It's not difficult to understand why CBD pain relief creams and other CBD products are taking off in the market for all kinds of people. For women, especially, CBD has an exponential number of benefits and can be used in a variety of products to enhance women's health, beauty, and lifestyle.
CBD has been linked to lowering inflammation in the body, which can reduce or eliminates symptoms from PMS, autoimmune disorders, digestive problems, and chronic pain.
CBD oils, creams, and other products are quickly taking over many women's medicine cabinets and makeup bags, and it's easy to see why. Not only are reputable CBD products sourced from a plant, but the widespread anecdotal evidence of relief from various issues that often plague women is enticing.
The CBD market is also opening doors for many women who are becoming powerhouses in the CBD industry, giving voices to a minority in the business world. Many women are drawn to these products because other women not only endorse them; they are creating them.
One of the more promising effects of CBD products for all people is its anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has binding properties with the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, of the human body. The ECS is linked to important bodily functions, including our appetites, stress regulation, sleep, and immune response.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is found in cannabis and contains the hypnotic properties associated with smoking cannabis and binds with CB1 receptors. CBD targets the CB2 receptors, which are known to lower the oxidative stress chemicals in the body. These chemicals can cause long-term inflammation.
When the body is sick or injured, inflammation is an immune response that is supposed to help protect the body; however, sometimes the inflammation can be extremely severe, or last too long and become a chronic condition. Over time, inflammation can cause long-term damage to cells and tissue.
Inflammation has been linked to auto-immune disorders, including Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's and dementia, Crohn's Disease, and even skin issues such as psoriasis. Interestingly, new studies have shown a link between inflammation and mental disorders, including depression and anxiety.
CBD oils, creams, and edibles target the inflammatory response, and many patients feel relief from their symptoms within a few minutes. With chronic pain or health conditions, it may take a few days to a few weeks. Transdermal cannabidiol patches and creams are especially effective at targeting soft tissue and joint swelling, while the oils and edibles are a great choice for more internal bodily system inflammation.
PMS and PCOS
For women who suffer from menstrual symptoms, CBD may be the answer. Not only does it lower inflammation, but CBD also relaxes the surrounding muscles, relieving stress, and tension in the actual muscle tissue itself. CBD also can reduce the cortisol levels in the body, reducing the effects of hormone shifts during menstrual periods.
Many women report that this relaxing of the muscles and decrease in cortisol levels helps keep them feeling more relaxed and in control of their hormonal balance. They report less pain associated with cramping and bloating symptoms.
For women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menstruation can be especially painful-- sometimes, it's even unbearable. CBD studies referenced by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology show promising results in treating some of the worst PCOS symptoms with CBD oil.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is also being infused into some of the best beauty products on the market, from bath and body scrubs and lotions to foundation and lip balms. It's being used by women to calm their red and irritated skin and heal skin damage.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. The anti-inflammatory properties in CBD reduce the swelling and sclerosis of the arteries and surrounding heart muscle. CBD has also been linked to the regulation of genes in microglial cells, which can lower LDL cholesterol levels.
In Part II of our series on the benefits of CBD for women, we will look at female wellness and the holistic health benefits associated with CBD products.