Research has found CBD may help ease symptoms of GI disorders. As doctors have recently discovered the importance of gut health to your overall health, many patients have turned to CBD to control symptoms of GI illnesses like IBS, Chron’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Gastritis.
CBD’s natural anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to help with the often debilitating symptoms of GI conditions. These conditions cause some inflammation to a part of the digestive system. For example, Chron’s disease causes inflammation in the digestive tract, and gastritis is the inflammation of the stomach lining.
CBD supplements help the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) with healing responses and functions like sleep, anxiety, and immune response. For those with GI health issues, CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid receptors and helps ease symptoms. Some researchers believe the (ECS) connects to the brain that allows the gut and brain to “speak” to one another.”
- Modulates inflammation
Both CB1 and CB2 receptors help modulate inflammatory responses in the gut when stimulated by certain cannabinoids like CBD.
- Regulates digestive action
Gut motility is the contraction of muscles in the gastrointestinal tract. This contracting movement enables food to move through the digestive tract and ensures that nutrients are absorbed. Several cannabinoids stimulate the CB1 receptor. This calms nausea, slows emptying of the stomach, and reduces stomach acid.
- Regulates communication with your brain
Changes in the brain related to stress or pain can alter gastrointestinal function. In addition, changes in your gut from inflammation or infection are communicated back to the brain via the ECS. This is important in maintaining bowel health and can even influence conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.
Along with helping ease pain associated with common GI conditions, CBD may also help with additional symptoms like promoting appetite and relieving nausea.