By David Stache
The benefits of CBD have become increasingly hard to ignore in recent years, especially regarding women’s health which can often be impacted by their hormones and menstrual cycles.
While CBD is commonly praised for reducing stress and anxiety, it also hosts health benefits that are not as widely known. CBD has been shown to regulate hormones, improve skin, and ease pain.
To find out the surprising ways CBD can benefit women’s health, Muscle and Health spoke to David Stache, a nutritionist from the leading sports nutrition brand Warrior, who tells us how CBD can drastically help women’s health, including the ones you didn’t already know about.
1- Promotes a healthy sleep pattern
Whether it’s a result of stress, anxiety, or even the menstrual cycle, many women find it difficult to get to sleep. CBD can help to manage and create a regular sleep schedule, to get much-needed rest, as it allows the body and mind to fully relax, both physically and mentally. It can also trigger the release of melatonin, the chemical responsible for regulating our sleeping patterns.
2- Reduces skin irritation and acne
Many women experience skin irritation and acne flare-ups, significantly when their hormone levels change. This can commonly cause distress and upset, prompting women to spend hundreds of pounds on skincare products. CBD oil is a more affordable option that has been shown to help ease skin problems, as it is full of nutrients that can help the skin look glowing and healthy. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits, which help reduce puffiness and redness.
3- Reduces anxiety
Recent studies have shown that women experience a spike in their anxiety and stress levels in the lead-up to their period. This can be due to changing hormone levels and can make a woman feel as though everything is unraveling all at once. CBD products can help manage both stress and anxiety, as it triggers the release of serotonin (which can boost mood), and it also interacts with other receptors in the brain that are known to regulate how anxiety affects our behavior. With so many CBD products on the market, it can be tricky to know where to start, but I highly recommend the new CBD range from Warrior. They have just launched a range of CBD Vegan Gummies and CBD Oil, which both offer extensive healing properties and are non-psychoactive, making them a safe alternative for you to enjoy with no intoxicating effect. Warrior® CBD Oil is available to buy for £34.99 for a 30ml bottle. Warrior® Vegan CBD Gummies are available to buy for £24.99 for a pack of 30 or £44.99 for a pack of 60.
4- Reduced bloating
Bloating is a common ailment for women, especially around their period. This can cause discomfort and an unhappy digestive system. CBD has been shown to help reduce bloating in certain ways. Firstly, by reducing inflammation in the gut and promoting digestive health. Secondly, as there is a well-known brain-gut connection, given that CBD decreases the production of cortisol, our stress levels are lower, which means that there is less likelihood of us feeling bloated and suffering from digestive discomfort because of stress and anxiety, which is a common culprit.
5- Eases pain
Various pains are commonly associated with menstruation and menopause, such as breast pain, joint pain, headaches, and general inflammation. CBD has been shown to help with pain relief and reduce inflammation. However, this is not to say that it can eliminate the pain. CBD has anti-inflammatory effects due to the way it interacts with pain-sensing systems in the brain, which can allow the body to deal more effectively with pain and ensure that the body’s reaction is proportionate, which means that it does not sense more pain than there is.