CBD has many benefits, including alleviating symptoms related to Crohn's disease and promoting healthy digestion. Here’s how CBD affects your digestive tract.
Every living being needs fuel to maintain its lifesource. But what happens when the system meant to break down this fuel and provide energy malfunctions? In mammals, it can lead to a variety of problems that affect everyday quality of life.
Researchers now believe that digestive health is just as important as physical and mental health in humans. We have seen a rise in the popularity of “good” and “bad” bacteria with probiotics. And by now you have likely heard about the damage processed foods can do to our systems.
We lead fast-paced lives and rarely have time to maintain a diet for our specific needs — so we often go for the most readily available foods and move on with our day, only to pay for it later. Much of the discomfort that comes from eating fast food is caused by inflammation in our digestive tract.
Fortunately, there’s a solution. As a natural anti-inflammatory CBD has great potential to alleviate digestive discomfort in millions of people.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 60 to 70 million Americans suffer from digestive diseases. However, this number is likely much higher. Many people do not go to the doctor over a stomach ache until the problem becomes chronic. Yearly, this results in 21.7 million hospitalizations, 5.4 million in-patient procedures, and $141.8 billion in direct and indirect costs associated with treatments, ongoing medications, therapies, and so on.
In short, 1-in-4 of us are likely to suffer from some sort of gastrointestinal malady. Current medications meant to treat these issues also have their own host of side effects, such as suppressing the immune system, weakening bones, and increasing body weight.
Cannabis has been used since ancient times — across many species — to maintain good intestinal health. Cattle and sheep would eat hemp as part of their diet, and in turn our ancestors would receive the benefits of hemp and CBD. Hemp itself was part of their diet directly as well.
Recent cannabis research has shown a link between the endocannbinoid system (ECS) and the digestive system. CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated by cannabinoids, and while our body naturally produces some of these transmitters, cannabis can provide an outside source that can help the ECS function even better. CB2 receptors are located throughout the body, and are super concentrated in the gut. The ECS is involved with regulating food intake, managing nausea, gastric secretion and gastroprotection, intestinal inflammation, and cell proliferation.
One study found that CBD actually reduces intestinal inflammation. Colitis and Crohn’s disease are caused by inflammation in the bowels and can create a huge disruption in everyday life. CBD not only alleviated symptoms in the study, it helped counteract the inflammation. "Our results therefore indicate that CBD indeed unravels a new therapeutic strategy to treat inflammatory bowel diseases," stated the research team.
With 33,000 new cases of Crohn’s disease every year, a natural and safe approach is much needed.
CBD also helps with other factors that can add to a gastrointestinal problems. It stimulates appetite, helps regulate sleep so the body can heal itself, and helps manage stress and anxiety.
Many of us do not have the time or access to maintain a carefully-tailored diet that fits our individual needs. We have no choice but to reach for the most accessible food options so that we can carry on with our busy lives. Unfortunately, we pay for it in the form of poor gut health.
Adding CBD to your daily routine can help counteract the issues associated with digestive issues, and also provide a stress-relieving benefit. Try incorporating some hemp-derived CBD oil into your daily routine to experience the natural benefits.
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