CBD Research - How CBD Works for Women
CBD FOR WOMEN – TIME TO LOOK AFTER SELF FOR A CHANGE
Just last year, my wife was hit (literally) by perimenopause.
The floor dropped out on her health and our home in general.
Suddenly, the rock of our family was crumbling and we're only now coming out of it!
What we learned during this year-long process is that the medical community doesn't really know much about how to treat women.
Their first response is to throw Lexapro and BP/heart medications at women.
Multiple doctors and the same, old tired response.
Never really thought about how rough those meds might be on her!
We came out of the process a bit angry.
Women were really getting short shrift in our opinions.
There's so little time spent on hormones in medical school.
Or basic nutrition.
Maybe they just don't have time in today's world to get to root issues.
Whatever the reason, we were upset and had to learn about women's health on our own.
We found out lots along the way but CBD really stood out.
The more we learned about it, the more excited we became!
Women's bodies are incredibly complex and under assault from the modern lifestyle:
It's too much!
CBD can be great for women.
If you're like, "Enough...I just need some relief", you can jump right to the CBD product page.
Otherwise, you can jump to any topic here:
Like we said...complicated!
Let's get to it.
CBD And A Woman's Body
Women share many of the same issues that men do in terms of health but with a whole layer of complexity on top of that.
CBD is very exciting for women's health since this level of complexity is intimately tied to the interaction of hormones.
We take for granted just how much has to go right for progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone to work together.
Now...throw into the mix lots of chemicals that mimic, block, or generally affect hormone levels.
It's a recipe for disaster.
- That sunblock you're lathering on...potential hormone blocker (go with Badger Zinc instead).
- That Starbucks plastic cup.
- That lining to the diet coke can.
- That fire retardant in our bloodstream (and umbilical cord blood as well).
- How about the hormones and antibiotics given to animals in our food supply.
- What about the glyphosate we all have in our bodies from corn, soy, and wheat pesticides.
This is a small smattering out of 1000's of chemicals that can play havoc on a woman's body.
Like we said before, women's hormone "choreography"� is so much more intricate.
Men are doing the two-step.
Women are performing Swan Lake. Every working hour (not to mention monthly cycles of change)..
Let's introduce CBD now.
The master Choreographer!
We can drill down into specific systems in the woman's body (which we'll do below) but at the top level...
CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to normalize different systems in a women's body:
- Nervous system (central and peripheral) – think neurotransmitters, mood, drive, etc
- Endocrine system (hormones – did we mention how important they are??)
- Immune system (think of autoimmune diseases, arthritis, maybe even dementia!)
- Cardiovascular system (heart, arteries, and veins)
Those are some of the big ones.
A quick look at how this system works:
Research is finding all sorts of ways that this system balances out these various systems.
This system is present in every women's body already but it may be over-taxed by the sheer workload from the toxins and disrupters we mentioned above.
Maybe we're just not as smart as we think we are in terms of chemicals used daily.
And women are bearing the brunt of it (add to the list!).
You can learn how CBD works in the body here or more in the CBD beginner's guide.
Right now, were going to focus on women (for a change!)
Best CBD For Women
Are there certain brands or types of CBD that women should focus on?
Best CBD brands for women
Here, the same rules apply to men.
We want the best quality CBD with no other nasty additives
Remember, a woman's body is already under assault from environmental factors.
Let's not add pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, and the like to it!
Here's our CBD comparison for women:
You can also check out the CBD Product Guide for invaluable information.
Types Of CBD Products For Women
There are a few different products available for women but don't fall for "slick marketing"�.
Just because a product is called "Just for Her"� doesn't mean it's better.
CBD is not gender-specific!
In the end, we want the cleanest CBD isolate (or full-spectrum...more on that below) at the best price.
Here's what every woman should focus on:
- 3rd Party Testing
- No solvents, pesticides, bacteria, mold, or contaminants
- Best value for longer-term use
- Organically grown
- Verified level of CBD in product
We screen for all these elements here:
That being said, there are some considerations specific to women's health.
Some women have more sensitive systems in terms of the gut and allergic reactions.
CBD isolate might be a better introduction to CBD for them than the full spectrum.
Topical balms or patches can also help to avoid more of the digestive processing of CBD.
The vape pen bypasses this as well but we still want more data on safety there.
Here are some general guidelines for the way CBD can be taken in:
You can see all the products here for the screened brands:
One note...the hemp plant (which CBD is derived from) can be mineral and even nutrient-rich.
