shift that is made by the reproductive system. The sometimes-unpleasant symptoms that are present when you are in the clutches of the menopausal phase are similar to those of puberty, except they tend to be less pleasant. This transitional period is responsible for hot flashes, a change in mood or temperament, the inability to sleep as well as pain. Fortunately, you don’t have to endure all of these frustrating moments alone because, as it happens, CBD oil could just be the trusty companion that you need in order to comfortably see you through to the next phase of your life.

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Women today have a life expectancy of around 80 years or above and at least 30 of these years on earth will be spent in a postmenopausal state. Furthermore, the majority of women are plagued by its frustrating symptoms for a significant amount of time after passing through the immediate process. However, there is now some excellent news for women across the world with regards to going through the menopause—CBD can offer you many of the benefits you need to get through menopause unscathed.

The symptoms of the menopause are commonly treated via pharmaceutical options including hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that tends to carry considerable long-term health risks and, after a period of time, it can become ineffective. This is just one of the reasons that women are now turning to alternative medicine such as CBD to ensure that their transition into postmenopausal life is as comfortable and easy as possible.

How Can CBD Alleviate Symptoms of the Menopause?

CBD can help manage your symptoms by interacting with cannabinoid receptors that are found present in your natural endocannabinoid system. This cleverly designed internal system is made up of several cell receptors that can be found in almost every part of your body and they are just waiting to receive signals from chemical messengers like CBD.

Scientists believe that the endocannabinoid system plays a key role in many of the essential bodily functions that we perform each day and also it is responsible for certain aspects of our overall health, including:

  • Regulating mood
  • Pain management
  • Sleep function
  • Memory function
  • Fertility
  • Regulating the body’s temperature

These scientists have a strong theory that, should your endocannabinoid system not be functioning properly, you could be at greater risk of developing a health condition. Therefore, if you use CBD as a way of balancing or manipulating the chemicals in your system, such conditions could improve or eliminate themselves entirely. This is exactly how CBD works to balance and reverse the negative consequences of menopause.

Here are a few issues that CBD can help with during menopause:

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the worst side effects that women deal with when transitioning through menopause. They can come on at any time and they usually induce feelings of nausea and anxiety. Anandamide is a natural cannabinoid that is responsible for regulating our body temperature. It has a similar chemical composition to THC and studies have suggested that if you consume CBD oil containing a higher dose of THC, your hot flashes could be a thing of the past. Finding the right dosage for your specific needs is important, as smaller doses could cause your temperature to rise—although this has yet to be evidenced properly.


The dreaded sleepless nights seem to be a common occurrence during menopause and Insomnia is often the result of the other symptoms that will be manifesting in your body. A lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to feelings of irritability and sadness, as well as anxiety. CBD has proven itself to be an excellent natural remedy for sleep disorders, thanks to its anxiolytic effects. A restful night’s sleep on a regular basis can dramatically help you navigate the wild west of menopause more comfortably!

Excess Weight

Weight gain and menopause often seem to go hand in hand. Lifestyle changes, the aging process, and hormones all play a role in putting on excess pounds once you reach a certain age and CBD can be used as a valuable tool to help you control your appetite and boost your metabolism when combined with healthy eating and a regular exercise routine.

Decreased Libido

Aside from the obvious symptoms of the menopause, low libido can also be a common issue. This is especially true for women who have a higher sex drive, as it can often cause problems in their personal relationships as well as generating feelings of frustration. All is not lost, however, as some women have reported that consuming cannabis has provided them with some relief from a lack of libido and their sex lives have improved. It is thought that choosing the correct strain is important in the efficacy of CBD on the libido.

Pain Relief

When we consider just how much a woman’s body changes during menopause, it will come as no surprise that these hormonal imbalances can often result in pain like headaches, muscle aches, and joint pain. Fortunately, CBD is very effective when used for pain relief and it has been scientifically proved to relieve chronic pain associated with arthritis and other bone diseases.

The Loss of Bone Density

Low bone density greatly increases your risk of brittle bone disease. It is a symptom that should not be left untreated as it puts you at greater risk to fractures and bruising, as well as inhibiting your body’s ability to repair itself. Recent research has revealed that CBD actively reduces the rate of bone density loss that commonly occurs in women passing through the stages of menopause.

Anxiety and Mood Swings

During the menopause, women are subjected to fluctuating levels of both estrogen and progesterone, which are usually the cause of frequent mood swings. These mood swings are often accompanied by anxiety and add further stress into the mix. CBD is renowned for its ability to control and manage stress and anxiety and it also helps to improve your mood on a day-to-day basis. Researchers have already undertaken extensive research both on human subjects and on mice, which has allowed them to study the anxiolytic effects of CBD closely and with great success! This has resulted in CBD becoming a common treatment for anxiety issues in people of all ages.

