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Cannabis Just May Help You Get Through Menopause

Emily Robertson
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Mood swings, lack of sexual interest, bone density loss, anxiety, insomnia – cannabis may the the one-stop medicine for all of these.

Jokes about the winding down of a woman’s reproductive life abound. Menopause. The Change of Life. Mystery shrouds the inner workings of the process. People rarely discuss it, and the symptoms can be very unpleasant.

The reality is that menopause isn’t funny for women. It’s uncomfortable. And it can have unwanted side effects including muscle loss and weight gain, bone deterioration, decreased sex drive, loss of concentration, urinary incontinence, slowed metabolism, insomnia, night sweats, and sexual discomfort.

Menopause is treated like one of those things women just have to go through. A fact of life, something not worth moaning about or treating because, well, we’ve all got to face it one day. But does it have to be so dreadful?

Not necessarily. Cannabis can reduce many of the symptoms associated with menopause.

Menopause, Endocannabinoids and Estrogen

The endocannabinoid system has receptors that can be activated by cannabis, in a process called signalling. Endocannabinoid signalling is linked to estrogen levels; as estrogen levels decrease during menopause, signalling is reduced.

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Triggering endocannabinoid receptors with cannabis, then, can help treat these symptoms. When a woman is premenopausal, she is the most responsive to THC and CBD, as estrogen heightens her body’s response to these triggers. Menopausal and postmenopausal women will still experience the positive effects of cannabis, but may need larger doses. It’s all about trial and error.

Menopause Symptoms Respond Well to Cannabis Using Cannabis

As mentioned, there are a variety ways for cannabis to treat menopause. The most common benefit is to regulate mood.  One of the most popular menopause “jokes” focuses on mood swings. With cannabis, a menopausal woman can reduce anxiety and irritability associated with shifts in her hormonal levels.

It also relaxes and reduces the effects of night sweats and hot flashes. That’s because cannabis boosts serotonin signaling. It helps to lower your body’s temperature, and therefore lowers the impact of hot flashes. In this way, it can treat daily discomfort and inability to sleep at night. And proper sleep schedule also has the added benefit of offering women mood regulation and energy during the day. After all, who doesn’t get a little irritable if they haven’t slept enough?

On a chemical level, topical cannabis cream has two benefits: 1) it slows down facial hair growth that comes with menopause; and 2)  increases sex drive, and treats lack of vaginal lubrication and decreased sexual pleasure. In fact, many women rave about the positive outcomes of cannabis lubrication.

Edibles, vaping, and smoking also treat the adverse sexual side effects associated with menopause. An edible an hour before the fun begins can help you relax, get more enjoyment from touch, and keep you in the moment.

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While some women will still opt for ERT, cannabis can reduce your risk of cancer by killing breast cancer cells. There’s no harm in self-medicating with cannabis while taking ERT, after all.

Microdose Throughout the Day to Avoid the “High”

Your main concern with medicinal cannabis might be the high that commonly associates with the drug. But there are solutions to that! Microdosing offers the health benefits of cannabis without causing the psychoactive effects. Basically, you take just enough to get your body to the point just before the high.

Menopause currently affects nearly a billion women across the globe. Its consequences are all consuming and can affect your entire life. You shouldn’t have to suffer in silence without treatment. Cannabis can help.

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson has been writing freelance and contract work since 2011. She has written on a variety of topics, including travel writing of North America and the growing legalized cannabis industry across the globe. Robertson has a master’s degree in literature and gender studies, and brings this through in her writing by always trying to explore different perspectives. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

15 Comments
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    Patty Hillrich

    Where can I buy this? Do you do mail order?
    Thank you
    Patty

    March 28, 2018 at 5:49 pm Reply
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      RxLeaf

      Hi Patty – our shop is not yet up. Thank you

      March 30, 2018 at 1:02 am Reply
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    Sam

    Please let me know when produce is available!

    April 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm Reply
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      RxLeaf

      we will!

      April 5, 2018 at 2:07 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      will do!

      June 3, 2018 at 5:25 pm Reply
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      Deborah Bush

      Thank you for the article. It was interesting & informative. I had my period until age 61 and experienced no menopausal symptoms at the time, but now at 68 years old I find myself with some mild symptoms. It would be nice if you would write an article about which products are best for various post menopausal symptoms. I think it would be well received and much appreciated.

      January 30, 2020 at 10:27 pm Reply
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    Sue smith

    Is this available in Australia

    February 2, 2019 at 1:49 am Reply
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    Joanne

    Is this product available now and do you ship to Ontario Canada ?

    October 11, 2019 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Hi Joanne – this is available in Canada but we do not yet sell cannabis products.

      October 11, 2019 at 2:06 pm Reply
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    Susie crowell

    I would love to try this

    January 30, 2020 at 8:34 pm Reply
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    Mandy underwood

    I would like to try this . Where can I buy from please ?

    January 31, 2020 at 11:15 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Hi Mandy – you can check your local dispensary. RxLeaf has its online shop filled with physician-vetted products coming soon!

      February 3, 2020 at 12:27 pm Reply
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    Sue

    Georgia here. So interested. Thank you, Sue

    February 2, 2020 at 10:04 am Reply
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    Fiona Foran

    Nice.

    February 2, 2020 at 3:40 pm Reply
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    Jennifer Benge

    Please let me know when this becomes available. I deal with menopause on a daily basis night sweats I have it. I’ve tried different remedies it still doesn’t help me.

    February 4, 2020 at 10:14 am Reply

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