We spoke to OTO, the UK’s leading and most awarded luxury CBD brand about how CBD can have a positive impact on symptoms associated with menopause & peri-menopause. They broke down for us, what CBD is, how it works with the body, its main benefits in relation to menopausal symptoms and also addressed many common concerns and questions we hear about CBD. They also share how best to incorporate it into your daily life, when to take it and their top product recommendations.
What is CBD?
CBD is a non-intoxicating and non psyco-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.
Which symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause could CBD have a beneficial effect on?
CBD is a natural ingredient that along with a healthy lifestyle, can help maintain balance and normal functioning. In particular CBD has been credited for its balancing effect on sleep, skin mood & anxiety.
CBD for Sleep:
One of the most common misconceptions about CBD is that it makes you drowsy, when actually CBD optimises 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.
In OTO’s menopause consumer trials on 29 women suffering from perimenopause in December of 2021, 86% of women agreed that OTO Sleep Drops helped them achieve better sleep and 86% agreed they helped them fall asleep faster. OTO’s Sleep Drops are their best-selling product, loyal advocates include Lisa Snowdon, who called them ‘little drops of wonder’ and Dr Shahzadi Harper, AKA the Menopause Dr, who recommends them to her clients. Uniquely designed to deliver 50mg of CBD at the simple push of a button, they are not only effective at helping you wind down, relax and let go of the stresses of the day, they also have the refreshing taste of field mint, making it ideal and enjoyable to use just before bed after brushing your teeth.
CBD for mood and concentration:
Through 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 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 aging, and fatigue. During OTO’s menopause consumer trial; 71% of their participants agreed their fine lines appeared less visible and 97% agreed their skin felt nourished after using the Night Eye Treatment.
COMMON CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS ADDRESSED
How should I consume CBD?
CBD is available in a variety of forms. CBD is most commonly found as a tincture, OTO have a morning tincture; our Power Drops, packed with CBD & vitamins C, D & E & a night time tincture, OTO’s Sleep Drops featuring calming botanical extracts such as lavinder. However, for those who feel less comfortable ingesting CBD or want to have easy access to CBD on the go, OTO’s pulse point roll-on oils deliver an effective dose of CBD combined with complimentary essential oils.
Can I overdose on or take too much CBD?
The perfect amount will be different for everyone, but don’t worry you can’t overdose on CBD. Depending on how efficiently your body maintains its internal balance, the same amount of CBD might affect you differently compared to the next person. Any excess CBD that you don't need, your body will flush out naturally. OTO’s team of world-leading scientists have combined the best global research with extensive testing by our entire team creating a standard you can trust. OTO’s products contain the most potent qualities of lifestyle CBD brand globally - delivering 40-60mg.
When should I take CBD?
CBD is best taken consistently as part of a daily routine, so that it is always available in your system. Our studies found that you need to be taking over 40mg of CBD daily for 3-4 days for the full benefits to kick in. I suggest an optimum daily intake of 40-60mg. Everything at OTO is designed around three key moments, and your different moods and needs throughout the day. OTO’s Focus Pillar is designed to bring clarity and calm in the morning, Amplify supports you to remain present and connected in social moments & Balance helps you to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day.
Will CBD make me high?
Unlike THC it will NOT get you high and is not addictive CBD is legal in the UK and CBD has been declared safe by the World Health Organisation.
Will CBD products make me sleepy all the time?
CBD is not a sedative. All CBD does is promote balance and homeostasis in your body and therefore supports the optimal functioning of your circadian rhythm.
Learn more about OTO
OTO was founded by Gemma Colao, who discovered the power of CBD for sleep, anxiety and hormonal skin while living in San Francisco working in the fast-paced fashion industry. OTO is a brand committed to true efficacy and quality. The ambition to elevate the category and take this ingredient seriously, the only way to do that is to create products that actually work. OTO’s mission is to help people discover the power of CBD through thoughtful and effective products that enhance your routines and rituals. Guided by nature, and backed by science, OTO exists to help you amplify the silence, so that you can ‘find your space’ in a busy, stressful, 'always-on' world.
Most importantly, what makes OTO unique is that OTO works. OTO’s team of world-leading scientists have combined the best global research with extensive testing by our entire team creating a standard you can trust. OTO’s products contain the most potent qualities of lifestyle CBD brand globally - delivering 40-60mg. All OTO's products feature high-quality botanicals that enhance the benefits of the CBD and the flavours and aromas of the products. Everything OTO creates is researched, designed, and made in the UK, is plant based, is clean, cruelty free and vegan, and is zero sugar and no or low alcohol.