By Meredith Summers | March 15, 2018
Your thyroid is an endocrine gland that regulates a number of functions in your body. Ultimately, it’s so major and so important that practically all your vital statistics are affected by how well it performs. So if your metabolism starts acting up or your heart rate begins to go off the rails, you might be able to look to this gland that runs from the windpipe to your neck. It’s time to take a slightly deeper dive into what the thyroid does, why it can be so devastating if it stops working, and what types of treatments are available on the market to help.
Your brain has a lot to do with what your thyroid does and how well it does it. If the neural synapses aren’t firing correctly, it can affect the body’s balance and result in a variety of symptoms. Thyroid issues can be difficult to diagnose because the results of a problem with the gland can mimic a variety of other potential diseases or disorders.
If the release of hormones from the thyroid is too high, you may start to gain weight or feel a constant sense of fatigue. If the release of thyroid hormones is too low, you may start to lose weight or develop an irregularly fast heart rate.
Only a doctor or advanced medical practitioner can tell you more about how your thyroid is affecting your body after performing some diagnostic tests, but it may take a while and a few wrong guesses to identify exactly what the issue is before moving forward. This is one reason why an overactive thyroid or underactive thyroid can be tricky to pinpoint, and requires medical testing to be identified and treated.
There are as many as 20 million people in the U.S. alone suffering from some type of thyroid problem. Women tend to develop thyroid troubles more often than men, with this disorder also contributing to early complications in pregnancy. So there are a lot of people out there who could use some answers about what exactly is going on with their body and what they can do about it.
Unfortunately, there is only so much that a doctor can tell you about why this may have started. The cause could be anything from high cholesterol to cigarette smoke to stress. We don’t know about you, but that’s vague enough to be fairly meaningless to us. It's hard enough to get the issue figured out, but it is even harder to identify an underlying cause!
There are different treatments available to the general public for thyroid troubles, which involve sometimes expensive and ofter long-term pharmaceutical management. It is important to note that the medications prescribed for hyperthyroid, and especially for hypothyroid conditions can vary in strength depending upon whether they are brand name or generic. This often makes finding an optimal doseage difficult, and levels can take a considerable amount of time to get under control.
Another thing to note is that in addition to the listed side effects of thyroid drugs, these medications have the potential to disrupt other major processes in your body while attempting to get a handle on the state of your thyroid. In other words, the thyroid may be helped by the medication, but it may come at the expense of another major system in your body such as your immune or digestion system.
Regulation of thyroid medications and blood hormone levels, along with mitigation of potential side effects can be a time consuming part of traditional treatment for thyroid problems. It is important to stay on top of any kind of treatment and report any changes in mood, energy, weight gain or loss and activity levels to a healthcare provider that understands the issues.
CBD oil is a nonpsychoactive substance that has the potential to support several aspects of health. Preliminary research in animal subjects seems to suggest that it may be able to help influence normal thyroid hormone levels by working directly with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors that occur naturally in the body (Journal of European Endocrinology, 2002).
But this shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who knows anything about CBD oil. The substance has a tendency to perform exactly the way the user would want it to, boosting already healthy bodily functions, helping to minimize the effects of harmful chemicals and processes, and potentiate beneficial effects in parts of the mind and body that may have lost their mojo somewhere along the way.
A study published in 2009 in the journal Endocrinology noted that there is an "important role for endocannabinoids in the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis" and reported that the research "suggests that endocannabinoids may influence both excitatory and inhibitory inputs" of the neurons that help regulate endocrine gland activity.
There is clearly a need for more research into the role that CBD can play in helping to boost stamina, improve concentration and support energy levels and synaptic activity in the mind and body. Cannabinoids are naturally occuring chemicals derived from plants, and our bodies have built in cell receptors that, if looked at logically, should be naturally receptive to their effects.
While we have been taught to depend solely upon pharmaceuticals to help treat illness, more and more people worldwide are convinced that they can further support health with non pharmaceutical efforts like exercise and good nutrition, rich in antioxidants and the naturally occuring chemicals proven to help provide relief from a variety of complaints.
The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine.