The Benefits of CBD for Women
Women can benefit from CBD more than you may know
Almost 4 million Americans use CBD with the majority of those being women, making up 59% of all users. If you haven’t tried CBD yet, you have almost certainly heard about it or know someone who has tried it. Research has shown CBD may provide many health benefits for women based on how the body reacts and processes it. Continue reading to learn more about CBD and ailments many women experience and how CBD may be a great addition to your health regiment. Let’s take a deeper look at the three most common ailments that lead women to choose CBD…pain, anxiety/stress and poor sleep.
What is CBD?
Cannabis plants and their flowers (buds) produce many cannabinoids, the main one being CBD (caanabidiol). The cannabis flowers are put through an extraction process where the CBD is turned into oil, gel caps, topical cream, and gummies, which I am sure you’ve heard of. But did you know it can also be added to coffee beans, cosmetics, bath bombs and so much more? Now, I know what you’re thinking, so let me say this now to put you more at ease. CBD is non-psychoactive; it does not get you “high”. CBD is extracted from a hemp plant, which is high in CBD but very low in THC (the one that gets you “high”), less than 0.3% to be exact.
You may remember hearing the buzz when CBD was shown to help reduce epilepsy seizures. Research has only expanded since then, primarily on non-human entities but human testing is growing now too, which are proving earlier tests.
CBD has been shown health benefits for a number of ailments you might be experiencing by regulating biological actions like sleep, immune system, and appetite. The CBD works with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to replenish endocannabinoids that have been reduced by stress, alcohol, poor diet, and poor sleep as well as stimulates non-ECS receptors related to mental health, pain, body temps and bone density. And get this…some studies have shown women respond to cannabinoids more than men.
Women can Alleviate Hormonal Imbalance/Anxiety/Stress/PMS with CBD
How our bodies react to stress can either be immediate or long-term. Immediate responses to stress come from our adrenal medulla in the form of amino-acid based hormones such as adrenaline and nor-adrenaline which can dilate our pupils, increase our heart rate, and put us in that fight or flight response, aka anxiety. The signal to produce these hormones comes from the pituitary gland when we observe something scary like a movie or something unsettling like a dangerous situation.
The stress we deal with on a daily basis slowly ebbs our life away and we can thank our pituitary once again for this response. Sending a signal to the adrenal cortex, our bodies under psychological stress produce cortisol, aldosterone and other corticosteroids to deal with stress. These hormones control the amount of water going in and out of the kidneys, blood glucose levels and of course, long term stress disorders such as weight gain, arteriolosclerosis, heightened cholesterol basically helping to push the nail in the coffin for the leading cause of death worldwide, cardiovascular disease. For women, this can be especially dangerous as the second lead cause of death in the world are cancers, of which, breast cancer takes many lives and there’s evidence of stress increasing the likelihood of cancers.
So how do we fix this? Well, getting better sleep and keeping ourselves away from stressful work is certainly beneficial. Unfortunately, many women don’t have the luxury of having a low-stress life whether that being the result of the job or life outside of work and it’s usually a mixture of both. This is where CBD may become beneficial.
CBD or cannabidiol helps women in a multitude of ways from reducing placental breast cancer resistance protein expression found in some studies to general stress and anxiety reduction from the DISI and DISE pathways (depolarization induced suppression of inhibition/excitation). Another observation is the effect on sleep and the quality of sleep.
CBD Can Help Women Get a Better Night Sleep
CBD taken consistently has shown to improve your sleep routine, but it’s important to test your dosage for best results. A recent study by US National Library of Medicine showed that too little might keep you restless while too high of dose may make you feel drowsy, so getting that right dose is important. But don’t worry, you can test out the dosing as much as you want without fear of negative side effects.
Women Can Use CBD for Pain Management
If you suffer from chronic pain from any number of medical conditions, you may be able to improve your pain levels with consistent use of CBD. Early research has shown positive results, so it’s no wonder its one of the three most popular reasons women and men choose CBD.
CBD and Women’s Health
Now that CBD research is advancing, we are finding out more ways it can benefit women’s health. If you suffer from pain, stress/anxiety, or sleepless nights, you should consider adding CBD to your daily health routine. Always consult a physician before starting any new health regiment.