CBD and The Digestive System
In our previous article “CBD for cardiovascular health,” we discussed how CBD could play significant roles in the coordination and activities of several systems of the body, including the digestive system. Before its official discovery in 1940, the ancient Chinese and Romans utilized the health benefits of the cannabis plant in treating tapeworm infections, epilepsy and wound healing. Not until recently, this activity was primarily attributed to the presence of THC, which was highly psychoactive.
The ability of CBD to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has come in handy in eliciting anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, anti-tumor and antidepressant activities on the body. In this article, we shall look at how these activities can boost the activities and function of the digestive system.
HOW DOES CBD BENEFIT THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM?
- Prevention and control of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other digestive health diseases
Disease conditions like IBS have been identified to deal a significant blow on the healthy functioning of the digestive system. It produces symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach cramps which may lead to discomfort. This disease (IBS) is triggered by changes in gut microflora, inflammation of the intestines, nerve abnormalities and muscular contractions of the digestive system.
CBD can assist people suffering from this condition to trigger hormonal balance, improve appetite, limit the harmful effects of muscular contraction and stress. CBD has also been identified from research to reduce the expression of symptoms related to IBS. There are also speculations on how CBD can produce immunomodulatory effects on the body and may be a source of alternative treatment for digestive system related disorders.
- Prevention of leaky gut
The antioxidant effect of CBD can play vital roles in the precipitation of toxins and can limit the harmful effects of antioxidants. Disease conditions such as gut permeability or linkage can be associated with chronic conditions like Chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis and auto-immune diseases. Since the leaky gut is associated with predisposition to heavy toxin load, chronic stress and poor diet, researchers believe CBD can play important roles in their control. CBD can interact with the ECS receptors to trigger the release of feel-good hormones, limit the activities of toxins and free radicals and boost pain control. They can also support hormonal and internal balance in thus reducing the rate of chronic inflammations and auto-immune diseases.
Some researchers have discovered CBD to restore the permeability of the endothelial membrane, thus improving the cellular integrity of tight junctions and preventing the occurrence of leaky guts.
Apart from the effects listed above, CBD can also play active roles in improving hormonal balance and appetite, reduce the exposure to toxins, trigger weight loss and reduction in insulin resistance. It is safe for use and does not produce psychoactive effects.
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