bigstock-caution-menopause-ahead-79919953-300x225Women of a certain age are all too familiar with the symptoms of menopause. As their reproductive years come to a close and their hormones change, they often go through a number of unpleasant experiences including hot flashes, night sweats, memory problems, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, insomnia, mood swings and depression, weight gain, osteoporosis, and dry or sagging skin.

Doctors used to commonly use hormone replacement therapy to ease these symptoms, but a large study found increased risks of heart disease, cancer, blood clots, and stroke, so doctors are now less likely to recommend hormone therapy. But that doesn’t mean you have to just grit your teeth and bear the symptoms of menopause—you can feel better naturally with cannabis.

Menopause and the Endocannabinoid System

As we have explained in other articles, the human body has a natural system for maintaining stability called the “endocannabinoid system.” When your body becomes unbalanced, endocannabinoids bind with receptors to bring back homeostasis and restore the body to health. Cannabis contains chemicals called “phytocannabinoids” that also bind with these receptors, and that’s how it can treat such a wide number of ailments—cannabis steps in when the body’s endocannabinoid system isn’t working optimally.

Studies have found that changes in endocannabinoid levels during and post-menopause are associated with osteoporosis, general obesity, insulin-resistantbigstock-human-energy-body-aura-chakr-25140920-225x300 obesity, and sex steroids. Other studies have shown that adjusting cannabinoid levels can help with increasing bone density and reducing weight to reduce the risk of diabetes.

The effects of cannabis on menopause haven’t been studied directly, but one interesting rat study found that supplementing diet with hempseed modified the increased levels of plasma calcium, cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and anxiety associated with induced menopause. Further study is needed, obviously, but why not go ahead and add some hempseed to your diet?

While we don’t have good studies on menopause-specific ailments, we do know that a number of the symptoms of menopause are generally treatable with cannabis. Let’s take a look at how cannabis helps some of the most bothersome menopause symptoms:

Cannabis and Insomnia

If you’re experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, it’s going to affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that cannabis helps insomniacs fall asleep sooner, stay asleep longer, and get more deep sleep. Many people find that a high-THC indica works best for insomnia, but consult your medical cannabis doctor to identify the right medicine for you.

 

 

Cannabis and Mood

The debate over whether cannabis helps depression or makes it worse is still ongoing. It’s true that people with symptoms of depression use cannabis at a higher rate, but that doesn’t establish causality; it may well be that individuals suffering from depression are using cannabis to feel better.

Treating anxiety with cannabis is also a delicate balance—too much THC has been shown to increase anxiety, but according to a study published just last month, CBD modulates the anxiety produced by THC.

 

Dr. Bonni GoldsteinBonni Goldstein, MD a leading medical cannabis physician, says that successful use of cannabis for depression and anxiety depends on three main factors and how they interact:

The first variable that may affect what type of response an individual patient may have to marijuana depends on the levels of THC and cannabidiol (CBD) in the cannabis plant that is used – this is called the potency and cannabinoid profile of the plant.  The second variable is the dose that the patient takes – how much marijuana was inhaled or ingested; and the third, the patient’s genetic makeup – something that is difficult to assess,  but may affect a patient’s anxiety response.  THC, the most prominent medicinal compound in marijuana, is known to cause an anxiety reaction in high doses in some patients.  CBD, the second most common compound in marijuana, appears to ease anxiety even if taken in high doses.

If you’re interested in using cannabis to treat depression or anxiety brought on by menopause, work with a reliable cannabis physician to find the potency and dosage that works with your genetic makeup.

Cannabis and Weight Gain

Contrary to the popular notion of marijuana increasing appetite, studies have found that cannabis users weigh less than the general population—regular cannabis users’ rates of obesity are over a third lower than nonusers. Cannabis users also have lower fasting insulin and insulin resistance. Combine that with the lower body weight, and cannabis users are less likely to develop diabetes.

 

 

Cannabis and Osteoporosis

Numerous studies have shown that cannabis helps prevent bone loss and increases bone density. Using cannabis to prevent or reverse osteoporosis in menopausal women could help prevent fractures and broken bones.

