CBD and our happy hormones
Most of us don't think about our hormones and we are likely to only be able to name a few, such as testosterone and oestrogen. But there are many other hormones responsible for our inner balance and happiness.
7.3 million people (17% of the UK adult population) were prescribed anti depressants in 2020. When we are truly 'down' then medication is available to help. But what can we do to support our body to regain inner and hormonal balance?
What are hormones and where do they come from?
Hormones are like little chemical messengers and are created in the Endocrine System; it consists of glands and organs who create and distribute hormones into our bloodstream. The Thyroid, Ovaries and Testes and Adrenal Gland are all part of this system along with many other lesser known ones. A well functioning endocrine system is very important for our overall health.
Everyone can suffer from hormonal imbalance, best known for the havoc it causes during puberty; but it is women who are more long term affected by fluctuations, with these naturally occurring during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. Men are not safe either. Hormone imbalance can also happen outside of these period if one of the endocrine glands produce too little or too much, or even stop producing hormones entirely. This can trigger serious health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, Addison's disease and PCOS.
So how can we promote the natural occurrence of happy hormones?
The Fabulous Four
Oxytocin is known as the bonding hormone. It is released when we feel close, safe and connected with people. We can stimulate release of oxytocin naturally by snuggling a pet, being affectionate, holding hands and physical touch.
Seratonin is most commonly associated with mood regulation and balanced sleeping patterns. If you recognise the name, then you may also know that SSRI's (Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors) are designed to increase the level of Seratonin in the brain. We can stimulate production naturally by getting some sun, going for a run, swim or other cardio excercise, a walk in nature or meditation.
Dopamine is the reward chemical. It's naturally triggered by things like winning, food, praise and other positive outcomes. We all know how sometimes a bit of chocolate or other favourite treats (in responsible quantities) or listening to feel good music improves our mood. That is why self-care is very important, it actually has a much deeper physical effect.
Endorphin is more tricky. It is heavily involved in the fight or flight response and is actually a natural pain killer. It acts on the same opiate receptors in the brain that morphine does. We can naturally stimulate endorphins by exercising, laughing, eating dark chocolate, being artistic and having sex.
What about CBD and the Endocrine System?
All of us have an endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in maintaining balance in the body. In recent years, it has been recognized that the endocannabinoid system plays an important regulatory role in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and response to stress. Anecdotally it is often mentioned that adding CBD oils to the diet promotes a sense of calm & relaxation and supports our mood & positive thinking. We can naturally support our ever so important endocannabinoid system by adding phytocannabinoids in the form of Hemp CBD oils to our diet.
You can choose a low strength health maintenance supplement, a medium strength CBD oil for more system support. Some will want that extra system support and choose a strong product, such as our organic certified 10% CBD oils.