CBD and Digestive Health
Digestive problems seem to be running rampant in today’s health community. Diagnoses like IBD, Crone’s, and leaky gut are becoming more prevalent. Many individuals have seemed to find relief from utilizing CBD in their daily routine, many finding correlation between CBD and digestive health.
The Endocannabinoid system in our bodies helps to regulate a whole host of functions, one of which is the immune system. Our first line of immune defense is our digestive tract, primarily the gut. This is why when we get sick we tend to notice gastrointestinal issues first. Many people with autoimmune diseases not primarily characterized with digestive problems still experience gastrointestinal discomfort. This is because their immune system is not functioning the way it should, thus their gut is not happy with them.
The Immune System
Cannabinoids help to regulate the immune system by interacting with CB2 receptors in our bodies. They activate cannabinoid receptors that aid in homeostasis, making sure our bodies are responding appropriately to different situations. CB2 receptors are found throughout the body, with a great concentration in the gastrointestinal system, here they work to limit unnecessary immune responses. This does not mean that cannabinoids suppress the immune system, it means they allow the immune system to function better, recognizing when immune defense is actually needed and when it is not.
Diseases like IBD and Crone’s are situations in which the immune system in the gut is not working correctly and attacks the body as a foreign body or malicious entity. Those suffering with this disease experience gastrointestinal discomfort and food sensitivities. It is not known exactly what causes this immune system malfunction, but current research indicates it might have a connection with the endocannabinoid system. This would make sense because of the endocannabinoid system’s great influence on the immune system.
In a study done in 2011, a number of patients with IBD that was resistant to treatment showed marked improvement in symptoms following an introduction of CBD oil into their daily regimen. It is unclear whether or not this was merely based on cannabinoids helping with the symptoms or the underlying issue causing them. However, this is promising to those who experience frustration without relief of their disease.
The most significant improvement seen is in the quality of life. For those with chronic illness, living a normal life with the disease is the hardest part. With limited options for treatment of these inflammatory conditions, CBD offers a viable option for relief. With legalization of cannabinoids from hemp and medical marijuana, more and more patients are turning to alternative treatments.
Crone’s disease is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract. Those with this disease often suffer gastrointestinal discomfort and pain. Food sensitivities accompany this illness and often lead to extreme weight loss. In a study that compared the use of CBD to a placebo, the group that consumed cannabis showed more improvement in their symptoms. It is important to note that these results are in comparison to a placebo treatment. However, when considering the alternative medications to Crone’s and their side effects CBD might be a more appealing option.
In many cases, steroids are used to treat chronic inflammation, and when used long term they can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher risks of infection.
While there is limited evidence that shows the validity of actual treatment of diseases using cannabinoids, the improvement in symptoms is enough to give hope. As with any medical decision, be sure to consult with your doctor if you are considering adding CBD to your diet. Consider any other medications you are taking as some are metabolized in a way that is not compatible with CBD.
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