Cannabis and Hashimotos Thyroiditis: A Personal Journey

It’s been a while since I shared about my cannabis journey. Especially the impact it’s had on my thyroid condition. I guess there always lies a conflict between my role as the nurse and how I share and show up to discuss my personal use of the plant. However, cannabis at this point relies heavily on anecdotal evidence, personal accounts and limited research. I’m hoping that through sharing this journey, I’ll inspire more research to occur and give hope to those experiencing similar or same issues.

Today I’m sharing a win. It’s been 2 years since I’ve been off my thyroid medication.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2010.

It was a relief in a sense. Hashimotos Thyroiditis (hypothyroidism) is an autoimmune condition where your body attacks the thyroid gland. Doctors don’t know what causes your immune system to attack your thyroid gland. Some scientists think a virus or bacteria might trigger the response, while others believe a genetic flaw may be involved.

At the time of my diagnosis, I was teaching nursing. I’d stand before the class teaching pharmacology and then poof the words and train of thought would just disappear. At the time I was going through many personal transitions and chucked this all up to being stressed and overwhelmed.

I was suffering from short term memory loss, extreme hair loss, depression-like symptoms and rapid weight gain. Once I was diagnosed, I took the prescribed medications. I will never forget calling my brother and telling him how sad I was that I would have to deal with this for the rest of my life. A life sentence.

Managing Hypothyroidism

Once I started the prescribed medications, I honestly didn’t see much relief until about a year on synthroid. There were so many fluctuations and getting my thyroid levels to a normal range took a while. I suffered infertility issues and many other complications along the way. If you ever talk to a doctor about thyroid issues they seem to just down play any symptoms and often defer to this mindset of “it’s not going to kill you” and “it’s easy to manage, just take these pills for life.” Really discouraging to have any conditions or symptoms minimized in this way. I had been on the symptom rollercoaster of headaches, hot flashes, depression and exhaustion for 9 years, all while taking the medications. Then came cannabis.

Cannabis and Hypothyroidism

I didn’t go straight to cannabis for my thyroid condition. Cannabis was something I sought after experiencing postpartum depression and chronic pain. But when I started consuming cannabis daily for my pain issues I noticed some changes. I started feeling a rapid pacing heart beat and experiencing hot flashes. Both of which I only felt when my thyroid was overactive in the past due to taking more of the synthetic thyroid hormone than what my body needed. I wondered if I was having a medication interaction with the cannabis and synthroid, so I spoke to my doctor. There was no real help from my MD and while she wasn’t anti-cannabis…she definitely had her opinions of what it could help with and thyroid wasn’t it.

women holding cannabis leaves in palm of hand


I took matters into my own hands which let’s face it, it’s what humans do when they are desperate for relief. I started taking less of my thyroid medication and then completely weaned myself off of the medication. that was in 2019.

Today Hashimotos is listed as a past medical history and I agreed to continue monitoring my levels on future visits mostly because I love science and I like the data. But for now I’m off the pharmaceuticals and I’m so grateful I stayed the course. It’s easy to follow the MD orders but always listen and advocate for yourself. I have the labs to corroborate my story and folks this is the challenge with cannabis… many physicians are unable to guide or support you on your journey. Results may vary but no one can invalidate what healing looks like or feels like to you.  Stay healthy friends.

Research

I listed some research below which has many holes but some evidence exists to support cannabis can potentially help with hypothyroid condition. Researchers have also found that many humans experience endocannabinoid deficiency which presents as chronic health and autoimmune conditions.

1.Effect of Marijuana Use on Thyroid Function and Autoimmunity

2. Evidence for functional CB1 cannabinoid receptor expressed in the rat thyroid

3. Do you have endocannabinoid deficiency?

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I recently have had the privilege of traveling and speaking across the US. The questions during Q&A are always so eye opening. One of the most common themes was that most people do not know that there are THOUSANDS of strains/cultivars of cannabis.

Meaning there are many varieties of plants and each one has a unique profile that can align with or help manage certain conditions or symptoms. Each plant can also provide very different effects.

Why this matters?

Common complaints or concerns I get are from those individuals who had a bad experience with cannabis. 99% of the time these individuals tried edibles or they didn't know what they were consuming.

Join the Kush Class to learn how to find the right plant for your needs and learn more about cannabis medicine. bit.ly/KUSHFAMILY
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Kush Class is a FREE beginner class focused on the essentials of medical cannabis and/or CBD. Class is conducted online via zoom. This is a judgement free and safe space to ask questions regarding plant medicine for health and wellness.

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In this class:

We will discuss case studies and the real world evidence documented over the last 2 years related to patients who used medical cannabis or CBD for various conditions.

What does the science say?

How can it help?

How to consume cannabis?

Who can benefit from plant medicine?

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Sandra Guynes MSN RN has been a longtime advocate, educator and provider of holistic health to mothers and babies. She works guiding and educating families on medical cannabis, healing our bodies by nurturing our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and finding peace, health and balance that we can pass on for generations.
Sandra is the co-founder of Cannabis Nurses of Color (CNOC). She is also a Director for American Cannabis Nurses Association.
Sandra graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Hampton University and a Master’s in Nursing Education from Walden University. Sandra has taught across the levels of nursing academia from ADN to BSN.
Sandra is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Cannabis Nurses Network, and Minority Cannabis Business Association. She practices under The Kush Nurse brand in San Diego, CA.
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Today we celebrate and honor the Legacy of Native American People. We recognize that this day often comes with a misrepresentation of the historical events that took place hundreds of years ago when European colonizers landed on Native soil that they claimed as their own. We know today that these events are not reflected in the story of Thanksgiving and we choose to recognize the contribution that Native peoples have made to this land: protecting it, nurturing it, sustaining it. We are thankful for the Native community and we continue to fight for native people to see justice, to see reparations for the hundreds of years of exploitation and violence they have faced. We recognize that we all stand on stolen land. We are grateful for our community, and for all those who continue to honor Native Heritage. 🤎🧡⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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99% of the people I speak with have no idea they have an ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM. The entire role of this system is to maintain balance in our bodies. When we are out of balance due to stress, diet and other factors our body welcomes disease, inflammation and more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yes cannabis is medicine but it works because we have this system that responds and interacts with the plant. It also produces compounds similar to THC and CBD. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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