In an earlier letter, I told you that England’s Queen Victoria used CBD to relieve the agonizing pain of menstrual cramps. If she was smart, she kept using the oil to help deal with the symptoms of menopause.
Of course, 150 years ago, menopause wasn’t the disabling “disease” that I see in so many of my patients. I call what modern women go through “mega menopause.” It’s not the same menopause even your grandmother went through.
Today, it strikes earlier, lasts longer, and hits harder.
And this is by no means unique to my practice. A recent study found a shocking 9 out of 10 American women have serious and disabling menopause symptoms.1
Symptoms that include overwhelming mood swings, depression, memory loss, insomnia, weight gain, loss of libido, acne, bloating thinning hair, and anxiety.
Your gynecologist will tell you that what you’re experiencing is completely natural. But these are not traditional symptoms of menopause, and there is nothing natural about them.
In Queen Victoria’s time, menopause was a relatively brief transition that happened when a woman’s menses ceased. A small number of women experienced hot flashes for a few months, then the symptoms went away.
Now this plague of terrible symptoms afflicts women for years. Your biology hasn’t changed. But the world around you has. And the result is estrogen dominance.
Let me explain.
The same gynecologist who told you that your toxic menopause symptoms are perfectly natural also believes they are a result of plummeting estrogen levels.
And in one way that’s true. As you transition into menopause, your ovaries stop ovulating and start to decrease their production of estrogen. And levels drop by as much as 60%.
But here’s what you don’t hear from most “experts”…
When your ovaries start slowing down production of estrogen, your adrenal glands pick up the slack — and start their own production of this important hormone.
At the same time, the world today is flooded with fake estrogens from our polluted environment. When these alien estrogens — from plastic bottles, drinking water, deodorants, and beauty products — get into your bloodstream, they attach themselves to your estrogen receptors.
In response, your body’s estrogen levels shoot through the roof. The result is what’s known as estrogen dominance.
At the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging, I help patients flush these chemical estrogens from their bodies. I use a combination approach that includes an antioxidant called alpha-lipoic acid, a hormone-regulating supplement known as SAM-e, plant phytoestrogens, and a compound known as DIM. For more information on how to use these natural estrogen balancers, click here. Or contact my clinic for more information on how you can rebalance your hormones naturally, safely, and effectively. Call my staff at 561-784-7852.
Royal Oil To The Rescue
I’ve recently added a new tool to my menopause-busting toolbox… CBD oil.
Recent research confirms there is a link between your body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) and your hormones.2 Taking CBD boosts your endocannabinoids so the ECS works more efficiently and effectively.
Cannabinoid receptors are present in organs such as the brain, but also in your reproductive organs. These receptors are involved in:
- Fertility and reproduction
- Temperature regulation
Studies using CBD in cells found that it suppresses estrogen production directly, by inhibiting an enzyme that makes it from testosterone, called aromatase.3
CBD also encourages the breakdown of estrogen by speeding up enzymes called cytochromes that break it down.4
While taking CBD gets to the root of the estrogen-overload issue, it can also help relieve many of the symptoms of menopause.
- Mood swings: Your risk of depression and anxiety increases with menopause. But research has shown that CBD acts as a mild anti-depressant – without the awful side effects.5 A second study in humans found that taking 600 mg decreased anxiety compared to a placebo.6 Another found beneficial effects and reduced anxiety using a lower 300 mg dose.7
- Brain fog and memory loss: The hippocampus is the part of your brain responsible for memory and learning. An estrogen imbalance causes these brain neurons to stop forming new connections. The result is memory loss. But CBD strengthens these connections, allowing this part of the brain to rebound after menopause.8 And that’s not all… Researchers at University College London have discovered that a single dose of CBD increases blood flow to the part of the brain associated with memory function.9
- Hot flashes: When estrogen levels are out of whack, your hypothalamus – the part of the brain that regulates temperature – can go haywire. And this causes your body temperature to rise. But using CBD activates cannabinoid receptors in the hypothalamus to help maintain homeostasis. In other words, keep your body temperature in a happy place.
Choose the Right Product
For long-lasting relief, I recommend using an oral CBD product. The effects can last 8 to 12 hours. Here’s what to look for:
- Look for a full-spectrum product. Full-spectrum hemp is an extract that contains all the compounds that occur naturally in the plant. This includes fatty acids, flavonoids, terpenes (essential oils) and cannabinoids. When these compounds are together in your oil, it provides what’s called an “entourage effect.” That means that each single component magnifies the individual benefit of each different part.
- Pick an oil that’s lipid soluble. The cannabinoids in hemp are lipophilic or fat-soluble. So using a lipid-soluble formula means it will be able to cross cell membranes more efficiently… and therefore, get into your blood more quickly.
- Read the ingredient list carefully. In a rush to get a popular product to market, many manufacturers offer an oil that’s been “watered down” with fillers. Look at the concentration level of the oil you’re buying. Also look for products with high-quality ingredients. Avoid corn syrup, GMOs, pesticides, trans fats or artificial additives.
1 Lock M. “Menopause: Lessons from Anthropology,” Psychosom Med. 1998;60(4):410-9.
3 Almada M, et al. “Cannabidiol (CBD) but not tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) dysregulate in vitro decidualization of human endometrial stromal cells by disruption of estrogen signaling.” Reprod Toxicol. 2020 Apr;93:75-82.
4 Tsuchiya Y, et al. “Cytochrome P450-mediated metabolism of estrogens and its regulation in human.” Cancer Lett. 2005 Sep 28;227(2):115-24.
5 Sales A, et al. “Cannabidiol induces rapid and sustained antidepressant-like effects through increased BDNF signaling and synaptogenesis in the prefrontal cortex.” Mol Neurobiol. 2019 Feb;56(2):1070-1081.
6 Bargamaxhi M, et al. “Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients.” Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 May;36(6):1219-26.
8 Barth C, Villringer A, Sacher J. “Sex hormones affect neurotransmitters and shape the adult female brain during hormonal transition periods.” Front Neurosci. February 2015. 9:37.
9 Bloomfield M, et al. “The effects of acute cannabidiol on cerebral blood flow and its relationship to memory: An arterial spin labelling magnetic resonance imaging study.” J Psychopharmacol. 2020 Sep;34(9):981-989.