With jam-packed schedules and all of life’s curveballs, it may be easy for anyone to overlook their overall wellbeing. We are all guilty of pushing self-care to the side, but doing this can have consequences in the long run.
Practicing self-care is essential for your overall mental, emotional, and physical health.
"A woman’s success in reaching her health goals is directly correlated with her willingness to engage in self-care," says Winged Advisor Dr. Aimée, "As a naturopathic doctor in a women’s health-focused private practice, I see women at all stages of their self-care journey, most frequently at stage ZERO. Self-care goes hand in hand with self-love and self-compassion, and I promise you, women who have more of these are more likely to engage in behaviors and regimens to optimize their health and to make the necessary changes required to get there. So we spend a lot of time in my office brainstorming about self-care strategies. We talk about food, exercise, getting out in nature, sleep, time with friends, laughter, sex...and in recent years, CBD"
Meet Dr. Aimée!
Aimée Gould Shunney, a naturopathic physician, has been in private practice since 2001, currently at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA. She blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics like dietary and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicine.
Dr. Aimée specializes in women’s health, bio-identical hormone balancing, sexual medicine, and functional digestive issues. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Aimée has been an educator and medical advisor to various companies in the natural products industry since 2011.
CBD has been recognized to alleviate some issues and conditions that are unique to women. Keep reading to discover how CBD can help you take life into your own hands.
CBD Benefits for Women
There’s a lot of factors that impact the health and wellness of women. We aren’t all the same - from hormones to skincare, CBD is used to improve unique and individual needs. CBD for women’s health has been recognized for bringing more balance and relaxation into our lives. We’ve gathered together a CBD benefits list for women - keep reading to discover the power CBD can have in your life!
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Our hormones have a powerful impact on our bodies. They are essential for every bodily process, like growth, metabolism, reproduction, emotions, and so much more! Hormonal imbalance happens when your normal hormone levels fluctuate. Luckily, CBD may help women who suffer from hormonal imbalance.
So what is the connection between CBD and hormone balance? Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is complex, regulating sleep, appetite, mood, and perception of pain. The ECS impacts female reproductive tissues and processes and when this is not balanced your sleep, temperature regulation, mood, pain, and appetite can be affected.
Stress can take a toll on your mental state and overall health. When the body is stressed, it produces cortisol. Although cortisol is essential for survival, involved in managing your stress response as well as controlling your natural fight or flight response, too much can cause fatigue, weight gain, and anxiety. One study published by the National Library of Medicine found that CBD was able to lower cortisol levels and alleviate chronic stress. CBD is a popular remedy for women who want to relax and calm their racing minds after a busy day.
More from Dr. Aimée: "Since the ECS is the gatekeeper for our stress response, and since CBD can support ECS function, it can be very useful to balance hormone production in women. I use it in my practice as part of an integrative treatment plan for PMS, menstrual migraines, post-partum depression, PCOS, painful and irregular periods, and low libido. Likewise, I have found CBD to be a game-changer when it comes to helping poor sleep, mood swings, and anxiety."
Pro-Tip: Our Happiness Soft Gels can give you more balance. The two primary female hormones: estrogen and progesterone, are important for sexual and reproductive development in women. They also help regulate a woman's menstrual cycle! Our Happiness Soft Gels contain both Black cohosh and chaste tree, which both are known to combat these emotions by regulating your estrogen and progesterone levels. Happiness also contains 5HTP which is a precursor to serotonin. We suggest taking Happiness with food as the herbs are strong yet effective. Also- If you are taking an SSRI/SNRI talk to your doc before incorporating 5HTP into your routine.
As women, we know premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is no joke. Most women can relate to the struggle we all go through once a month: cramping, mood swings, stress, headaches, and the list goes on, unfortunately. PMS symptoms can be a disruption in your busy day, even at their mildest and severe symptoms can be debilitating. Fortunately, many women have noticed CBD treatment can improve their PMS symptoms.
Irritability and mood swings are on the list of PMS experiences. These emotional experiences are a product of fluctuating hormone levels. Progesterone and estrogen can play a part in your levels of serotonin. Serotonin is known as the happy chemical, influencing your mood. A study done on animals published by the National Library of Medicine found CBD activated serotonin receptors, which may support mood improvement during PMS.
