Our microbiome is a miniature but bustling world. It includes bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. These living organisms may be tiny, but they keep our bodies running in the biggest of ways.
Our bodies depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive. These microorganisms are largely concentrated in our intestines and help digest our food, regulate our immune system, and protect against disease. They also help produce vitamins like B12, thiamine, riboflavin, and Vitamin K, which is needed for blood coagulation.
Recent studies suggest that problems in our gut microbiome may be linked to a host of ailments, including diabetes, anxiety, obesity, sleep deprivation and mental health. Our microbiome may also affect how we respond to certain drugs, including but not limited to chemotherapy.
Our bodies have a vast network of cell receptors and corresponding molecules known as the Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”). This system stretches across our GI tract, brain and nerves, glands, skin, immune system, and connective tissues. Our receptors (primarily CB1 and CB2) fit together and help regulate our bodily functions from head to toe.
Although the ECS performs differently depending on the location in your body, its ultimate goal is always balance, homeostasis, and wellness. CBD and other hemp cannabinoids are thought to activate the ECS. Research has indicated this may boost the numbers of beneficial microbes in our intestines while suppressing strains of bacteria that could compromise the gut barrier.