What is cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol, the common name for CBD, is a molecule extracted from the hemp plant. From this same plant, many other substances can be extracted, such as CBG or THC.
It is the latter, whose full name is tetrahydrocannabinol, that gives the rest of the hemp molecules a bad name. It is indeed the psychoactive substance which creates risks of dependence and which is therefore considered a drug. Thus, for a CBD product to be legally sold in France, it must contain less than 0.2% THC.
Today, there are many CBD-based products: oils, resins, capsules, flowers, herbal teas, etc. It is therefore very simple to obtain and consume it to take advantage of its therapeutic benefits.
What are the benefits of CBD?
CBD therefore has many benefits, both for physical well-being and psychological well-being. Here is a non-exhaustive list:
- Reduction of transient or chronic stress,
- Reduction of sudden or established anxiety,
- Mood enhancement,
- Improved sleep quality: CBD limits bad dreams and nocturnal awakenings,
- Decreased sleep time,
- Improved concentration,
- Reduction of muscle cramps and pain,
- Reduction of body pain,
- Decrease in inflammation of the digestive system,
- Reducing cigarette addiction,
Does CBD have the same effect on men and women?
Depending on the gender one defines oneself with, one may experience different effects to drugs or dietary supplements.
So the same goes for CBD. It is good to take this information with a grain of salt, because each person actually reacts differently to CBD, regardless of their sex or the gender they identify with.
Perceived differences in well-being
The feeling of general well-being and the reduction of inflammation in the body are felt by both women and men.
Indeed, the molecules of CBD come into contact with the endocannabinoid system of the human body to act quickly through the body.
However, we tend to notice that the pain reduction is slightly less felt by men, probably due to the different hormonal system.
Finally, regarding the stress and anxiety rates, no particular difference was noted. We note, however, that women are more likely to consume CBD oil during the day, while men consume it mainly in the evening.
Does CBD affect the female hormonal system?
Among the hormones strongly present in women, we find estrogens. Their rate increases just before ovulation, then decreases afterwards, thus creating the female cycles.
Estrogen can precisely influence the way CBD is assimilated by the body: thus, it is possible that a woman reacts differently to cannabidiol depending on the phases of her cycle. Indeed, these hormones participate in the destruction of cannabinoids which are thus more absorbed by the blood system.
It is therefore at the time of ovulation that a woman feels the effects of CBD the most.
Good to know: CBD also acts on melatonin, cortisol and insulin.
CBD and menopause
When a woman goes through menopause, her hormones start to work differently and menstrual cycles stop. The body no longer produces estrogen, which inevitably leads to a disruption of the hormonal system.
This is why CBD may be suitable for premenopausal women: by acting in parallel with the endocannabinoid system, it stimulates the ovaries and therefore the production of estrogen.
Consuming CBD can therefore allow women to better navigate the transition to menopause.
CBD and periods
Many women need to take anti-inflammatory medications to deal with period pain. Consuming CBD can help avoid taking medication because it has the same virtues.
In addition, cannabidiol helps to relax the muscles andtherefore limits uterine crampswhich sometimes occur during menstruation.
What are the actions of cannabidiol on men?
Unlike women, men have a constant hormone level that is not subject to cyclical fluctuations. For this reason, men generally have to take a higher amount of CBD to experience the same effects as a woman.
The Case for Testosterone
Testosterone is a sex hormone very present in men. It acts on the development of muscles, libido, body hair, growth of the genital organ at puberty, etc.
This is why a teenager who is stunted or has trouble producing testosterone can use CBD products to support their body.
Adult, consuming CBD can help the production of testosterone, but also to regulate it. Cannabidiol is therefore recommended for men who suffer from an imbalance of this hormone. In addition, CBD helps to decrease the breakdown of testosterone in the liver.
Finally, CBD helps to reduce stress in general. However, this can cause an increase in the level of cortisol and prolactin, hormones that reduce the production of testosterone.
Thanks to all of these effects, CBD can help restore libido if necessary.
The differences in action of CBD on women and men: the final word
You will have understood that there is no significant difference in terms of the effects on well-being between a man and a woman. On the other hand, it takes a man to consume a little more CBD to experience similar effects.
Cannabidiol mainly affects hormones. These function differently between the two sexes, so differences in action are felt at this level.
No matter what gender you belong to, you can experience many benefits from the CBD molecule. Choose the method of consumption that suits you the most: herbal tea, infusions, capsules, or oil.
If you are new to using cannabidiol, we recommend that you start with CBD oil. Just drop a few drops under the tongue with the pipette and wait thirty minutes to enjoy the benefits.