One common symptom which is characteristic of menopause is the sudden change in body temperature and hot flashes. This experience can be described as the sudden feeling of warmth in the upper body, which is usually most intense over the face, neck and chest.
Whilst research is ongoing about how exactly THC found in cannabis can affect the body’s temperature regulation, one way suggests the THC binds to the endocannabinoid receptors in the hypothalamus. This part of the brain regulates body temperature, and the addition of THC can support with increase or decrease of temperature.
In addition, THC is also useful in affecting the peripheral blood vessels, causing them to dilate or expand which can lead to head loss and fluctuations in body temperature.
It is also not uncommon for women experiencing menopause to struggle with their sleep and experience insomnia. These complaints are often accompanied by depression and anxiety, which can exacerbate poor sleep.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been studied and proven to help regulate the natural body clock and improve sleep quality and sleep regulation. CBD has been found to interact with receptors in the brain that regulate the sleep-wake cycle, such as the serotonin receptor, to promote relaxation and help individuals fall asleep faster.