CBD and menopause – what is CBD Oil and is it safe?
What is CBD oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from hemp plants which is naturally low in THC and high in CBD. The cannabis plant produces hundreds of cannabinoids, one of them being cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD which makes up 40% of the plant’s extract.
Can you get high from taking CBD?
CBD Oil contains less than 0.2% or no THC which means you will not get the feeling of being high. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive element contained within the industrial hemp plant which gives you the high that is normally associated with cannabis because it contains high levels of THC.
In 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report saying that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans and is not associated with any negative public health effects. It was also stated that CBD does not induce physical dependence and “is not associated with abuse potential”.
So now we know it is safe, in what forms can you take it and how much should you take?
There are many ways in which you can take CBD. The most popular way is to put drops under the tongue. By keeping it in the mouth for approximately 90 seconds before swallowing will allow the CBD to be absorbed by the capillaries and go directly into the bloodstream. It also comes as a mouth spray, a vape, can be topically rubbed into the skin, or taken as a capsule and as gummy bears!
It is recommended to start with a low dose and work your way up so your body is given time to get used to the CBD so you can find the right dosage that works for you. The most common dose is between 5-15mg taken once or twice a day. Like some other herbal supplements, it can take up to three months before you experience the full benefits but others find they feel better straightaway.
BeingEve spoke to a reader Siobhan, 52, a Pilates Teacher from Surrey to find out how CBD Oil helps alleviate her menopause related anxiety and insomnia. Read article.
Please note: You should always consult a professional or your doctor before taking any supplements, and especially if you have any medical history that could contraindicate with any side effects.