Did you know that cannabis has benefits for those struggling with gut and digestive issues?
There are roughly the same number of neurons in the gut as there are in the brain, and the two are in constant dialogue with the third party—the immune system. The gut houses approximately 70–80% of your immune cells, defending you from potential pathogens. Most chronic gut issues are the result of inflammation, like irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and even Crohn’s disease. This leads to all kinds of uncomfortable experiences like food allergies and hypersensitivity, digestive issues, bowel irregularities, low energy, and visceral pain.
Cannabis contains hundreds of active compounds, the two most prominent being THC and CBD. Interestingly, both of these powerful chemicals have potent anti-inflammatory effects which they achieve in totally different methods. A strain of cannabis with a CBD:THC ratio of 1:1 provides a two-pronged means of reducing gut inflammation and mitigating the symptoms of digestive conditions.
Cannabis has been used by humans for thousands of years, so it’s no surprise to find that the world’s oldest medical traditions—Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine—prescribe cannabis for a variety of digestive issues.
In our current age, people continue to use cannabis to help their symptoms and the anecdotal evidence has finally led to a few human trials. In one study treating IBS with cannabis, 90% of those treated reported their symptoms improved and 60% said they completely disappeared.
These are promising results, but they are just the first steps towards understanding the complexities of how cannabis can balance our health.