Even before this current health pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people were turning to CBD to help regulate their stress, pain, anxiety, and even fight inflammation- all without the “high” that can make regular treatment with cannabis impractical.
Not surprisingly, there are multiple other reasons that you should incorporate CBD into your lifestyle, especially as a woman. Scientific research indicates that CBD may provide the answers to a variety of women’s health issues like anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances, sexual performance, and sleep disorders.
Below we outline three important benefits that CBD has to offer women, as well as how to properly use your CBD for ultimate bliss!
But First, What is CBD?
CBD (or cannabidiol) is an active, naturally-produced compound found in the cannabis plant- which is also referred to as marijuana or hemp.
There are over 80 cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant, but CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which gets you “high”) are the more popular compounds, as they are the most abundant of all the cannabinoids. Learn more about cannabinoids here!
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means that when ingested you won’t feel any of the high you would with THC. Also, CBD oil typically contains very little THC (like, 0.3% or less- the legal amount) which isn’t enough to get you high, even if you drank the entire bottle of CBD.
CBD’s effectiveness is currently being confirmed by dozens of clinical trials in the US for FDA-approved medications. For example, the FDA just approved Epidolex– containing CBD- for previously uncontrollable pediatric seizures.
There are many reasons for many people, under many different circumstances, to be taking CBD. However, for women especially, CBD can offer very specific and very helpful benefits when added to a daily routine.
Here are just a few benefits of CBD for women’s health:
CBD Turns Good Sex into Great Sex
Cannabis, as a whole, is notorious for making people, well… turned on. And thankfully, there are so many benefits of having sex on a regular basis- reducing stress, improving blood circulation, promoting closeness with your partner, boosting self-esteem and even getting better sleep!
There’s also evidence that couples who use cannabis regularly are having more sex. And while that’s great news in our book, using THC in the bedroom might also come with it’s own set of challenges, like getting “too high,” feeling overwhelmed, or experiencing “dry mouth” while you’re kissing.
CBD is so great to use when you’re trying to get down-and-dirty because you experience all the perks of the cannabis plant, without the potential negative effects of THC (AKA getting “couch-lock” when you really want to be adventurous, fun and free.)
When it comes to women’s bodies and our reproductive system, cannabinoid receptors are found all over; in the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina and vulva. And these cannabinoid receptors play a vital part in the pleasure (and pain) associated with sex.
These receptors are key in improving low libido and the inability to achieve orgasms. CBD increases blood flow and nerve sensation, which can help enhance sexual pleasure and intensify orgasms for everyone involved.
How to Use CBD for Better Sex:
- Consider asking your partner to give you a massage with CBD salve prior to being intimate, to help reduce inflammation and stress, and get you relaxed and in the mood to play.
- Before slipping between the sheets, consider slipping into a CBD bath with your partner, and melt away the tension and aches before the fun starts.
- 30 minutes prior to sexy-time, drop a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue, and improve your libido by reducing any anxiety.
CBD Can Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps
One of the most painful (and sometimes annoying) parts of being a woman is dealing with periods and all that they entail; cramps, bloating, mood swings, headaches- the list goes on and on. When your period begins, sometimes the gut reaction is to reach for a pill to “take the edge off the pain.”
NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) are supposed to work by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for producing prostaglandins, which means that NSAIDs could potentially decrease all the symptoms aggravated by prostaglandins; inflammation, contractions, headaches and pain.
NSAIDs, however, come with a long list of side effects, especially when taken over longer periods of time (more than once in a while). Scientists have recently discovered that, similar to NSAIDs, CBD also inhibits the prostaglandin-producing enzyme.
However, unlike NSAIDs, CBD inhibits COX-2 over COX-1, which basically just means that its anti-inflammatory benefits come without the side effects of NSAIDs, but offering similar relief.
How to Use CBD for Menstrual Cramp Relief:
- Add a few drops of CBD oil or a CBD bath soak to a warm tub of water, and soak for about 20 minutes. The heat will help soothe your contracting muscles, and the CBD will trigger muscle relaxation and increase blood flow, alleviating painful menstrual cramps.
- Massage your lower abdomen, or whenever you feel the most pain, with CBD oil or CBD salve, to help stimulate the uterine muscles, which will help ease the discomfort of contractions and inflammation. When you’re done, apply a heating pad or hot water bottle for additional pain relief.
- Try a CBD dark chocolate that’s high in magnesium (what your body craves especially during your menstrual cycle).
CBD Can Alleviate Menopause Symptoms
Unfortunately, you may have discovered that the medical system is often woefully unprepared to deal with the symptoms of menopause.
During the transition into menopause, many women suffer from mood swings, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression. So, like many others, if you’re facing menopause you may be turning to traditional herbal medicines- like CBD oil- for natural support.
An increasing number of studies show the positive effects that CBD can have on women encountering menopause. A 2019 study confirmed the success rate of CBD of over 78% in alleviating anxiety-related problems, and a 66% success rate alleviating signs of depression in women going through menopause.
How to Use CBD for Menopause Symptom Relief:
- Try a topical CBD salve to help fight inflammation, relax muscles and calm pain-perceiving nerves.
- Use CBD oil for anxiety and stress associated with menopause symptoms. A 2010 study in mice found that CBD works similarly to antidepressant medications, indicating that CBD could also help stabilize mood swings in menopausal women.
- Rub a CBD salve on sore, achy muscles that have been affected by the changes in your body.
- Make taking a warm CBD bath at night part of your routine, to help reduce inflammation and swelling.
For those who are new to the idea of taking CBD oil, in addition to making sure that you’re using a high-quality CBD oil, it’s also important to make sure you figure out your ideal dosage in the beginning, and not get frustrated if you don’t see results as quickly as you expected.
With a little time and patience, you’ll be able to find the dosage that perfectly fits your needs in whatever stage of life that you’re in.
Check out our complete CBD oil dosage guide for more information and tips on how to get started! There is still a lot of research that needs to be done when it comes to CBD and women’s health, so make sure to have a conversation with your doctor if you’re adding a new supplement or change to your lifestyle.
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