November 3, 2021 08:00 am ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
Certain strains of cannabis have shown the potential to improve acne and assist with weight loss. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if cannabis could also assist with aging? Two women, Lilach Mazor Power and Stef Swiergol, stand behind their cannabis-based approach to aging well.
The cannabis entrepreneurs linked arms to launch Revelry, an Arizona cannabis company curated for women and female-at-birth people experiencing menopause. According to Forbes, “the wellness collection brings a plant-based approach to two underserved healthcare conditions, perimenopause and menopause, and features THC-infused day and night capsules, as well as CBD-infused intimacy oil.” With 6,000 Americans entering menopause every day, it’s time to start talking about it.
Creating a Conversation About Menopause
The Mayo Clinic explains perimenopause as the transitioning period of one’s body that marks the end of reproductive years and the start of menopause. By the time menopause has begun, the body has stopped producing hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. This transition and new phase of life can be difficult for those affected, as many experience hot flashes, night sweats, changes in mood, sexual discomfort, and much more.
Power told Forbes that Revelry was created after spending years watching women “desperately looking for solutions for the symptoms of menopause and how many of them found relief with cannabis.” In an effort to help women and other menstruating people through this confusing time, Power and Swiergol worked together to produce a line of products specifically tailored to the unique needs of those suffering through perimenopause and menopause itself.
Despite menopause being a natural part of the female aging process, the stigma attached to it makes it difficult to discuss. A study published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, consisting of interviews with 17 women, identified themes of silence, shame, and stigma in the subjects’ dialogue about menopause. The study concluded, “Efforts need to be made to decrease the isolation and stigma associated with menopause and aging women.”
“Until recently, I have not seen real, honest, and mature depictions of menopause in our culture and think this product has the potential to change that,” stated Power. Not only do the female CEOs want to see their niche products help women through menopause, but they also hope to use Revelry to change the way society views menopause.
Alleviating Symptoms of Menopause With Cannabis
Aging well has little to do with looking younger than one’s actual age—as society and beauty companies have led so many to believe—and more to do with continuously caring for one’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Power and Swiergol are on a mission to spread this sentiment through natural, plant-based products that tackle the side effects of aging holistically and safely.
According to Swiergol, “Women have lots of options when it comes to treating menopause symptoms, but the offering of credible, reliable, plant-based solutions is slim to none. We believe that the therapeutic attributes of cannabis can help women safely navigate their symptoms.” While any form of cannabis is likely to help with the unwelcome effects of menopause, Revelry’s products employ unique combinations of cannabinoids, including THC, CBD, and CBN, to fulfill the needs of menopausal women.
How exactly does cannabis affect our bodies’ natural aging process? A 2017 study found that THC slowed aging and cognitive decline in geriatric mice. After giving mice of various ages low doses of THC for four weeks, researchers tested the mice’s learning capacity and memory performance. An examination of brain tissue showed that the elderly mice that received THC were functioning at the same capacity as the younger mice. The study is promising, but similar studies conducted with humans are needed.
Revelry is spearheading a crucial movement to reframe and redefine womanhood. Thanks to Power and Swiergol, those suffering silently through menopause have a new, natural outlet to explore. If you are interested in using cannabis treatment for menopausal symptoms, be sure to check out our medically reviewed guide on menopause and cannabis, which includes an interview with women’s health expert Dr. Michelle Sexton.
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