-One of the most surprising benefits of our journey into the cannabis business has been the knowledge we’ve acquired about the health benefits of cannabidiol, also known as CBD.
Pure CBD is found throughout the seeds, stalk and flowers of cannabis plants and has been shown in a patent by the US National Institutes of Health to have significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Yep, that’s right. Our government has a patent on cannabis.
As it turns out, men, women and children of all ages are using CBD oils for ALL KINDS OF THINGS - from skin conditions to better sex- not just the most critical conditions like epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
Women, in particular, have a special relationship with cannabis- and for good reason.
Not only do women produce cannabinoids in breast milk but females also have more CBD receptors than our male counterparts. CBD is showing up in skincare lines, personal lubricants, and protein shakes. It seems the benefits are endless but is it really all it's cracked up to be? The answer is a clear 'Hell Yes!' for us but we'll let you decide for yourself.
Seeing Red: Controlling Heart Disease and Stress
Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. While research on how CBD directly related to lower risks of heart disease is still needed, the indirect ways of how CBD are helping women lower their risk of heart disease are undeniable – like using CBD help relieve chronic pain so staying active are realistic options. Cannabinoids also lower stress and cortisol levels in the body, reducing inflammation and chronic stress.
Not Just Breast Cancer...
The National Cancer Society estimates 255,180 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2017 but that’s only part of the picture. An additional million-plus female cancers are expected to be diagnosed including uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers. Thankfully, the survival rates for most women receiving these diagnoses are improving but even so, the prescription drug regimen after a cancer diagnosis is pretty bleak. Many cancer survivors are being prescribed anti-depressants and anti- anxiety medications that are very addictive and harmful for long-term use. Using CBD’s to control stress levels and hormones are one way to control anxiety and inflammation in the body before cancer strikes. Some studies are even finding some types of cannabinoids are inhibiting tumor growth in some cases.
From period pain to menopause, women are finding relief with topical CBD products.
Topical CBD ointments can work wonders but doubling up on full spectrum CBD capsules can work magic for your body and mind. According to Dr. Axe, CBD products not only reduce pain and inflammation when taken internally but also reduces anxiety and stimulates anandamide levels.
Anandamide is also known as the ‘Bliss Molecule’ responsible for helping achieve a state of heightened happiness. Who doesn’t want more of that?
Dr. Michele Ross, Neuroscientist and founder of IMPACT Network explains it best when making the connection between the reproductive organs and CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies. “When anandamide levels drop, we might feel moody or irritable, crave fatty foods, or feel in pain or crampy. Sound familiar? That’s PMS. “
She goes on to say “Your uterus has the highest levels of anandamide in your whole body. During certain times in your menstrual cycle, like ovulation, your uterus has 100 times more anandamide than your brain does. No wonder why we are feeling our best then!”
You know, for as awesome as women are, we certainly get the short end of the stick sometimes. It seems our brain wiring really is different than male counterparts.
According to the National MS Society, women are at least two to three times more likely to develop the disease. Several studies report cannabis as being an effective treatment for spasticity and improved cognitive function. While the cause of MS is still unknown, scientists believe several different factors may be involved including immune-related factors and some types of infectious disease. By keeping the immune system healthy with CBD supplements we can help control the inflammation of the Central Nervous System and keep our bodies humming in a state of homeostasis.
Other than the temporary forgetfulness you might experience after smoking a joint, cannabis actually acts as a neuroprotectant for the brain and is being used in many cases to treat Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It’s not secret that Alzheimer’s is more prevalent in women than in men. Scientists originally thought this was because our lifespan was longer but now cite other risk factors such as heart health, diabetes, and obesity as part of the problem.
Aside from the fact that 60% of all Alzheimer’s caregivers are women, at the age of 65, women have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s, compared to a 1 in 11 chance for men.
Additionally, out of the 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s in the U.S., 3.2 million are women.
Research has found that women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than to develop breast cancer.