Does CBD Affect Thyroid Glands?
Many people are confused about whether or not CBD affects thyroid function. I also get that question a lot from my patients. They want to know if it can help with hypothyroidism, goiter, chronic fatigue, obesity, and many other illnesses. The short answer is: It’s complicated. In some cases, the body’s autoimmune system may be preventing the CBD-loaded cells from reaching the thyroid, which could be one of the causes of symptoms.
When you have an auto-immune disease, such as Lupus, CFS or Shingles, your body’s autoimmune response to certain allergens can cause your thyroid to fail. In some extreme cases, the patient can go into a coma or death because of the auto-immune response. So, basically, CBD is like a “lock” to the autoimmune system, keeping it from attacking your body’s tissues. Or in other words, when your immune system sees a certain allergen, it stops making antibodies against it.
Some researchers theorize that CBD might have a “clockwork” effect on the thyroid, keeping it “on” all the time and working to correct the clock’s slow ticks. So, the auto-immune response might keep CBD from working, thus allowing the CBD to have its therapeutic effects. That makes sense, since CBD is a very strong antioxidant. It’s impossible to break down in the body, so it doesn’t go anywhere.
Other researchers have speculated that CBD has similar effects to the body’s natural thyroids. Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland. CBD can interfere with the production of thyroids, causing negative effects in the regions where thyroids are produced, including in the brain, lungs, heart and liver.
There are more ways that CBD can have an effect on the body than its effects on the thyroid. For example, CBD can interfere with the effects of Ephedrine in the body. This is a stimulant that causes people to feel energetic. People who take Ephedrine are often advised to not take other stimulants. But, CBD is even stronger than Ephedrine, so using it alongside other stimulants is not recommended.
Another potential negative effect of CBD is the effect on the liver. This is because the liver is responsible for eliminating many toxins from the body. Some researchers believe that taking too much CBD can lead to liver damage. This could lead to increased toxicity or an increase in the risk of liver cancer. In addition, the CBD is known to interact with some prescription medications, so people with certain diseases may be unable to take some of these medications because of this interaction.
The only thing that seems to be clear is that CBD appears to have a beneficial effect on children with ADHD. But, there was no significant effect on adults. This seems to be because in order for CBD to have an ADHD effect, it has to be taken in very small doses, so most people can’t take it. However, there are a number of alternative treatments for ADHD available, which could explain why CBD doesn’t have an effect on ADHD in most people. In fact, many experts agree that it’s impossible to determine whether or not CBD affects ADHD when looking at this effect in adults.
So, can CBD affect thyroid function? According to some researchers, “there is definitely the potential for CBD to mimic the actions of medications used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin. This is because CBD mimics the effects of ephedrine (the ingredient contained in Ritalin). Additionally, CBD mimics the action of hydrocodone, another common drug used to treat pain (and which is also used to counter high blood pressure), and is available over the counter.” However, more research needs to be done before we can say for sure if CBD can have a damaging effect on the thyroid gland.