We live in a fast-paced and ever-demanding culture where we are all expected to give our 200% in every aspect of our lives. This hustling “be productive” lifestyle has increased the likelihood of developing some type of mental or physical health condition. Unfortunately, some of these well-known diseases affect mostly women, and here is where the CBD role in women’s health is worth learning.
It’s no secret that women’s and men’s bodies are different, and the same rule applies to medicine. Sex differences in health started to be addressed almost 30 years ago, in 1986 when the NIH established a policy to include women in clinical studies. After a year the FDA made public the called “Demographic Rule” requiring manufacturers to show before approval the drug interaction within the body depending on sex, age, and race.
The most common concerns in women’s health are related to hormones and the reproductive system. Hormonal imbalances, PMS, anxiety, and depression are things that we hear very often. Outside factors like stress don’t help but there are a few things you can do to prevent or alleviate some symptoms.
The Endocannabinoid System in the women’s body
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a molecular system present in all playing a fundamental role in our bodies. The ECS’s main job is to regulate and balance processes like immune response, appetite and metabolism, reproductive functions, among others. For women, this can be crucial in maintaining a healthy hormonal balance which ultimately influences PMS, anxiety and depression, skin health, and even the possibility of developing cervical cancer.
Cannabinoids are the active compounds found in hemp and cannabis plants. The most well-known cannabinoids are THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN. Each of these active ingredients provides unique properties and potential benefits to your body.
How cannabinoids can help
Anxiety is one of the most common mental conditions among women. Hormones and day-to-day stress can cause occasional and chronic anxiety. Feeling anxious means loss of energy, lack of focus, and unwanted thoughts. All things we want to avoid!
Because CBD is non-psychoactive, it may be a good addition to your daily routine. CBD could restore harmony to your hormones and ease the symptoms of your anxiety. A 2015 clinical study supports systemic CBD as a treatment for several anxiety disorders.
May help with PMS
Any women will agree that PMS is no joke! The rush of hormones during that time of the month can cause mood swings, bloating, cramps, and change of habits. CBD is proven to be high in anti-inflammatory properties which may help with the discomfort, and sometimes pain, of PMS.
CBD may fight Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer affects over half a million women worldwide every year. A recent clinical study has shown that CBD has the capability to promote the death of cervical cancer cells. This is very important in preventing the progression of cancer.
CBD may be your skincare solution
When it comes to skincare, women are more likely to be researching and buying skincare products than men. Not to mention that PMS and hormonal imbalances can cause hormonal acne and many other skin conditions.
According to clinical studies, CBD skincare products are packed with nutrients that may keep your skin glowing and healthy. It can also be an effective treatment for acne as it has shown to reduce sebum production and also have anti-inflammatory properties.
CBN may help with insomnia
Having a great sleep is one of the ways of keeping your health at an optimum level. But lack of sleep will make your brain and other organs work harder which can lead to deficiencies and problems. Insomnia is also very common among women and it can be related to high levels of stress and hormonal imbalances as well. Research indicates that CBN or cannabinol may be a natural sedative that may help with occasional and chronic insomnia.
What is the right product and dosage for you?
It’s always a good idea to consult your primary physician or naturopath if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article. We also recommend doing your own research to find what’s best for you. Everybody is different and what may work for others may not work for you. If you’re new at cannabinoids, we recommend trying an easy delivery method like capsules with a low dosage. Another good practice we recommend is to document in a journal or in your notes on your phone any changes (positive or negatives) you experience while trying cannabinoids, or really any new supplements or ingredients.
All information contained in this article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a physician or a qualified healthcare provider for any questions regarding your health and well-being.