Our bodies are equally complex and exciting. A lot is going on inside our bodies, both physically and chemically. When it comes to our bodies’ chemistry, we have biochemical reactions. Hormones are organic chemical molecules created by the human body (endocrine system) to regulate multiple biological systems. The article will throw some light upon how Delta 8 THC by TRE House can affect the hormonal function in our bodies.
Hormones manage and control various bodily functions, such as growth, appetite, temperature, metabolism, sleep, development, and stress. Stress can cause the synthesis of several additional hormones linked to the central nervous system to increase. For example, cortisol, the primary stress hormone, is released during strenuous activities. Hormones are chemical messengers that allow one part of the body to ‘speak’ to another, allowing the body to operate in synchrony.
Glands are present all over the body. Specific hormones are released into the bloodstream by certain glands to affect the operation of other organs and glands. This process creates a communication network that constantly sends and receives feedback to maintain optimal body function.
Some of the significant roles of hormones are:
- Sex drive
Hormone levels naturally vary depending on the time of day and the stage of life a person is in, such as adolescence, pregnancy, or menopause.
The impact of environmental toxicity on our hormones is one of the most significant concerns we face today — plastics, industrial chemicals, and pesticides all disrupt the endocrine system. Hormones can become imbalanced at any time in one’s life. These abnormalities may have a role in the development of chronic diseases.
We can seek strategies to support healthy hormones through the foods, herbs, and exercise we engage in and decrease our exposure to toxicity.
- Thyroid Hormones
- Growth Hormone
Delta 8 Alters The Body’s Hormones Function In Three Ways:
Cannabinoid receptors are on all of the body’s major glands. When our bodies’ endocannabinoids engage these receptors, it changes the secretion of hormones and their impact on target organs. Delta 8 can affect hormone synthesis and secretion because it can interact (indirectly) with cannabinoid receptors.
When cannabinoid receptor 1 is active in the hypothalamus, most hormone synthesis and secretion alterations begin. This combined sets off a cascade of hormonal messages that trickle down to other glands, which respond by secreting their hormones. Since cannabinoid receptor 1 is widespread in most other glands and organs, it can directly affect hormonal homeostasis.
Delta 8 and other cannabinoids can affect the ‘volume’ of a hormone’s message to a target organ. Cannabinoids can increase or reduce the sensitivity of a cell receptor for a specific hormone, thereby raising or decreasing the volume/strength of the message.
Hormones must be removed and disposed of when they have completed their functions for the body to remain balanced. Delta 8 and other cannabinoids can change how enzymes break down hormones.
Effects Of Delta 8 On Human Hormones
It’s a complicated theory regarding the effects of delta 8-THC on the hormonal level. However, clinical testing has shown that it either directly or indirectly stimulates and changes the activity of many hormones in the body.
Some of these outcomes include:
Reduced Acetylcholine In The Body.
Acetylcholine is a hormone involved in nerve impulse transmission in the body. It functions as a chemical messenger in the brain, regulating neuronal communications. We know that Delta-8 affects acetylcholine activity based on specimen data.
Delta-8 improves acetylcholine activity. As a result, it enhances the brain’s functioning, which is the core of hormone production factors—better brain functioning results in improved hormone action all over the body. Delta-8 also improves learning and memory capacity by increasing brain activity.
Maintains Serotonin Activity
Experiments on several animal specimens, primarily mice, revealed that Delta-8 changes Serotonin activity in the brain. According to a new study, while serotonin reduces anxiety, greater amounts can also provoke it.
Regulates Testosterone Activity
Minimum dosages of Delta-8 successfully block the production of the male sex hormone, Testosterone, in numerous trials. Delta-8 acts by limiting mitochondrial oxygen exchange, causing the sperm cell to become weak and inactive.
Affect Dopamine Levels
Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is lowered by Delta-8 in the same way serotonin is. As a result, it indirectly affects the actions of other hormones linked to it. For example, in humans, dopamine is frequently linked to the sensation of nausea.
Nausea is a typical side effect of chemotherapy in persons who have been diagnosed with cancer. Delta-8-THC users, on the other hand, were found to have lower dopamine levels, which avoided nausea and vomiting.
Indirect Impact On All Hormones
Delta-8 stimulates the activation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. While Delta-8 helps the brain create a network of neurons throughout the brain, it also helps the brain release more tropic hormones.
The Bottom Line
Delta 8 may help ‘normalize’ biological systems to some level, including hormonal equilibrium to some extent. However, this might depend on the severity of the underlying imbalance in the first place, as CBD is unlikely to have a significant effect in more complex situations.
- Insulin: This is most likely positive.
- Cortisol: is likely positive.
- Thyroid: it’s too early to tell, but it’s likely positive.
- Testosterone: if used for long without exercise, it is likely to be negative.
- Growth Hormone: it’s too early to tell.
- Estrogen: it’s too early to say.
CBD does not have a robust stimulatory effect on hormonal production but rather maintains the balance between different hormones. In light of this, delta 8 could help regulate the balance of hormones provided as a supplement.
It’s uncertain what the benefits of Delta 8 would be, and it can also range from person to person. Although CBD causes (initial) changes in hormone levels, other research suggests that tolerance to cannabinoids can develop. Initial hormone alterations may fix themselves over time, or other systems may compensate for them (hormone receptor sensitivity).
So, it’s still early to determine how delta 8 alters hormones over time and what that means in terms of health.