How CBD Can Help Balance Hormones
When talking about CBD and hormones, it is helpful to have an understanding of the Endocrine System, the different glands that are contained within, and the effects that hormones have on our bodies and overall health.
The Endocannabinoid system plays a central role in regulating numerous systems in the body, including the Endocrine System and therefore can help balance hormones that are out of whack.
Made up of all the glands in your body that produce hormones, the Endocrine System serves as a messenger system. It is responsible for hormone production and regulation, telling them where to go, and what to do when they get there.
When the Endocrine System is functioning at a high level, everything runs smoothly. When it’s not, it can lead to frustrating issues like problematic skin andeven serious health complications. It maintains many important bodily functions such as metabolism, reproduction, motor function and growth, and even a slight change can have a big impact on your wellbeing.
The Endocannabinoid System is located virtually everywhere, and is closely intertwined with the other systems in our bodies, including the endocrine system.
The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are known as thehypothyroid-pituitary-gonadotropin axis (HPG axis),and a large concentration of CB-1 and CB-2 receptors are located in this region. With these glands being responsible for the release of the gonadotropins, CBD is thought to have a big impact on the HPG axis, and greatly affect the hormones that are produced within. Interestingly for women, an endocannabinoid deficiency is thought to be one reason for the early onset of menopause.
Cortisol is the stress releasing hormone. The more stressed out you are, the more cortisol is in your body. Chronic, elevated levels of cortisol in the body are linked to hypertension, high blood sugar, suppressed immune function, insulin resistance, diabetes and bone loss. By reducing the levels of this hormone, it shifts its priorities away from managing stress responses and instead supports the metabolism and immune system. Studies have shown that CBD directly affects the secretion of cortisol. By reducing the level of cortisol in your body, symptoms such as weight gain, skin issues, anxiety, and mood swings may be reduced.
Produced in the pineal gland, melatonin is the hormone in charge of or sleep-wake cycles. Too little of this can lead to sleep issues, or insomnia. Tryptophan isan amino acid that turns into niacin, a B vitamin, when used by the body.Inflammation can directly impact tryptophan cells, and CBD helps in that area. By using CBD and decreasing inflammation in these cells and having more tryptophan available, the pineal gland is able to more effectively produce and use melatonin. Ensuring you get enough sleep, is one of the best things your cando for your complexion and prevent the signs of aging!
So while using CBD topically through your skincare can have huge benefits to thelook and feel of your skin, ingesting it can work with your body’s systems to achieve balanced hormone levels.