Menopause is something about 50% of the world’s population goes through, yet it is still considered a taboo subject. Due to cultural avoidance, menstruators are often taken off guard when perimenopause begins. Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to menopause, and the symptoms are often associated with menopause despite having their own category. These symptoms include hot flashes, dizzy spells, weight gain, moodiness, and more. A person is only in menopause after not having their period for twelve months. Menopause has its host of symptoms; several overlaps with perimenopause, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and lots more.
As anyone can see, going through these natural life stages is not exactly a walk through the park. That is why it is essential to talk about these two phases and the slew of symptoms; they drastically change peoples’ moods and lives for years. If society is unwilling to discuss traits on perimenopause and menopause openly, treatments will be elusive and hard to find.
However, one such company is trying to change that. Lilach Mazor Power and her partner Stef Swiergol have launched a new company called Revelry to tackle the perimenopausal and menopause stages. Mazor Power and Swiergol founded Revelry after seeing women “desperately looking for solutions for the symptoms of menopause and how many of them found relief with cannabis.” Cannabis is used to treat several – if not most – of the symptoms when they are not associated with menstruators’ aging processes, so it was a logical question as to why it was not being used to treat those symptoms in perimenopause and menopause. Mazor Power and Swiergol created a product line of THC-infused day and night capsules, as well as CBD intimacy oils to specifically address perimenopause and menopause.
So what does the future look like for people experiencing the often lifestyle-inhibiting symptoms of perimenopause and menopause? Revelry is a bright spot in that future, but since Revelry is only available in Arizona, only a specific market has access to the products. One of the most important things to help menstruators access similar products is to empower more women and nonbinary-owned dispensaries. When there is empathy in a shared experience, products that target that experience are more likely to be made. Owners that have will go through, are going through, or have gone through perimenopause and menopause are far more likely to devote time and attention to products like Mazor Power and Swiergol did.
Education on perimenopause/menopause and cannabis is also essential. Persons going through these natural life stages deserve to have them talked about openly and honestly. Mazor Power commented on the need for education surrounding perimenopause and menopause by saying, “We want women to know what’s coming, to feel comfortable talking about it….” They also deserve to have healthy, plant-based treatments. As Mazor Power said, “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.”
Until people can have ease of access to products such as the ones offered by Revelry, cannabis treatment might seem out of reach to many. However, people experiencing symptoms due to perimenopause or menopause and having access to cannabis can still help treat themselves. For example, if an overwhelming symptom during perimenopause is muscle aches, menstruators experiencing that can find a strain at their local dispensary to tackle that specific symptom. Until capsules like Revelry are readily available, this method could help alleviate symptoms.
There is a lot of work to be done destigmatizing perimenopause, menopause, and cannabis. Mazor Power’s and Swiergol’s products are a perfect step in the direction to help people going through these changes. The cannabis industry would do well to learn and grow to support this group, and hopefully, change is in the near future. Until then, empowerment and education are the most critical measures for anyone experiencing perimenopause and menopause. In the words of Mazor Power, “We want to reframe what womanhood is and celebrate it.”