Within the human body, different systems work together to maintain homeostasis and fulfill their designated responsibilities. In particular, the endocrine system is responsible for producing hormones and being the body’s head of communication. The endocrine system consists of the hypothalamus, pancreas, sex organs, and the following glands: thyroid, pineal, and adrenal.
These glands communicate with other body parts that are responsible for producing hormones. Then, hormones act as messengers for the body’s endocrine system. In addition to the variety of systems the body is made up of, they all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), and the ECS shares a link with the endocrine system. Let’s not forget about the impact cannabis has on the endocrine system and different hormones though.
Recently, it was discovered that regular cannabis consumption may have the ability to impact prolactin, adrenal, thyroid, and growth hormones. Thus far though, from the findings of a preclinical study, THC is the one cannabinoid that’s responsible for regulating different hormones.
Relationship between cannabis
For years, research has focus more on the relationship between cannabis and hormone production in males than in females. They know that cannabis consumption results in a testosterone production increase. Oppositely, they also know that high THC levels can promote anti-estrogen activity. Many researchers also believe that when women are ovulating, they experience a strong sensitivity to cannabinoids like THC.
To learn more about the link between cannabis and hormone production in women, additional research must be conduct including human clinical trials. In recent years though, it was discover that high prolactin levels can lead to changes in women such as the following: elevate stress, mental health issues including anxiety and depression, infertility, aggression, osteoporosis, and even estrogen dominance.
On the other hand,low prolactin levels can decrease the risk of developing testicular and breast cancer. Although low prolactin levels are better than high levels, when prolactin hormones are suppress,postpartum and fertility can be negatively impacted. Moreover, currently, there isn’t muchresearch on the impact cannabis usage has on the body’s thyroid.
Hormone is also essential
However, cannabis may be able to lower TSH the thyroid-stimulating hormone that controls the functioning of the thyroid. There’s still much to learn though, and researchers are remain unsure about the exact role cannabis plays in thyroid functioning. Next is the body’s human growth hormone (HGH), which is release from the pituitary gland. HGH is strongly impact by the ECS and CB1 receptors.
When it’s suppress, it also suppresses the spreading and growth of cancerous cells a valuable benefit. This hormone is also essential for the functioning of female fertility and the natural cycle a woman’s body goes through in addition to aiding in the growth and development of a person mentally and physically.
Overall, more research must be execute to fully understand how cannabis influences and impacts the endocrine system and hormone production. Although cannabinoids can deliver analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antidepressant properties, and many more benefits, future discoveries will continue to be made regarding the body’s endocrine system.