There are many common benefits of CBD for women that treat ailments like stress, pain, anxiety and inflammation. However, you might be surprised by some of the lesser known benefits like better sex, PMS relief, hormonal balance, and menopause support.
It’s not a secret that being a woman comes with gender specific health conditions and cyclical changes that our male counterparts don’t have to deal with (lucky them!)
With so many artificial products and medicines out there messing with our body chemistry, many women are searching for a more natural solution to combat disease, support their health and provide relief.
First things first: What is CBD?
CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in hemp strains of the Cannabis plant that can be extracted as an oil from the flowers and leaves. It is a lesser known cannabinoid than it’s cousin THC, which creates the mind altering effects that the cannabis plant is known for. Each Cannabinoid is different, but each is a chemical compounds that interacts with your biological processes to produce a desired effect on the body.
One of the great health benefits of CBD oil (or hemp oil) is that, unlike THC, you get all the therapeutic benefits without the “high” typically associated with the marijuana plant.
What happens if you take CBD everyday?
The effects of CBD are best realized when taking it everyday. Like any supplement, giving it time to compound only enhances the benefits.
1) Sex, CBD and setting the mood
Does CBD help sexually?
Will CBD help you get your groove back? Surveys and studies say that cannabis consumers (and particularly women) aren’t just having more sex, they are having better sex. A 2018 Stanford study revealed that regular users have 20% more sex than their counterparts!
Research shows that CBD specifically can help women decrease inhibitions, enhance sensation, as well as reduce pain in the bedroom. So is it magic or science? Since CBD is aimed at dilating our blood vessels, which allows fresh oxygenated blood to flow, it’s associated with increased stimulation and arousal.
The cannabinoid receptors are responsible for libido and the ability for women to orgasm are found right in our reproductive tract. CBD binds with these receptors and the products help to enhance pleasures and ability to reach orgasm.
As more research is being done on the correlation between CBD and women’s health- we say keep experimenting!
Best ways to use CBD for better sex:
-One of the benefits of CBD oil is to help arousal and/or relieve any issues with discomfort you may have during sex by taking a serving of CBD oil 30 minutes before you’re likely to get down and dirty
-Try a CBD Vape to get fresh oxygenated blood to flow quickly and work like an aphrodisiac.
2) Menstrual Periods and PMS
Does CBD help with periods?
With the help of products like CBD oil, gummies, capsules and creams, more women are finding relief from the dreaded PMS symptoms of their periods. From period cramps, backaches to headaches, the symptoms aren’t pleasant and we don’t always want to reach for traditional medicines.
Because CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, it is an amazing natural way to not only treat pain, but prevent it from occurring in the first place.
How does CBD work to alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms?
An enzyme (COX-2), is responsible for prostaglandin production in the human body. CBD oil inhibits COX-2 and can lower the level of COX-2 that women produce, thereby reducing the side effects (PMS) you might experience from your period. Another added bonus is that by balancing our serotonin levels, we can promote a happier, healthier positive mood instead of the mood swings we may be accustomed to.
Best ways to use CBD for Menstrual Cramps and other PMS Symptoms:
- Use a bath bomb like May Flowers’ infused with 25mg of CBD in a warm tub of water and let the heat from the bath combined with the CBD work for you.
- Massage the area experiencing pain with May Flowers’ Moisturizing Cream which doubles as a targeted relief cream. Follow with applying heat to help ease discomfort.
- Double the health benefits and satisfy your sweet tooth (since most of us are craving it during this time anyway!) and find pain relief with a 10mg yummy gummy.
3. Hormonal Balance
Why Hormonal balance matters
Levels of hormones naturally fluctuate in our bodies depending on whether it’s day or night, and what stage of our life we’re in, i.e, pregnancy, teenage years, menopause.
Hormones can also become imbalanced throughout any stage of life as we experience changes. These imbalances when sustained, can be part of the driving force behind chronic disease. One of the major challenges in today’s modern world is the impact of environmental toxicity whether it be chemicals and pesticides in our food or the overuse of plastic- they all mess with the endocrine system.
Does CBD oil help balance hormones?
For women specifically, CBD can help our hormones (which play a major role in our bodies) regulate metabolism, reproduction, and emotions. Studies and research conducted on the hemp plant confirms a link between the endocannabinoid system and endocrine processes. This is an important link for our health because CBD interacts with and nourishes the ECS system so that it can work more effectively to balance our hormones.
Best ways to use CBD for Hormonal Balance
Use CBD Oil drops or capsules daily, like you would any supplements, to help alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Like with any supplement, consistency is key.
4. Skin and Acne
How can CBD help my skin?
With the legalization of marijuana, cannabis-based products are in the spotlight, and CBD based products are gaining in popularity. It’s no wonder why: in addition to its calming properties, CBD has been shown to relieve common skin issues by reducing inflammation and boosting nutrients.
Benefits to skin also include powerful antioxidants and anti inflammatory agents that can help treat conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. One of the great things about CBD for women is that you can use it orally or topically- and when used topically for skincare it can have powerful effects.
A lab study found that CBD prevented sebocytes from overproducing sebum in addition to preventing inflammatory cytokines from activating. This means it can help regulate the skin’s oil production and effectively reduce breakouts associated with acne as well.
Even if you don’t struggle with any particular skin issues, it’s still considered a powerful plant-powered moisturizer. Phytocannabinoids are rich in skin-rejuvenating fats and proteins for ultimate hydration.
Best ways to use CBD oil or cream for skin health
- Use CBD oil or cream as needed as a daily moisturizer or apply directly to troublesome areas.
- Make a DIY body or face CBD oil. Mix 2 full droppers (90mg) of Extra Strength CBD oil (1350mg) from your tincture into a ¼ cup carrier oil like Organic Olive oil, Jajoba Oil, or fractionated Coconut oil and apply to desired area as a face or body oil.
When it comes to women’s health, studies are being conducted on the health benefits of CBD as it related to menopause. Menopause is a time for women where the most important hormones in our bodies fluctuate causing an uncomfortable transition affecting our overall wellness.
Common issues and symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, hot flashes, and insomnia can be alleviated by CBD as it is regulated by the endocannabinoid system. This system plays a key role in balancing a women’s hormones which is responsible for menopause’s dreaded symptoms.
Can CBD help Menopause symptoms?
As CBD becomes a more common natural alternative to hormone therapies, more and more studies are being conducted to research the effects of CBD and these common symptoms of menopause.
The results of a recent 2020 study found evidence that CBD could help relieve chronic pain, improve sleep, and reduce inflammation. A 2014 study on animal models found CBD can reduce the effects of depression and anxiety often accompanied by menopause.
Best ways to use CBD for Menopause:
- Use a bath bomb like May Flowers’ infused with 25mg of CBD in a warm tub of water and let the heat from the bath combined with the CBD help reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Take CBD Oil or Capsules orally for targeted relief to the stress and anxiety associated with menopause. Our CBD Softgels for Sleep are specially formulated with Melatonin to help with more severe cases of sleeplessness.
- A CBD oil or cream can be used directly on the body to target aches and pains associated with the hormonal changes.
There is ongoing and promising research on the benefits of CBD oil and topicals when it comes to women’s health. If you’re unsure, consult with your doctor first, and test it out for yourself!
This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. We encourage you to always seek the advice of a physician, psychologist or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a possible medical condition. Please do not disregard or delay treatment from a professional because of something you have read on this blog.
Written by co-founder Jenn Tomina.