Life is a journey. It passes through many way stations that take you to new and unknown trails. Menopause is also an important way station in women’s lives, after which we move onto new paths.
It is the time when ovulation and menstruation stop and the body begins transitioning to a new period of life. Menopause may be accompanied by a number of physiological and psychological changes, such as hormonal changes, dryness and fragility of the skin and mucosa, hot flashes, sweating, mood swings and sleep disorders, all of which may affect a woman’s everyday life.
Have you ever wondered about natural ways to support your body and mood in this transition period? Menopause can certainly be a difficult time, but relief may be found in completely unexpected places, such as a cup of tea. Our hemp teas, which contain the natural compound CBD, can help ease a number of menopause symptoms. Our teas are made with domestic freeze-dried berry mixes, so you can enjoy a rich taste that can help relax and balance your body and mind.
What exactly is this mysterious and popular CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an active ingredient in hemp and is available in various forms. CBD has proven to have properties that can help relieve a number of physical and psychological conditions, including menopause symptoms. While CBD has so far been available as oils, creams and gels, we offer an entirely different way of relief – a nice cup of tea that combines the wonderfully beneficial CBD with freeze-dried berries from Estonia.
But how does CBD tea help relieve menopause symptoms?
It mainly occurs through the enrichment of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a network found in all vertebrates, including humans. The system regulates a variety of physiological functions, such as:
The endocannabinoid system is activated naturally with the help of cannabinoids produced by the body itself, but it can also be done with cannabinoids that come from plants, such as hemp. Our tea blends contain only Estonian hemp, grown in Põlva County, as well as freeze-dried berry powders from Estonia, which are also full of goodness and beneficial active ingredients.
For example, did you know that sea buckthorn is known for its particularly high content of natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, as well as protein and unsaturated fatty acids? Or that raspberries are rich in vitamin C and may lower fever in combination with CBD? Caraway seeds, however, speed up metabolism.
Let us talk a little more about the endocannabinoid system
The endocannabinoid system has two main receptors in the body: CB1 and CB2. The former are primarily located in the brain and nervous system, while the latter are found mainly in the immune system and other organs. When cannabinoids bind to these receptors, their functions are activated.
CBD is one of the main cannabinoids found in hemp, and it is used for many purposes, including relieving menopause symptoms. Unlike THC, the other main cannabinoid, CBD has no psychoactive effects. Instead, CBD acts as a modulator of the body’s endocannabinoid system, meaning it regulates the system, but does not bind to receptors as strongly as other cannabinoids.
Hormonal changes occurring during menopause can cause disruptions in the endocannabinoid system, which in turn may exacerbate menopause symptoms, such as:
Balancing the endocannabinoid system results in the reduction of several unpleasant symptoms. Since the endocannabinoid system works with the help of receptors found in different cells of the body, endocannabinoids influence the receptors, thereby regulating the activity of various processes. CBD, however, can help regulate the activity of the endocannabinoid system, thereby alleviating menopause symptoms. This can be done by increasing the production of endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, or blocking their degradation, which can elevate their concentration in the body. CBD may also heighten the sensitivity of CB1 and CB2 receptors, which helps to improve the functioning of endocannabinoids and regulate menopause symptoms.
Which unpleasant symptoms can CBD tea relieve?
One of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause is hot flashes, which are caused by hormonal changes in the body. CBD may help reduce the intensity of hot flashes, as it influences the system that regulates body temperature. Recent studies show that CBD reduces the intensity and frequency of hot flashes, thanks to its balancing effect on the endocannabinoid system.
Menopause may cause mood swings, which may affect a woman’s everyday life. CBD may help alleviate them, as it influences the level of serotonin and dopamine, which are important hormones for mood regulation. CBD typically increases the level of serotonin, which is a mood-stabilising neurotransmitter.
Sleep disorders, which may affect women’s physical and mental health, are no strangers to menopausal women. CBD may help improve sleep quality, as it can alleviate stress and mood swings, which are frequent causes of sleep disorders.
Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by the breaking down and weakening of bones, which increases the risk of fractures. The development of osteoporosis is also associated with menopause, as hormonal changes may lead to the thinning of bones.
CBD has properties proven to help alleviate pain and inflammation related to osteoporosis. In addition, CBD may help reduce bone thinning, as it may affect bone regeneration and growth. Research shows that CBD may stimulate the production of osteoblasts, ie cells required for bone growth. It has also been found that CBD may help reduce bone thinning and improve bone health, as it may lower the production of osteoclasts, ie cells that degrade bones.
Pain and inflammation
CBD works in a number of ways to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. First of all, CBD binds to CB2 receptors found mainly in the cells of the immune system, especially cells associated with inflammation. It may help reduce inflammation, as CBD blocks the production of inflammatory mediators.
In addition, CBD increases the body’s anandamide levels. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Higher anandamide levels may help reduce pain and inflammation.
CBD also has the property of blocking GPR55 receptors, which are associated with the occurrence of inflammation and pain. CBD blocking GPR55 receptors may help reduce pain and inflammation.
Isn’t it wonderful that one tea can do so much for health? Take a moment to enjoy a soothing cup of hemp tea and experience its healing effects!
“Cannabidiol improves quality of life in postmenopausal women with vaginal pain and vaginal dryness: A preliminary observational study.” by G. Piasentier et al., (2020)
“Potential Benefits of CBD-Rich Hemp Products in Menopause” by J. Zalloua et al., (2019)
“Cannabidiol Alleviates Symptoms of Menopause in Animal Models” by J. Lucas et al., (2020)
“Cannabidiol (CBD) and Menopause: A Review of Literature” by M. Nicolosi et al., (2019)