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Cannabis/CBD and Your Thyroid Health

May 01, 2016 08:46AM

Helping Your Body Find Balance

by Katherine Leo
When people hear the words “cannabis, CBD or THC”, many tend to have an emotional attachment. The reaction can be positive or negative depending on the stories they were told that molded their thinking and feelings surrounding the topic. Some are against cannabis because they believe that only “druggies that get high.” Missing is an understanding, due to misinformation, about the importance of the cannabis movement.

As a society, most of us have not been taught about the medicinal properties of cannabis, CBD or THC. It is not widely known that hemp and marijuana are actually two different plants, yet they are often labeled as the same. Likewise, with CBD, it is possible to get healthy without the "high' because CBD is non-psychoactive.

Cannabis was extensively used as medicine, as well as the source of clothing, rope, paper and food before it was criminalized in the 1900s.The history by which cannabis was criminalized is long and the subject of a future article. Today, however, cannabis is re-emerging as a breakthrough plant that, once broken of the taboos of the past, can support overall health as well as help with many different ailments, including the thyroid.

Most people are not aware of our endocannabinoid system (ECS), yet this system is vital to our overall well-being and longevity. In the mid-1990s, the Israeli researcher, Dr. Ralph Mechoulam, discovered two main receptors, cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2), that are keyed to both the endocannabinoids that the body naturally produces and phytocannabinoids (plant-based) like THC and CBD and other cannabodials. In other words, human bodies produce and have receptors for cannabis. Furthermore, they can have significant effect on the thyroid gland.

According to Dr. Mark Rabe, Director of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer at MediCann, “Endocannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body, including in the thyroid gland.  The body’s natural endocannabinoid system helps to regulate the body’s activities and maintain homeostasis, or balance. Interestingly, endocannabinoid type molecules have been found to have anti-cancer effects on thyroid tumors in laboratory and animal studies.”

Citing research from the journal Endocrinology, it was shown that endocannabinoid receptors are located in regions of the brain that send signals to the thyroid gland. Rabe notes that there is research to show that “CB1 receptors are abundantly present on nerves in the brain that are involved in the regulation of the ‘hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid’ axis.” This is where control of the production of thyroid hormones, by the thyroid gland, takes place. The evidence points to the finding that, “the distribution of CB1 receptors in the brain suggests that they may influence both excitatory and inhibitory inputs on this system."

Cannabis/CBD can also help with symptoms associated with a thyroid problem, such as weight management, nervousness, weak muscles, pain, depression, dry skin, inflammation and anxiety. Listed with the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are numerous additional studies about the benefits of cannabis /CBD as it helps the whole body to find balance, beyond the endocrine system.

Katherine Leo helps others find full health by using CBD. For more information, call 202-730-9443 or visit

To learn more about CBD, attend a live webinar on May 11 at 7 p.m. Visit


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