What Women Should Know About Taking Full Spectrum Hemp Oil
Can women benefit from the the cannabinoids in full spectrum hemp oil more than men? Many experts believe that this is the case and for good reason. For example, did you know that females have more cannabinoid receptors than men? And did you also know that women produce cannabinoids in breast milk which are essential to the health of infants? Furthermore, did you know that the uterus can have levels of certain cannabinoids up to 100 times higher than in the brain?
Sadly, there are a number of serious medical conditions which are more common in women than in men such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, fibromyalgia, migraines, eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, lupus, and more.
Women are also 70% more likely to experience anxiety conditions such as panic attacks, PTSD, and social anxiety than men. Also, 75% of people with autoimmune conditions such as arthritis and Crohn’s Disease are women.
There are also many health concerns which are unique to women such as painful periods and menopause which often come with symptoms such as cramps, headaches, moodiness, fatigue, and certain types of cancer such as cervical and breast cancer.
Another area where women far surpass men is in the use of “cosmeceuticals,” or cosmetic products which are meant to promote health, help keep skin soft and youthful, and reduce wrinkles and blemishes.
The symptoms that come with many of these conditions listed above are also the most common reasons women give for using full spectrum hemp oil. Many also say they use full spectrum hemp oil to mitigate the side effects of prescription medications used to treat these conditions.
Let’s take a quick look at how full spectrum hemp works in the female body to treat certain symptoms and promote health.
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
It’s widely believed that stress, anxiety, and depression are directly caused by stressful situations. However, women often experience these moods not as a result of actual increases in stress, but as a result of imbalances in hormones caused by conditions such as menstrual cycles and menopause.
The uterus actually has the highest levels of a naturally produced cannabinoid known as anandamide which is responsible for regulating the production and uptake of serotonin. In fact, during ovulation, the uterus has 100 times more anandamide than the brain.
A number of clinical studies have shown that full spectrum hemp has the ability to regulate and modulate the production of hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol which are all involved in these conditions. In fact, patients with these conditions often have low levels of serotonin (which improves mood) and high levels of cortisol (which worsens symptoms of these conditions).
One of full spectrum hemp’s most widely touted abilities is the reduction of inflammation. Inflammation is a culprit in many autoimmune conditions as well as injuries and infections.
Inflammation can result in not only chronic pain conditions such as migraines and cramps, and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, but can also do long-term damage to the body with conditions such as arthritis and Crohn’s.
Full spectrum hemp has been shown in numerous studies to help regulate the production of proteins called cytokines which are involved in the inflammatory response and help to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Nausea and Appetite
One of the functions of the human endocannabinoid system is to regulate appetite. It’s also involved in nausea.
Over- and under-eating are often the result of an imbalance in hormones involved in appetite. Overeating can also be the result of a short circuit in the brain’s reward system causing a person to crave particular foods such as fatty foods, simple carbs, and sugar.
A number of clinical studies have shown that full spectrum hemp might play a role in helping to bring appetite back into balance, reduce symptoms such as nausea, and tame the brain’s reward systems to combat overeating.
Sleep disorders can be the result of a variety of issues from stress and anxiety to chronic pain. Not only has full spectrum hemp been shown to help control these types of symptoms, it has also been shown to help regulate sleep cycles.
Clinical studies have shown that full spectrum hemp not only helps people sleep at night, it also contributes to more wakefulness and focus during the daytime.
Neurodegenerative conditions like strokes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease are the result of damage to neurons. Clinical studies have shown that full spectrum hemp possesses powerful neuroprotective properties and might have the ability to slow the progression of these conditions.
Research suggests that full spectrum hemp can help to regulate the activities of the skin’s sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for the production of the natural oils that keep our skin from getting too dry and protect it from the elements. When these glands get out of control — either producing too much or too little oil — conditions such as acne and oily or dry skin can result.
Throughout history, women and hemp have always had a special relationship. Since prehistory, it’s been women, for the most part, who have used herbal preparations such as hemp extract and hemp seed oil to help keep themselves and their families healthy. Today women have the luxury of being able to purchase a range of hemp-derived products which are rich in full spectrum hemp and other cannabinoids which are particularly beneficial for women.
Some of the products popular with women are the line of full spectrum hemp oil tinctures, full spectrum hemp oil capsules, especially our full spectrum hemp balms, and full spectrum hemp lotions from Panther Wellness.
Experts in the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids recommend that pregnant woman and women who are breastfeeding an infant avoid using full spectrum hemp products as they can upset the balance of natural cannabinoids which are essential to the health of the child.