If you are struggling with symptoms of menopause or peri-menopause, such as sleep, anxiety, low mood and focus and lacklustre hormonal skin, CBD could help.
Read on to learn what CBD is, how it works with the body and its main benefits in relation to menopausal symptoms. We also answer common CBD questions, address concerns and advise on how best to incorporate it into your daily life, when to take it and our top product recommendations.
What is CBD?
CBD is a non-intoxicating and non-psycho-active component found in the cannabis plant. CBD is a natural ingredient that supports the regulation of sleep, mood and pain amongst other things; by communicating to neurotransmitters, cells and hormones to return to their happy equilibrium.
How does CBD work?
To understand CBD oil, first we have to talk about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is our body's master regulatory system that regulates things like appetite, pain management, digestion, reproduction, stress and memory, addiction, and depression. Found in synapses in the brain, central nervous system, organs, receptors in the skin.
In order for your ECS to work effectively, it needs a steady supply of compounds called cannabinoids. Some cannabinoids are made by your body (called endocannabinoids). Others are made by plants (called phytocannabinoids). One of the most well-known phytocannabinoids is CBD, which stands for cannabidiol.
CBD for sleep
One of the most common misconceptions about CBD is that it makes you drowsy, when actually CBD optimizes your natural sleep-wake cycle. CBD is not a sedative but instead a healthy, sustainable and natural alternative to a sleeping pill. CBD oil is brilliant for supporting your body to regulate itself and maintain a healthy balance. It helps the body effectively process stress and anxiety, in turn rebalancing hormone levels and improving sleep patterns, allowing you to better relax and unwind. CBD is a great way to enhance a healthy sleeping rhythm. As a result, leaving you feeling more calm, focused and productive, especially when taken as part of a daily routine.
CBD for mood and concentration
By helping the body process stress and anxiety, CBD allows you to feel more calm, focused and productive. The OTO Focus range was designed with productivity in mind. OTO’s Focus Roll-On Oil assists in bringing the busy day into focus thanks to a combination of CBD, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang and Peppermint. During OTO’s menopause consumer trial; 76% of women agreed OTO’s Focus Roll-On Oil helped improve their mood, 71% agreed it helped them feel more grounded and 89% of people said that the use of OTO products helped support their wellbeing.
CBD benefits for lacklustre and hormonal skin
When used topically in skincare, CBD also has powerful benefits. Responding differently depending on your individual skin needs, CBD is an incredibly versatile ingredient. CBD supports the healthy rejuvenation of your skin. CBD is highly ‘sebostatic’ and reacts with receptors to help balance and control oil production on the skin, which leads to fewer impurities like pimples, spots and blackheads. It is also an antioxidant, helping protect against daily damage from free radicals. Finally, CBD is a naturally nourishing oil, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and soft after use. Formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye, OTO CBD Night Eye Treatment combines high-quality CBD with carrot-seed oil, lavandin and helichrysum essential oil to tackle dryness, signs of ageing, and fatigue. During OTO’s menopause consumer trial; 71% of their participants agreed that their fine lines appeared less visible and 97% agreed their skin felt nourished after using the Night Eye Treatment.