Improving digestion, appetite are two benefits marijuana can bring to the table

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Consuming marijuana can help many people control their weight

Soothing pain and helping to fall asleep are two of the most widespread uses of cannabis in the medical field, although it also has many other uses. Some medical specialists use it as an aid to good digestion, as the plant substance is used to treat the symptoms of certain diseases that attack the digestive system. Given its properties, marijuana contributes to recovering appetite, minimizing pain caused by inflammation in the stomach area, and experiencing general wellbeing.

Experts explain that the human body has an endocannabinoid system that interacts with the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant and generates a series of reactions. One of the receptors is found in the digestive tract and is called anandamide. When entering, the cannabinoids generate a stimulus in the digestive muscles, improve the intestinal transit, and also decrease inflammation, colic, spasms, and secretions, in case of this type of condition.

In this regulatory process, it awakens hunger, since it activates certain neurotransmitters associated with this function, such as dopamine and ghrelin, and also sensitizes smell and taste. For this reason, health professionals use the potential of the plant and the effects generated to treat patients with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and chronic gastrointestinal problems in general. Many of them achieve good results.

Normally, the feeling of hunger is generated when the stomach empties. A hormone called ghrelin is released, which stimulates the vagus nerve in the digestive tract and travels to the brain through the brain-intestinal axis until it reaches the hypothalamus, where hunger attacks originate.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to activate ghrelin receptors, sending signals through the brain-intestinal axis to the regions of the brain responsible for emitting the sensation of hunger (specifically, to the hypothalamus). This ultimately produces the sensation of hunger, even if the stomach is not empty.