Can CBD For Autoimmune Thyroid Disease Help?
Is CBD for autoimmune thyroid treatment a real solution? Let’s discuss. Autoimmune diseases develop slowly over time, causing cells to become sensitized to the body’s normal tissue. Imbalance in cellular metabolism (excess substrate production vs. a decreased rate) causes organs to malfunction.
Commonly seen symptoms of an autoimmune disorder are: depression, weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, slowed wound healing, constipation, stiff joints, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. Often, multiple conditions are present which can cause the syndrome. One of the important roles of the immune system is to help regulate the “right” cells against foreign invaders – the cells that cause allergic reactions, such as those seen with asthma or auto-immune disorders. Autoimmune thyroid can lead to hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone) and osteoporosis (decrease in bone mass). The goal is to help the immune system do its job.
This ongoing system malfunction can be addressed by the use of naturally-based, plant-based compounds. Research has shown that they, in fact, can help the immune system to do its job. In a nutshell, they “turn off” on/off the auto-immune response. We already know that CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiviral and anti-cancer properties. These properties may be why it has been effective in clinical trials for various inflammatory ailments.
Research also indicates that CBD helps to regulate blood sugar levels. This is because it stimulates the production of insulin (which helps in the synthesis of glucose). Insulin is necessary for the efficient utilization of glucose and energy. It also helps to control blood pressure.
Interestingly, CBD is a powerful modulator of the immune system, particularly the T-cells, which directly affect various bodily functions. It has been shown that when T-cells are stimulated, they start to produce a greater number of killer cells, which are key in the elimination of tumors. Additionally, CBD has the ability to reduce inflammation. This may help to explain the clinical benefits seen with inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and hepatitis.
In a recent study, Dr. Michael E. Perlis of the Department of Toxicology, University of Wisconsin Madison, stated, “CBD is very strong at regulating the metabolism in cells…It’s just as if you’re trying to over-regulate your pancreas or your stomach.” This statement is supported by the fact that CBD is a partial agonist on the delta-aminobutyric acid (BA) receptor, which is found predominantly in the hypothalamus, kidneys, stomach, and liver. The receptors in these organs control the release of various chemicals (serotonin and endorphins) that are necessary for normal function. As a result, when the levels of these chemicals are out of balance, health issues like depression, anxiety, and ADHD can occur.
While it is not entirely clear how CBD affects the immune system, it has been shown that it does seem to affect the regulation of inflammation. For example, CBD apparently prevents platelet Rich Stimulation, which is the process by which white blood cells like lecithin move from the blood into the affected tissues (like the brain). Studies have also shown that CBD prevents the phosphorylation of the glycogen-producing enzyme p70. Glycogen is a key component of energy production in the body.
These results suggest that CBD may have an effect on the immune system and specifically, the thyroid. People with hypothyroidism are increasingly turning to this natural treatment to combat their disease. There is even a new all-natural medication called Thyromine, which was originally intended to treat thyroid problems. It was discovered that Thyromine could stimulate the immune system and help repair damaged cells. This compound is now used in the treatment of autoimmune thyroid problems.