CBD supports many areas of the body through the endocannabinoid system, our “master regulator.” But is CBD oil good for gut health, too?
To help bring you the most reliable information about CBD oil and how it can boost your gut health, I sat down for with Dr. Ken Brown of KBMD Health (and creator of KBMD CBD Powered by Elixinol) on The Gut Check Project, where we talked extensively about CBD and wellness.
Meet Dr. Brown
First, you should know a little bit about Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown is a widely respected and celebrated gastroenterologist who has spent a good deal of his career understanding the union between natural and medical science, like incorporating CBD into wellness protocols for his patients experiencing stomach issues.
Dr. Brown doesn’t think that the answer to our health issues necessarily lies in traditional medicine or in natural medicine, but that often a blend of the two sciences can produce wondrous results.
Dr. Brown has been recommending CBD oil to his patients for years with the goal of helping their digestive wellness. Over time, he narrowed down what he believes to be the optimal serving of a highly potent tincture. The result was KBMD CBD Powered by Elixinol, a compound specially formulated for people who are focusing on their digestive health.
Common Questions About CBD
With the rising popularity of CBD oil and hemp products in general, it’s only natural that there will be questions. Several questions we hear often at Elixinol include:
- What is CBD?
- Is CBD good for me?
- Can CBD oil really help my gut health?
- Will CBD get me high?
- Is CBD illegal?
Some of this confusion is understandable because sometimes people make the mistake of assuming that hemp and its infamous, high-THC cousin are one in the same.
This is absolutely untrue.
Because of this negative association, many people hear terms like “cannabinoid” and “CBD” and assume that these things must have many of the negative effects often associated with THC.
First, CBD absolutely will not get you high. Second, while it is true that hemp and the high-THC variant are cousins, its cousin has a large family, including Hop, the plant that produces the hops used in brewing most beer, that are perfectly legal and have plenty of valid uses in our everyday lives. As a matter of fact, your body already relies on naturally-occurring Cannabinoids to regulate several of its functions.
Hemp is also federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, and has many valid uses, such as helping to support overall wellness in the human body by nourishing the endocannabinoid system. That includes supporting a healthy digestive tract.
Does CBD Support a Healthy Gut?
Many of CBD’s many benefits can be understood better if we take a moment to consider the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Raphael Mechoulam, the “Godfather” of the ECS, discovered what caused THC to get us high, but then he also discovered that there is more than one type of cannabinoid, like those found in CBD oil.
We are still learning more about the ECS, having only discovered its existence in the 1980s. What we do know, however, is that the ECS serves as the body’s “master regulator,” helping to control functions like memory and higher-level cognition. We also know that our bodies have cannabinoid receptors in many other areas of the body–especially the colon.
We’ve learned that our bodies can create their own cannabinoids, but that we usually are not able to actually produce enough of our own cannabinoids to meet our body’s regulatory needs. To further complicate the situation, because of changes in the modern diet we are not naturally consuming enough cannabinoids to offset this deficit.
This means that our bodies are starving for cannabinoids, and areas of the body, specifically the colon, are struggling to function as they are supposed to. Taking CBD for stomach issues can support your ECS.
By now, you’ve probably figured out one of the possible ways to offset this cannabinoid deficit in the body. When we are thirsty, we need water. When we are hungry, we need food. When the body is lacking in any essential nutrient, we have to find ways to get that nutrient into our body so it can continue to be well.
So what is the relation between CBD oil and gut health? CBD can fill the gap and give your body, especially your gut, the cannabinoids that it desperately needs.
How Long Should You Take CBD?
One of the most important things that you should recognize about CBD oil for gut health is that you are providing your body with a micronutrient that functions as an adaptogen. This means that the cannabinoids in the CBD will go to where your body needs them most.
This means that there is no universal answer to how long you should take CBD–everyone’s body is different with different needs.
It may take some time before you notice results, but taking CBD oil for your gut health every day for a full month is a recommended start. Of course, CBD oil, like any other dietary supplement, works best when you are eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough exercise, getting plenty of sleep, and taking probiotics.
Know What You’re Buying
With the wide number of CBD oils and supplements on the market, it’s more important now than ever to know exactly what you are buying and why you are buying it. After all, if you are looking for a supplement to boost your gut and overall wellness, you want to make sure that you are buying something that can actually benefit your body. It’s important to ask:
- What is your ECS getting back in balance?
- What are the things that can help?
- Why are “Powered by Elixinol” brands different from other brands?
We’ve already answered the first two questions, but what about the third? What separates Elixinol from other CBD supplements?
One of the big advantages that Elixinol offers is the implementation of full spectrum CBD oils versus CBD isolate. CBD isolate is just what it sounds like–isolated CBD extracted from the hemp plant. On the surface, this might sound like a perfect solution, but the isolate does not deliver all of the nutritive impact that hemp has to offer.
Terpenes are a type of naturally-occurring chemical compound that exist not just in hemp, but in most plants. Terpenes have a number of properties and removing terpenes from the extract removes these beneficial properties. For example, Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in hemp, and it tends to have relaxing properties. Some terpenes allow the cannabinoids to pass through the blood-brain barrier more successfully.
Removing terpenes from CBD hinders the CBD’s potential, so full-spectrum CBD is absolutely the best CBD oil for gut health.
On top of it all, Elixinol’s hemp is all-natural. It’s grown organically outdoors, soaking up sun, soil, and water, but no pesticides or other toxic chemicals.
Are You Ready to Boost Your ECS?
If you’re curious how CBD might help support your digestive wellness, contact an Elixinol partner to try KBMD CBD for yourself. (At this time, theses doctor-recommended formulation are ONLY available through partners.)
Or, if you’re new to CBD, try one of our top-selling hemp CBD tinctures to get started.
Here’s to wellness!