Final Thoughts

There are already thousands of theories and testimonials with regards to the use of CBD in the medical field. Further research that is set to take place over the course of the next two years will allow scientists to come up with concrete evidence that CBD can greatly reduce the unpleasant symptoms of menopause and we could even see it replace HRT as a common form of treatment. It is still early days, but it seems that medical marijuana is here to stay and now that people have had a taste of what it can really do for them, we can expect to see more women turning away from traditional pharmaceutical treatments to guide them through menopause.

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.



Women Can Use CBD to Treat Menstrual Cramps

This article is originally written by Madeline Taylor of Sunday Scaries



Menstrual cramps are a problem that affects approximately half of the world population. Menstrual cramps manifest them with agonizing stomach and abdominal cramps for the duration that a woman menstruates. These will generally occur every menstruation cycle, so that can be up to 500 weeks of menstrual cramps. Despite this, there are not many treatment options available to help reduce menstrual pain.

Women across the country are in dire need of a solution to menstrual cramps and have tried many different treatments. One of the solutions women have discovered is cannabidiol (CBD) as it has effects that can reduce cramping.

This article will explain CBD in general and how CBD can help with your monthly menstrual cramps.


What causes menstrual cramps?


Menstrual cramps are caused by the release of hormones from menstruation. The specific hormones released that causes the cramps and pain are called prostaglandins. The hormone appears at the site of an injury to help in the recovery process, but it lines the wall of the uterus to help the process of pushing the uterine wall out of the uterus during menstruation.

These symptoms can sometimes be relieved by birth control medication or an intrauterine device (IUD). However, those methods do not always work for every woman nor do every woman want to use birth control or an IUD.

Alternatives do exist to birth control and IUDs. This alternative is CBD, and it is a 100% naturally occurring substance with no negative side effects.


What is CBD?


CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the compounds found in the marijuana plant. However, this compound has no psychoactive effects unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that does have psychoactive effects. The lack of psychoactive effects means that you will not get high. However, CBD still has the positive benefits typically associated with consuming marijuana.

CBD is naturally occurring and 100% natural. The CBD found in most states will have been separated from THC to ensure full legal compliance. This may or may not reduce the efficacy but keeps the CBD within the law.


Legality of CBD

 Most Americans believe that CBD is illegal. This is simply not true; CBD is legal in all 50 states. However, states have laws that regulate the amount of THC that CBD products can contain. The states will usually require CBD to have under 0.3% THC. This number can vary in some states though. Four states have vague laws regarding CBD and take a strict interpretation of the laws. However, they usually target sellers and not consumers.

The main point is that CBD is legal in all 50 states. Just understand the laws regarding CBD in your state before purchase.


How CBD can help with menstrual cramps

 Research examining the effects of marijuana on menstruation is lacking due to a lack of both marijuana and menstruation studies. However, studies have occurred on marijuana that examine the effect on cramps and other pain. Other studies have occurred on cramps and pain that can be applied to CBD.


There is no good reason to believe that menstrual cramps and menstrual pain are vastly different than regular cramps and pain. Especially because the cramps and pain are often caused by the same hormonal response. This makes the studies still relevant and useful.

These studies have shown that CBD can help relieve pain and cramps. CBD reduces pain and cramps because it interacts directly with the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system is a series of nerves that runs through the entire body. CBD binds to the nerves, which has a pain and inflammation reducing effect. The endocannabinoid system also stretches into the uterus. Inflammation reduction has also been proven to reduce period cramps and pain. Since CBD has anti-inflammation effects, then it makes logical sense that it would work to treat period pain.

No studies have been conducted on the effect of the system in the uterus, but it would make sense that it would reduce. The testimonials from women using CBD to help menstrual cramps certainly confirms the hypothesis.

All in all, states with medical marijuana laws allow marijuana prescriptions for pain relief because of these studies. And pain from menstruation is not any different than other types of pain. Of course, further studies must be conducted to confirm the hypothesis. However, the current studies offer enough secondary evidence that show that CBD could help treat menstrual cramping and pain.


Will CBD work for you?

 The only way to really know is to try CBD. The CBD gummies available from Sunday Scaries make this extremely easy. They also offer a good entry for CBD for those unfamiliar with marijuana products or those living in a state without stores that sell CBD products. The gummies taste like regular gummies, but these gummies might stop your menstrual pain and cramps.


Edibles also work well for treating period cramps and pain because the effects last much longer than other forms of CBD. You probably do not want to smoke an e-cigarette every 20 minutes to help relieve any stomach pain you might have. The effects of CBD edibles can last 8 to 16 hours depending on how fast your body filters out the CBD.

In addition to that, the gummies are not particularly expensive for the potential upside. If they work for you, then you have a viable method to treat menstrual cramps and menstrual pain. Finding a solution to period cramps is difficult, so it is definitely worth a try.


Final Thoughts

CBD offers a viable solution to one of the many problems facing women. As stated earlier, this solution may not work for every woman, but it is certainly worth further investigation. The biggest obstacle to treating menstrual pain with CBD is sourcing CBD. However, with Sunday Scaries you can easily have tasty CBD gummies delivered straight to your state. Yes, Sunday Scaries delivers to all 50 states.

