Given that there are other natural remedies, such as certain herbs and nutritional supplements that have already been proven to affect AFS, combinations of these and CBD could also be of interest.
Just like Hippocrates, father of medicine, argued: food is medicine and medicine is food; and there are natural ways to cure many diseases and their symptoms. In my Master’s thesis, I explore how symptoms of the Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) could be affected in a natural, friendly and accessible way. Because fatigue indicates that the body biochemistry is out of balance, the use of cannabinoids seems particularly reasonable. Cannabinoids are molecules whose function in the body is that of maintaining balance at the cellular level or returning the body to biochemical homeostasis.
Nowadays, stress has become an inevitable factor that shapes the quality of not only our health but also of our lives. We are all exposed to it, every day, practically everywhere. Experts predict outbreaks of fatigue not only in adults but also in children, which can just as well be seen in our country. In a few years, we will most likely be overrun by a new stress-caused disease, and that is adrenal fatigue. Given that this disease is not yet an official diagnosis and is often overlooked by doctors and specialists, the question arises as to if and how we will be treated and what consequences the disease will cause.
The study results show that the natural phytocannabinoid CBD affects the adrenal gland function and the overall stress HPA axis (hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal) in individuals already suffering from AFS. Elevated average cortisol concentration indicates a positive effect of CBD and consequently also a reduction and relief of symptoms caused by AFS. We focused on the most common symptoms from which most individuals with AFS suffer, such as sleep disorders, memory and concentration issues, muscle and/or joint pains, as well as general well-being and a sharp mental and physical response to stressful situations. Our hypotheses and research questions raised were confirmed, and CBD was shown to have a very positive effect on AFS and its symptoms and on the issues that the study participants – and on this basis we can assume the same for other people suffering from AFS – face on a daily basis.
To begin with, however, AFS should be listed among officially recognized diagnoses in Slovenia and treated appropriately, which is not with antidepressants, as is the current practice. Such occurrences may be mainly due to a lack of knowledge in the field, which would require additional training for professionals, doctors and other specialists, as well as the general population. Conditions such as AFS require interdisciplinary treatment. I am convinced that, with such an integrative approach, current allopathic medicine would be given a broader range of options in treating, alleviating and limiting this and many other diseases. Experience from abroad shows that such an approach is significantly more successful and brings more benefits for patients, especially those suffering from chronic diseases.
The impact of CBD on AFS should be further researched and it would be appropriate to test and determine its effect on the thyroid gland and thyroid hormones, on the pancreas and on the reproductive organs and their hormones. Such an approach might reveal new connections of the cortisol’s effects on other endocrine glands, and how CBD could establish an overall balance of the endocrine system.
Moreover, much could be done in this area already through prevention programs and health promotion. Many people suffering from AFS are unaware of the existence of the disease and feel guilty that they are not functioning as they would like or should, which makes the situation even worse. In any event, measures should start to be taken at the very beginning and preventively reduced, and stress should be reduced already at work and in schools for instance. All this could be included in health promotion and prevention programs, thus reducing stress in individuals. We need to be aware that individuals suffering from AFS are trapped in a vicious cycle of exhaustion, fatigue and, consequently, confusion. They do not know where or whom to turn to, how to help themselves, how to treat themselves; in truth, they do not even know what is wrong with them. They are captives of their own body, which has suffered a collapse, and then problems also surface at the psychological and spiritual levels. They struggle on a daily basis, they spin through changes in physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural symptoms that appear, disappear, and reappear as new ones, or old ones in a form even worse. And through all this, we as professionals need to be aware that if we do not act, because of the system in which we live and our daily pace of life, there will be more and more individuals who will suffer from AFS.
Liver – CBD and THC reduce levels of fat in the liver. Cannabis was once believed to cause cirrhosis or fibrosis of the liver, but this was later found to be inaccurate. However, plant material and possible toxins could cause damage to this organ.
The following list explains some of the many different methods of administration:
Central nervous system – THC promotes a large release of dopamine, which represents the feeling of “high.” Judgment and memory can become impaired with THC use. THC negatively affects basal ganglia and the cerebellum, which function in coordination, reflexes, and balance. THC can also promote hallucinations and could lead to schizophrenic episodes for those who are predisposed to this condition. Medical cannabis can function to eliminate pain, inflammation, and seizures. Fetal brain development is highly affected when the mother uses this drug during pregnancy, which can put them at risk for problems with concentration, memory, and problem-solving. THC is still being assessed for its ability to correct glaucoma, as it can decrease pressure in the eyes.
Cannabis’ Cousin: Hemp
Cannabis could negatively affect heart function, as it can cause symptoms like heart palpitations and blood pressure changes, some of the same symptoms that are associated with adrenal fatigue. Changes in heart rate and rhythm are more likely associated with THC.
Inflammation – CBD is proven to lessen acute as well as chronic inflammation, surpassing other well-known inflammation fighters like antioxidants and vitamin C. Gut, colon, and joint inflammation are some examples of conditions CBD can help with.
The American Stroke Association has found that CBD offers neuroprotective benefits. CBD is also classified as an allosteric modulator of receptors of opioid, and it allows for pain reduction and decreases the effects of chronic inflammation on the body.
In the beginning phases of AFS, cannabis use could also help with offsetting high blood pressure. As AFS progresses, blood pressure drops and could be made worse with the use of cannabis.
Heal Your Immune System
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue can be severe enough that your life can be impacted in many ways. With a little help from CBD, your adrenal fatigue symptoms can significantly decrease so you can feel better overall.
Adrenal fatigue leads to smaller amounts of aldosterone production. This means you may experience frequent urges to urinate, which results in a cycle of elimination of essential minerals like sodium, potassium and magnesium, thus the craving for salty items. Unlike its parent THC, CBD reduces food cravings – potentially providing help with weight control as well.
Our adrenal glands play a big role in our overall health.
Reverse Extreme Exhaustion
Decrease Salty Food Cravings
Here are four of the most common adrenal fatigue symptoms and how CBD can help.
If you have difficulty waking up and getting out of bed in the morning, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. Despite getting a full night’s sleep, some people will never feel rested due to unstable levels of adrenaline and cortisone. CBD helps regulate the circadian rhythm and encourages homeostasis during the sleep cycle through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptor, found throughout the nervous system. CBD helps users fall asleep faster and stay asleep, helping to alleviate fatigue throughout the day.