Like a magical dragon, 4/20 has descended upon this land in a cloud of celebratory aromatic smoke. In cities around the world, people are baking in the beauty and versatility of cannabis. Why? Well, because there are many reasons to celebrate our bff Mary Jane and her ever-growing list of benefits.
Good health starts with your gut, and many people are turning to cannabis as their go-to quick-fix for upset stomachs or gastrointestinal discomfort. A growing number of people are now consuming cannabis less as a form of recreation and more as a dietary supplement. For example, when your body experiences hypermotility, when food moves through you too fast (here’s looking at you Chipotle), cannabis provides therapeutic relief to your small intestines. Cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids, of which the best known is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our gut, which has been proven to relax digestive muscles and regulate intestinal motility.
For people who suffer from irritable bowels diseases (IBD) or celiac disease, cannabis improves their nutrient status by promoting weight gain. THC helps to stimulate appetite by giving you those world-famous “munchies.” People suffering from low appetite could potentially benefit from marijuana.
The wellness community has been abuzz with talk of one of the other cannabinoids found in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), for its qualities as an adaptogen that reduces stresses to the body. More specifically, CBD has been shown to decrease intestinal inflammation, cramping, spasms, and irritating chemical secretions that can occur in gastrointestinal disorders like celiac disease or IBD.
Whether you enjoy a J with every meal or you only pack a bowl on major holidays, there is no denying that cannabis may be better for us than sucking down pill after pill to fix what ails us.
Together with our digestion-obsessed friends at Tushy, we’re recommending a few gifts for your gastrointestinal system:
CBD Hemp Elixir
An easy way to get your daily dose of CBD. (Available nationwide.)
GEMS Luxury Candy
These delicious gems come in two varieties, one with more CBD and one with less, so that you can choose your emphasis. (Available in OR.)
Junk by Leif Goods
Chocolate covered marshmallows covered in chocolate to help your digestion? Yes. (Available in OR.)
A discreet sublingual strip, Cloud Buster comes in three different strengths (micro, standard, and extra) so that you can control the potency of your experience. (Available in CA.)
The affordable and sustainable modern bidet attachment that will leave your butt feeling fresh after every pot poop. (Also, if you’ve never tried a bidet while you’re stoned…you haven’t lived.)