Cannabis Stops the Hot Flash in its Tracks
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.
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.
What Treatments Work?
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.
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.
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 got you.