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The endocrine system is a collection of glands all over the body that is responsible for the secretion of hormones into the bloodstream. An endocrine disorder happens when this system is no longer able to function properly.
The endocrine system is composed of a set of glands responsible for the production of hormones that play a vital role in the regulation of body signals. These include appetite, sleep, weight, breathing, and even puberty. Almost every aspect of the body has something to do with hormones.
Diseases such as diabetes, Graves’ Disease, and Cushing’s Syndrome are all endocrine disorders. Each of them is a unique disease treated in different ways, but CBD and endocrine diseases have become tangled – one as a remedy for the other – in the recent past.
How endocrine system disorders occur
Endocrine disorders occur when one or more endocrine glands no longer functions properly. If even one gland starts to produce too much or too little of a particular hormone, chances of an endocrine disorder occurring go up. Such a disorder can either be generic, or due to tumors, nodules or lesions inhibit an endocrine gland’s normal functioning.
In diabetes, for example, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin; and in hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism is the opposite of this.
All in all, most endocrine disorders don’t have a specific cure and can last with the patient for years or even their whole lives. If left untreated, they can result in the poor quality of life, general body pain, loss of weight, total inability to move, work or function and death.
However, there exist medications and therapies that can be used to manage the symptoms they exhibit. One of the ways these symptoms can be suppressed and managed is through the use of CBD.
CBD and the endocrine system
According to recent studies, CBD has the potential to regulate the endocrine system and manage harmful symptoms exhibited by some endocrine disorders. One case that stands out, in particular, is when the disorder is caused by the presence of a tumor on endocrine glands. CBD and endocrine diseases caused by cancer cells can be inhibited and, possibly have an invasion of prostate tumors prohibited.
There is also some evidence available that suggests CBD has some degree of influence over the production of hormones in some glands in the body, including the thyroid gland. Keep in mind that research into the effect of CBD on the endocrine system is in very preliminary stages, however.
What we are sure of, though, is the effect CBD has when it comes to keeping the symptoms of certain endocrine disorders under control. The most common of these are insomnia and anxiety.
Of all the uses CBD has found in the modern age, the most well-documented is its ability to reduce feelings of anxiety. This is thought to be as a result of its ability to bind directly with CB1 receptors in the brain and affect the production of cortisol and serotonin.
Serotonin is a mood-regulating hormone, whose deficiency is usually manifested via feelings of anxiety and depression. A high level of cortisol also leads to feelings of stress and impending doom, as exhibited by people with anxiety.
Another well-known property of CBD is getting rid of insomnia. Sleep is yet another part of human life thought to be controlled, at least in part, by the endocannabinoid system. This is done via the circadian rhythm, which keeps wakefulness and sleepiness in check. In people with anxiety, this rhythm can be thrown off, making them unable to fall asleep.
On the other hand, another common symptom of endocrine disorders is unsatisfying sleep. REM sleep is the part of sleeping where, if experienced properly, a person feels well-rested. In people with certain endocrine disorders and anxiety, REM sleep may be lacking. A CBD dropper or CBD tincture right before bed is a good way to