As most of us would know, the Thyroid is a endocrine gland in the center of the neck that secretes many useful hormones responsible for regulating growth and speed of your metabolism. Not just that, a healthy thyroid also ensures a healthy heart. Thyroiditis is an umbrella term that encompasses different types of thyroid disorders including – goiter, cancer, a benign tumor, fluid buildup, infection or hormonal disorder. Almost 20 million people in America are suffering from some sort of thyroid disorder, 60% of which do not even realize having it.
How can Cannabis Benefit?
Studies have revealed promising outcomes of cannabis, used in conjunction with regular Thyroid medication, in curing the symptoms of Thyroiditis.
How it Works
The therapeutic action of cannabis attributes to the cannabinoid receptor system, comprising of CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are present in the brain and spinal cord, and in some peripheral tissues, which is why CBD impacts memory, pain, fatigue, anxiety, motor control etc. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are present mainly in immune tissues, which explains its association with anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory influences.
Now, let me walk you through the various types of thyroid disorders and the role of cannabis in alleviating the thyroiditis symptoms:
If you are suffering from Hypothyroidism (under-active Thyroid), you will end up feeling tired, depressed, and will gain weight relatively quickly. Hyperthyroidism (over-active Thyroid), on the other hand, will lead you to race around and get exhausted. New strains of cannabis, high in Cannabinoid CBD have been found to alter receptors that regulate metabolism.
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack the thyroid which results in the gland making more thyroid hormone that is required by the body. Some of the symptoms of Graves’ disease include irritability, sleep disorders, palpitations, weight loss, diarrhea and reduced tolerance of heat. Cannabis is commonly recommended by medical practitioners all over the world to treat all the symptoms mentioned above.
A Toxic Adenoma is a single nodule that grows on the thyroid gland causing it to become enlarged and secrete excess hormones. This results in upsetting your body’s chemical balance. Marijuana’s cannabinoids have been proved to bring about self-destruction in these rogue cells.
Subacute Thyroiditis is an acute inflammatory disease of the thyroid mostly induced by a virus. Symptoms include fever and thyroid tenderness that causes the thyroid gland to secrete excess hormones. Cannabinoids have been repeatedly proved to reduce inflammation.
Cancerous growths in the Thyroid Gland
A large body of evidence has implied that phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids have an inhibitory impact over cancer advancement through impediment of cell proliferation and initiation of apoptosis. Some studies also back the theory that cannabinoids may boost immunity against the growth as well as the spread of tumors. The primary bioactive cannabinoid Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol has been approved for the treatment of cancer chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Cannabinoids may also be beneficial in treating cancer-related pain and fatigue.
Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, causing inflammation and eventually an under-active thyroid gland. The two natural components of Cannabis – CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are known to treat inflammation throughout the body.
Pituitary disorders, mostly caused by tumors, can result in the thyroid gland acting abnormally due to an interruption in the secretion of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Cannabis has been proved to have anti-tumor properties.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
Cannabigerol (CBG), a lesser known cannabinoid has been shown to kill MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a tough-to-treat bacterium, that causes infections in different parts of the body including the thyroid gland, and is resistant to some commonly used antibiotics.
Some of the best strains for relieving thyroiditis symptoms are Harlequin for treating inflammation, Green Crack for treating fatigue, Cannatonic for treating stress, depression, pain and inflammation, Bubba Kush to treat sleep disorders and Girl Scout Cookies for treating loss in appetite, stress, and insomnia.
It comes as no surprise, that cannabis used in combination with traditional thyroid treatments can make the lives of patients easier and better. It may not cure the very condition but can definitely help mitigate symptoms of different forms of thyroiditis. So, if you happen to be on thyroid medication, make sure you consult your trusted medical practitioner about incorporating this wonder weed into your routine and reap its numerous benefits!
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