Endocannabinoid System: Mind-Gut Connection & Bipolar Disorder
CBD AND IT’S EFFECTS ON THE MIND GUT CONNECTION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER
Happy Tuesday my beautiful friends! I hope you guys are having a great day so far, I’m at my mom’s doing laundry currently (real life) and finishing up some stuff for you guys before meeting with Rylee later today. Side note: for those of you who have no idea who Rylee is she is my other half in Sprouting Wellness aka my awesome business partner. It’s funny I literally tell her I manifested her into my life because around this time last year I was doing my vision board and wanted to be living in Cherry Creek here in Denver and also start teaching workshops with the goal of empowering women to own their own illness. GUESS WHAT?? It’s happening, and I honestly couldn’t be happier.
Anyways. That’s my little life recap, by the way, did you guys see my newest recipe–> the crazy good mood boosting depression fighting turkey arugula pesto meatballs. THEY are insane. I made a deconstructed version of my meatballs on stories yesterday for dinner and the dish came together in no time.
A lot of you babes have been asking me about the health benefits of CBD and more importantly the effects it has on our gut and how that comes into play with our gut-mind connection. If you are not 100% sure what CBD is, check out CBD 101 and why I love using it.
There is a very long list of all the amazing health benefits that cannabis has and for the purpose of today’s post all the amazing health benefits that cannabidiol aka CBD has for a bunch of different conditions from chronic pain to seizures, migraines, leaky gut and so much more.
I know what you guys are thinking and it’s what does this have to do with bipolar disorder, I’m getting there. First let’s talk about the brain-gut connection, cause IT’S IMPORTANT.
The brain-gut connection: what you need to know.
It’s funny how we grow up hearing saying like, trust your gut or you have butterflies in your stomach and never really thought that there was an actual reason behind all of these emotions tied to our stomach or gut. I mean you feel butterflies in your stomach when you are nervous or a little anxious and your gut tells you when something is right or it’s off.
Remember that your second brain is your gut and there’s a strong connection between our digestion, mood, and mental health.
This second brain of ours is referred to by scientist as our enteric nervous system aka ENS. The main role of the ENS is controlling our digestion, like releasing certain enzymes that break down our food or controlling the blood flow that helps us with nutrient absorption, it is also communicating with our first brain constantly, so if your ENS is not at its best, that is when you start experiencing emotional shifts, anxiety, depression and so much more.
Research shows that the irritation we can experience in our gut like IBS can send signals to our central nervous system that trigger these heavy mood swings. The connection between ENS and CNS explains why having a healthy gut bacteria would also help your mood, and why those rapid mood swings I experienced before are no longer as up and down as they were before.
So what does this all have to do with cannabis and more importantly cannabinoids?
Did you know that the ECS aka the endocannabinoid system controls our gut function?
Anandamide is part of our bodies endocannabinoid system aka ESC, alongside 2-AG both of these cannabinoids have similar compounds that are found in the marijuana plant. Since ECS acts as our bodies main regulatory system and controlling a lot of our gut-brain connection, it’s important to know that the ECS controls functions like pain control, pleasure, immune system responses, mood, memory, and even cognition.
Studies suggestion that low levels of cannabinoids contribute to illness and diseases like IBS, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia and more.
So how does CBD help with all of this?
Remember that our endocannabinoids regulate the activity in our hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) which is our central stress response center. Our ECS is classed as a homeostasis regulator aka bringing balance, stability to our mind and body.
What does this mean for all of us?
It means that while there are tons of health and wellness companies out there trying to exploit this newfound spotlight on CBD – there are actually tons of amazing health benefits it can play on not only our mental health and help balance our mood but that it can also help us with our digestion and so much more.
Alright, my friends, I hope this brought a little clarity into how CBD effects our mind-gut connection and how it can help you with your bipolar disorder symptoms. Let me know if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email or drop a comment below. Let me know if you use CBD for your gut and mind connection, or if you know someone who would benefit from this post. Have a beautiful day my beauties! Love you all.