CBD for Hashimoto

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Written by Stefan K.

The most common form of thyroiditis is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis autoimmune disease. This disease, also known as Hashimoto for short, accounts for about 80 percent of all known cases of thyroiditis. It is noticeable that women are up to nine times more likely to have Hashimoto than men. In the majority of cases, the disease breaks out between 40 and 50 years of age.

Basically, Hashimoto’s disease has two different forms. In the “classic” form, the thyroid gland enlarges. A struma, otherwise known as goitre, forms. This causes the thyroid gland to greatly reduce its function. The second form of Hashimoto’s disease is atrophic. The tissue of the thyroid gland is destroyed, and the organ gradually atrophies. If the UK is taken as a benchmark, the atrophic form of Hashimoto is observed significantly more often than the classic form.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is also known by other names. These include Hashimoto’s disease, Hashimoto syndrome or autoimmune thyroiditis. The terms chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, chronic Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s disease are particularly frequently used as synonyms.

Due to the inflammatory character of the disease, CBD has increasingly become the focus of doctors and of Hashimoto disease patients in recent years. The reason is that numerous studies confirm that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties.

Thyroid, Inflammation & Hashimoto’s: Hemp Oil with CBD as an Opportunity

How does Hashimoto develop? At what point can we speak of Hashimoto’s and what are the symptoms? These connections are important to understand in order to understand the effects of the cannabinoid “CBD” on this thyroid disease.

Hashimoto is an autoimmune thyroid disease. This means that the body produces antibodies against the proteins of the thyroid gland through a cause that is not yet 100 percent clear. This production of antibodies ultimately leads to chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland. The long-lasting inflammatory state causes the affected thyroid tissue to be destroyed. This leads to hypothyroidism. Hashimoto is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.

The incidence of Hashimoto increases significantly and measurably within families. For this reason, it is assumed that a genetic Hashimoto disposition exists. As a pre-existing condition, type C liver inflammation – also known as hepatitis C – very probably plays a role. Various diseases are associated with Hashimoto. The medical profession is not 100 percent sure whether this is the result or the condition of Hashimoto. These autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, pernicious anaemia and celiac disease.

It should be noted that the course of the disease cannot under any circumstances be predicted with certainty for Hashimoto. Although the disease can regress spontaneously, this only occurs in very rare cases. It is clear that the destruction of the thyroid gland tissue as a result of chronic inflammation cannot be repaired. If you have Hashimoto’s disease and also suffer from hypothyroidism, you usually have to take a thyroid hormone for the rest of your life.

Symptoms of Hashimoto

Hashimoto causes no pain. In the early stages there are hardly any symptoms. However, this is also a disadvantage, because Hashimoto’s disease is often only recognised at a very advanced stage. In most cases, hypothyroidism is already present. If this is the case, symptomatic complaints will appear. These include:

  • increased blood lipid levels,
  • cycle disorders,
  • reduced fertility,
  • increased hair loss,
  • brittle hair,
  • excessive tiredness,
  • persistent listlessness,
  • memory and concentration problems,
  • hoarseness,
  • sensitivity to cold,
  • constipation and weight gain.

However, some patients also report inexplicably losing weight.

Some people with Hashimoto syndrome also have psychological anxiety and depression.

Hashimoto’s encephalopathy is not a direct symptom, but rather a secondary disease. This is a disease of the brain and leads to a range of broad psychiatric and neurological symptoms. These include states of confusion, cognitive deficits, temporary sleepiness, psychoses, epileptic seizures, movement disorders and even coma.

Conventional treatment methods – What medication for Hashimoto’s?

Because the cause of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is unknown, there is no medication or non-drug therapy for it. Until now, only certain symptoms can be treated. In particular, the physical and psychological effects of the disease, which result from hypothyroidism, can be treated by administering the thyroid hormone that is lacking. This is a lifelong form of treatment. Patients are given tablets, which usually contain the artificial hormone levothyroxine. It is recommended that patients take it in the morning on an empty stomach so that they can process the hormone particularly well.