We wish it wasn’t true, but the pain can be a normal occurrence in any woman's life, especially during that time of the month. Our Relief Pain Support Soft Gels are powered by full-spectrum hemp extract to ease physical discomfort and promote a healthy inflammatory response. Bonus relief! We added a comprehensive female-specific Pain Support Complex+ that may help with cramping, breast & back pain associated with PMS!
An inevitable part of aging is menopause. During menopause, women go through major hormonal, physical, and psychological changes. The symptoms of menopause can be unique to each person! Similar to how CBD can help with hormone imbalance and PMS symptoms, CBD can improve menopause symptoms. Many have reported the positive impact CBD can have on mood changes, joint discomfort, and sleep problems - all associated with menopause.
Aches are a common symptom that occurs post-menopause, as reduced estrogen levels tend to produce higher levels of inflammation. CBD may support a healthy inflammatory response as reported in a 2015 literature review published in the journal of Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.
Sleep disturbances are a huge area of concern for menopausal and postmenopausal women. About 61% of women in menopause experience symptoms of insomnia. Alyssa Dweck, MD, an OB-GYN, reported seeing women’s menopause symptoms improve with CBD. Her patients used CBD to help them stay asleep, while also calming the busy mind from menopausal anxiety. Keep reading to learn how CBD improves sleep.
PMS and menopause symptoms can also affect your nightly Zzz’s. Symptoms like headaches, cramps, and stress can wake you up at night, making you tired for the day ahead. CBD is recognized for helping your both fall and stay asleep! A 2017 review of sleep and cannabis in the journal of Current Psychiatry Reports found that CBD may affect sleep directly by interacting with receptors in the brain that govern our body’s daily sleep and wake cycles. This regulation of sleep and wake cycles can help you feel rested and energized!
Our Sleepy CBD Gummies were formulated to banish restless nights. The combination of full-spectrum hemp extract and herbal sleep aids help calm a racing mind and relax physical tension, so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.
CBD is the new golden ingredient in skincare and beauty products. Nourishing your skin and hair with a daily self-care routine can help you relax and feel good! Feeling good in your own skin can give you a boost of confidence too! CBD has been studied for its hydrating and skin calming properties.
Dry skin is never fun - it can lead to itchy discomfort that you can’t stop thinking about all day. CBD has been used for its hydrating effects locking in moisture. You can overdo it! Be aware that CBD, when used excessively, can actually make you drier. We’ve got your back. Winged's Radiance Everywhere Lotion contains 100 mg CBD from full-spectrum hemp extract, but we added a luxurious blend of botanical oils and extracts to balance the potential drying of CBD. CBD’s properties can also help with dry, irritated flare-ups too!
Inflammation is your worst nightmare when it comes to skin, especially when it comes to acne or an uneven skin tone. CBD’s unique characteristics are what makes it all the rage! CBD has been looked at for fighting oil production and supporting a healthy inflammatory response, two possible causes of acne. CBD can be an excellent option for treating and soothing irritated skin!
For optimal self-care, we urge you to put your phone on Do Not Disturb, pour a glass of wine, and put on our Radiance Facial Sheet Mask. Made with Biocellulose (the gold standard of sheet mask material), our mask will cling to every contour of the face, delivering maximum nutrients to your skin. This refreshing and hydrating mask recharges your skin and resets your energy too!
As far as skincare goes, there is still more research to be done! CBD is still new, but the American Academy of Dermatology Association reports that small studies show hope for CBD’s ability to be a natural remedy for many skin conditions. We always suggest chatting with your dermatologist before buying any CBD skincare product.
CBD Wellness for Women
If you are new to the CBD world, it may seem complicated to navigate the many CBD products to find which will help with your unique struggles. Remember, there is no magic dose - or even a magic product - the key is to find the sweet spot for you. Dr. Aimée says, "You can’t go wrong if you start low and go slow, even 1-5mg can have powerful effects! CBD is fast-acting, so you can judge from your own response if you need more or less. Time your dose with your goals, ie: at bedtime for sleep quality or in the mornings for mood support."
Winged Wellness has created products that are specifically designed for women! Our product range can uplight you throughout any stage of your life, from relieving menstrual cramps to easing menopausal sleep disturbances. We formulated products that utilize the power of full-spectrum CBD along with natural ingredients and remedies to target each and every issue you may run into, including mood, sleep, stress, and overall woman wellness!
Winged Wellness is for women who want to take their life into their own hands, harnessing the power of endocannabinoids! We know it’s cheesy, but life can be a rollercoaster. We want to make the ups and downs easier to handle so you can focus on your big goals!