Don’t let your period cramps and pain ruin your week. Give CBD gummies a try.




How Does CBD for PMS Work?

Most women experience symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS at least a few times throughout the period of their lives when they are menstruating. For many, these symptoms are mild and little more than a minor annoyance. Other women deal with PMS symptoms on a monthly basis and these symptoms are severe enough to affect their enjoyment of life and affect women’s health during the whole experience.

The good news is it is possible to get PMS symptoms under control and stop them from affecting your everyday life. For many, CBD has made this possible.

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What Is PMS?

PMS is a set of symptoms linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle. They typically occur about a week to two weeks before she gets her period and can be physical, mental, and emotional. PMS can also change over the course of a lifetime. For instance, it’s possible to not experience any symptoms in your teens and 20s and then develop PMS in your 30s and 40s. Other women find that problems they had when they were younger are no longer an issue once they’ve given birth.

PMS symptoms can vary from woman to woman, but typically include one or more of the following:

  • Bloating
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cramps
  • Skin breakouts
  • Headaches
  • Bowel changes

Statistics show about 80 percent of women experience at least one of these symptoms every month. About a third of women suffer from PMS severe enough to see their doctor and receive treatment for their symptoms.

How can you be sure the symptoms you’re experiencing are PMS? Chances are if the symptoms begin a few days to a week before your period and ease up once your period begins, and if you are experiencing them on a regular basis each month around the time of your period, they are PMS. Only a doctor will be able to eliminate concerns about all of your symptoms, which in some cases could be linked to a more serious problem. If something seems unusual about your symptoms it’s important to schedule a physical exam.

How Do You Know You Need Treatment for PMS?

It should be everyone’s goal to live as fulfilling and happy a life as possible. When health issues, even mild ones, interfere with that goal, options can be explored for reducing or alleviating those problems.

It’s probably not a good idea to commit to long-term or powerful medications when a health issue is relatively mild, like it is for many women with PMS, but there might be lifestyle changes you can make or natural remedies you can try that will help you deal with the days of feeling less-than-optimal you experience each month. For instance, some women find that cutting caffeine intake down or eliminating it or adding exercise to their daily routine helps them ease their PMS symptoms.

If you’re torn between living with PMS and doing something about it, ask yourself this question: “Do my PMS symptoms get in the way of my living what I consider to be a regular life? Have my relationships suffered or am I missing out on opportunities because of PMS?”

If you answer “yes” or you aren’t able to confidently answer “no” without a second thought, it’s likely time to explore your options.

Finding the Right Treatment for PMS

Everyone is different and what works for one woman might not work for another. Additionally, it might take a combination of treatments to really see an improvement in your PMS symptoms. For instance, many women find that adding more physical activity into their routine and improving their diet can help them ease their PMS symptoms. Other women prioritize sleep more around the time of their period, so they cut back on caffeine and focus on creating an optimal sleep environment.If you find that lifestyle changes aren’t enough to ease your symptoms to the degree you would like, it might be time to introduce a natural treatment option into your routine. For many, CBD is this option.

Unlike cannabis, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that comes from marijuana. This means it does not get you high and using it is different than recreational or medical marijuana use. CBD has been shown to have a variety of health benefits, including relief from depression and anxiety and helps with pain relief including easing the symptoms of PMS.

How Does CBD Help with Pre-Menstrual Symptoms and PMS?

CBD has been shown to help ease the symptoms of PMS. It doesn’t “cure” PMS and it may not alleviate problems completely. However, it can be effective for symptoms management. If the symptoms of PMS are interfering with your enjoyment of life, using CBD can help.

CBD helps with bodily aches and pains which are often a part of PMS such as menstrual cramps. Many women just accept that physically they aren’t going to feel 100 percent in the days leading up to their period, but some research has shown that CBD can ease the aches and pains and help you feel more like yourself.

One 2017 study showed that CBD reduces pain perception and ease the emotional effects of physical pain. This means that even if your body is in pain, you’re less bothered by it and it interferes less in your daily life.

CBD is anti-inflammatory and has been used to treat chronic pain, cancer pain, and arthritis, so it stands to reason that it could help to ease the aches associated with PMS.

CBD also helps with emotional issues and mood changes. PMS often triggers mood swings for women and they feel cranky and irritable in the days leading up to their periods. In some cases, these mood swings affect relationships with loved ones. CBD is used to treat anxiety and depression and can help ease anxiety. Though not specifically tested for the mood swings of PMS, many believe it is an effective tool for “taking the edge off.”

Finally, CBD can ease the pain associated with cramps. One 2016 study found that CBD was an effective treatment for spasticity in MS patients. There is a chance it could serve as an anti-spasmodic in other situations, including PMS cramps. Additionally, there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence that people have eased their PMS cramps using CBD.


This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.