How CBD Works - How does CBD work for perimenopause and menopause
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Our household saw first hand just how traumatic perimenopause can be.
The advice of her many doctors only made things significantly worse.
In fact, half of the suffering she went through was a result of medications they prescribed.
Here's the standard reply from the medical community.
"Here's your Lexapro, Blood Pressure meds, and Sleeping pills".
I won't get into the roller coaster we were put on but it all culminated in 3 days without sleep, yet another ER visit, and a bad anti-nausea drug that interacted with her Lexapro to nearly send her into a psychotic break.
We're only now getting over the anger.
We had to learn on our own, eventually finding a naturopath who actually looked to get to the root of what's going on.
Even with her, there are things we've learned more in-depth and that's just the way things are now.
You have to be your own advocate in today's healthcare.
In highsight...and believe me...there's a debris field of hindsight in 2017, it's all so simple.
It boils down to three things:
We'll explore these three based on everything we found.
Also, try to find a good doctor who knows her stuff.
Unlike my wife's OBGyn who's recommendation??
A full hysterectomy!!
I kid you not.
If you want to jump to the safety screened CBD brands by cost, go here:
Otherwise, prepare to be enthralled by the change that is perimenopause.
We promise it will be easy.
Easier than waking up with night sweats and racing hearts for NO reason!!
Jump to any section here:
Let's get into it.
We only have 4 years (average length of perimenopause).
Okay...not funny...but if you don't laugh, you'll cry.
Simply put, perimenopause is a transition of hormone levels!
Yes, we're going from having periods and being able to produce eggs to menopause, where the period ends.
But the "transition" is one of hormones.
Hormones are so powerful in the body!
Just look at the chaos brought on by the other transition, puberty!
Not on our worst enemies!
Anyway, the three key hormones in flux are:
This change is really what drives the train and also the symptoms.
We'll get into them later.
The problem is that there can be some really nasty symptoms.
Let's take a look at those.
Interestingly, we found that women don't really talk to each other about perimenopause or what they went through.
Mothers don't tell daughters.
There are lots of women suffering out there...in silence!
The common symptoms are:
The possible symptoms and severity are as varied as the women that have them.
At the root of most of these changes is a hormonal shift.
We'll get into that below.
The average age to start perimenopause is in the mid 40's.
Similar to what we're seeing with puberty.
Female hormones actually start to decrease in our mid 30's but the the early perimenopause speaks to something else.
The sea of hormone mimicking and disrupting chemicals that our bodies are inundated with.
Again, perimenopause is a transition primarily of hormones so let's really get into that.
As a baseline, a woman should get her hormone panel done annually...
And starting early!!
To find a baseline.
Basically, when you're feeling great!
Establish what those levels are.
Also, make sure to get the full panel!
There are three estrogens...not just one!
The Dutch Test is the gold standard.
My wife and I had to learn the hard way just how important hormones are in the body.
Forget about the whole fertility need...how about just feeling great!
That's just a sampling.
Maybe most importantly, progesterone protects the brain!
There's a great overview of just how important progesterone is in ways that have nothing to do with fertility!
This was after another doctor put her on progestrin, a synthetic hormone (essentially birth control) that has none of the protective features but actually causes more issues.
You can learn all about the difference between bioidentical progesterone and synthetic progestrin here:
Required reading since you're bound to run into a doctor who is ill-informed.
Great thing to say to a woman in the throes of anxiety from perimenopause (again...anger).
So progesterone. Check
Again, we want to look at estrogen for all its attributes that have nothing to do with fertility.
It's SO much more!
Estrogen is another hormone intimately tied to entire systems in the body!
Estrogen gets a bad rap based on a troubled history and lack of information
Millions of women were warned by their doctors and they came off of estrogen.
The amount of suffering that this one act causes is incalculable.
It's STILL affecting millions of women now!
As estrogen decreases in a woman's body, the effects are horrifying.
Let's look at the symptom of low estrogen and casually compare them to perimenopause syptoms:
Um..did I just copy/paste the same symptoms from perimenopause above??
