The human body has various systems that control the myriad of different functions that need to work for us to survive. The endocannabinoid system is one of them. The endocannabinoid system is in charge of keeping balance throughout the body – it regulates stress, mood, bone growth, memory, and even fertility. As a result, the endocannabinoid system is closely linked to the endocrine system, as well as others, which suggests that cannabis can affect hormones as well through stimulation by cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD).
The endocrine and endocannabinoid systems are closely linked, so it makes sense that CBD can affect one and the other. As a result, the hormones that the endocrine system regulates – insulin, cortisol, melatonin, etc. – could be affected by the use of CBD. in fact, some people have claimed that CBD has helped them with hormonal imbalances, but the evidence is limited.
However, although the endocannabinoid and endocrine systems are linked, it is most evident in the growth hormone axis of the endocrine system – the system that creates the growth hormone somatotropin, as well as insulin.
The effects of THC on growth and cell regeneration can be negative – it can sometimes inhibit growth or development, especially at a young age – but the use of CBD lessens this risk. In fact, it has been thought to be beneficial for the treatment of diabetes and neuropathic pain.
How does CBD affect me?
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t directly bind to the CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. This is why CBD doesn’t give you that ‘high’ feeling. As a result, the effects CBD has on the body are not as profound, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing.
Due to its more subtle effects, consuming a range of cannabinoids and terpenes – such as in broad spectrum CBD – can actually have a positive effect on the body. This is because it lessens the negative effects THC might give you, but maintains several of the beneficial effects at the same time.
What else can CBD do?
An example of what CBD can do to the body is that CBD and other cannabinoids could affect the insulin sensitivity in the body, allowing for sugar to be processed easier by your cells. Furthermore, CBD can help boost your metabolism, which in turn helps you to prevent gaining weight.
Insomnia can be another issue that CBD can treat due to its effects on the levels of cortisol in the body. By lowering these levels, it causes a drowsy effect, making sleep come more naturally.
So, by taking CBD, it’s possible your hormones may be affected. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. By taking a broad spectrum CBD, you can avoid the negative effects of taking THC, but keep some of the beneficial effects of cannabinoids and terpenes. The effects on hormones such as insulin, cortisol, and somatotropin could improve aspects of your body such as your metabolism, blood glucose regulation, and could help with issues such as insomnia.
The effects are numerous, but it is important to remember that each body is different, so there is no way of telling you whether it will work for definite or not. Furthermore, the limited research into CBD means that there are still a lot of questions to be answered. If you are concerned about using CBD and your hormones, it is a good idea to speak to a medical professional who could advise you better via tests to see what dosages may work for you.