Hormonal Frustration? It Could Be Linked to Your Endocannabinoid System.
Do you feel like you used to have a lot more energy?
Maybe you could get a good night's sleep, or were more easy going and positive about life.
So what’s causing this and who says what stays and what goes?
Some of us figure we're getting old.
Sometimes, life’s journey is not entirely in our own hands. For example, maybe there was an life event that took something out of you - an illness, or a new baby. After that, you were never the same.
If you don't feel like yourself - if you feel depleted and can't catch up - it is very possible that not only your hormones are out of balance - but your endocannabinoid system which is the largest “endocrine” messenger system in the body - is what we’re now discovering that we need to address first to accurately control the hormone cascade. The ECS is striving to keep us naturally in balance!
Understanding the LINK between hormones and your endocrine system.
It’s important to have a basic understanding of hormones themselves, the endocrine system, and the relationship between the two.
Hormones are essentially chemical messengers. They are involved in numerous bodily processes, including growth and development, metabolism and appetite, sexual function, reproduction, and mood.
How do cannabinoids affect your hormones?
Studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system is also involved in managing endocrine processes. It does so by activating receptors in the brain and body, which directly influence activity in endocrine glands like the thyroid, pineal, and pituitary glands.
Hence, by stimulating the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids can directly affect hormone levels in the body.
What does a endocannabinoid deficiency look and feel like?
Depression, anxiety, mood swings, hair loss, mental fog are common symptoms of deficient or imbalanced hormones.
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone (the main female and male hormones) have powerful effects on the brain and the body.
Thyroid hormone is a key regulator of body and mind, and low thyroid function is more common than conventional tests can show.
If your adrenal glands are not healthy, you will have many emotional and mental symptoms in addition to body discomforts.
And low or high neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine cause fatigue, anxiety and depression.
OK, enough doom and gloom! That’s not who we are, or called to be.
As women, we may want to just “treat our hormones” to feel better - there’s actually deeper story here. Studies are now discovering our endocannabinoid system MUST be in good working order for a healthy - HORMONES, body, mood, hair growth, …. You name it.
So in closing, with the recent recognition of the critical and complex bidirectional effects of the endocannabinoid system and the dominant female hormone – estradiol – we have entered a new era, a new future filled with many potential opportunities both for the benefit and sometimes the detriment of women.
We must now begin our journey with the attainment of a solid knowledge-base of the endocannabinoid system, and an understanding of its complex role in reproductive, emotional, and immune health in women.
I’m beyond passionate in providing in-depth education for women, to enable them to assess their risk of both the potential for good and for harm from their contraceptive choices, pharmaceuticals used, exposures to endocrine disruptors, and equip them with the ability to make good decisions regarding their use of both CBD and medicinal cannabis.
Cheers to the journey of discovering more about the symphony of our endocannabinoid system and the interplay of these systems and of their implications for mental, hormonal and emotional wellbeing.
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xo Love n’ Light - Kassandra