Menopause and CBD for Pain: How Topical CBD Could Relieve Your Joint Pain
Menopause can be a pain in the butt – literally. From emotional pain to physical pain, menopause pain can cause a serious disruption in your daily life. And if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve explored plenty of options for relieving that pesky menopause pain, including thorough research in the natural supplement aisle of your local supermarket.
It turns out there is a viable natural option for relieving joint pain (which impacts women three times more than it does men) – topical CBD oil. If you’re skeptical, we don’t blame you. CBD popped up seemingly overnight as a miracle cure-all. To better understand how CBD works as a pain reliever, let’s first take a look at the link between menopause and joint pain.
What’s the link between menopause and joint pain?
If you’ve noticed increased or new joint pain during menopause, there’s a reason for that. Estrogen reduces inflammation. As it decreases, you may begin to notice pain in your knees, elbows, neck, and shoulders. This is why rheumatoid arthritis can suddenly get worse around menopause. The joint pain and stiffness associated with RA can make simple tasks feel extra challenging.
Typically, treatment for RA involves anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but many of them have side effects like bloating, nausea, headaches, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, and more. Side effects like these are often the reason why some women explore alternate solutions for dealing with joint pain.
Does CBD work for joint pain?
CBD (or cannabidiol) is considered a safer alternative for joint pain, mainly because it doesn’t have the same alarming side effects as other drugs. CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant, but it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects as THC. Since it won’t get you high, it’s considered safer than THC and is now legal in the states where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is also legal.
Aside from being a sleep aid and a mood booster, there’s evidence that topical CBD can help alleviate joint pain. In one study, researchers applied topical CBD to rats with arthritis for 4 days. The rats who received the topical CBD saw a significant decrease in inflammation and pain, indicating that CBD could be a solution for joint pain. And while more studies are needed to confirm its effectiveness, you can rest assured that there are humans who swear by topical CBD for pain, too.
Who can benefit from topical CBD?
Menopausal women who are experiencing joint pain, pain related to a past injury, or even chronic pain could potentially benefit from topical CBD. Researchers believe that CBD attaches itself to CB2 receptors in our brain, affecting the way these receptors respond to signals and possibly reduce inflammation and pain. CBD could also be an alternative if you’re trying to reduce your use of other pain relievers like aspirin. Of course, be sure to talk to your doctor before adding CBD to your pain management regimen.
What should I look for in a topical CBD oil?
While CBD is generally safe and tolerated well by most people, there are a few things you should know before you try it. First, there are some side effects: tiredness, diarrhea, and appetite changes are the most popular. When choosing a topical CBD for pain, make sure that the company selling you CBD meets the strictest growing and manufacturing standards (GMP) and that they provide the Certificate of Analysis included in their marketing materials.
Is CBD right for me?
We need more research on CBD to determine the extent of its effectiveness, but we do have some evidence that it works for pain management. Since everyone responds to treatments differently, talk to your doctor before you try CBD. To learn more about CBD and how it can alleviate menopause symptoms, read our blog post: Menopause Mythbusters: Does CBD Help with Menopause Symptoms?