How CBD Works - How does CBD work for Women
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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!
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.
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.
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.
It’s a recipe for disaster.
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:
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!).
Right now, were going to focus on women (for a change!)
Are there certain brands or types of CBD that women should focus on?
Here, the same rules apply to men.
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.
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!
Here’s what every woman should focus on:
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!
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.
Now…let’s get into some specific topics close to women’s hearts (and bodies!)
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.
This can be very common!
Check out the full spectrum versus isolate page.
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.
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!
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.
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:
The biggest lesson learned from our roller coaster ride through perimenopause was this..
Hormones are ridiculously important!
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).
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.
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.
This is probably our favorite section.
The medications prescribed are generally habit-forming with a slew of bad side effects such as…
Anxiety and Depression!
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.
It’s a lengthy (and wordy) summary of many studies but the summary is this…
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.
There’s no guesswork there.
And furthermore for depression and other mental health issues, more here:
Key items for the report:
If making new neurons and connections is on your list of things to do, we may be able to check that one off!
It’s important enough that we have an entire article on CBD and neurogenesis here.
For OCD, they are just starting to investigate CBD’s potential.
Some initial results look promising:
OCD is now thought to be due to a lack of GABA in the brain and if CBD helps to balance neurotransmitters, that would make sense!
Find out if CBD can help with OCD here.
Inflammation really is our enemy…when it’s in excess.
It’s a sign that the immune system is overworking outside of when we’re sick.
It’s a slow-moving sickness in terms of what the immune system is doing.
An interesting article even pointed to the possibility that women are more susceptible to negative impacts from inflammation.
Results can run from depression to pain to a host of health issues.
So..it’s important to keep excess inflammation at bay!
Cue the CBD!
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties but a study highlights just one aspect of how this works specifically.
First, as expected, we do have CBD receptors in the skin!
That’s the first step.
There are only 4 ways a woman’s body interacts with the outside world and all the nasty stuff we mentioned above:
The skin is our largest organ.
Women are under assault there.
Look at the ingredients in some of those.
Then google some of the longer, scarier sounding ones.
They disrupt hormones. They can be cancer-causing.
We’re just not as smart as we think we are with chemistry.
We know that CBD impacts the endocannabinoid system which helps to balance hormones, offsets inflammation, and more.
We can see this pretty quickly.
Let’s look at just one example using CBD topically for psoriasis (an autoimmune disease of the skin).
It’s pretty amazing to watch.
We have a full article on CBD for psoriasis with a great deal of research.
Beyond disease (acne, skin patches, etc), there’s general health and look of skin that’s attracting attention.
We want to see if future research shows more effect for full spectrum on the skin due to the strong Omega acid profile in the hemp plant itself.
The anti-inflammatory effect is equally powerful since the skin is basically under attack 24/7.
We’ll cover in more detail with our CBD and Skin article.
It goes without saying that fibromyalgia is a woman’s disease primarily.
Let’s take our whole premise of system-wide inflammation and toxin onslaught…
And apply it to the nervous system!
Both central and peripheral.
Pain is a response felt in the body but mediated in the nervous system.
Now bring in CBD.
We’ve spoken in detail on CBD’s anti-inflammatory and detoxing effects above.
What do we see in terms of fibromyalgia?
First, it’s effects on pain:
The studies are just getting underway but already some positive results.
Such as blocking pain mechanism in migraines and fibromyalgia:
Find out all about CBD and migraines here!
Again…this is one of those conditions where we can quickly see if CBD works for a given person.
Studies are great, but not hurting is better!
You can access the product page here but tincture is probably the best “first approach” and use dosage estimates here as a starting place:
We need (and will have) an entire article on obesity and CBD in women specifically.
Let’s look at early research.
First CBD, appears to reduce appetite in animal models (where THC and CBG increases it)
Moreover, the endocannabinoid system appears to balance the energy usage system which is important for both Obesity and Diabetes.
A new theory is that our endocannabinoid system goes off tilt and obesity is one of many results.
Speaking of diabetes in women, more research points to the following:
There’s even evidence of CBD turning more fat into the much sought after “brown fat” which burns calories.
More to follow at our CBD and Weight page here.
Unfortunately, women are seriously impacted by addiction to alcohol, opioids, and other habit forming drugs.
There’s finally a full-blown study into the use of CBD for addiction since it already has shown positive effects on withdrawal and motivation.
A second limited case study is here:
Much more research needs to be done.
Dopamine is just another neurotransmitter and as we mentioned above, the current theory is that CBD is a master regulator of the body’s other systems (including neurotransmitters).
We have created an entire page for CBD and Addition.
The effects of CBD on heart health are coming fast and furious!
First, it’s anti-inflammatory.
CBD is also calming and has an anti-anxiety effect in the body.
Mood health IS heart health.
Anxiety, depression, and OCD take a toll on the heart via increased blood pressure, heart rate, and rhythm issues.
CBD is also a vasodilator (expands arteries and veins).
It opens up the system!
A single dose of CBD dropped blood pressure in a randomized group:
We’ll continue to monitor cardiovascular-related studies on CBD.
We’re saving the best (or worst if not treated) for last on women’s list of things that are driving them crazy!
Especially as women get older.
Many things can disturb sleep.
It requires a precise dance of hormones (melatonin, cortisol, GABA).
We’ve mentioned that CBD helps to balance hormones.
It requires an absence of stress, worry, anxiety, and depression!
CBD shows amazing progress on all these fronts.
The alternatives out there for sleep can be really bad:
Bad stuff to use routinely.
CBD has shown none of these issues.
One note…CBD by itself is generally not sedative.
That being said, millions of women swear by it for sleep.
Again, in a few days (or nights), we can quickly tell if it’s working.
Right now, they’re studying specifically with sleep in other diseases such as Parkinson’s:
We have an entire article on the research supporting CBD for sleep.
Finally, how our family stumbled on to CBD.
It hit my wife like a brick wall.
We wrote an entire article on CBD and perimenopause here but a quick lay of the land.
Some women skate through.
But many don’t!
They just don’t talk about it (which drives us crazy).
Perimenopause can show itself with many of the symptoms above:
And much more
To take the patterns – the ebbs and flows that a woman’s body has known for 3 decades and turn it upside out is INCREDIBLY disruptive to ALL system.
CBD can help with this transition.
Pick your ailment up above which can result from perimenopause and act accordingly.
As for hot flashes…CBD can help to regulate body temperature!
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“I was lost…there’s so many CBD products out there. Thank you for making this all make sense!”
“I literally lay down and I’m out. I wake one to use the bathroom and them I’m out again til morning. I almost NEVER am able to sleep like that! It’s pretty awesome”
“I feel like my body is oddly more flexible in the gym if that makes sense. I do notice that I sleep deeper.”
“CBD is the only way I get through the night. It’s been a life-saver for me. Thank you for the research!”
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“I love the comparison! It’s impossible to figure out what’s being offered and for how much. Thank you so much! I’ll make sure to send my CBD story to you!”
“I had no idea how important the lab results were with CBD. I won’t touch it without first seeing what’s in there now.”
“I was spending sooo much energy fighting off negative thoughts before CBD. I have so much more energy now.”
“Thank you so much for your marvelous work. I’ve told all my family members to check out the how it works page. Simple enough for even me to understand!”