It is without a doubt that women can benefit from cannabis consumption in many ways. It is also undeniable that there are many things that women endure during their lives in which marijuana can play a large factor in providing relief from such as menstrual cycles, PMS, cramps and the many other great things that come along with being a female. Many women have even chosen to medicate with cannabis to treat morning sickness during pregnancy. There is one time in every woman’s life though that cannabis can be very beneficial and that is during menopause.
It’s More Than Just Physical Changes and Side Effects
During this time, many things change, and many side effects are experienced. Many people believe that these changes and side effects are only physical. However, there are a lot of mental and psychological aspects that are also involved with menopause. To truly be able to understand how cannabis can help a woman during menopause you must first understand what menopause is. Not only must you know what it is you must know the key things that change within the woman’s anatomy during this time as well as the side effects that occur.
What Menopause Is
Menopause can best be defined as the time in a woman’s life in which her reproductive cycle changes and she is no longer able to reproduce. This is a result of a reduction in estrogen and progesterone produced by the ovaries. During menopause is when a woman’s menstrual cycles also come to an end. Essentially it is the end of a woman’s fertility. Menopause typically occurs in a woman between the ages of 40 and 61. Menopause is not something that happens overnight. In fact, it can last for several years, and there are a few different stages of menopause. The average age in which women will have her last menstrual cycle is 51 years old.
Causes of Early Onset of Menopause and Common Side Effects
This is when menopause naturally occurs, but there are other factors that may cause it to happen sooner. Some of these factors include surgically induced menopause (bilateral oophorectomy or hysterectomy), chemotherapy treatment, genetics, autoimmune diseases and genetics.No matter how menopause comes about it will bring upon side effects that are not experienced when a woman is having her menstrual cycle on a regular basis. Side effects of menopause include night sweats, hot flashes, lack of sex drive, discomfort during sex, and much more. All the way from the anxiety and depression to insomnia and hot flashes that occur during menopause, cannabis can help.
A Few Ways Cannabis Can Help
So now that we have a general idea of what menopause is let’s look at how marijuana can help during this inevitable time in a woman’s life.
- Mood swings– Let’s face it, weed makes people happy! It only makes sense that it would be a great medication for women suffering from mood swings or irritability during menopause.
- Weight gain– Science has proven that cannabis consumer maintains a lower average BMI (Body Mass Index) in comparison to those who do not consume cannabis on a regular basis. There is also a brand of cannabis launching soon in major markets that are specially formulated NOT to give you the munchies like most strains on the market today. This brand will be known as Skinny Girl Weed, and it will be brought to you by Bethenny Frankel who is also who we have to thank for Skinny Girl Cocktails!
- Night Sweats and Hot Flashes– Studies have shown that marijuana consumption will naturally boost the serotonin levels within the human body, and it will also cause the endocannabinoid to work more efficiently. Both of these factors can help in the reduction of hot flashes and their severity. These factors can also help to reduce anxiety that is commonly experienced during this time. Some individuals believe that cannabis consumption also lowers the body temperature, but there have been no significant studies conducted thus far.
- Decreased Sex Drive– Many cannabis consumers claim that marijuana increases their sex drives. There are even specific cannabis products that can be purchased that are formulated to increase the libido in women. These cannabis strains have the perfect brand name, Sexxpot!
- Discomfort during sex– Aside from cannabis flowers for smoking or oils for vaping there are many other cannabis products on the market today including cannabis-based sexual lubricants that can help relieve the primary cause of discomfort during sex, dryness. One of those products is a personal lubricant formulated to increase female excitement named Foria.
Research and What We Know Thus Far
While there is not a lot of research surrounding cannabis and menopause due to the prohibition of marijuana around the world, based on what we do know, the endocannabinoid system plays a huge part in menopause and the side effects that occur. Estrogen levels are directly related to the endocannabinoid levels in a woman’s body. Ironically both endocannabinoid and estrogen levels peak during ovulation. When ovulation does not occur (such as during menopause), side effects such as ones listed above can occur. Estrogen is also responsible for regulating FAAH (Fatty Acid Amind Hydrolase) which is the enzyme that correlates with the endocannabinoid Anandamide and helps to control endocannabinoid levels within the body.
A Healthy Endocannabinoid System is Key
Based on the research that we do have, we know that Anandamide plays a large role in egg maturity and the release that happens during a menstrual cycle. This means that a deficient endocannabinoid system could cause early onset of menopause. Anxiety and depression are very common in women who are going through menopause. Again ironically the endocannabinoid system comes into play. The regulation of emotional response, as well as relief from depression and anxiety, occurs when estrogen signals the endocannabinoid system to function optimally.
During menopause estrogen levels are lowered naturally within the body which leads to a less stimulated endocannabinoid system that results in a weakened ability to elevate mood or to respond to stress triggers. Consuming cannabis helps to keep the endocannabinoid system functioning at an optimal level. So to me, it is only sensible to think that you should nurture this system even more during menopause. Choosing cannabis during menopause has helped thousands of women for hundreds of years, and chances are it can also help you!
Article by Ashley Priest of Marijuana Writers
It helps my mental state. Without cannabis I would probably be in mental institution.
We couldn’t agree with you more! 🙂
Love the info on menopause
Thanks Deasora! We strive to help bring information and education to the masses surrounding this miraculous plant!
Would CBD from hemp do the same? The only thing I notice when consuming the CBD oil from hemp is that is makes me have bad bloating. I wonder if a suppository would work better for something like this. I purchase Charlotte’s Web from Stanley Brothers.
CBD is a great compound but is not effective by itself. CBD from hemp is different than CBD from cannabis. The active parts per million are extremely different in measurement. CBD only laws are harming people across the nation by denying them the true medicinal benefit from cannabis. Whole plant therapy is where its at. CBD when combined with a low dose THC for those who do not want to experience a buzz or psychoactive effect works best. Cannabis base suppositories are relatively new, I know there is research solidifying their effectiveness with Crohn’s disease but I’m not 100% sure about their effectiveness with menopause. I will look into this. Thanks for reading and sharing this article.
it helped my night sweats and hot flashes from my hysterectomy 3 yrs ago i hardly have them at all im a daily smoker
That is wonderful to hear! Are there any tips you would like to share with others who are looking to utilize cannabis to combat the symptoms/side effects of menopause? Thanks Diane!
Hello. Any suggestions re any particular strains, products…? Fortunately I am in CA there are options here. I agree 100% with the whole plant is the only true rationale. Thanks
Thanks for reaching out. We have not had any personal experience in utilizing cannabis to help combat the symptoms of menopause. However, we have heard many testimonials and have also done some research on the topic more in depth to help us address your question. Here is an overview of what we have found through our research and what seems to have worked well for many!
– Teas, Topicals, and Edibles – A combination of these three consumption methods seems to help with the overall barrage of side effects from hot flashes to mood swings and everything in between.
– Strains with an equal balance of CBD/THC are best for vaping/smoking and for making tea, topicals and edibles with! You can find a list of 1:1 CBD:THC strains here.
We hope that this information helps!
Im 56 years old, suffered through peri menopause and menopause for years. I’ve been microdosing cannabis oil for 18 months. Within a week after starting, ALL symptoms of menopause STOPPED. The headaches, the hot flashes, the irritability, the emotional outbursts. GONE. Without dieting I have lost 30 pounds. It’s crazy, but true! I will do everything I possibly can to never be without this medicine the rest of my life.