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How the gut works
The gut is made up of the entire intestinal system and is integral to defending the body from external threats such as pests or toxins - with the lining of the intestines literally keeping such toxins from entering the bloodstream.
Not only that, but your gut has a direct link to your brain (the science behind “your gut feeling”) and lets the brain know that your body is running smoothly and as it should.
So, it follows that the connection and communication between the gut, the rest of the body, and the brain, is all pretty important for ongoing health.
What happens when it all goes wrong?
The central nervous system and the gut communicate efficiently and constantly via the endocannabinoid system (ECS) - a system which relies on the production of neurotransmitters which correspond with the right receptors and maintain balance across the body.
The messengers linked to this ECS are known as anandamide and 2-Ag (2-arachidonoylglycerol) - and these are responsible for connecting the gut with the brain. When your body is functioning normally, receptors are produced when needed, to respond to a situation and control the body’s essential functions.
But stress, injury, and illness, can all lead to over-production of messengers and deficiencies in fixing the internal problems - causing more serious diseases in the gut.
The cannabis plant produces its own messengers which can mimic the effects of those made by the body. It interacts with the ECS receptors which support major cells of the body, such as those in the gut.
Interested in learning more about CBD and how it interacts with the body? The PharmaHemp blog is a great place to start and is updated regularly with research-backed articles and insights.