Cannabis May Offer Relief From Menopause Symptoms: What to Know

Updated: Sep 15

by Bob Curley , fact checked by Dana K. Cassell

Healthline

August 9, 2022



  • Research shows an increasing number of women experiencing menopause and perimenopause may be using medical cannabis for symptom relief.

  • While cannabis may offer some relief from menopause symptoms, experts suggest that CBD may be a safer alternative since cannabis research is still limited.

More women are turning to medical cannabis to seek relief from menopause and perimenopause symptoms, research suggests...


How cannabis may relieve menopause symptoms


Dr. Aaron Gelfand, an OB-GYN at ChoicePoint, an addiction treatment center in New Jersey, explained that numerous physiological systems are thought to be influenced by the endocannabinoid system, which is activated by plant-based cannabinoids like CBD and THC. These systems include:

  • pain perception

  • body temperature

  • memory

  • mood

  • hunger

  • stress

  • sleep

  • metabolism

  • immunological response

  • reproduction

According to Gelfand, cannabis is also used to help treat anxiety and depression, sleep, and even vaginal dryness among menopausal women.


“The amygdala is responsible for emotions, behavior, and motivation,” Gelfand told Healthline. “During menopause, all of these are heightened. Upon taking cannabis in any form, the response is suppressed, causing less anxiety and depression...”


CBD as an alternative to cannabis


If Gersh were to recommend cannabis for menopause symptom relief, she said she prefers hemp-based products like CBD over products containing THC, the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis...


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