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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Do you struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep?

Sleep is essential for maintaining our mental and physical health, yet it eludes many adults. Insomnia , wakefulness and exhaustion is a very common problem, one that takes a toll on your energy, mood, and ability to function during the day.

The first thing we address during consults is SLEEP! Even if that’s not the primary concern for the visit. Some cannabis strains can help with relaxation and even sedating effects which helps us to get a better night’s sleep.

Cannabis has analgesic properties that may provide some relief for those with chronic pain, while the anti-anxiety properties can soothe a stressed out mind and body.

Sleep is one of the biggest challenges among my clients. Methods of cannabis consumption also matter.

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To stay asleep take right at bedtime.

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School starting and mamas are both relieved and anxious. I’ve seen an uptick in consults for anxiety and depression.

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