The Benefits of CBD for Women
The Benefits of CBD for Women
It would be difficult to not have heard the word CBD uttered in recent months. And for good reason. Not only is the world of CBD and medical marijuana a fast changing one in terms of its legality, it is also changing the world medically. With the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada, and hundreds of claims about different ailments that the compounds found in the cannabis plant can help you with, there is growing interest and we are still only really scratching the surface with its health benefits.
Of course, there are many health benefits of CBD for everyone, but there are also specific benefits of CBD for women. So, what is CBD and what can it do for you?
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is a compound that is found in the marijuana plant. There are over 100 of these compounds, many of which have not even been detected yet. CBD is one of the compounds which can interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body, having an effect on various aspects of the body.
The plant has another compound which is psychoactive and will give you the `high` associated to marijuana. This is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and as long as this is at a low level, you will feel no high at all.
Over the years, medical marijuana producers have created cannabis plants which have low levels of THC and higher levels of CBD to enable people to enjoy the benefits of CBD but without feeling ‘stoned’ or having to buy and consume it illegally (as is the law in many countries). This is what’s known as hemp, medical marijuana or medical cannabis.
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is a relatively newly discovered system in our bodies (and is a system in itself, just like the nervous or digestive systems). It is the system which is responsible for homeostasis – maintaining balance in your body and dealing with inflammation.
When CBD is consumed it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors and can help to reduce some of the symptoms of a number of health issues.
The Health Benefits of CBD
Whilst it is important to remember that medical research is ongoing, it is widely believed that there are numerous health benefits of CBD to everyone.
Some of these include:
- Reduction in depression and anxiety
- Help with sleeping
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Reduction in joint and muscle pain
- Inflammation illnesses
As scientists continue to look at CBD and the other compounds in the plant, more benefits are being discovered all the time.
CBD for Women
There are some ailments which are more specific to women – often centred around the reproductive system and others which are more common in women – which can often be helped with CBD.
So, how can CBD help women in particular?
Anxiety, Depression and CBD
According to the AADA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), anxiety and depression is almost twice as common in women than men. This makes it an issue for women in particular, and even more important that women are aware of the help that CBD can give to those suffering with these issues. CBD can be especially effective with anxiety, and women can really reap the benefits to improve their quality of life.
Menstruation and CBD
For many women, menstruation can bring about one or both of two issues – period pains and psychological problems (such as sadness and irritability). CBD can help to relieve both of these. There is a particular concentration of endocannabinoid receptors around the uterus, and the inflammatory properties of the CBD can help to lessen inflammation in that area, soothing stomach cramps or period pain.
As explained above, CBD can also help with anxiety, sadness and irritability, and help to lift your mood without giving you a ‘high’.
Menopause and CBD
One of the biggest issues for women who are going through the menopause is low mood, anxiety and problems with concentration. As stated above, CBD can be helpful for those who are suffering these symptoms. It can also help people who are having trouble with sleeping, which is another symptom of the menopause.
Auto-Immune Diseases and CBD
Whilst auto-immune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis affect both males and females, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, 75% of those who suffer from auto-immune diseases are women. Many of these illnesses are related to inflammation and so the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can be particularly useful.
Skin, Hair and CBD
Although good skin and hair health is important to men and women, this doesn’t mean that it is not important to a lot of women. CBD can help to reduce inflammation, calm sebaceous glands (which can cause acne and other skin problems if overactive) and boost keratin production in the hair, meaning clearer skin and stronger, softer hair.
Cancer and CBD
There is increasing research showing that CBD can be effective during the treatment of cancer. Cancers such as breast cancer are usually fought using a combination of treatments, and although there is some evidence to suggest that CBD can help in the actual fighting of the cancer, it is definitely very effective in helping to reduce the effects of treatments like chemotherapy – such as pain, nausea and loss of appetite.
CBD Side Effects
There are no known side effects from taking pure CBD. It is important however, that when you buy a CBD product that you check that it has been tested so that you know that the information given on the packaging is accurate.
If you are taking other medications, it is also important that you consult your doctor before you start taking CBD as it can interfere with the effects of some medicines.
Although CBD can be effective for both men and women, it can be particularly effective in treating symptoms which are especially suffered by women. There is still a lot that we don’t know about CBD but as scientists gradually uncover more information about the medicinal qualities of the cannabis plant, it seems that we will be seeing more and more people experiencing the benefits.