I have had many conversations lately with people suffering from a range of gastro-intestinal concerns. It really is an extremely common concern among a broad range of age groups, in some cases the symptoms are mild but in many the symptoms can be debilitating. Hemp can interact with our Endocannabinoid system to potentially address many of the symptoms and causes…find out how:
Its time we had an open conversation about it!
Leaky Gut Syndrome
This condition is becoming more and more talked about and is often the reason people look for an “alternative” path for treatment. School is still out as to whether it is actually a real condition with not all doctors believing it actually exists.
The idea behind Leaky Gut is the belief that the integrity of the lining of the intestine is damaged and therefore allows large molecules such as proteins to cross the epithelium ( lining) of the intestines whole, squeezing out between gaps and entering the bloodstream, triggering an immune response and a series of inflammatory actions. Symptoms include long term fatigue and system wide inflammation.
There are a number of proposed causes of this syndrome, including long tern stress, dysbiosis (microbial imbalance) and a genetics.
So how can “Hemp” effect Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Therapeutic grade Hemp oil is well noted as being able to influence gut permeability through its ability to bind with CB1 receptors that trigger an increased creation rate of endotoxin made by gut bacteria. These effects are significant because it may help to decrease permeability, tightening up those proposed gaps between cells and reducing the movement of larger molecules into the bloodstream, reducing the allergic reactions initiated by their presence. We also know that whole plant hemp is an immuno-modulator and an anti-inflammatory that may assist symptom management from these perspectives.
Whole plant hemp may also address a proposed cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome such as stress, helping to reduce anxiety and tension. Also, given that Whole plant hemp is believed to effect dysbiosis it could also help with improving balance in the intestines and stomach lining.
Empirical data shows that those using whole plant hemp oil for Leaky Gut Syndrome take between 10 and 45 mg per day on average.
Heartburn, Nausea and Vomiting
Most of us have experienced heartburn at some stage, for some though it is a daily occurrence. Sometimes when the lower oesophageal sphincter is weak or remains open when it shouldn’t, acid can move back up into the oesophagus (acid reflux) resulting in pain .
Whole plant hemp is interesting for heartburn and reflux, because ( just like the over the counter medications available for this condition) Whole plant hemp can help reduce the production of acid. Because the Endocannabinoid system helps to regulate digestion by controlling gastric secretions, it is thought that whole plant hemp can slow down acid production if it has been knocked out of balance and is over producing. This approach involves creating balance as opposed to just suppressing acid production.
But the proposed benefits don’t stop there..
We also know that Whole lpant hemp can also interact with the CB receptors to modulate inflammation in the mucosa of the digestive tract, therefore it could potentially ease oesophageal inflammation.
Not everyone experiences heartburn or reflux on a regular basis and in this situation the oil can be taken sublingually as and when an attack occurs. A 5-10 mg initial does can be tried to see if that helps and acute attack.
Through trial and error, some people may find a higher dose is required to control an attack. If Heartburn and reflux is a daily occurrence in your life you may find a daily dose is more effective, many people start their daily dose at 10 mg per day and build up from there. That gives the cannabinoids the ability to build up in the system and improve the health of gut bacteria, regulate gastric secretions and improve the function of the oesophageal sphincter if needed.
Whole plant hemp is commonly used to assist with the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, thankfully it can be just as effective for other causes.
There are many CB1 receptors in the dorsal vagal complex in the brain, which houses cells involved in the process of vomiting and sensation of nausea. It appears that when whole plant hemp compounds bind to the CB1 receptors in this area, it blocks the signals that the cells in that region can send regarding nausea and vomiting.
The blocking of these signals also lends itself to its use in other scenarios such as motion sickness, post-operative nausea and common queasiness we experience along with stomach bugs and the flu.
The amount of oil needed to help with nausea or vomiting is likely to vary according to the cause and the severity of symptoms (and their weight and height).
10 mg may ease symptoms but if not taking another 5mg at a time until vomiting stops is a common approach.