CBD Oil and your thyroid gland21 November 2022
A healthy thyroid gland ensures that certain physical processes can run smoothly. An overactive or underactive thyroid gland may affect in particular your metabolism. This can lead to fatigue, gaining or losing weight, stress, depression and anxiety. How can CBD Oil help to relieve the symptoms of in improper functioning thyroid gland? Read it in this blog!
What does a healthy thyroid gland do?
The thyroid gland is an important endocrine gland that’s located in the neck. The thyroid gland produces hormones which regulate a variety of processes in the body. Your brain also produces a hormone, that ensures the proper functioning of thyroid gland and your body is hormonally balanced.
The most important process that’s being regulated by the thyroid gland is the metabolism, but the gland also influences emotions and mood, body temperature and heartbeat.
What are the symptoms of an improper functioning thyroid gland?
There are roughly two types of thyroid problems: an overactive and an underactive thyroid gland.
When your thyroid gland is overactive, it produces too much hormones. Your body creates extra energy, so all the body processes accelerate, also the metabolism. You can experience symptoms like heart palpitations, trembling, excessive sweating, you feel more irritable and uneasy, fatigue, diarrhea, your thyroid gland is enlarged and you lose weight while your diet is normal.
However, when your thyroid gland is underactive, it produces too little hormones. This causes your body to have less energy and your metabolism slows down. You can notice this by feeling cold all the time, tired and sluggish, your heart beats slower, your hair is falling out, the eyelids get swollen and you gain weight while you have a normal diet.
How do thyroid problems get treated?
With an overactive thyroid one or two types of medicines can get prescribed. You can take a medicine that causes the thyroid gland to slow down. Or you get prescribed two medicines: one to make your thyroid gland stop functioning completely, combined with a hormone to take over its job. This last medicine is also prescribed for an underactive thyroid gland, to supplement the hormone levels.
Unfortunately this kind of medication can have side effects:
- Itchy skin
- Bumps on the skin
- Joint pain
- Pain in the chest
- Heart palpitations
How can CBD Oil cooperate with your body?
Human beings and all other mammals have one very important system in their body, that ensures all body processes can run smoothly: the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It consists of an enormous amount of receptors, located throughout the body. These receptors can be influenced by endocannabinoids: substances that are being produces by your own body.
But also cannabinoids from the outside, like CBD (cannabidiol) in CBD Oil, can switch the receptors on or off. That way, certain processes get stimulated or inhibited. Examples of these processes are your mood, memory, immune system, body temperature, appetite, pain, hormone levels and many more.
The best news here is that CBD Oil almost doesn’t cause side effects. There are a couple side effects you can experience, but those are mostly very mild and go away as soon as your body gets used to the CBD. For example, dizziness, nausea, a dry mouth, drowsiness and a reduced appetite.
How can CBD Oil help with thyroid problems?
Researchers have found a link between the ECS and the thyroid gland. The receptors of the ECS are also located in the thyroid gland. These specific receptors regulate the production of thyroid hormones. Because of this, scientists believe that cannabinoids like CBD can support the thyroid gland and help to keep the hormone levels balanced.
Research also showed that CBD and other cannabinoids can help to relieve other symptoms of thyroid problems, like pain, depression and anxiety, sleep and energy, appetite, inflammation and a dry skin.
CBD Oil and hormone levels
Our hormones get produced by a number of glands in our body. Hormones are responsible for a variety of physical and psychological processes. The thyroid gland is such a gland that produces hormones and studies have discovered that receptors of the ECS are also located in this gland.
Thyroid problems can be the result of a hormonal disbalance, which causes health problems to arise. CBD Oil can have an indirect influence on processes like energy, body weight, body temperature and cell growth, by binding to the receptors in the thyroid gland. This way CBD can play a role in helping to rebalance your hormone levels.
CBD Oil relieves pain and inhibits inflammation
In many cases, thyroid problems cause pain. A common complaint is muscle and joint pain. Fortunately, CBD Oil can help with this! CBD can have painkilling effects by cooperating with the ECS, and decrease the sensitivity of cells to pain stimuli.
CBD Oil can help to combat different kinds of thyroid problems. In fact, most thyroid conditions are being caused by chronic inflammations and the way your body reacts to this. But CBD Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Several studies have proven that the cannabinoid plays a role in reducing inflammation.
CBD Oil against stress, depression and anxiety
CBD Oil can help to reduce anxiety and depression, by interacting with different systems in our body that regulate our stress reaction. An example of this is serotonin, also called the ‘happy hormone’. This hormone can cause feelings of happiness, well being and relaxation and CBD Oil can stimulate the production of serotonin.
However, CBD Oil can also inhibit the receptors in the brain that become active when you experience stress. This is how it can have a calming effect. At the same time, CBD Oil lowers the blood pressure and makes sure you can breath more profoundly. All this together can have a very positive effect on your physical reaction to stress and relieve depression and anxiety.
CBD Oil for more sleep and energy
Because anxiety is one of the main causes of sleeping problems, many people use CBD Oil for this. In fact, CBD Oil can also stimulate your sleep and waking rhythm.
CBD Oil can reduce stress and anxiety, but also increase your energy level and focus. This makes you more alert and productive during the day. When you’re more alert during the day, your body receives signals at the end of the day that tell you it’s time to go to sleep. Besides this, CBD Oil can help your body to stimulate the production of melatonin, so you fall asleep easier and sleep better.
People who suffer from thyroid problems can benefit a lot form this, because one of the symptoms is a low energy level. This could also be caused by a disturbed metabolism, which can be positively influenced by CBD Oil too.
CBD Oil, weight and appetite
CBD Oil can help you to get a grip on your body weight when you are suffering from thyroid problems. The cannabinoid has an inhibiting effect on the appetite, so you feel less hungry and lose weight easier. This is only possible when your metabolism gets stimulated as well.
Another interesting development is the research into CBG Oil. It seems that CBG stimulates the appetite, so you feel more hungry and can gain weight. This is especially useful when you have an overactive thyroid gland!
Can you combine CBD Oil with other medicines?
This is a very important question and the answer is: not always. CBD Oil is safe to use, but be really careful when you’re already taking regular medication! Always consult your doctor when you want to start using CBD Oil for your thyroid gland, because CBD can make sure the medicine doesn’t get metabolized correctly. In extreme cases this can be dangerous, so always be very careful!
How can you use CBD Oil with thyroid problems?
You can take CBD Oil, CBD Tablets or one of our other CBD Snacks orally. This is the best way to help to reduce a physical imbalance, anxiety or depression. On the other hand, you can use CBD Skincare Products when you experience pain locally, for example on your neck or on a swollen joint.