If a goitre has already formed as a result of Hashimoto, surgical removal is a suitable treatment. The above-mentioned Hashimoto encephalopathy can be treated with a high concentration of cortisone, among other things.

As a remedy for Hashimoto, consideration should also be given to changing certain nutritional regimes. For example, experts believe that a high intake of iodine can promote the disease. If you are already ill, you should avoid high doses of iodine altogether. This means that iodine tablets should be avoided, and iodised salt should be removed from the diet. Various edible fish such as coalfish, herring or mackerel contain a lot of iodine. It is therefore advisable not to eat these fish in addition to avoiding seafood.

If young people or children suffer from Hashimoto’s disease or general hypothyroidism, doctors usually prescribe thyroid hormones.

How does CBD work for Hashimoto’s – Effect & studies

In autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto, the endo-cannabinoid system, or ECS for short, plays a crucial role. This is where CBD can help with Hashimoto. Due to circumstances that have not yet been 100% clarified, Hashimoto causes non-food-based weight gain. CBD can be a help here.

According to various studies, CBD has the greatest potential in Hashimoto because of its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, CBD can also help Hashimoto patients with various constipation symptoms by regulating the bowel. People affected by Hashimoto repeatedly suffer from various psychological limitations. CBD also offers a chance of improvement.


Current studies

Inflammation is the main problem with Hashimoto. The declared aim of medicine is to alleviate, reduce or even completely eliminate this. Based on a study[1] in the “Journal of Experimental Medicine” it was found that CBD is able to suppress inflammation. The authors of the study came to this conclusion after looking more closely at the interaction of glycine receptors with CBD. It was found that when the glycine receptors were linked to so-called dorsal horn neurons, they interacted with CBD. Not only was certain neuropathic pain relieved in the experimental animals, but also various chronic inflammations were suppressed.

Another study[2] was concerned with whether and how CBD can limit or prevent inflammation in autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s disease. In this study, the researchers focused on inflammation occurring in the intestine. One of the things they looked at was ulcerative colitis. This is a chronic inflammation of the rectum and colon. After the research, the authors of the study concluded that CBD is able to relieve inflammation in autoimmune diseases, which include Hashimoto’s disease.

Researchers from the University Institute of Cardiology and Pulmonology in the French-speaking part of Canada investigated whether CBD was able to reduce inflammation in a number of autoimmune diseases. The authors of the study[3] found that it is important for people affected to know whether CBD can reduce inflammation caused by a malfunctioning immune system. The study ultimately came to the conclusion that CBD can inhibit inflammation well.

According to the experts, a side effect of CBD is that it reduces the effectiveness of the immune system. What at first sounds like a disadvantage is not one for people with autoimmune diseases. For example, Hashimoto’s own immune system’s attacks on the tissue around the thyroid gland are reduced. Taking CBD could therefore be a way of adopting preventive measures against inflammation in the context of Hashimoto.

As already mentioned, Hashimoto’s disease can affect the mind of certain people. Especially the sight of a goitre makes many people despair. There are several cases of people where the disease has been partly responsible for depressive moods or chronic depression. Generally speaking, Hashimoto is seldom the direct trigger of depression, but the disease worsens the general condition of those affected, which is not conducive to recovery from depression.

External characteristics such as goitre can also lead to various feelings of anxiety in unstable people. Certain studies indicate that CBD has an anxiolytic effect. This means that CBD is not only antipsychotic, but also anxiety-relieving in depression or anxiety disorders caused by Hashimoto, among others. This effect is also proven by the fact that CBD is used as an antidote to the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD can influence the affected thyroid gland in Hashimoto through various processes. For example, a study[4]  from 2002 found that the release of thyroid hormones is partly controlled via the ECS and the associated CB1 receptors. According to the authors, CBD can have a positive effect on the hormone activities within the thyroid gland in this case.

