If a craving for fudge brownies or gummy snakes has ever blindsided you, you’ve likely experienced the power of hormones. In addition to driving desires for certain foods, the body’s many hormones also help fire up the libido, regulate mood, sleep, and even body temperature. 

Many know first-hand how cannabis exerts subtle—or not-so-subtle—effects over our mood, sleep, and appetite, so it’s clear the plant interacts with our hormones in some way. But how?

The endocannabinoid and endocrine systems

Hormones are helpful chemical messengers secreted by the endocrine system, a network of glands and organs that release hormones into the body. The major endocrine glands include the hypothalamus, pituitary, pancreas, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid,…

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