 

 

 

 

Menopause and You

Every woman experiences menopause differently. Your reactions may be severe or mild, brief or enduring. You may experience some or all or none of the ailments listed above. You may have symptoms we didn’t mention. The key to treating your menopause with cannabis is developing an individualized treatment plan with an experienced physician. If you would like help getting started, set up a consultation with us.

 

 

 

To learn more about how to use cannabis to ease the symptoms of menopause or go to UnitedPatientsGroup.com.

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10 Comments
  1. Terry R

    Will you please allow us to copy, cut and paste information from your site? This is nuts. I have to go around and around just to get a quote from you …and I do! I use a clippingtool,to get the data I want, then use it to retype everything and I DO quote you, but my god, you make it so hard, I am not sure I will ever use this site again for anything! You ASSUME we’re all plagarists and though some are, some are not! I figure it you think that way, then perhaps YOU are that way.

    • UnitedPatientsGroup.com

      Terry,

      We do have a significant problem with plagiarism. Additionally, we buy our photos in order to not pagiarize a photographers work. With that said, you are free to share our articles, if you would like to copy and paste sections, feel free to email me and I can send you a link to do so. It is a shame that so many have to spoil the process for those who want to do good work. I’m so sorry that you are frustrated.

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  2. I have been diagnosed with COPD, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. I have so many medications that I take for pain,depression and am on oxygen at night and meds for sleeping and restless leg syndrome with anxiety. Is medical marijuana something that can take me off the medications that I take monthly and do little to help me? How can I get help if this is the answer.

    Michelle from West Virginia

    • UnitedPatientsGroup.com

      Michele,
      it is best to consult with a medical professional in the Medical cannabis space. Cannabis is not a one size fits all protocol and there is much to go over before understanding which formulation is best for you and in what dosages. I have added the link to our nurses consultation scheduling system for your convenience.
      If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to our offices at info@unitedpatientsgroup.com
      Best,
      Brent

  3. Juana

    After having breast cancer and being pushed into severe menopause, causing unfreakingbelievable hot flashes for years causing chronic insomnia with no safe medication I could take for it seeing as I am estrogen-positive and any type of sleeping pill would make me feel worse, I started eating a pot brownie made from an Indica strain of marijuana about two hours before bed every evening. It’s a miracle! This is something that needs to be researched and approved for women in my situation. If it wasn’t for marijuana I don’t even think I’d be here right now. Saved my life. And I told my sister about this who is now going through menopause and insomnia. She can now sleep too. I still have hot flashes but they feel dulled down while on marijuana and they kind of feel like they’re in the background of my life and I experience no irritation which is great for my mood and everyone around me.

    • Corinne Malanca

      Juana,
      We are so happy to hear that you have found relief! Wishing you our best,
      Beth

  4. Ronda

    I have menapause symtoms and would like to try medical Marijuana

  5. Jacqueline Hadley

    I am 55 years old. I quit having a menstrual cycle around age 47. Everything seems to be a little late with me. Truthfully I haven’t even seem a doctor about menopause. I just know I’m going through it. I am sexually active but really could do without it. Some hot flashes I don’t know why but sometimes I kinda like those. Oh wait it might be the marijuana I started using. Yes every time I have a symptom I smoke a joint… wow it makes me feel so much better in everything I do. Never at work though. So when I get home it’s all okay. I hope this doesn’t sound awful but it’s the truth.

  6. Rhonda OLalor

    Im 54 and been pretty sick for 7 yrs…i thought it was caused by my Not having a thyroid …i recently found it was likely menopause insomnia anxiety depression loss of appetite…drs never checked my blood work but thyroid meds werent correct and asi said menopause..many friends are being treated with antidepressants and anti anxiety meds…id prefer not to go that route so im waiting on recieving my medicinal marijuana license mainly for CBD i want to thrive and right now just in survival mode no sleep and feel awful

    • UPG Staff

      Hi Rhonda,
      We hope you have success in using CBD as many other people have and your health improves.
      All the best,
      UPG

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