The thyroid gland is an important gland that is responsible for secretion of hormones affecting individual cells, tissues and organs in the human body that supports their bodily functions.
The gland with nerve synapses also maintains constant communication with the brain, helping to regulate body homeostasis and control things like metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and even emotional reactions.
What is thyroid gland?
As mentioned earlier – the thyroid gland is an extremely important endocrine gland responsible for the release of hormones controlling metabolism, growth and development of the brain (especially during infancy), body temperature, heart and muscle function, bone health and cholesterol levels. These hormones are called thyroid hormones, and the most important one is T4 – thyroxine.
A thyroid disorder can cause an unbelievably wide range of unwanted symptoms that cause health complications, and often life-threatening.
Recently, there have been suggestions that there is a connection between the “communication network” of the thyroid – the brain and the endocannabinoid system. This system, which is present both in the central human nervous system and in the thyroid itself, can play a key role in the communication of the brain with the thyroid gland. This means that the endocannabinoid system and its receptors may have a direct effect on the effective release of thyroid hormone, which is necessary for the proper functioning of this gland.
Abnormalities caused by thyroid disorder
Thyroid glands releasing too many hormones ( hyperthyroidism ) or too small ( hypothyroidism) can have harmful effects on the functioning of many internal organs, which leads to deterioration of overall health and illness. In addition, thyroid disorder may cause, among others:
- The so-called. goitre (thyroid oedema)
- Thyroiditis (caused due to infection or autoimmune conditions)
- Thyroid cancer
- Nodules (small lumps on the thyroid gland that can lead to excessive hormone production)
- Thyroid gland (a rare form of hyperthyroidism that causes the release of very high levels of hormones)
Because thyroid disorder can cause so many abnormalities throughout the body, detecting them may not be easy. However, the following test can be used to diagnose thyroid disorders.
- Blood tests (checking levels of T3, T4 and thyroid stimulating hormone TSH )
- Thyroid imaging (i.e. ultrasonography)
Statistics indicate that about 20 million Americans are currently affected by thyroid disorders and most often are nodules, hypothyroidism and hyperactivity. The causes of these disorders are largely unknown, but autoimmune deficiencies, stress, high cholesterol levels and cigarette smoking are said to increase the risk of their occurrence. What’s more, women are 5 to 8 times more likely to develop the disease, and when untreated in pregnant women can lead to miscarriage or premature birth.
CBD treatment or conventional?
Depending on the specific disorder, there are many traditional treatments. Most therapies are based on taking pharmaceutical drugs that, apart from helping to regulate thyroid function, cause a number of side effects.
Studies show that CBD is effective in treating virtually every thyroid disorder by affecting the endocannabinoid system. The use of CBD has virtually no side effects. The advantage is also that it is usually enough for patients to use one product (i.e. CBD oil) instead of several traditional medicines.
CBD is also known for treating inflammation of the gland itself. Cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory properties and their action to reduce thyroid inflammation has been confirmed by many studies.
If you decide to use CBD oil therapy, remember to buy oil from a certified distributor. Not all producers operating on the hemp market are honest. It very often happens that the oil described as “CBD” contains virtually no active compounds. Only a reputable manufacturer or distributor guarantees the purchase of an effective product with the highest therapeutic properties.