Can Hemp Oil Help As You Enter Menopause?

If you're a "woman of a certain age," then you're probably struggling with all of the problems associated with hormone fluctuations as your body begins transitioning into menopause. Worse, you're probably looking for some clear answers about how to control all of those symptoms that you have. There's a ton of overwhelming information available—a lot of it contradictory. However, one drug—cannabis—is starting to gain wider acceptance among women and their gynecologists as a drug that can be used along with standard hormone replacement therapy to ease the transition into menopause. Can cannabis help you? Here is some information you should know.

Hemp oil—a form of cannabis—can provide you with some essential nutrients as you age.

Essential fatty acids, like the omega oils found in fish, are important to maintain a healthy body and they play a role in controlling everything from inflammation in your joints to hot flashes in menopause. However, the average individual doesn't get enough of these essential fatty acids in their diet, so things like flax seed oil and fish oil capsules are used to supplement. Hemp seed oil, a type of medical-grade cannabis that is both legal in the U.S. and available over the counter, is a great source of omega oils and is rapidly gaining ground over other choices.

Hemp oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which helps not only control inflammation but boost the power of anti-inflammatory drugs, helps lower the triglyceride levels in your body that could contribute to heart disease, boosts the effects of antidepressants, helps your body (along with calcium supplements) fend off osteoporosis, and may help protect against some forms of dementia.

Hemp oil also contains omega-6, which your body needs but can't produce on its own. Women who have begun to enter menopause often start seeing problems with thinning hair and lost skin elasticity, both of which can be helped by omega-6 fatty acids. It also helps regulate your metabolism, which can slow as you enter menopause.

Hemp oil can also help alleviate common menopausal symptoms.

Hemp oil can help with some of the regular problems associated with menopause, like a reduced sex drive and hot flashes. By working to balance the endocannabinoid system in your body, hemp oil can help raise your sex drive and reduce hot flashes naturally.

Weight gain is a considerable problem for menopausal women. There be an emotional factor involved when you are carrying around unwanted pounds, but the extra weight is also a health issue that leads to everything from joint damage to heart trouble. Despite the conventional belief that cannabis causes "the munchies," studies have shown that regular cannabis users are actually thinner than the general population. It also helps control fasting insulin levels and seems to help people metabolize carbohydrates better.

There has been a tremendous change in the medical community's attitude regarding the use of cannabis products like hemp oil. Talk to your gynecologist about supplementing your regular hormone replacement therapy—or delaying the start of it—with medical hemp oil. Whether you use it as an alternative treatment for a while or as a supplement, you may find that it makes your transition to this next stage of your reproductive cycle smoother and easier to tolerate. Visit websites like​ for more information about your options.