The short answer is this: pure CBD seems to be safe for most people. However, we don’t have rigorous studies and long-term data to prove whether or not a wide range of CBD products are safe for everyone. For example, there is no evidence to suggest that CBD is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding, or for people who are immunocompromised.
Because CBD products aren’t regulated by the FDA in the way that drugs are, there is huge variation in quality and, quite possibly, safety. In 2017–2018, counterfeit CBD oil was found that contained synthetic cannabinoids and led to a poisoning outbreak in Utah.
Are CBD products safe?
I am a 55 year old woman who has suffered with neuropathy since 2004 (amplified by a trauma in 2011); as well as a sciatic nerve issue and other complication since my trauma. One thing I found out (very quickly!), many of the drugs (natural or not) are either recomended for short term relief and used very long term, or the probable cause of added, often more sever, side effects. I don’t believe, for me personally, any medication that has the potential to do more harm than good, especially when it can only treat symptoms and not the cause, would be ideal, unless there is ‘no other option’ or perspective hope. Limited and controlled ecersizes along with diet, seem to have worked best for me personally; but, yes it is very difficult many days. However, I plan to watch my grandchild grow-up, and I plan to do that watching with as clear a mind as possible for today and tomorrow. Side-effects of CBD have been relatively unstudyed or unpublished for lack of verification. That is not promising. All of that being said, I am sure for some people CBD oil could be a God send of relief, most especially for some seizure and cancer patients.
Testing shows purity and dosage can be unreliable in many products. One study found less than a third of the products tested had the amount of CBD shown on the label. Another study of 84 CBD products bought online showed that more than a quarter of the products contained less CBD than stated. In addition, THC (the component that can make you feel high) was found in 18 products.
Does CBD cause side effects?
Other potential benefits of CBD aren’t clear. No high-quality research shows that CBD improves sex drive, decreases pain, treats depression or mood disorders, decreases PMS symptoms like bloating and cramps, or relieves symptoms of menopause like hot flashes. This may change as more studies are done, but for now, the jury is out.
Currently there is no research on the impact of CBD and thyroid hormones, but there is information on how endocannabinoids affects them. Thyroid hormones TSH, T3, and T4 all have important functions within the thyroid. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) regulates the production of hormones, while T3 and T4 are connected to weight, energy, hair, skin, nails, and more.
When looking to supplement the treatment of your condition, there may be some easy, natural solutions that can help. A simple thing you can do is to monitor your environment, food, and exercise. Ensure that you are not around any plastics, pesticides, or chemicals.
CBD, ECS, and the endocrine connection
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): During menopause, many women experience hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms. Doctors may prescribe a low dose of estrogen which replaces the diminished hormones. Be aware that this type of therapy has been linked to increased risk of stroke, breast cancer, and heart disease.
What are Hormones and the Endocrine System?
Besides getting healthy, supplementing with cannabidiol (CBD) is another hugely beneficial, and natural option. CBD is an amazing chemical compound known as a cannabinoid that is extracted from the hemp plant. It has become popularized due to its many health and wellness benefits. So what exactly can CBD do for hormonal balance?
‘We know that the endocannabinoid system has a role in maintaining balance in the body. It makes sure our body is acting within a narrow range of operating conditions; so-called homeostasis.’ explains Dr Moltke.
Crying spells, trouble sleeping, emotions all over the place, and to top it all off, you can’t fasten your favourite jeans? You could be experiencing the highs and lows of a hormone imbalance.
Your pancreas produces the essential hormone, insulin. An imbalance can cause not only diabetes, but heart disease, and obesity.
CBD oil and insulin levels
‘We have long known that marijuana consumption seems to be related to reduced blood sugar levels.’ says Dr Moltke. She goes on to outline that ‘clinical experience and studies are showing that when diabetic people use medicinal cannabis, they can reduce their diabetic medicine or insulin as cannabis lowers blood glucose.
An enzyme (COX-2) is responsible for prostaglandin production. CBD inhibits COX-2 and can lower the level of COX-2 that you produce, thereby reducing inflammation, pain, and cramps.
They may be small, but they’re mighty. A slight excess or deficiency of a particular hormone can lead to health issues.
Hormones fluctuate and shift naturally throughout the day, during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, puberty, and menopause. These changes are predictable and mean your body is functioning normally.