Menopause is one of the most dramatic changes a cis-gender woman’s body will undertake in her lifetime. Not since puberty has the reproductive system gone through such a shift, and the experience is not altogether pleasant. Luckily, hot flashes, mood swings, pain, insomnia, and other symptoms of menopause don’t have to be fought alone, and—as it turns out—an extremely helpful ally can come in the form of cannabis.
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To understand why cannabis can help treat the symptoms of menopause, it’s helpful to understand exactly what menopause is and how it affects the body.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is the period of time (usually yearlong) when a woman’s menstrual cycle comes to an end. This occurs most frequently between a person’s mid 40s–50s. The most common age for women to begin menopause is 51.
Menopause itself occurs in three stages: perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause:
Perimenopause occurs when the body begins to illicit subtle changes, such as the slowdown of estrogen production, in preparation for menopause to begin. Menopause is the 12-month stretch of time after a woman’s last period, when ovulation stops completely, and estrogen levels drop significantly. Post-menopause is the period of time after menopause ends when menopausal symptoms subside and a woman enters a new homeostasis.
How Does Cannabis Affect Men and Women Differently?
What Are The Symptoms of Menopause?
Menopause can produce a litany of side effects, including hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, pain, low libido, weight gain, fatigue, and osteoporosis. In addition, the onset of these side effects can cause anxiety or depression in some women.
The Endocannabinoid System & Menopause
The endocannabinoid system is a network of cell receptors whose role is to maintain homeostasis in