CBD and women’s health are increasingly going hand-in-hand as more and more women turn to alternative ways to treat a variety of conditions and diseases, including cannabidiol CBD — a natural non-psychotropic compound of cannabis. An increasing body of research continues to grow on the potential health benefits and super powers of CBD to treat a variety of female ailments. This has women turning to CBD products to treat specific physical issues, embracing its natural ability to heal which in many cases provides an exit from having to take pharmaceutical meds and chemically concocted treatments that often come with side effects. In honor of International Women’s Day, which is March 8th, we’re exploring the myriad ways CBD can support women and their health.
In addition to promoting general restfulness and relaxation for women enduring the high stress and anxiety of today’s hectic world, a variety of research has found that CBD has the potential to help alleviate health issues that are specific to women — in particular, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and sexual issues. Researchers are also studying cannabidiol’s potential ability to treat migraines and eating disorders (conditions that impact women far more than men), endometriosis and even CBD for breast cancer.
Here’s how cannabidiol CBD may be able to help.
Soothing Stress and Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), of the 40 million Americans impacted by anxiety disorders (the most common mental health issue in the United States today, women are twice as likely to suffer than men. It’s no wonder droves of women are turning to natural CBD as an alternative treatment, primarily because in addition to CBD promoting calm, relaxation and restfulness, it has no proven side effects compared to the numerous unpleasant side effects of prescription anti-anxiety meds.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
There’s great news for the many women who suffer from the monthly symptoms of PMS. Researchers have found an increasing body of evidence proving CBD to be effective in combating both physical and emotional PMS symptom. CBD—taken as a tincture oil, vaporized oil or as gel caps—has been shown to be effective as an anti-inflammatory in treating inflammation throughout the body, which is the cause of many physical PMS symptoms.
Medical experts have found that cannabidiol CBD helps release dopamine and serotonin, the hormones that make us relaxed and happy. It also works with our natural endocannabinoid system cell receptors and nervous system, that together help regulate—and increase—our pleasure response. Together, this can increase libido and potentially help women more easily get in the mood to have sex.
Many women feel pain during penetration due to vaginal dryness, especially post-menopausal women for whom it can cause chronic pain due to a depletion of estrogen and thinning of the vaginal wall. Though there are few studies addressing the value of CBD and medical marijuana in helping sexual pain, anecdotally, many women report that using CBD products helps for more comfortable sex, likely because of being in a more relaxed state. CBD lubricants and CBD-rich oils are available today that help stimulate natural lubrication of the vagina that usually results in less painful and more pleasurable sex, and—thanks to the release of the ‘happy hormones’ serotonin and dopamine—result in heightened climax.