CBD, HEALTH

CBD and PCOS

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What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common causes of female infertility, affecting around 5 million women in the United States. The imbalance of reproductive hormones causes it. In women with PCOS, the eggs may not be developed correctly or released during ovulation, making conceiving harder for mothers.    

   

What causes Polycystic Ovarian Cystic Syndrome?      

     

Three things that can cause PCOS in women are high levels of androgens, insulin, and stress. Every woman has androgen hormones, but the hormonal levels would be higher than average with this condition. Androgens are “male” hormones that can lead to baldness and excessive facial hair growth, which prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg for ovulation each month. Insulin is a second hormonal imbalance that controls consumed food into energy. Most women are insulin resistant, which shows the woman’s body cannot typically respond to insulin. Most PCOS-diagnosed women are insulin-resistant, especially those who are overweight and have a family history of diabetes. Over time insulin resistance can lead a patient to develop type two diabetes. Lastly, stress is another driving force of PCOS. With elevated androgens from the adrenal glands that cause an emphasis in ovarian issues by excess insulin, it’s essential to know the adrenal glands produce a tremendous amount of androgen hormones. So, if different stressors activate the adrenal glands, this can lead to the overproduction of androgen hormones.        

  

PCOS manifests when imbalanced hormones create reproductive and ovary issues over time. The females’ ovaries may produce a buildup of follicles over time. Some women may not have cysts, some may have a cycle, and some may not. The various complications for the patient can be infertility, mood disorders, miscarriages, liver inflammation, diabetes, hirsutism, endometrial cancer, and more. As PCOS can create potential chronic health diseases, finding relief that helps patients effectively and efficiently manage their symptoms is essential. PCOS is still a condition that is not medically widely known, has a treatment to eradicate, nor is this disorder not always preventable.   

Explaining the combo of CBD and PCOS            

Although the cause of PCOS is unknown, research articles believe insulin plays a part in this hormonal disorder. In the human body, hormones are responsible for regulating the body. Unfortunately, the vast majority of women with PCOS are insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is resistance to the hormone insulin, resulting in increased blood sugar. The endocannabinoid system of CB1 and CB2 are the two main fundamental components. These components ensure the hormones receive proper signals that produce expected production levels.

For PCOS-ridden women, the overexpression of these cannabinoid receptors can create insulin resistance. This resistance causes androgen production to rise, leading to the difficulty of ovulation, stimulating PCOS and infertility issues.  

  

CBD and PCOS  

  

Every human body has an endocannabinoid system with two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors deal with the brain by mediating the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids, whereas CB2 receptors act on the immune system with anti-inflammatory properties. Research studies state that dysfunction in the endocannabinoid stimulates PCOS within the human body. Therefore, finding a treatment plan that can help stabilize this system is crucial. Cannabidiol CBD can provide necessary relief for patients with PCOS. In addition, the cannabinoids from marijuana plant products, CBD, can regulate the body by replacing them with the requirements of the cannabinoids

  

How does CBD work in the body?  

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been thought to help with mood regulation and keeping the body in balance. Many women are increasing their usage of cannabidiol without the feeling of being “high.” CBD not only gives the comfort of feeling good, but this can help women with many things, such as better mood and sleep and creating a sense of balance in the body. Women with PCOS can benefit particularly from their stress levels, which can help them feel calmer and sleep better.   

If you gladly include this fantastic natural product in your treatment plan. The Dr. Peace Lily website has a wide variety of CBD options for relief.   

  • CBD Gummies: Gummies are the most convenient way to take them as a supplement. These gummies bring calm, sleep, and stress relief. Chewing is easy, and you do not have to worry about swallowing a whole pill. Swallowing pills can scare people away, but we want our customers to trust us and feel comfortable at Dr. Peace Lily. These gummies are not only 25mg of CBD but vegan; the flavors are lemon and orange. Taking at least 1-2, gummies daily is recommended if you decide on this option.   
  • Magic Portion Tincture: Dr. Peace Lily’s magic portion tincture is a fantastic product. Tinctures are very different from the conventional medication route. You may ask, “How much should I take?” That depends on the strength of your tincture, what you want to take it for, and how sensitive your body is to CBD. We offer either a 500mg or 1000mg tincture on our website. We typically recommend starting with 10-30mg of CBD and then increasing it by 5mg every three days until you find the proper dosage. As a company created by a licensed pharmacist, this product is actual CBD which is accurately and effectively dosed. The body can balance this by regulating the hormones and relieving stress. Suppose you decide on this option for treatment. In that case, it is recommended to consistently complete this tincture task once or twice a day.  

  

How will I know this will work?   

As a woman, who went through unbalanced hormones, such as prolonged cycles, stress, and premenopausal symptoms at a young age, I resulted in CBD products and holistic options. Since the journey of my diagnosis, I have improved my diet but stayed consistent with Dr. Peace Lily products. Currently, I am in my last year of pharmacy school, with rounds of post-graduate job interviews and graduation. After the consistent regimen of the CBD tincture, I have seen improvement in my attitude, regulated menstrual cycles, and stress levels. In addition, as a warrior fighting PCOS and an upcoming graduate from pharmacy school, I have learned the importance of integrative medicine. This experience influences me to speak on the benefits and combination with conventional medications as a future pharmacist.     

This article was written by Dr. Peace Lily Scientific Communications Intern, A’lexxuis Combs, and edited by Dr. Najifa Choudhury, PharmD.

References 

  1. CDC. PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and Diabetes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published March 24, 2020. Accessed August 22, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/pcos.html 
  2. Penner EA, Buettner H, Mittleman MA. The impact of marijuana use on glucose, insulin, and insulin resistance among US adults. Am J Med. 2013;126(7):583-589. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.03.002 
  3. Adrenal Glands. Hopkinsmedicine.org. Published August 8, 2021. Accessed August 22, 2022.https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/adrenal-glands 
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