You must be 21 years old and above to access RxLeaf

Cannabis Stops the Hot Flash in its Tracks

Emily Robertson
hot flash, menopause, cannabis, women, medical cannabis, recreational cannabis, CBD, THC, endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids, menstrual cycle, hormones

Hot flashes are the bane of the menopausal existence, cannabis could be its salvation.

The winding down of a woman’s reproductive phase brings all kinds of hormone-driven irritations. The most ubiquitous (affecting 2/3 of menopausal women) is the hot flash.  These come on like a fire, out of nowhere, resulting in sweating and flushing, followed by chills. Cannabis can help. In fact, cannabis may be able to help treat all of the unpleasant side effects of menopause: insomnia, hot flashes, mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and weight gain.

Middle Aged Woman Holding fan during hot flash

What are hot flashes?

Hot flashes can seem like the bane of existence for women enduring menopause. They can cause serious night sweats that hinder sleep, plus a dramatic and overwhelming internal spike in temperature. Once these flashes pass – and sometimes, they definitely don’t seem like a “flash” – the temperature drops quickly and chills can quickly creep up.

The length of time stuck in a hot flash varies from woman to woman, in the same way the side effects of menopause vary. Hot flashes come on when blood vessels at the surface of the skin dilate to cool you off, resulting in sweat and a rapid heart rate. All of this is believed to be hormonally driven by a drop in estrogen.

Woman speaking to her doctor

What Treatments Work on a Hot Flash?

Well, there haven’t been too many solutions that have been overly effective for women up until this point.  Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – or estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) – may offer relief, but women whom have fought breast or ovarian cancer are excluded as candidates for HRT, as are women with heart disease.  In fact, recent literature indicates that the risks of HRT far outweigh the benefits for most women.

HRT Pills against grey background

The Secret?

The secret to cannabis’ success could very well lay in the functioning of the body’s endocannabinoid system. When there is less estrogen in the body, such as the time of menopause, endocannabinoids start to be broken down. The body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids can then be supplemented with cannabinoids from cannabis.

Middle Aged Woman Sweating and fanning with paper

At this time, there are no completed clinical trials on the efficacy of cannabis in treating menopause. There are, however, endless anecdotal reports and we all know, as women, these have weight and substance. Testimony, like this anonymous woman’s story, highlight the cannabis journey many women have started.

Women have had immediate relief from vaping dry cannabis flower and sustained benefit through the use of whole plant CBD oil. Combined, this will give 4 to 6 hours of relief. If symptoms return, you can top up with a toke or two.

Turns out, you don’t have to put up with menopause. Cannabis is here for you.

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.

1 Comment
  • Avatar
    christine snow

    Thats BS.. I jave been smoking and vaping for most of my life. I have horrible night sweats, hot flashes and every other symptom of menopause.

    February 9, 2020 at 11:09 pm Reply

Post a Comment