cbd oil for hormones

Acute, short-term, and chronic effects of marijuana on the female primate reproductive function

Studies with laboratory animals clearly show that the crude drug marijuana and delta-9-THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient, inhibit secretion of the pituitary hormones LH and FSH as well as prolactin. These changes in pituitary hormone levels produce decreases in sex steroid hormones and cause disruption of ovulation and spermatogenesis. With chronic drug use, disruption of sex accessory organs has also been observed. A principal site of THC action is the hypothalamus, because THC effects on pituitary hormone production can be reversed with hypothalamic releasing factors. It is now known that drug effects in sexually mature animals are reversible when drug treatment stops. In adults, tolerance develops to hormone changes brought on by the use of marijuana. Clinical studies on human subjects generally agree with the animal findings, although conflicting results have been reported as well. It is likely that the differences in results obtained in experiments with laboratory animals and with humans are caused, at least in part, by differences in experimental design. Further, it is not known how much disruption of reproductive hormone levels is necessary for changes in human fertility and sexual function to occur. The use of marijuana by pregnant women or by women who are attempting to become pregnant is cause for special concern. Studies with laboratory animals and retrospective studies on women who have used marijuana during pregnancy show that the risks of pregnancy loss and other adverse effects on the fetus are increased by marijuana use. THC crosses the placental barrier and while the potent teratogenic and mutagenic effects suggested for marijuana some years ago have not been confirmed, significant changes consistent with retardation of fetal growth and development have been observed. Effects of THC on the proper functioning of the placenta may be responsible for these effects on pregnancy. Pregnancy that occurs after the development of tolerance with chronic marijuana use may involve an ovum that has been damaged by exposure to the drug during critical developmental stages. More studies need to be done before the mechanisms of toxic effects on pregnancy and fetal development can be described. While there have been no clinical studies relating marijuana use to adolescent development, studies in laboratory animals show that the developing reproductive system during adolescence is particularly vulnerable.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

What is CBD oil and what can it help with?

CBD oil has had a lot of hype, and you may be a little bit confused and unsure whether it’s safe (or even addictive!).

Dr. Elizabeth Phillips is a clinical neuroscientist and functional medicine practitioner, specializing in phytocannabinoids and THE go to expert on CBD oil.

I caught up with her to find out more about our little understood ‘endocannabinoid’ system and how CBD oil is very safe, and can help with sleep, mood, anxiety and pain.

You can watch the video below or listen to the full interview on the podcast (episode 64).

“Well to me it’s the missing link because it underpins the balance in our bodies. We need good blood pressure, good body temperature, appetite regulation, good circadian rhythms. And our hormones need balance throughout the day. The body is constantly trying to remain in this balanced state. And the endocannabinoid system is involved in all of those areas of balance.

It underpins sleep, pain and inflammation. our hormone levels, our appetite, our muscle function. It really is absolutely key. And we need to be thinking about the endocannabinoid system as much as we think about, the brain, the heart, the guts, and all the other systems.”

How do we support this system?

“Our body produces its own endocannabinoids. It’s actually the Sanskrit word for bliss, which I love. It’s called Anandamide, and we can get it in our diet.

Essential fatty acids that we find in oily fish, nuts and seeds are the precursors, the building blocks of our body’s own endocannabinoids. And actually dark chocolate as well, contains Anandamide. And Echinacea, the herb, is another source.

Stress has a big impact on the endocannabinoid system. So again, the more that we can do with our lifestyles to manage stress, and provide the balance within the endocannabinoid system.”

What exactly is CBD oil?

“CBD is short for Cannabidiol and it’s found inside the hemp plant. When it’s just extracted from hemp into a quality product and there is less than 0.2% THC detectable in the oil, then that product is legal as a food supplement.”

What symptoms can CBD oil help with?

“First of all, sleep. It is not a sedative, it can just really help you naturally fall asleep and stay in a good quality sleep. It’s also really important for mood, helping to calm you down, and relieve anxious, hyper feelings.

The other main area is pain management and reducing inflammation in the body. That includes gut health, joint pain, back pain, migraines, helping to reduce cramping and period pains as well.”

What do we look for in a CBD oil?

“I would always recommend you look for a certified brand. And the best way to take it is under the tongue. You can get drops or mouth sprays, and you want to start low, go slow.

I recommend you start with a 500mg product where a couple of sprays or drops will deliver approximately 2mg and build from there.”

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If you would like to try CBD oil, take a look at Eve Sleep’s Chamomile & Passionflower CBD oil.