Cannabis Strains That Can Help With Thyroid Conditions

March 16, 2020 03:22 pm ET
Cannabis Strains That Can Help With Thyroid Conditions

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland, at the base of your neck, which is responsible for coordinating many of the body’s activities. This gland manufactures hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. There are several different disorders that can arise when there are problems with your thyroid. The most common disorders include Graves’ disease, goiter, Hashimoto’s disease, and thyroid nodules. Addressing these disorders and maintaining thyroid health is very important. Does cannabis have a role to play in maintaining thyroid health? Let’s explore. 

This butterfly-shaped gland is part of an intricate network called the endocrine system. Thyroid conditions can be broken up into two groups: (1) hyperthyroidism which is too much hormone production and (2) hypothyroidism which is not enough hormone production. 

1. Hyperthyroidism 

These conditions are caused by an overactive gland. Graves’ disease is the most common condition of an overactive gland. Nodules on the thyroid can also cause the gland to become overactive. Goiter is another condition that occurs in an overactive gland. 

Common Symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid:

  • Weight loss
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Racing heart rates
  • Irritability 
  • Increased sweating
  • Shaking 
  • Trouble with sleep
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Muscle weakness

2. Hypothyroidism

These conditions are caused by the glands’ inability to produce enough of its’ hormones. Most cases of these conditions are mild. Hashimoto’s disease, also called chronic autoimmune lymphocytic thyroiditis, damages the gland causing it to underproduce. 

Common Symptoms of Underperforming Thyroid:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Increased sensitivity to the cold
  • Memory problems
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Weight Gain
  • Slowed heart rates
  • Coma

Both hyper- and hypothyroidism patients can experience anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation of the gland as well as nausea and vomiting. 

Cannabis and Thyroid Conditions:

 The cannabinoids found in cannabis can be used as an effective treatment of symptoms related to thyroid conditions. Since you can have a variety of symptoms stemming from the endocrine system, you need a medical solution that will target as many of those symptoms as possible with minimal side effect and that is exactly where cannabis can be very effective, 

Cannabis can be used to treat or/and minimize a variety of symptoms related to thyroid conditions such as:

SymptomWhy CannabisRecommended Strains
PainOne of the best-known benefits of consuming cannabis is how effective it can be for pain management and reduction. ACDC, Blueberry Headband, Master Kush, The White, Blackberry Kush
Inflammation of the thyroidCannabis consumption will effectively reduce the inflammation in the thyroid through the endocannabinoid system in your body and its’ close relationship to the endocrine system. CBD Mango Haze, Grand Doggy Purps, CBD Blue Shark, ACDC
Weight loss If you want to pick up the weight you have lost from your condition, consuming cannabis will stimulate the appetite so you can eat more and regularly. Just remember to make smart food choices.Royal Cookies, Pineapple Kush, Purple Queen, Sour Diesel, Amnesia Haze
Weight gainIf you want to lose some of the weight you have gained, consuming cannabis that is high in THCV will help suppress the appetite.Tangie, Girl Scout Cookies, Durban Poison, Jack the Ripper, Willie Nelson
Hormone imbalanceResearch shows that the cannabinoids in cannabis help to maintain and balance the body’s homeostasis and that cannabis plays a significant impact on the endocrine system.Cannatonic, Blue Dream, Pineapple Kush, Harlequin, Dutch Treat, Jillybean
Anxiety Cannabis and reduced anxiety are the best of friends. Consuming cannabis has proven to reduce stress and anxiety, despite the strain you consume. However, strains specifically for anxiety may be better if you are not a regular cannabis consumer. ACDC, Granddaddy Purple, Jack Herer, Canna-Tsu, Jillybean, Purple Urkle
Depression The research on cannabis and depression is still a bit contradictory. However, we do know that cannabis can alleviate the symptoms of depression, even if it does eliminate the depression entirely. Cinex, Jack Herer, Harlequin, Cannatonic, Blackberry Kush, Granddaddy Purple
Nausea and Vomiting Cannabis is very effective in minimizing nausea and reducing the need to vomit. Blue Diesel, Lavender Kush, Grapefruit, Sour Strawberry, Blueberry Jack, Tangie Cookies
FatigueStrains, categorized as Sativa, are energizing and can help push through moments of fatigue. Strains, categorized as Indica, can help patients get better sleep to prevent fatigue. For energy: Durban Poison, Jillybean, Ghost Train Haze, Cocolope
For better sleep: Tahoe OG Kush, Purple Kush, Northern Lights

As you can see, Cannabis does have an important role to play in maintaining thyroid health. Cannabis may not be able to cure you of the disease but it will minimize symptoms, adverse effects and even reduce the need for pharmaceutical medication.

Post Your Comments

sarah kirchner says:

June 28, 2020 at 12:10 pm

i have hypothyroid. does smoking weed help heal it?

Kelsey Hefner says:

September 17, 2020 at 5:42 am

I’m wondering the same thing.

Chane Leigh says:

September 17, 2020 at 8:00 am

Hi Sarah 🙂

Thank you for reaching out. Smoking cannabis will provide you with the benefits of the plant for your condition. However, smoking cannabis does come with risk associated with the combustion of a smoking joint. So if you dont normally smoke, I would reccomend edibles or vaporizing. I hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions. 🙂

Clement Mboto says:

September 28, 2020 at 3:24 pm

I want the CBD oil

Scott York says:

January 23, 2021 at 7:18 pm

Thank you for posting this artilcle. I have a client looking to alleviate symptoms from her Hyperthyroidism. This will be very beneficial.

linda clark says:

September 22, 2021 at 10:40 pm

I was so upset that this hypothyroidism was making me tired and not able to focus or walk straight and stomach pains and some other symptoms as well, within 5 minutes of smoking some cannabis I could walk straight and did not feel ill and nice and sleepy for bed.
I’m 74 years old next month have smoked pot off and on for 60 years was fed the wrong info about smoking while dealing with this hypothyroid issue, typical I’m thinking as people don’t think of the elderly smoking pot!
lol, little do they know!.
I love smoking pot it’s so relaxing for me as I have PTSD from 15years of working for red cross.
(some things you can not unsee:
thank you for being part of the cannabis cult:

Jarrod says:

February 19, 2021 at 3:18 am

I need help with my thyroid problem and Graves’ disease related to mold environment

Benji says:

May 11, 2021 at 8:20 am

Good Day..
I have an over active thyroid(hyperthyroidism) and started medical treatment with a hormone inhibitor. The problem is, after 2months of treatment, and going for another blood test thereafter, my thyroid went the other way, which has now become underactive (Hypothyroidism) I stopped the medical treatment and decided to go to a doctor that only prescribes herbal meds, such as selenium and L-Tyrisine. I’ve only been on the natural treatment for 7days..but the process really seems toooooo slow. I am unable to function daily because most of the time my body aches with pains and I feel like sleeping the entire day..I am a 21 years old male.
Would smoking cannibis help me to heal faster? If yes, how often should I smoke, and should I continue with the herbal meds? I don’t have access to cannabis oil, unfortunately.
Kindly advise.
Kind Regards,

Chane Leigh says:

May 29, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Hi Benji,

Unfortuantely I am unqualified to assist with your teaching plan. My best advice would be to consult one of our doctors. Cannabis has been proven affective for cannabis, so if you did decided to give consume it, remember to select your strains carefully and to start with smaller, more frequent doses (as opposed to one big intake- which then also renders you unable to function throughout the day).
Kind Regards.

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