Make sure to learn all about the nutrition requirements for a healthy women's body!
- B Complex
- Vitamin D
- Trace Minerals
A good percentage of women have an MTHFR or MTRR gene variant which means they might not absorb Vitamin B12 or Folate well.
Check that out at 23andMe.com first!
If you're not "methylating" well, that's a huge issue for your entire body!
Hemp oil can have a pretty rich mineral and nutrient content.
We've even seen accounts of too much magnesium (hemp oil, magnesium baths, and magnesium supplements) causing stomach issues!
Now...let's get into some specific topics close to women's hearts (and bodies!)
Full Spectrum Or Isolate For Women
It's estimated that roughly 30-40% of the population has a histamine problem. (Check out CBD and Histamines here for info)
Interestingly, women are higher on this scale and even higher if over the age of 40!
This is an important issue that none of the other websites really touch on.
We would hate for women to miss out on the benefits of CBD due to the botanicals found in full-spectrum not agreeing with them.
This can be very common!
Check out the full spectrum versus isolate page.
Our recommendation...start with CBD isolate, see how your system likes it, and then move to full spectrum.
CBD For Immune In Women
Women are hit hard by autoimmune diseases:
And the list goes on and on.
Basically, for every organ or system in the body, there's a disease resulting in the immune system going haywire and attacking it.
80% of all cases are women!
Think about that.
That's a crazy statistic.
So...how does CBD come into the picture.
The researchers are just beginning to peel back the cover and some initial research has been very exciting!
We'll add them to our page on CBD and autoimmune shortly but the two results that we love!
- CBD helps to turn the immune response level down from T2 to T1
- CBD helps to move toxins (every day from metabolism and from the environment) across the intestinal lining and out of the body.
These are gigantic clues as to why the CBD balms have shown so much progress with psoriasis for example.
The immune system's primary residence is in the gut.
That's where your body comes into contact with all the nasty, outside things that can hurt us (bacteria, virus, toxins, poisons, etc).
By working directly in the gut, CBD calms the immune response throughout the body.
Remember our general understanding is that women's bodies are being overwhelmed by outside chemical agents.
The immune system is overworked and begins to attack everything...including us.
There's even new exciting evidence of an entire system call glicands or sugar barcodes on everything that the immune system might misread.
We've added extensive research on:
CBD and inflammation
CBD and auto-immune
CBD and the gut
CBD For Hormone Balancing In Women
The biggest lesson learned from our roller coaster ride through perimenopause was this..
Hormones are ridiculously important!
It took a few doctors to even test all three versions of estrogen
Check out just how important estrogen can be for women here.
The Dutch Test, by the way, is awesome. You may have to ask more than one doctor to get it (or an equivalent).
- Progesterone is a master hormone that has many positive (if not essential) effects within a woman's body
- Estrogen is critical for everything from hair/skin to mood normalization. You have estrogen receptors on your ligaments!! Does Plantar Fasciitis around perimenopause sound familiar?
- Testosterone is essential for sex drive, drive in general, and a general "can do" attitude.
Throw in the 80+ other hormones in the body and it's a veritable orchestra.
Now...absolutely surround a woman's body with chemicals that disrupt, mimic, and block these hormones.
- Your cosmetics. Check
- Your processed foods. Check
- Your plastic containers. Check
The endocannabinoid system is being studied primarily as a system regulator.
The endocrine system is a primary player in this orchestra.
You can learn all about CBD and our hormones here.
CBD For Anxiety, Depression, And OCD In Women
This is probably our favorite section.
A new report showed that 1 in 3 college and high school students are dealing with acute anxiety.
The medications prescribed are generally habit-forming with a slew of bad side effects such as...
Anxiety and Depression!
Just learn about CBD versus benzos or CBD versus SSRIs.
Are you kidding me?
This is crazy.
We've seen it first hand in our family.
CBD might be an absolute lifesaver here.
Yes, there is a lot of existing and ongoing research pointing to its effectiveness but here's the best part.
NIH article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/
It's a lengthy (and wordy) summary of many studies but the summary is this...
Overall, existing preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders.
There's a complete summary of CBD's benefit for anxiety here.
The good news with CBD and anxiety or depression...You'll know right away.
If you're in the middle of a panic attack or anxiety, trying 25mg (up to 300mg) of CBD will show it's effectiveness immediately!
There's no guesswork there.
And furthermore for depression and other mental health issues, more here: