How CBD oil can help you to manage hormone imbalances

Published Apr 28, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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Though some men do end up with this diagnosis almost 70% of women will experience a hormone imbalance during at least some point in their lives. It is not uncommon for those women to go through more than ten occasions where managing hormones is difficult, and often the effects can be debilitating. With cannabis now legal which in turn allowed for high CBD marijuana and hemp strains that are ideal for creating potent all natural CBD products that are effective in treating thousands of different ailments and symptoms including those that are either caused by or a direct symptom of major hormone imbalances within the body. Here we will touch on what CBD is, the most common symptoms of a hormone imbalance, and how CBD products might be able to help manage these problems.

What is CBD?

CBD AKA cannabidiol is just one of the hundreds of cannabinoids that are produced naturally by cannabis plants, but they are typically found in the most significant quantities amongst industrial hemp strains.

What is a hormone imbalance?

A hormone imbalance is either too much or too little of any given hormone within a person’s bloodstream which is what delivers critical messages to internal organs relaying how and when to do their job.

Symptoms of a hormone imbalance

Hormones are an essential element to how the human body functions and self regulates things like sleep quality, heart rate, blood pressure, heart rate, appetite, reproductive cycles, sexual performance, growth, development, body temperature and stress, anxiety, and mood levels. When these measurements end up out of whack, emotions and other sensations can be overwhelming and challenging to control leading to possible symptoms like excessive weight loss, loss of appetite, excessive weight gain, insatiable appetite, trouble sleeping, excess or nonexistent sweating, sensitivity (or a lack of) to both cold and heat, dry skin, rashes, blood pressure changes, heart rate fluctuations, long term fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, excessive thirst, headaches, migraines, increase in frequency of urination, thin or brittle hair, infertility, swelling, vision issues, neck bulge, tenderness in the chest, and even a lowering of voice.

Does CBD help with hormones?

According to the National Institutes of Health oil and other CBD products can be effective at either lowering or increasing the production of cortisol as needed, no matter what size of the dose is administered.

CBD effects on cortisol

Cortisol is a stress regulating hormone that is necessary for effective mood regulation. Too much can make a person feel stressed or anxious, while to little might leave them feeling unattached or disconnected. CBD products can effectively manage the amount of cortisol that is secreted which can help to stabilize an individual's mood.

CBD effects on estrogen and PMS

Though estrogen technically affects many different parts of the reproductive system, it is the number one reason for irregular periods in almost 50% of women. This is because the amount of estrogen released signals the body to release the egg which would normally happen over a consistent period of time, but too little estrogen can have a woman's cycle lasting for months which can be frustrating for both those who are trying to conceive, those who are experiencing early menopause symptoms, and females who would like to be able to predict their period with some accuracy. Unfortunately, THC which is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis has the opposite effect, so only pure CBD products will provide positive results.

CBD effects on fertility (pituitary hormone secretion)

According to COD Scholar Universe CBD can have some powerful effects over a woman’s fertility, milk production, endocrine stress axis, and metabolism by interacting with the neurotransmitters that are solely responsible for the regulation of the body’s natural secretion of the pituitary hormone.

CBD effects on adrenal fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is an official diagnosis given to women who are experiencing inadequate levels of the bodies most vital hormones including all that are listed here and more. Since CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system is it able to trigger the much-needed release of natural hormones often eliminating or at least reducing felt symptoms during the recovery period.

CBD effects on mood swings

Mood disorders including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, or a complete sense of euphoria which can be difficult to snap out of. There is no normal or average, as each sufferer experiences their unique range and depth of symptoms all caused by the body's inability to naturally regulate itself with stabilizers. CBD products can stimulate the neurotransmitters that will help to trigger the release of these hormones for you.

CBD effects on prescription drugs

Cannabidiol is still somewhat of a misunderstood element, but it has been noted that the introduction of CBD into your daily regimen might help or hinder your medicines ability to work. N the case of stimulants the effects are often amplified, and with other regulating prescriptions for common conditions like high blood pressure will almost certainly lose effectiveness. Therefore, it is always recommended that you speak with your regular health care provider before trying to use CBD alongside any other prescription medications.

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