Marijuana and the thyroid. How does marijuana support the fight against thyroid disease?

There are many causes of thyroid disease. Some may be cancerous, others are due to excess or deficiency of iodine, others depend on infections or hormonal disorders. The absolutely amazing thing about marijuana, and especially the cannabinoids it contains, is that it can help with all of the above. This has been proven by numerous scientific studies. However, it is worth noting at the outset that medical marijuana should be used as an adjunct to therapy, not as a primary treatment.

Thyroid problems - the basics

The thyroid gland is a gland located in the middle of the neck. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism. If there is hypothyroidism, it is most often manifested by chronic fatigue. Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, causes hyperactivity, which eventually leads to weakness.

Cannabis, thanks to cannabinoids, can alter the receptors that control metabolism. After all, some strains of cannabis are known for their stimulant properties, while others are known for their sedative properties. Already thanks to this simple mechanism, cannabis is able to support patients in their treatment at the very beginning of the therapy, as it reduces the unpleasant symptoms of the disease.

Thyroid problems range from "completely harmless" to life-threatening. Most disorders of this organ involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Unfortunately, drug treatment produces slow results, and medications often negatively affect other internal organs. For example, levothyroxine is used to treat hypothyroidism. Side effects include rapid or irregular heartbeat, fever, sweating, sleep problems, changes in menstrual cycle, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight fluctuation and hair loss.

Various diseases and the effects of marijuana

Hyperthyroidism - interpreted as an overproduction of thyroid hormones.

Graves-Basedow disease manifests as irritability, muscle weakness, sleep disturbance, rapid heartbeat, poor heat tolerance, diarrhea and weight loss.

Cannabis is commonly prescribed by doctors to alleviate these symptoms - similar ones occur during chemotherapy, and medical cannabis is considered one of the best supportive measures for cancer patients. Nodular goiter of the thyroid - this is caused by nodules in the thyroid gland that begin to secrete an abnormal amount of thyroid hormones, resulting in a chemical imbalance in the body.

    Cannabinoids cause cancer cells to die, so they are able to shrink the nodules that form on the thyroid.

Subacute thyroiditis - is probably caused by a viral infection. It causes severe pain, and is often preceded by respiratory disease.

    Cannabinoids have been proven to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Some are able to help patients even when antibiotics and vaccines are unable to stop the disease from progressing - this is the case with Staphylococcus aureus, for example.

Hypothyroidism - most often manifests itself by a chronic decrease in energy levels. In extreme cases, it can cause life-threatening disorders, including coma, and even lead to death. It occurs in many diseases, such as Hashimoto's chronic thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks thyroid cells, causing the body to stop producing thyroid hormones.

    The medical components of marijuana, especially THC and CBD, have the ability to normalize the pathological, self-destructive actions of the body and inhibit the spread of inflammation.

Thyroid Cancer - A very small percentage of all thyroid diseases or their accompanying symptoms may suggest cancer. It is believed that only 5% of cases where nodules appear on the thyroid are caused by cancer. Nonetheless, it is important to consider taking steps and making lifestyle changes that can help our thyroid function, whether we are at risk for cancer or not. A disorder of the pituitary gland can also cause abnormal thyroid function due to interruption of TSH secretion. Disruption of any brain function is often caused by cancer.

    Evidence for the anti-cancer effects of marijuana is plentiful and every year scientists are able to provide more and more credible research findings supporting this fact.