Motivational speakers always say that we need more fire in the belly.
I think what they mean is that we need more energy since often, the source of our energy is in our guts. But there are two types of fire that we can have in our belly.
A strong digestive fire is the source of powerful energy. Then there is the other type of fire. The fire that burns and can often send acid shooting up into the back of our throats. The dreaded acid reflux. I often suffer from acid reflux when my diet is not quite right. People are often quick to pick up antacids or drugs such as Nexium. But evidence has shown that such drugs can lead to terrible consequences and imbalances of the gut.
So what about CBD oil? Acid reflux has been treated in more recent times by the application of CBD oil. As we have discussed in many articles, CBD is a profound anti-inflammatory. Not only does this reduce pain in the body but it also helps open the channels which regulate all of the functions of the body that require transportation and distribution. Acid reflux is most commonly a process of this kind. They say that it occurs when the gastrointestinal trapdoor fails to close which allows hydrochloric digestive acids to boil up from the stomach into the chest and throat. In a mild form, this is unpleasant. In its strongest form, it is downright hellish.
Since an Uncle of mine died of stomach cancer, I have been incredibly reluctant to use any kind of medication for acid reflux.
So, I have relied mostly on keeping my diet kind of bland and clean. I barely drink alcohol at all these days. But, in times of emotional eating, it is often the sugar that I turn to the white devil, causer of acidity and inflammation in the body. It is at those times of eating too much sugar and too much meat that the reflux bears its ugly head. In those emergency times, I have come to rely on the following measures:
Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with Chlorophyll and water.
I like to call this concoction ‘mint sauce’ as it reminds me of the vinegary, mint sauce that my Mum used to put on roast lamb when we were growing up. I use a very clean version of chlorophyll by a company called Grants. I mix a teaspoon of it with a teaspoon of very clean apple cider vinegar and top up with a full glass of water. This mostly does the trick as an emergency measure. However, when taken as a daily supplement, it makes you feel tremendous.
Bicarbonate of Soda.
There are times when mint sauce just isn’t doing the job. These are the times when the acid is creeping so high, burning vomit is entering my mouth. This is very bad. Bicarbonate of soda does the job by neutralizing the acid. It is a quick, effective fix, but let us not presume here that neutralizing our digestive acids is necessarily a good thing. Bicarbonate of soda, it seems kind of does the job of an antacid which in dealing with the effect, does nothing to mitigate the cause.
The cause in this sense is that the trapdoor isn’t working.
This can be due to several reasons but often is due to some kind of inflammation. When it comes to CBD oil people might say that the endocannabinoid system is responsible for the operation of the trapdoor like so many other things. This could be true. But I like to keep it simple and think that as CBD does its main job of acting as an anti-inflammatory, the body can restore its system and get back to running its processes correctly. As I have said, again and again, our body is tremendous at managing and fixing its system, given that we look after that system. First and foremost that would mean making sure that we are feeding it the correct fuel and listening to its stress hormone response which is an early warning sign that something is not right.
Every plant on this earth has a function.
Cannabis is no different and there are many types of cannabis for many different functions. Regular ingestion of full-spectrum cannabis oil keeps our inflammation down, our muscles relaxed and hence keeps the channels of our body open. This means that blood, oxygen and various other compounds can be transported correctly and the body can perform to its best ability. People might think that serotonin has something to do with the brain but not the gut. But serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is used in all of the processes of the body. When it comes to the operation of the gut trapdoor, serotonin availability is very important. A dysfunction in its distribution can certainly lead to a broken trapdoor and acid reflux.
Whenever something goes wrong in our body, we automatically take the effects and think that the main issue must have something to do with those effects. For instance, we have a headache and we presume there must be something wrong with our head. But like a car, whose drop in power might be presumed to be a fuel distribution problem but could easily turn out to be a crack in the head, the headache could have more to do with the lower intestine or gall bladder. Just because the symptoms are of a certain nature doesn’t mean the problem is of the same nature. Acid reflux particularly can be the symptom of something else, possibly distribution caused by inflammation somewhere in the network.
Regardless of the scientific explanation, get yourself a high-quality bottle of organic full-spectrum oil. Then, when the acid reflux bears its painful head, take some and see what happens. You might be shocked at the results. As always please see a trustworthy medical professional and check the legality in your area before purchasing or taking CBD oil.
