Everyone’s heard of it, but what exactly is it? We’ve broken down hormone imbalance so you know exactly how it works, as well as how CBD may help support hormone balance in otherwise healthy individuals.
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemicals produced by glands in the endocrine system. These chemicals travel through the bloodstream, delivering messages to the organs and tissues about what to do and when to do it.
What do hormones do?
Hormones are responsible for all kinds of important bodily functions. They help regulate appetite, heart rate, sleep, reproductive cycles, sexual function, development, mood and stress levels, and even body temperature. In short, they’re important.
What is a hormone imbalance?
Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Because hormones are so essential to keeping the body in check, even a slight imbalance or deficiency can cause all kinds of unpleasant side effects.
Who experiences hormonal imbalance?
Both men and women can experience hormone imbalance. But, while everyone experiences fluctuation in hormones, hormonal imbalance is natural and especially common in women during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy.
CBD + the endocannabinoid system
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about how CBD may be able to help.
The endocannabinoid system regulates a range of bodily functions including sleep, mood, appetite, and immune function. It is believed that CBD influences the endocannabinoid system to help support balance in your body.
How does it do this? CBD binds with receptors that produce serotonin which are known to regulate basic fear and anxiety related behaviors. CBD also interacts with GABA receptors responsible for calming the nervous system. By influencing these receptors, CBD may be able to help support overall balance in your body.
So what does this have to do with hormones?
The endocannabinoid system, which CBD effects, is closely linked to the endocrine system which, as we know, is responsible for hormones. It appears that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the secretion of hormones, especially those related to reproductive functions and stress response.
What does this mean for you?
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. The endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone regulation, is controlled by the endocannabinoid system. For this reason, we can assume that using CBD may affect (and regulate) hormone levels.
CBD for menstrual pain
If we deduce that CBD influences hormones in the body, individuals may be able to maximize the benefits of CBD by using it during common hormonal shifts in their cycle.
Estrogen and progesterone, two hormones widely responsible for grogginess and mood swings during the typical menstrual cycle, affect serotonin levels. The good news? CBD binds with receptors that produce serotonin, which may help your body regulate these fluctuations better.
Have menstrual cramps, period pain, or feel a hormonal dip coming on? Try adding a little CBD to your cycle to support balance. Plus, enjoy that relaxing and pain-relieving CBD feeling we know and love.
To wrap it up
Because CBD has shown promise in regulating several hormones, it could be your best bet for supporting hormonal fluctuation during the menstrual cycle or natural hormone imbalances.
See how our customers are using FOCL to support healthy hormonal balance.
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