You can see that perimenopause IS hormones dropping.
There's a ratio between progesterone that's important but you'll likely need both.
You can also see how your body metabolizes estrogen which is very important.
These hormones are NOT just about having babies.
They are about feeling well and aging even better!
Let's look at one more.
Many women think testosterone is the "guy's" hormone but it's incredibly important to women as well.
A recent study found that testosterone levels are tied to sense of well-being and confidence in outcomes.
The dutch test will determine where your hormone level is for this as well.
As for my wife...
For a few months, it was really really bad.
We almost didn't make it out.
But we did!
She is 99% there and the other 1% is the residual trauma from the medication's effects.
You have estrogen receptors in the ligaments of your feet!!
Oh...and my wife suddenly got Plantar Fasciitis.
So what does all this have to do with CBD?
Let's go there!
Hormones are made by the endocrine system.
There just happens to be a system right above it which is in charge of balancing hormones.
That's the endocannabinoid system.
We all have one running through our bodies with naturally made endocannabinoids (such as Anandamide and 2-AG).
Here's a quick image of the system's interactions within the body (growing by the day):
Since perimenopause and it's symptoms are primarily a function of hormones as described above, a health endocannabinoid system is a good place to start.
Interestingly, there's also a tie between progesterone and the endocannabinoid system:
Stay with us here...we promise it's worth your focus....
Since estrogen and progesterone are both dropping due to age from about in the mid 30's until perimenopause, we would love to see research on the impact of this reduction and the proper functioning on the endocannabinoid system.
For example, the vast majority of people diagnosed with an autoimmune disease are women...
And get this...
Over age 40!
That speaks to a hormonal tie (female) and a possibly a change in hormones (over age 40).
Autoimmune diseases are seeing a great deal of interest in terms of CBD.
Check out the research on CBD and autoimmune here.
It's pretty ridiculous.
In fact, interruption of the endocannabinoid system is being connected to early menopause.
We've discussed in detail all the environmental actors that are affecting women's hormone systems:
If you're not convinced...
Let's look at a very specific trait of perimenopause...temperature regulation.
Hot flashes. Night sweats.
Let us introduce Anandamide.
Yes, it's your natural endocannabinoid.
The largest one by volume in your body.
You guessed it!
Let's look at that now for perimenopause.
Let's go right through the laundry list of perimenopause symptoms we're hoping to get relief from.
This is one of the main reasons women search for, find, and use CBD.
This is all a function of CBD's ability to help stabilize mood.
The go-to response to most women walking into their doctor with perimenopause related anxiety or depression is an SSRI.
It's like candy for the doctors.
They don't always tell you the side effects or just how excruciating it can be to come off of them.
I've seen it first hand.
That wasn't mentioned when the doctor gave us the prescription.
Look...work with a good doctor but learn about CBD at the page above.
We mentioned above how Anandamide, your largest endocannabinoid, is in charge of the thermostat.
They actually found this out while researching psychotic behavior.
Anandamide is called the "bliss" chemical for it's calming feeling.
As we mentioned before, we've written extensively on CBD's effects for all the perimenopause symptoms (coincidence??).
Sleep quality or Insomnia is no different.
You can check out the CBD and sleep article here.
It appears to be three fold
Keep in mind that your body temperature has to drop a few degrees to even enter sound sleep at night.
If your thermostat is off, that's never going to happen!
The two go hand in hand.
You just found the 3rd most popular reason that women use CBD.
Anxiety and Insomnia being the other two.
Hmmm...all are major symptoms of perimenopause.
It also acts as a smooth muscle relaxant and helps to balance the hormones (prostaglandins) that lead to:
Check out the CBD and Pain page for research and detail.
Women need to look at hormone levels and consider bioidentical progesterone, estradiol, and testosterone.
Secondly, CBD may be a useful ally during this stage of transition.
More importantly, it can aid a woman's body to remain healthy and vibrant.
These are are vital at any age!
You can check out the CBD for Women article here.
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