MENOPAUSE: CANNABIS, CLIT SPRITZ & CLEARING THE BRAIN FOG

The Menopause isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Not that women’s magazines give it the most flattering write up with endless articles featuring tips on how to manage hot flushes, mood swings and weight gain. But despite covering the basics in terms of what symptoms to expect, what’s often missing is the vital information about what it’s really like for many people. The fact that, sometimes, dietary tweaks to up your intake of phytoestrogens and keeping a cool spritz by the bed ain’t going to cut it when your whole world is being slammed upside down by a debilitating migraine or a vagina that’s dry as the desert. 

Here at The Tonic, we’re all for honest conversation. Not only in terms of business transparency, the ins and outs of CBD and cannabis as a whole, but about everything life throws at us that we may need CBD for. For us, there’s no such thing as taboos – just stuff we’re all thinking about and dealing with quietly that, quite frankly, needs talking about in an up front kind of way. And the menopause, for some utterly bizarre reason, still sits up there in the list of subjects we’re supposed to suffer in silence about.

Well, not any more.

Let’s talk menopause symptoms, shall we? You know, the ones which start years BEFORE menopause officially sets in and continues for years AFTER it’s apparently finished. Your hormones are a mess, that’s just a fact of life. Your emotional state is likely to be highly sensitive (there’s no shame in bursting into tears in the supermarket because you can’t find the cereal aisle or finding yourself boiling over with spitting rage at something you’ve seen on the TV – it’s horribly normal); You may feel so sick and dizzy at times that leaving your bed or eating anything remotely healthy just isn’t an option; Your periods are probably having a wild time, really making the most of it’s final stretch with weeks of bleeding at a time or crippling pains. And who knows what the deal with sex drive is – is it non-existent? Are you insatiable? It probably changes minute to minute. Then there’s the mysterious aches and pains, the brain fog which leaves you forgetting your own name, the weight fluctuations with no rhyme or reason. In short it really, really sucks, most of the time. But you’re not alone and better still, you’re not a lost cause. 

The first thing to fully accept is that you are changing. There’s no way under, over or around it – this is something you have to go through. And you will come out the other side. But while you are changing, it’s so important to understand why and therefore how you can take care of yourself.

In Caitlin Moran’s brilliantly accurate ‘Drugs and the Peri-menopause’ column, she explains why she thinks taking lots of drugs in her youth gave her at least a little preparedness for the menopausal years to come. And this actually makes a lot of sense. All these symptoms you’re experiencing now are being directly cause by a chemical change and imbalance in your body, just like a come down after a night out on Ecstasy. 

‘The day after doing Ecstasy, when you can feel the drugs leaving your body, hour by hour, and the list of things that you felt inclined to do last night – dance, talk, laugh, jump off a wall because it was funny, kiss and hug people, shout “I LOVE YOU!” at strangers because, in that moment, you really do – gradually gets smaller and smaller until you want to do none of those things any more.

Now, all you want to do is curl up in a ball and concentrate on feeling terrible. You enter a phase of regret. Your synapses, having been bathed previously in lovely, warm, syrupy rush of serotonin, have now run out of serotonin and all that’s left is cortisol and adrenaline. You might feel a bit angry. You definitely feel woeful.’

‘As with the payback for two days of Rhubarb & Custards, so with the payback for fertility. As I have realised with my ongoing reproductive shut down, the main thing that’s not happening is: you’re not on drugs any more’

She’s right. All that Oetrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and all the chemicals that come with it are suddenly and dramatically changing along with everything you know about yourself. That’s tough, and while there’s no stopping it, there is something you can do to at least give your body a fighting chance in coping with this transition: try CBD.

As a pleiotropic, cannabis (and the cannabinoids derived from it), produces many different effects through almost all molecular pathways, by activating or binding to the receptors throughout your endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a complex network which spans your entire body. When you use a CBD product, the molecules from this incredible plant will travel where they are needed, assisting in releasing your own endocannabinoids including bliss neurotransmitter, Anandamide, providing the support you need to regain and maintain balance – exactly what’s missing during those menopausal years.[

“I love this product. It does what it promises, in my case I needed something to help with dryness caused by the menopause. The texture is beautifully silky and not at all greasy or oily. While the perfume is so discreetly sexy that I’d like to wear it all over! I fully recommend it”.
Kate Mitchell, Tonic customer

CBD isn’t a quick fix for the menopause, sadly there’s no such thing, but it is a simple, natural and accessible way to make the whole awful process much more bearable. You can support your body in bringing a little balance to your over-burdened endocrine system by microdosing your favourite CBD. Try our 8% CBD oil for bringing a little mental clarity and calm into your life, our grounding 3% CBG enhanced oil to ease those mood swings and treat yourself to our silky-soft, mildly tingly Clit Spritz to lubricate, rejuvenate and bring back sensitivity to your neglected lady bits.

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