CBD is the ingredient that’s making waves in the beauty and wellness space at the moment. From managing painful conditions naturally, to easing anxiety, the list of suggested uses continues to lengthen. There’s also a growing segment of products that are aimed at relieving symptoms of female-specific conditions, with period pain and menopause symptoms right at the top of the list.
We’ll cover some of the female-specific conditions that CBD can help with, as well as exciting products being developed by female-led CBD companies in the UK.
The Benefits of CBD for Women
1. Hormonal Imbalances
CBD may regulate the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol and thereby prevents a hormonal imbalance. When you use broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD, you can also access the hormone-regulating benefits of omega fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acid.
2. Beauty and Skincare
CBD is a popular ingredient in many beauty and skincare products. One of the benefits that it offers is the ability to help suppress acne breakouts as it regulates oil produced by the sebaceous glands. In addition, CBD lowers skin inflammation to improve the health of the skin as well as offering anti-ageing benefits. Topical CBD can also improve skin rashes, eczema and psoriasis and it’s packed with hundreds of health-boosting compounds including over 100 cannabinoids, along with flavonoids, terpenes and more.
Menopause can affect your health and wellness with symptoms ranging from pain and sleeplessness to poor digestion. Unfortunately, traditional medical interventions are not always effective at resolving the symptoms. With more research being done into the positive effects of CBD on menopausal women, there is reason to get excited as help may be at hand.
A study done in 2019 found that CBD administered to women going through menopause had a success rate of over 78% for relieving anxiety-related issues and a 66% success rate for resolving signs of depression.
If you, like many others, are transitioning into menopause and suffering from sleeplessness, anxiety, mood swings and even depression, you may be considering natural alternatives to manage the accompanying symptoms. Here’s how CBD can help:
Menopause causes a number of changes to your body with symptoms including bloating, cramping and inflammation which can have a significant impact on your digestion. In fact, as many as one-third of women going through menopause struggle with irritable bowel syndrome. CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce IBS-related inflammation as well as improving digestion and reducing bloating.
Pain is a common symptom in menopausal women with more than 60% of women between the ages of 40 and 60 reporting muscle and joint pain. CBD may help reduce pain and inflammation, thereby promoting a better quality of life.
Difficulty sleep is another symptom that affects women going through menopause and is linked to stress and anxiety and hot flashes. CBD may be effective at relaxing your body and mind, allowing you to sleep better, and improve the regularity of your sleep cycles. The better you sleep, the better you function during your waking hours, which helps to regulate hormones and mood.
Anxiety and Depression
There are several studies that show how CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as depression.
CBD-infused products are also becoming more popular and are being used by women to improve their sex lives. From CBD oil for relaxation to lubricants and sprays to alleviate dryness and pain, there are a number of different options available on the market. These products aim to help libido, set the mood, relax the body and mind, ease performance anxiety and, ultimately, increase pleasure.
The standard response at that time of the month is to reach for OTC anti-inflammatories to manage the pain, but medication comes with a long list of side effects. CBD, in contrast, doesn’t have the long list of cons, but it has been shown to work in a similar way to NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
Studies are also showing that CBD may be effective in relieving the symptoms of PMS that occur before and during your period. From pain and cramps to bloating, CBD can make the monthly cycle more bearable. CBD targets the physical symptoms of PMS by improving the detoxification abilities of your liver and reducing inflammation. In addition, as we’ve covered before, it can also help to moderate your mood and improve your mental health.
Some of the best products to try include:
- CBD-infused dark chocolate (that is high in magnesium)
- CBD oil, added to your bath to soothe painful cramps and sore muscles
- Topical CBD massaged into the painful areas such as your abdomen and lower back
CBD Companies Doing Amazing Work in the Female Health Space
This UK-based female-owned brand believes that women should be able to manage their period how they want to because everyone is different. They want to empower women to put their body first, understand their hormones and focus on the whole cycle.
Our Remedy is another female-led CBD brand in the UK offering vegan CBD oil made with sustainable materials. They support Bloody Good Period, the leading Period Poverty charity.
BeYou’s product range grew from female founder Krutika Patel’s determination to alleviate period pain. The products include stress and pain-relieving options to keep period cramps and pain at bay, including relief patches as well as CBD-infused muscle balm, drops and sprays.
CBD products to try:
- Topical creams: these can fight skin inflammation, improve skin health, relax and soothe muscles and calm painful joints.
- CBD oils: an oil taken sublingually offers excellent bioavailability and may relieve anxiety and stress associated with menopause and PMS, as well as helping to stabilise hormone fluctuations and mood.
If you’ve been looking for CBD products to help with female health concerns such as PMS or menopause, have a look at the options we’ve covered above and consider supporting the brilliant female-led brands that are turning heads in the UK’s CBD space.