This article is a collection of ideas by the author. It does not constitute facts or advice in any form. Please consult a medical professional and check the legality in your area before purchasing or taking CBD products.
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Does your stomach bubble up like the pit of hades? If not then stop staring and move on already.
The burning sensation in your chest, the lump in your throat, the sour liquid climbing up your gullet. If this sounds familiar, you probably suffer from acid reflux.
Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is the kind of heartburn you may feel after eating a large meal late at night. Certain foods, beverages and medications can also trigger GERD.
But instead of reaching for an over-the-counter pill or other pharmaceutical remedy, people are trying CBD in hopes that it can calm their stomach acid. Fortunately, research seems to be backing up the claims that CBD can help reduce acid reflux.
Acid Reflux Is a Common & Growing Problem
According to the Healthcare and Utilization Project, a government-run database of hospital care information, 60% of the population suffers from acid reflux some time during the year, with 20–30% feeling the burn weekly. It points out:
“When this reflux occurs on a regular basis, GERD may lead to esophagitis (an inflamed lining of the esophagus), narrowing of the esophagus, bleeding or trouble swallowing. More serious complications may emerge, such as the precancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, as well as esophageal adenocarcinoma.”
Apparently, hospitalizations with either a primary or secondary GERD diagnosis increased by 216% from 995,402 in 1998 to 3,141,965 in 2005.
That said, many people can address acid reflux symptoms with over-the-counter medications before they turn to more serious alternatives like prescription drugs and surgery.
Increasingly, though, medical professionals are looking at cannabis in general, and CBD oil in particular as a means of coping with GERD. “[CBD has] been shown to help heal ulcers and decrease acid reflux,” says Dr. Kenneth Brown, M.D., a board-certified gastroenterologist and doctor of internal medicine in Plano, TX, who often recommends CBD oil to his patients.
“When the CBD binds to the CB1 receptor, it decreases excessive gastric acid, helps the lower esophagus prevent reflux, and increases blood flow to the lining of the stomach to help it heal quicker,” he explains.
Traditional Treatments for GERD
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking
- Elevating the head of your bed
- Not lying down right after a meal
- Avoiding trigger foods and drinks, including fatty and fried foods, caffeine and alcohol
- Not wearing tight-fitting clothing
For mild cases of acid reflux, many people turn to nonprescription antacid medications we’ve all seen at the drugstore. But then there are prescription pills people can also take, like:
- Prescription-strength H-2-receptor blockers: These include prescription-strength famotidine (Pepcid), nizatidine and ranitidine (Zantac).
- Prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors: These include esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid), pantoprazole (Protonix), rabeprazole (Aciphex) and dexlansoprazole (Dexilant).
- Medication to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter: The medication Baclofen may ease GERD by decreasing the frequency of relaxations of the lower esophageal sphincter.
In more extreme cases, patients may elect to have a fundoplication procedure, in which the surgeon “wraps the top of your stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter, to tighten the muscle and prevent reflux.”
Another surgical procedure involves using a LINX device, in which a ring of tiny magnetic beads is wrapped around the junction of the stomach and esophagus, closing it enough to stop acid reflux but still allowing food to get through.
How CBD Can Help With Acid Reflux
While more rigorous research needs to be done, some studies suggest that CBD may have a role to play in dealing with the symptoms of GERD, harnessing the ability of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to fight inflammation and repair mucosal damage.
Apparently, CBD can work with the soft muscle tissue of the gastrointestinal system to calm the peristalsis (involuntary muscle movements) that moves food and waste. It also manages the secretion of hydrochloric acid, reducing the chances of it splashing back into the esophagus. Additionally, CBD reduces inflammation and burning in the lining of the esophagus.
A 2017 study conducted by Swedish scientists at AstraZeneca suggests that medical cannabis, including CBD, may have a role in treating GERD, because “activation of cannabinoid receptors CB1, CB2 produces analgesic [or pain relieving] effects in several experimental pain models, including visceral pain arising from the gastrointestinal tract.”
Since pain is a problem with GERD, CBD’s analgesic’s potential is of interest, examined by, among other studies, a 2009 study that considered inflammatory pain, and the roles of CB1 and CB2 receptors.
With such promising research on the rise, acid reflux sufferers may find welcome relief when ingesting CBD regularly.
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Studies show CBD may help decrease excessive gastric acid and inflammation, while preventing acid reflux and mucosal damage in the esophagus.