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Harbl CBD Oil and Intestinal Motility

CBD Oil and Intestinal Motility

The potential benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) on digestion are attracting increasing attention. In this blog, we explore how CBD could positively influence one of the fundamental elements of the digestive system, intestinal motility, based on recent medical studies.

What is Intestinal motility?

Intestinal motility refers to the movement of the smooth muscles in the walls of the intestine. It is responsible for moving food and waste through the digestive tract. This coordinated muscular movement is essential for the proper functioning of the digestive system, enabling digestion, absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste.

Intestinal motility is regulated by the enteric nervous system, also known as the “second brain”, which is a complex network of neurons in the walls of the intestine.

Nerve signals, hormones and other factors influence these muscle contractions to coordinate the digestion process.

There are two main types of intestinal motility:
1. Peristalsis: This is a series of undulating muscle contractions that travel down the digestive tract, pushing the contents forward. Peristalsis is essential for the movement of food from the stomach through the small intestine and colon.

2. Segmentation: This type of movement occurs mainly in the small intestine. It involves localised contractions and relaxations of the smooth muscles, allowing food to mix with digestive juices and promoting nutrient absorption.

Problems with intestinal motility can lead to digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gastrointestinal conditions. Research on CBD suggests that it may influence intestinal motility, offering interesting prospects for the treatment of certain digestive problems. However, further studies are needed to fully understand these effects.


How can CBD help intestinal motility?

1. Reduction of spasmodic contractions: Studies in animal models have suggested that CBD may reduce spasmodic contractions in the smooth muscles of the intestine. These abnormal contractions may be associated with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (Capasso, R., et al., 2008).

2. Modulation of the endocannabinoid system: CBD acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is involved in the regulation of various physiological processes, including intestinal motility. The endocannabinoid system includes receptors (CB1 and CB2) that interact with cannabinoids, including CBD (Izzo, A. A., et al., 2009).

3. Anti-inflammatory effects: Inflammation in the walls of the intestine can negatively influence intestinal motility. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which could contribute to the modulation of intestinal motility in the context of inflammatory disorders (Pertwee, R. G., 2008).

4. Influence on 5-HT1A receptors: Research indicates that CBD may act on serotonin type 1A (5-HT1A) receptors, which play a role in regulating intestinal motility. Modulation of these receptors could affect smooth muscle contraction and relaxation (Izzo, A. A., et al., 2009).

This information is based on preclinical studies and in vitro research, and it is important to note that the effects of CBD can vary depending on many factors, including dosage, duration of treatment and the specific medical condition.

Although promising research suggests that CBD may play a positive role in digestion, it is crucial to note that the field is evolving and further studies are needed to fully understand these mechanisms. Before making any decisions about using CBD for digestive problems, it is always advisable to consult a healthcare professional.

Look no further, because Harbl’s CBD range, Harbl Pure, can help relieve and reduce the after-effects of your festive meals!


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