When it binds with our receptors for it, THC is responsible for the ‘high,’ psychoactive feeling and euphoria associated with marijuana.
It’s unclear whether CBD itself has as the ‘relaxing’ effect promised inside cups of caffeinated CBD latte.
Cannabinoids are divided into six subgroups, including the two best-known sets, cannabidiols (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinols (THC).
GW itself is currently in the early stages of clinical research on CBD and its potential to treat a slew of medical problems, including schizophrenia, anxiety and muscle stiffness from multiple sclerosis.
There is only one FDA-approved CBD drug – as of of June 2018 – and it is an anti-seizure medication called Epidiolex.
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The team hopes to enroll a total of 90 participants going forwards, although a timeline for the trial remains unclear.
WHAT CAUSES MIGRAINES?
THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, and is what makes people feel ‘high’, while CBD is thought to work with other elements in the body linked to feelings of wellbeing.
Scientific studies have shown the drug can alleviate depression, anxiety and stress, but heavy use may worsen depression in the long term by reducing the brain’s ability to let go of bad memories.
There are several treatment options available, including painkillers and anti-emetics to help with the nausea.
‘Three months on and I can honestly say that my anxiety levels have dropped to practically nothing,’ she writes. ‘I’ve also noticed that my joint pain has all but gone. I wake up in the morning and feel sprightly for the first time in a long time.’
As some of the most distressing symptoms of the peri-menopause and menopause include wakefulness, increased worry and achy joints, it’s no wonder that some women are prepared to give CBD oil a try (file image)
Yet it also notes that there is ‘very little reliable evidence to suggest CBD oil can treat the symptoms of the menopause’.
CBD is also often used to address anxiety and, notes Harvard Health, ‘studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep’.
Cannabinoid receptors are present in organs such as the brain and other body tissues, and it’s believed they contribute to functions including mood regulation, sleep, pain, memory and temperature modulation. The menopause seems to disrupt this system, which works by interacting with chemical messengers and can be influenced by CBD.