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CBD, Hot Sweats & Anxiety – The Link

The birth of Feminapause was founded on the discovery that CBD works for hot sweats. Adele, who used to be a professional dancer, was suffering from severe joint pain and after lots of research turned to CBD to ease her arthritis pain. 


The discovery followed not long after taking CBD when she realised her hot sweats and other menopause symptoms such as brain fog also lifted! It felt like a very unconventional method as most of her friends were turning to HRT or going through it without much outside help, often feeling neglected by the healthcare system.


There have been plenty more stories from other women who also claim CBD helps relieve hot sweats and night sweats. For example, the loose women panelist Andrea Mclean, praised CBD highly for helping her with her hot flashes and anxiety during the menopause.


Your Endocannabinoid System

CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system and interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors which are mainly found in the central nervous system.  The endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s communication between cells, pain response, appetite, immune system, and even memory.


Hemp-derived CBD also interacts with none-cannabinoid receptors such as dopamine receptors. Dopamine receptors play an essential role in daily life functions and are responsible for emotions, muscle movement, sleep patterns, ability to store and recall memories, concentration, appetite, and ability to express self-control.


The above reasons and beyond is why scientists in their amazing research have recently discovered very beneficial effects in nervous system disorders such as anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, etc.


The link between anxiety and hot sweats

There’s a bit of a catch-22 in that anxiety causes hot sweats and hot sweats causes anxiety. Doctors often prescribe antidepressants as hot sweats have a neurochemical basis. There aren’t studies that have specifically looked at CBD for hot flashes but it’s effect on the body’s serotonin system is a reason scientists believe CBD is useful during the menopause.


A study conducted a while ago back in 2005 shows that women with anxiety were 3 to 5 times more likely to have hot flashes. This emphasises a strong cause and effect between the two symptoms.


It becomes quite apparent when looking at studies that similar techniques given to individuals who suffer with anxiety are also used in studies to help relieve hot sweats such as meditation, art, exercise etc.


A 2012 study shows that women who learn to notice sensations, meditate and gently stretch were less likely to experience hot flushes.


It’s an older remedy than we think

Since 8,000 BC, humans have used hemp for medicinal use and more practical use such as paper. CBD, which is a component of the hemp plant, was then discovered a while later in 1940 by the University of Illinois. Now, research is bringing to the forefront amazing health-related benefits. The fact that CBD has an effect on the menopause has been mentioned time and time again and we are now beginning to understand more.


The studies above use hemp-derived CBD and not synthetic, that’s why choosing a supplement derived directly from hemp is vital to achieve the health benefits you want to achieve with CBD.


A healthy lifestyle is at the basis of good health but CBD can give women going through the menopause a helping hand whilst being natural and safe.


Your Feminapause team

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