I had a really great question yesterday! I imagine there are many more people with questions about how CBD affects different systems of the body. If you have any questions, ask away! Just post them in the comments section and it may become my next blog post!
“I was wondering if CBD is good or bad for gut flora”
What a great question. I know that as research continues to define the connection between the brain & gut axis, Western Medicine is finally supporting the idea that food=fuel and that the quality of food we eat not only supports energy levels and weight, but can also be the key to preventing and (dare I say) curing diseases.
This also means the opposite is true. Low quality foods can cause disease as well. We hear about it everyday.
The list goes on.
These are not even the diseases that are caused by inflammation- which can be triggered by foods as well.
You may be wondering “How would CBD fit in with all this?”
What is a microbiome you might ask?
It is the relationship between a micro-organism and the body part that it lives- in this case, bacterias within the digestive system.
Within the gut we need bacteria to help break down the food that we eat so the nutrients are properly absorbed in our bodies.
As we know, some bacteria is “good” and some bacteria is “bad”. There are substances molecules or chemicals that feed bacteria and other substances that kill bacteria.
Most of us are familiar with the way antibiotics kill bacteria. Many antibiotics are designed to kill specific strains of bacteria but others are more broad spectrum and powerful and can unintentionally kill good bacteria along with the bad.
This is why it is important to be aware of what we eat. Things we eat can either promote good bacterial growth or can suppress it (through the inflammatory process).
Prebiotics and probiotics are natural ways we can help balance out our gut microbiomes by promoting the growth of good bacterias (prebiotics) and introducing more good bacterias (probiotics) into our system- thus, increasing nutrient absorption and preventing disease! Because of the
Additionally, when you take prebiotics, It is shown to increase the number of cannabinoid receptors in our digestive systems which improves the ability of CBD to control both the healthy and unhealthy bacterial growth.
So CBD can help in 2 ways:
1) reducing overall inflammation
2) helping control bacterial growth within the digestive system
There are many reasons the CBD supports good health and this is only one of them. To buy quality CBD products, find Herb ‘N Oil at one of our exclusive retailers or text FREESHIP to 208.215.5256 to order (we’ll send you a menu) and have it shipped to you for free (US only).
Here is another great blog that goes into more detail about the science behind it.
If you have questions about CBD, ask away!