The active ingredient of a CBD product should be listed as hemp extract, CBD cannabidiol, hemp oil, full spectrum hemp, or PCR (phytocannabinoid rich) hemp extract. This tells you it comes from the flower. Do not buy “hemp seed oil” as this is simply oil extracted from the seed, not the flower, and contains no CBD.
This means the product includes all the cannabinoids in the hemp flower, giving you the entourage effect.
If you’re using either or both as a sleeping aid, for best results use in concert with other sleep-supportive strategies such as having a regular routine, avoiding stimulants in the afternoon, and limiting electronics before bedtime. Think of cannabinoids as supporting or enhancing your other health-promoting practices, not replacing them.
Flower not seed
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If you live in a state where THC is legal, your best bet is a dispensary. As CBD is legal in more states, it’s more widely available in places from yoga studios to boutiques, but just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s legal in all forms. According to the FDA, it’s not legal to sell food or beverages containing CBD (you will find them everywhere anyway). For CBD products, it’s especially important to read the labels and buy from trusted sources, e.g. not from a multi-level marketing company.
Doctors and researchers are finding that when we use all parts of the cannabis plant, the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids seem to work together synergistically for maximum effect; and this is called the entourage effect. (Leaving those trace amounts of THC in a CBD product makes it more effective than without.)
That also goes for the complex issues of the menopausal transition, according to Bone. While she doesn’t usually recommend replacing HT with cannabinoids, she says they can be used in conjunction with hormones for best results. “I do see a dose reduction in hormones in a lot of women who use cannabinoids,” she says.
In fact, menopause is more complicated than we think.
But on the other hand, if your symptoms negatively impact your everyday performance, you can go with higher dosages. However, keep in mind that larger amounts of CBD can induce sedation and make you feel a bit dizzy due to lowered blood pressure.
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The source of hemp used in your CBD oil is of paramount importance because it tells you a lot about the quality of the extract.
If your menopause symptoms are mild and you’ve never taken CBD before, then it’s better to start low and slow. I would go with low-to-moderate potencies such as 250mg for starters.
Many peri- and post-menopausal women experience trouble sleeping. Sleep deprivation can take a serious toll on your health, triggering fatigue and a whole array of other health conditions.
In this article, we’ll explore how menopause triggers inflammation and brain chemistry changes — which are at the root of most of these symptoms — and how CBD and other interventions could help.
For more suggested tips to help you thrive through this transition, see our handy article on 9 essential sources of support for menopause.
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Estrogen and progesterone shouldered a lot of responsibilities within your body, and CBD should only be one of many resources that help you through (and beyond) menopause.
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