How CBD Can Support Your Gut Health
Your gastrointestinal system is one of the most complex parts of the body. With responsibilities that include properly digesting food, absorbing nutrients, disposing of waste, and maintaining a general sense of order within our system, it’s essential that we understand how the gut works and how we can best maintain it for our health.
Your endocannabinoid system and your gut have a strong relationship, which is why CBD has shown that it might be able to improve gut health and regulate its processes. Cannabinoids are abundant in the GI tract and pelvic area, so if you’ve ever felt stomach discomfort and irregular digestion, there’s a chance your endocannabinoid system is working alongside it to calm your symptoms and promote homeostasis. For this reason, more people are considering CBD a viable way to manage their gut health.
CBD and Gut Motility, Digestive Regulation
Gut motility is the term for the muscle movement in the GI tract, which typically involves stretching and contracting to keep waste moving in the right direction. When certain nerves or muscles in the tract become inflamed and are no longer functioning at their peak, it can cause symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and cramping. It can even lead to chronic conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is a common diagnosis for gut motility issues.
The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in gut motility, which is why CBD supplements are considered a possible option for reducing uncomfortable gut-related symptoms like gas, diarrhea, and bloating. When you consume CBD, it may help to reduce any overactivity by CB1 receptors, which are more abundant in the brain and can cause overstimulation and anxiety, leading to diarrhea. While CBD is working in the brain it also gives a boost to CB2 receptors, which are more abundant in the GI tract and work to calm any irregular patterns.
CBD and Inflammation in the Gut
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (also known as Crohn’s disease) affects about 1.6 million people in the United States, and the symptoms can range from mild and manageable to completely debilitating. While there are many types of medications that can be taken to manage symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and bleeding, there are few prescriptions on the market that treat symptoms without causing their own variety of side effects. This is one reason why CBD is becoming popular for managing gut-related inflammation.
There is no cure for inflammatory bowel disease yet, but small studies have shown CBD’s potential in helping to calm inflammatory responses and reduce overall symptoms, which can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life when they just want to feel better.
Managing Stress and Anxiety for Gut Health
If you’ve ever been in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, nervous, or like you’re going to throw up, you know what the phrases “trust your gut” and “gut-wrenching experience” mean. The gut and the brain are closely connected and communicate with each other regularly, so when you’re feeling anxious or nervous about something, you’re going to feel it in your gut. If you are predisposed to gut issues like diarrhea or constipation, the idea that your anxiety is going to cause a bathroom emergency can create a feedback loop that’s ultimately a self-fulfilling prophecy.
This feedback loop is why it’s so important to keep your anxiety and stress levels under control. As we’ve discussed in our post on CBD and general wellness, maintaining your endocannabinoid system benefits nearly every part of your body, including your mental health and the feedback loop that reaches the gut. Taking a daily CBD supplement may promote a sense of calm and clarity that works with both your brain and your gut.
If you’re wondering what type of CBD products are best for your gut health, we recommend starting with something like CBD gummies or CBD softgels so the serving is easy to measure and control. When you take CBD in edible form, it’s sent directly to the gastrointestinal tract and right where it’s most needed. To feel the effects even faster, you can look to add 10-15mg of our tincture liquid, which your bloodstream will absorb through the vessels in your mouth.
Ready to support better digestive health with CBD? Browse our selection today and we’re sure you’ll find something that’s perfect for your lifestyle.
CBD Softgels with Curcumin
Prima Terra Organics’ Softgels provide repeatable and reliable performance in an easy-to-swallow format. We maximize these Softgels’ effects by adding curcumin which has additional health, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Our broad-spectrum formula delivers the entourage effect for maximum outcome. Our nanoemulsion process provides 200% greater bioavailability than competitor products.
CBD Softgels with Melatonin
Prima Terra Organics’ Softgels provide repeatable and reliable performance in an easy-to-swallow format. We maximize these Softgels’ effects by adding melatonin for better sleep and additional health benefits provided by melatonin. Our broad-spectrum formula delivers the entourage effect for maximum outcome. Our nanoemulsion process provides 200% greater bioavailability than competitor products.
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