Hashimoto and hypothyroidism often go hand in hand. A study[5] from the Journal of Endocrinology looked into this. According to the research, the ECS CB1 and CB2 receptors transmit brain signals to the thyroid gland. The researchers believe that CBD can have a positive effect on the hormone balance of the thyroid gland by acting on these signals. This could be a gentle way to bring hypothyroidism under control. However, further studies and corresponding investigations are still needed to gain clarity.

The influence of CBD on the thyroid gland, and thus also to a certain extent on Hashimoto, has already been documented. A further study[6] should be mentioned at this point to substantiate this. The study was published in an article in the National Institute of Health. It postulates that thyroid cells also have receptors onto which various cannabinoids can dock. According to the authors’ argumentation, CBD has an effect on the thyroid gland in the case of Hashimoto.

In 2017, a study[7] by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences looked at the effects of cannabinoids on Hashimoto. It was found that CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect in the case of Hashimoto. The researchers from the Iranian capital stayed on the ball here and published a follow-up study. They discovered that CBD can have a positive effect on Hashimoto’s pathogens for patients via the immune protein interleukin-17.

CBD for other thyroid diseases

Hyperthyroidism is a thyroid disease that is particularly common in women. According to experts, around 1 percent of all women in the UK alone suffer from this disease. The reasons for this type of disease can be a tumour in the ovaries, the ample consumption of foods that contain a lot of iodine, inflammation of the thyroid gland and the intake of certain food supplements. It happens with hyperthyroidism that women lose a lot of weight because of a lack of appetite.

CBD can make it easier for them to enjoy food again. One study shows that taking CBD increases appetite. More and more doctors are advising women to take CBD to gently counteract anorexia. Read more:

CBD Hashimoto Dosage and Conclusion

Regardless of which CBD product is used for Hashimoto, there are no generally applicable dosing suggestions. However, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s specifications and the instructions of doctors.

If you have decided to take cannabis oil (also called hemp oil with CBD) for Hashimoto, you should always start with a low CBD dosage. This dose should be increased over time until the desired effect is achieved. Once this level is reached, it should be kept constant as long as possible. If, on the other hand, there are undesirable effects, the dose should be reduced until the undesirable effects have disappeared.


  • Hashimoto is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland.
  • Even if the actual cause is unknown, various drugs or surgical procedures are used to treat the symptoms that occur.
  • CBD for Hashimoto is used for the very reason that the disease is associated with inflammatory symptoms and CBD has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • CBD can also relieve various psychological symptoms that people with Hashimoto may suffer from.


  1. Can CBD help with Hashimoto’s?

    CBD can help well with Hashimoto’s due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps alleviate various psychological symptoms that people with Hashimoto’s may suffer from.

  2. Can CBD oil be used for Hashimoto’s?

    Yes, CBD oil can be used for Hashimoto’s disease.

  3. Can CBD oil help with thyroid disease?

    CBD oil can also help with other thyroid disorders. Taking CBD can stimulate the appetite and thus help with hyperthyroidism, for example.

  4. What CBD oil dosage for Hashimoto’s?

    When buying, always look for a high-quality full-spectrum oil. When it comes to dosage, you should always start with a low dosage and then increase. A good start would be, for example, to take a 5% CBD oil 3 times a day.

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Taking products containing cannabinoids may result in interactions with various medications. If you are already taking medication, the use of CBD and othre cannabinoids should be discussed with your doctor beforehand.

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About the author

Stefan K.

Stefan K.

Stefan is not only a valuable part of the CannaTrust magazine but also convinces with his sound knowledge about the effects of cannabinoids. As an author in Austria he gathered valuable experiences when writing for 'Stadtblatt Salzburg'. He got in contact with cannabis through several positive media reports. Nowadays he writes about everything around the most popular cannabinoid these days: CBD.