Thyroid-related headaches and CBD: a new solution to an old problem
It’s often said that there is nothing like the exhaustion of a thyroid condition. The endocrine system, when not in working order, can wreak havoc on many functions within the body. Functions like:
- Menstrual cycles
- Body temperature
- Blood Pressure
In fact, according to the American Thyroid Association, the complex relationship between thyroid disease, body weight, and metabolism is being studied more and more. With so many bodily functions relying on one teeny gland, the function of the thyroid is paramount to your well-being — mind, body, and spirit.
A study published in 2018 found, “in a study of the cannabis use for self-medication in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, 10.2% of patients reported using it for migraine headache symptoms…with low doses tending to alleviate migraine while higher doses even triggering headaches. These findings call for creating a highly specific prescription for individual patients, which might be required for a safe and successful treatment plan.” To put it plainly, cannabis works but needs to be personalized to help alleviate symptoms in a way that’s personal and efficient.
An earlier study published in 2017 determined that in a survey of nine California clinics, over 40% of patients self-reported that cannabis therapeutic benefits.
Thyroid replacement medication and CBD
Many who have lost a thyroid due to cancer or other diseases, know the juggle of ensuring the proper dose of thyroid medication and regulation is present in their body. But often, with thyroid replacement therapy comes the dreaded headaches and the soul-crushing, vomit-inducing migraines that accompany thyroid issues. And even those not on thyroid replacement medicine experience severe migraines. In fact, the International Headache Society estimates 30% of individuals with an underactive thyroid (also known as hypothyroidism) experience headaches, while Mayo Clinic also states that hyperthyroidism, (or an overactive thyroid) can cause migraines as well. So, what’s a headache sufferer to do?
Patients who experience thyroid-based headaches also face other thyroid-related complications like anxiety, inflammation, and joint pain. With CBD available on the market in almost every state, study after study is finding that not only does CBD oil help with headaches but pain related to inflammation and anxiety as well, especially since they stimulate the Endocannabinoid System.
With so many bodily functions relying on one teeny gland, the function of the thyroid is paramount to your well-being — mind, body, and spirit.