CBD - Lower cortisol and better blood sugar control.
My thyroid and meditation
One of the benefits of regular meditation is that you are more in tune with your body. So when I noticed a regular tightness in my throat, tiredness about noon and a heavy-closing-in feeling around my throat when stressed I figured my thyroid needed a bit of TLC.
The thyroid, in turn, is controlled by pituitary gland and hypothalamus. If your thyroid hormone levels drop too low, the hypothalamus and the pituitary starts producing more hormones. All of this activity starts a chain reaction on hormone release which has dramatic effect on our bodies.
I started taking iodine after I had an iodine test done and it seems to be doing the job. Meditation helps to calm the body and mind so I know that with a more solid practice that will also help.
Just why is your endocrine system important?
Your endocrine system is made up of glands throughout your body which regulate hormone release. These hormone control everything from energy levels to stress response to metabolism to your sex drive.
Stress and CBD oil and Repetitive Strain Injury
One major function of this system is to produce excitation in response to stress, which is of course necessary for survival, but when it gets out of hand it can be a source of excess stress. And stress can knock everything out of balance - for years if it goes untreated. Often when we go to the doctor it is stress that is behind it but we are treating the symptoms and not the cause. Have you read my posts about my RTS? Yup, that's caused by inflation which is caused by stress.
Well one big effect of cannabidiol (CBD) in the endocrine system is that CBD seems to protect us against excess stress by reducing our susceptibility to stress-induced activation in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.
Now that is pretty handy. Yes, we should all be minding ourselves, controlling our stress levels through self-care, meditation, exercise, diet but we are the subject of our ruling master; OUR HORMONES! So, if they are telling you you are tired it's gonna be pretty difficult to eat healthy or go for a jog. And this is where CBD oil can really help.
CBD can significantly decreases plasma cortisol levels, and this is actually why I started using CBD in the first place – to reduce my cortisol. Which would then have a knock on effect on my RST and inflammation.
Picture below - I love playing around with the lay out. I don't over do it, some weeks it'll just be cool pics, or pics of what we are doing here at Fleet and Flower. I like to call this lady - Dab and Woman.
Does CBD oil give you that munchies?
In short, no. CBD has an effect on your your appetite alright, but a good one. You may simply think that marijuana produces the munchies and therefore makes you fat, and although this makes logical sense, science has shown that it's not the case that marijuana makes you fat, especially when CBD is present.
How does CBD help balance my blood sugar levels?
Your pancreas secretes the hormones glucagon and insulin. Together they help regulate blood sugar; they tell your liver to break down fat into sugar (glucagon) or to store sugar as fat (insulin).
These hormones work as a pair to maintain homeostasis, (I think this is my favorite word - homeostasis, isn't that a Philip Glass composition - OMG I only got the meaning behind it now. He is so smart.)
Homeostasis is balance through feedback and co-dependence
Sounds like glucagon and insulin need some psychotherapy! (wow, again that Philip Glass piece make so much science now. KUDOS!) Anyway, glucagon and insulin also stimulate the release of each other through a complex feedback mechanism. THC (this is the part of marijuana that makes you stoned - it is extracted from CBD; which makes CBD completely legal and safe) increases your glucagon and blood sugar levels.
CBD - eat more and weigh less. Marijuana munchies
CBD lowers insulin levels. We have all heard about marijuana getting the munchies but it is the presence of CBD that helps to explain why marijuana users sometimes tend to eat more calories but don't gain any extra weight, have less obesity and have lower rates of type II diabetes than non-users, and is also why some diabetics find that marijuana makes it easier to manage their blood sugar. ( I didn't know this about CBD and blood sugar untill I research CBD for the Fleet and Flower shop and I am so impressed by all my findings! Like, CBD was in nature all this time and how this information not more accessible?)
To wrap it up
CBD is that bomb as it helps us not get stressed and can help the endocrine system by lowering cortisol levels and balance your blood sugar control. We do sell 100% organic and Irish grown CBD here at Fleet and Flower - just look in the shop. It is in vape form cause once you have the vape pen it's the handiest and the vaporisation helps the CBD go straight to where it's needed.
Yeah, I mean that is impressive. So, I cannot understand why I never heard of this before. Like, why didn't my doctor ever tell me this. Sure, my inflammation probably was the cause of all my really fricking bad ear infections too. I suppose it's like anything - we have the internet now so I am just so grateful that I kept Googling it.
Right, I'm off. The dogs are barking and Himself wants tea. We are heading to Cork to cheer on friends running the Cork City Marathon and then I am going for my second Transcendental Meditation session. Be excited!