The stomach & Cannabis connection
Cannabis & your digestive system.
How cannabis and your endocannabinoid system work.
Cannabis is composed of over 100 different cannabinoids and terpenes. All of which interact with your natural endocannabinoid system. The ECS was only discovered in 1988! Research is still on-going but we now know that cannabis is meant to be part of our natural system. The two major cannabinoids we hear of are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) & Cannabidiol (CBD).
We have receptors throughout our whole body. This is why when we use cannabis for pain relief, the cannabis knows what receptors are needing the CBD/THC and they help alleviate symptoms.
Cannabis and digestion have a very close connection. There is a plethora of information that supports cannabis being an appetite stimulant, nausea killer, and calming your bowels.
To understand how cannabis works in conjunction with your gut health, one must understand the Endocannabinoid system ( ESC).
The Endocannabinoid system is a large communication centre essentially that we all have in our bodies. This system is made up of chemical compounds, cell receptors, and the enzymes that make up the chemical compounds. So far it’s been discovered we have two receptors within our ECS, CB1 & CB2. These chemical compounds are called “ Endocannabinoids' ', which are essentially our body's natural THC.
The Endocannabinoid system has a significant amount of function within our bodies and one of its main jobs is to promote and regulate homeostasis.
This means the ECS helps regulate mood, mobility, pain, sleep, immune function, and reproduction.
The Endocannabinoid and Gut health connection.
Multiple studies have been conducted and given us evidence and results that show cannabis’s positive benefits on our gut health. Users who suffer from IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, cancer-related anorexia, and fibromyalgia have all experienced positive benefits from adding cannabis to their daily routine.
Cannabis is known to soothe the contraction of the stomach and intestines, in return reducing the rate of fluid secretions. Thus slowing down any nausea and preventing vomiting and diarrhoea.
Both CB1 & CB2 receptors can be found in the gut. The CB1 receptors are responsible for latching onto the THC molecules when consuming any cannabis edibles and then it transforms it into the “high” you feel. The gut & mind have a very close connection.
CB1 receptors tell your stomach to reduce the acid that’s being created research has found. If you find yourself suffering from heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux cannabis could be beneficial to you. An early study conducted in the 1970s gave promising evidence of cannabis lowering acidity in the gut!
Cannabis Products that help.
Various cannabis strains are known to alleviate nausea and stimulate appetite.
The top three products I recommend are
- Sour Diesel, Also known as LimeLight by Edison on the recreational market,
Redecan Gems 5:5 Contains 15 Gel Caps/Bottle.
Gems 5:5 Softgels from the Niagara Region in Ontario are made from oils that are a blend of Redecan’s greenhouse-grown cannabis. Each of the 15 Softgels per bottle contains 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD, which is considered a very mild dose.
These capsules are excellent for quick and easy dosing on the go. I find them extremely effective for soothing stomach and intestinal cramps.
For a beverage option, I recommend The Green Organic Dutchman's
Happy Hibiscus Mate CBD:THC tea. It is a 5mg CBD to a 2.5mg THC.
This cherry red cannabis-infused brew is brisk and lively thanks to opposing flavour notes of brilliant hibiscus and bitter mate, balanced with sweet cacao, orange peel and bright turmeric.
The flavour is magical, plus the turmeric is known to soothe your stomach.