With the legalization of cannabis in Canada and more States in America, new research is validating the benefits of CBD in cannabis. So how about women specifically?
There are a few main ingredients in cannabis, with the most well known being THC and CBD. It’s the THC that gives you the “high” and CBD that is a primary ingredient for treating pain and lessening the high. So what are the health benefits for women with the use of CBD?
Cannabis has been used for centuries and a long time ago, it was rarely smoked! Most herbalists created oral, topical, vaginal, anal and intransal solutions. These uses are returning today and you don’t need the psychoactive “high” part either.
Health benefits of CBD for women
Vaginal and reproductive health: Some topical forms and oils can be used for increased sexual pleasure, but also for menstrual cramping, painful urination, menopause, treating ghonorrhea and post-partum hemorrage.
Pain Relief: Aside from helping with PMS and cramping, CBD can be used for cases such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia and even with post-chemotherapy. Most often these are various types of CBD oils. CBD can help with some headaches as well.
Anxiety and Depression: Some studies have shown that CBD can help reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. But one should also note that high levels of THC and what is called sativa strains can actually increase anxiety. So this takes some careful consideration.
Reducing inflammation: This is a big one. Inflammation can wreak havoc on our bodies. Combining CBD with a total or more plant-based diet can be a big help. Stress is also a contributor to inflammation. So using CBD to reduce stress is a part of this.
While a lot more scientific research is needed, studies are increasing around the world. There’s a flood of CBD products on the market today and we can expect more. There’s not a lot of regulation around the production of CBD products, so you’ll want to do some homework and research brands you think you can trust. We’ll be looking more at that later.
More Insight: Check out this insightful article on the use of CBD to treat pain.
Author: Alexa Hurst is a staff writer for Optimyz Magazine and Silver Magazine based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.