Can you use CBD oil for digestive issues?
Maybe you’ve heard about it for pain, or stress, or even sleep. But gut health? IBS?
Why Bother with the Gut?
We used to think that the digestive system wasn’t really that complex. It was considered just this long tube, and you eat, it goes through that tube, then gets excreted.
Now, thanks to science, we know that the gut is central to health and wellness. We also know more about the gut microbiome and how it contributes to overall health.
Your gut microbiome is made up of the trillions of microorganisms, things like bacteria and viruses. Sure, that’s sounds bad, but most are helpful, rather than harmful, and are involved in functions critical to your health and wellbeing.
These bacteria live in your digestive system and they play a key role in digesting food, and absorbing and synthesizing the nutrients.
Your gut metabolism plays a part in many other important processes beyond digestion, including your metabolism, and immune regulation, even brain function.
Unfortunately, there are many things that can throw the microbiome out of whack: stress, not enough sleep, poor diet, and taking antibiotics can all damage our gut microbiome. So, now we know why it’s important to pay attention to your gut health.
Common Digestive Issues
These are some of the most common digestive issues many Americans deal with on a daily basis.
While dietary changes and pharmaceutical medications can have an impact, most can’t be cured.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes inflammation in the large intestine. Symptoms of IBS include things like abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
- Crohn’s Disease is another type of inflammatory bowel disease. Symptoms are similar to IBS, and may include abdominal pain and cramping, fatigue, severe diarrhea, blood in the stool, reduced appetite and weight loss.
- Ulcerative colitis is yet another one. It’s distinct from Crohn’s disease in that it specifically affects the colon and rectum. Common symptoms include severe diarrhea (often with pus or blood), pain in the abdomen and rectum, rectal bleeding, difficulty defecating (which is often accompanied by an urgency to defecate), fatigue, fever, and weight loss.
- Gastritis causes inflammation in the stomach lining. A bacterial infection, or overuse or abuse of pain relievers and alcohol are leading causes. Symptoms can include upper abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
CBD Oil for Digestive Issues
CBD oil supports your body’s endocannabinoid system in creating homeostasis – or balance. In fact, lots of people take it as a daily supplement, simply because it can help rebalance the parts of the body that need it most.
And research shows that includes your gut!
The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in the normal physiology of GI (gastrointestinal) function. It’s involved in digestion, gut-brain signalling, inflammation, and gut permeability. It communicates directly with gut microbiota – all those helpful bacteria bloating around in the microbiome.
When you take CBD, it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in your GI.
Research suggests that CBD’s anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects make it a promising remedy for treating the pain and inflammation caused by these types of digestive issues. It all has to do with the neuro-immune axis and enteric glial cells (EGC).
ECG help maintain the strength of the gut mucosa and play an important role in gut immunity. They also mediate acute and chronic inflammation in the gut. However, these cells can also generate inflammation, but thankfully CBD has been shown to control the inflammatory response and ECG activation.
Of course, it’s also great for the associated pain. CBD combats pain by mediating the brain’s response to pain. At the same time, it binds to CB2 receptors located throughout the immune system to reduce inflammation.
When it comes to CBD oil for digestive issues, there’s still more research needed. What’s clear, however, is that what we do know is really good, and the potential of CBD oil as a method for relief is definitely something worth considering.