Menopause and CBD (Compound Cannabidiol)
Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can cause vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood changes, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
To help manage the symptoms of menopause, some people use hormone replacement therapy or other conventional treatments.
Other people experiment with less conventional approaches, such as medical cannabis or products that contain the cannabis-derived compound cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD-infused tinctures, bath salts, vaginal suppositories, and personal lubricants are just a few of the products being marketed to menopausal consumers.
CBD may offer potential benefits, without high
Cannabis is commonly known as marijuana. It’s a psychoactive plant that contains many types of cannabinoids, a class of chemical compounds that includes the well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.
THC is responsible for the high that’s associated with cannabis consumption.
CBD, on the other hand, has negligible psychoactive properties and isn’t intoxicating.
This makes CBD oil and CBD-infused products a popular choice for people who want to experience some of the potential medical effects of cannabis without getting high.
Consulting with an expert is key
If someone is interested in trying CBD or other cannabis products to manage symptoms of menopause, Kramer encourages them to talk to their doctor first.
He suggests that a doctor, pharmacist, or other qualified healthcare professional may be able to help someone determine which products to try and how to use them.
There are a multitude of products out there, and you want to make sure you are getting a quality product and get what you are paying for.
Beware of very inexpensive CBD products. Good quality products are not cheap and should be organic. Don’t buy these products from your local gas station or package store.
For people who decide to use raw cannabis flower or bud, Earleywine recommends using a vaporizer to consume it in low doses.
Those who are contemplating using cannabis should probably focus on vaporized flower, not a vape pen.
Use as low a dose as possible to alleviate the symptoms, and start with a high-CBD strain to keep any cognitive effects to a minimum.