Medical Cannabis and the Thyroid Gland

Medical Cannabis and the Thyroid Gland. Presented by MediCann‘s Dr. Mark Rabe.

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.  Much more research is needed in this area.

In addition, endocannabinoid receptors are located in regions of the brain that send signals to the thyroid gland.  2009 research reported in the journal Endocrinology showed that CB1 receptors are abundantly present on nerves in the brain that are involved in the regulation of the “hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid” axis.  The hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis controls the production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland.  The distribution of CB1 receptors in the brain suggests that they may influence both excitatory and inhibitory inputs on this system.

It is unclear how medical cannabis might directly impact conditions such as an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) or an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).  However, many patients report that medical cannabis is quite effective in treating some of the clinical symptoms that are commonly associated with these diseases.  Such symptoms may include anxiety/depression, irritability, headaches, insomnia, joint and muscle aches, and others.

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12 Responses to Medical Cannabis and the Thyroid Gland

  1. I’ve been on a thyroid suppression therapy since a total thyroidectomy, they told me to expect the hurthle cell carcinoma to return, then they said it had; they did a lymphnode dissection and removed 21 lymphnodes they were startled when pathology reported NO CANCER, NO HURTHLE CELL CARCINOMA, 2 years later, still not back… I use medical marijuana smoking a small amount evenings but begin my day with one egg basted in cannabis olive oil, 2 teaspoons.. works for me in many ways until late afternoon.

  2. raw cannabis says:

    interesting that cannabis appears to help however it’s best to eat it raw always surely. What i’m curious about is how it works when cannabis raises the metabolism….. By stimulating appetite. I would presume that cannabis helps every cell, but i find when it increases my appetite, my thyroid is in pain until i eat, and that’s eating it raw, but it’s still dried bud, which is not the same as dried leaf, but that’s all i have available. Has anyone else got experience of healing thyroid using cannabis?

  3. pam22 says:

    I am a patient of hyperthyroidism from the last 1 year… i was under medicaton since then… but 1 month prior to my blood test, i had marijuana of certain measurement everyday and after the test results, it came down 2 3 from a high range that is 18… to confirm that i stopped my medicines for 3 months and after that did my tests to see the tsh value… but it was completely normal… now i dont take anymore medicine and depend completely on marijuana and do regular check ups and i am completely fine and normal.

    • mike says:

      that is very inspiring to hear,considering i don’t like taking meds myself do to all the side effects… Is it still helping you…and how much do you know to smoke??

  4. Q_10 says:

    I have hashimoto’s(underactive thyroid plus high antibodies) …any experience of healing hashimoto’s with cannabis oil??and getting off the medication?

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  7. taylor says:

    I was diagnosed with hashimotos when I was 13 years old, was on synthroid until I was about 19 was very sick all the time. Missed a ton of schooling due to it. Had muscle spasms pain constantly fighting ilness(ect). I finally just stopped taking my medicine and self medicating with weed. I started feeling soooo much better! Now when I have my thyroid tested everything comes back completely normal. I still have to take vitamins for my hair and stay away from gluten ect. But it regulated my levels and helps with the pain insomnia ect that my thyroid causes. Truely incredible.

  8. Trish says:

    Wow!! I have Hashimoto’s also. Symptoms are exhausting to say the least. I am sensitive to marijuana from what i remember,so i was wondering in what dosage & what kind has helped you? Thank you for any info that you can give………………..Trish

  9. Laurie says:

    I have been dealing with an enlarged thyroid for 30 years. I am not on any thyroid medication and have never have been. I have all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism but my thyroid tests – twice a year – still show within “normal” range. I have gained over 90 lbs and have developed borderline diabetes. Mobility is difficult due to the weight gain. I am tired of feeling sick all the time and nothing I do seems to help with the weight loss. I am unable to smoke cannabis due to it causing asthma attacks. However, everything I have read points to cannabis helping with reversal of both of my conditions but does not say anything about how much or how often to accomplish this. Any suggestions?

    • KL says:

      Your problem sounds more like HYPOthyroidism rather than HYPER, especially the weight gain which is almost uneard of in hyperthyroidism. But if your results come back normal, maybe its time to ask the doctor about other causes. Marijuana will not help in this, you need a medical diagnosis and testing.

  10. Tenille says:

    Hi everyone, I found out that I had hashimoto’s about 8 months ago and I tell you it has been one helluva ride. Luckily I found a doctor that can analyze DNA and it appears that my weight gain (10kg/22lbs), panic attacks, short breathing, anxiety, jitters, insomnia etc are actually caused by something called a genetic methylation defect. I am one of the first people in South Africa to receive treatment but if you are in the states you should be able to find a homeopath who can do the DNA testing for you. Essentially, this problem means that your body doesn’t process sulfur correctly and your liver only performs one of its metabolic pathways. High sulphur foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, dairy, egg yolk and trigger foods like casein, whey and other supplements cannot be properly broken down and as a result your adrenals, thyroid, liver and hormones go way out of whack. I am on about 15 different homeopathic supplements – huge amounts of D3, molybdenum, magnesium citrate etc etc and I have started to lose body fat again finally! I was so scared to smoke weed but my boyfriend does and I tried it last night – feel so much better today, like my body is relaxed for the first time in ages. I wouldn’t do it or recommend it every day but once a week should be fine.

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