There is an increasing focus on the connection between whole-body health and gut health. Signs of an unhealthy gut are often expressed as chronic digestive concerns, which can hinder the quality of life. While pain, inflammation, and mood are some of the most common reasons to turn to CBD—it can also help to balance and improve your digestive health.
How CBD Can Improve Gut Health
Let’s first begin by discussing cannabinols, the naturally occurring compound that works as powerful cellular messengers in our body activating the homeostasis process. Homeostasis is the process of turning on the endocannabinoid systems to internally balance your body. What makes CBD unique is that it is currently the only cannabinoid that can activate and connect the central and peripheral nervous systems. You can learn a bit more about this process here.
CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids in hemp, which is why with hemp-derived CBD you get all the benefits without the THC—the compound that gets you high. A hemp-based CBD is guaranteed to have .3% THC and CBD is legal in all 50 states.
CBD For Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is inflammation of the large intestine that causes any combination of abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and weight loss. There is no cure for IBS. Treatment includes dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and often therapy for the emotional triggers of IBS—which may include depression, which can worsen as IBS inhibits daily life. For example, many with IBS do not eat out in public or plan their outings around the frequency they will need to use the restroom. CBD can help to ease the inflammation that leads to bloating, minimize diarrhea, ease constipation, and balance mood-altering hormones. Women are at higher risk for IBS, and about 1 in 15 people suffer from IBS.
CBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease
There are two types of IBD, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease causes extreme inflammation in the digestive tract, causing abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue, severe diarrhea, blood in stool, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Ulcerative colitis causes both inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. It can lead to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal pain, rectal bleeding, fatigue, fever, and weight loss.
There is no cure for either of these types of IBD and they are typically treated with prescription immunosuppressives and anti-inflammatories. You may be able to minimize your symptoms and replace your prescription drugs with CBD.
CBD For Gastritis
Gastritis is severe inflammation of the stomach lining. It is often a side effect of IBD but can also be caused by abuse of pain relievers and alcohol, or a bacterial infection. Symptoms include a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, nausea, and vomiting. If untreated it increases your risk of ulcers and stomach cancer. CBD may help to soothe this inflammation.
CBD For Occasional Digestive Health Concerns
We all struggle with occasional digestive problems from time to time. This includes constipation, diarrhea, an upset tummy, or disrupted digestion during a shift in dietary habits—like when on vacation or after a day or two of holiday indulgence. CBD may be able to speed up the process of getting things back to normal.
CBD for digestive health is just one of the reasons to consider daily CBD supplementation!