Can CBD help gastritis?
At Higea CBD we have already talked about the beneficial effects of CBD with inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease and colitis. If you suffer from gastritis you may be looking for natural remedies to your ailment and that is why you have come to this article. Here’s how you can use CBD as an adjunct to your gastritis treatment.
What is gastritis?
Gastritis is a gastrointestinal condition that occurs when the mucosal lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. It therefore belongs to the group of inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. It can be a one-time event for your body (such as gastroenteritis that is caused by a virus or bacteria) or it can become a chronic pathology in which the swelling of the stomach lining is prolonged over time.
The main symptom of gastritis is undoubtedly the inflammation that causes other derived symptoms. Normally, patients suffering from gastritis often feel stomach pain and discomfort that can often be mistaken for heartburn. Other symptoms resulting from inflammation include:
- Lack of appetite
- Stomach acidity
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark stools
In addition, the stress caused by all these symptoms can also lead to mental disorders.
Gastritis is a condition that can cause serious problems in our body if we do not treat it properly. It increases the risk of stomach cancer and, one of the types of gastritis, erosive gastritis, is even capable of wearing down the gastric mucosa of the stomach and its defences. A specialist doctor can help you treat gastritis correctly and avoid major problems.
Gastritis and the endocannabinoid system
All mammals are born with an endocannabinoid system which uses and creates its own endocannabinoids to maintain our body’s homeostasis. Cannabinoids are substances found in the cannabis plant that mimic perfectly those endocannabinoids that our body synthesizes. The network of cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system connects external phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 distributed throughout our organs and nervous tissues. There are many functions of our endocannabinoid system that are related to the stomach and precisely gastritis.
The nerve that connects the intestine to the brain has cannabinoid receptors that control its communication. Thanks to the administration of CBD in patients suffering from gastritis, cannabinoids connect with these receptors helping this nerve to send beneficial signals to the brain. Our body also produces endocannabinoids to regulate the immune response. When a gastric problem such as gastritis irritates the stomach lining and triggers an inflammatory process our cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system release anandamide, one of the endocannabinoids known to have analgesic effects, which in turn sends pain signals to the brain that something is wrong. When anandamide levels increase our nervous system sends anti-inflammatory signals to the tissues that are suffering.
How do you treat the symptoms of gastritis with CBD?
CBD, unlike other cannabinoids, achieves a unique interaction with the endocannabinoid system. Most cannabinoids connect with the receptors by binding, CBD directly supports the functions of the endocannabinoid system so that it can improve its work to maintain homeostasis in the body.
By improving the ability of tissues to retain the endocannabinoid anandamide, the CBD significantly helps to control pain and heal inflammation. This happens because cannabidiol blocks one of the fatty acids that break down anandamide and so there is much more anandamide available to your body and for longer. The effect is obvious, both inflammation and pain sensations are reduced. In addition, if you suffer from mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety, it is possible that increasing anandamide levels may help improve your symptoms as well.
Chronic gastritis and CBD
On the other hand, CBD also attacks some of the symptoms of chronic gastritis such as nausea. Certain cannabinoids have anti-emetic effects, although how they are able to achieve this is scientifically unknown at the moment. THC, for example, is believed to play a large role in relieving nausea and discomfort, and there are even some treatments for cancer patients such as Sativex that combine THC and CBD to help with the side effects of chemotherapy.
How do you choose the right CBD to cure your gastritis?
Thanks to the CBD boom you can now get CBD in several forms to help you treat gastritis. Depending on the intensity of your symptoms, consult a specialist about what dose of CBD to take. Each patient has different characteristics and each disease has its peculiarities so treatments based on CBD and other drugs will vary greatly from patient to patient. You can purchase CBD oils in different concentrations and different routes of administration to achieve optimal bioavailability to cure your chronic gastritis.
At Higea CBD we always recommend starting with a small dose, noting its effects and gradually increasing it until the desired therapeutic objective is achieved. Always under the supervision of a specialist when it comes to cure serious pathologies.
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