CBD has shown promise in combating the unpleasant symptoms of countless conditions. With interest in CBD products continuing to gain momentum, the wellness circle is beginning to shed a light on the many uses of CBD. One of these is to fight off nausea.
While nausea can be unpleasant for those on a yacht ride, it shouldn’t be a chronic condition. You should take frequent bouts of nausea as a warning that something else is going on. If nausea persists, please contact your physician.
With that being said, some of us have been diagnosed with conditions or prescribed medications where nausea comes with the territory. Remember all those side effects they list in those long pharmaceutical commercials? Yup, nausea’s right up with the rest of them.
So, let’s take a look at why we experience nausea. With that understanding, we can better explore the wonders that are CBD. From there, you can make an informed decision as to whether CBD products are the right choice for your nausea concerns.
What Is Nausea?
Sounds simple enough, right? Think again. How would you explain nausea? I think a good many might say it’s the sense of needing to vomit. Others may cite feelings of spins. Yet, others might claim they get bouts of hot flashes.
We all have a general concept of what is nausea. However, we all experience nausea in different ways. The reason for such a spectrum of symptoms is that nausea is a blanket term to describe a feeling associated with an even broader range of conditions.
In the short-term, bouts of nausea and vomiting are quick fixes for your body. Whether it’s the flu, food poisoning or too much alcohol, your body is trying to expel toxins. Once the evacuation is complete, you need to rehydrate yourself. Afterward, you should feel a-ok.
However, if the trigger of this nausea is unknown, then there could be something worse going on. Nausea tends to subside after a couple of days. Anything that lasts longer than that window is a cause for alarm. You should seek medical help immediately.
What Causes Nausea?
So, what triggers such an unpleasant feeling in our bodies? There are a number of triggers that will cause you to experience bouts of nausea.
Some conditions include:
- Ear infections
- Anxiety/Panic attacks
- Viral infections
- Side effects of medications
- Motion sickness
- Morning sickness
- GI disorders
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
This list is just the most common. There are many rare conditions where chronic nausea is a symptom. That is why it’s imperative you get checked out if symptoms persist.
What Happens to Our Body to Cause Nausea?
In order to understand how CBD can help nausea, you should have a solid foundation on why we feel nauseous in the first place.
There are four major factors at play when we have bouts of nausea that conclude in a vomit session.
These areas are:
- GI tract
- Chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ)
- Vestibular apparatus
- Cerebral cortex
Kind of like a storm rolling in, when these powers collide, it’s boom! Vomitus Maximus.
When there’s an invader in your body that warrants an immediate evacuation, these four areas go in defense mode. They meet at the epicenter where vomit is ejected…the medulla. Let’s discuss how the body works together to dispel toxins!
How the Body Fights off Toxins
Whenever there are toxins in the system, your body takes a “better be safe than sorry” approach. Instead of letting these foreign substances take over, your body tries to rid them ASAP. They do this by causing us to feel sick and, eventually, throw up the culprit.
They say your gut is the second brain, and with reason. This is our first line of defense. When toxins enter the system, they stimulate two important receptors:
- Chemoreceptors (chemical sensor)
- Stretch receptors (causes muscular reactions)
When the chemoreceptors and stretch receptors receive the messages from the toxins, it triggers a negative response to the system. As a result, your brain secretes our pain receptors, Substance P.
Substance P travels to two areas of the body. It binds onto the neurokinin 1 receptors in the gut. This will cause the nauseous feeling in your stomach. The pain protein will also attach to molecules in the medulla. Stimulating the medulla is what causes you to vomit.
In order for our body to see the vomit through, it needs a gauge. The body uses an apparatus aptly known as the vestibular apparatus. This apparatus oversees our equilibrium. That is why we vomit (and can’t walk a straight line) when we’ve had too much drink.
Alcohol can be considered a toxin. However, there are some non-toxins that cause us to vomit. Let’s take a look at how our body reacts to these instances.
What Happens to Your Body When You’re Nauseous from Non-Toxins?
Sometimes we just feel nauseous! One second you’re on a nice boat ride and the next you’re heaving overboard. In other cases, you may have a condition that’s hindering your hearing. As a result, your equilibrium may become compromised.
This is when your vestibular apparatus steps up to the plate. When these moments happen, your body turns to its uncomfortable situation go-to, nausea and vomiting.
The last cause of nausea and vomiting has nothing to do with infections, motion sickness or toxins. It has to do with your mind. Our olfactory bulb is home to the strongest receptors in our body. That’s because scent triggers a hoard of memories and emotions.
Have you ever gotten a bit misty-eyed when you smelled your grandma’s old cookie recipe? Perhaps you’ve whiffed a past loved one’s cologne and felt a bit nostalgic? This is your cerebral cortex at play.
Your cerebral cortex is closely associated with the limbic system. Within the limbic system lies the amygdala. This is where we store our reactions to memories. The amygdala is responsible for that warm feeling grandma’s cookies give you, or that flutter of heartbreak an ex’s scent can bring.
Your amygdala remembers how you reacted the last time you were in a similar situation. This shapes how you (and your body) react to the current scenario. Did you once go too hard on tequila and the mere smell of it made you want to throw up for months after? Have you ever had a bad experience with a certain food and smelling it in the future made your stomach turn? That’s your cerebral cortex playing with you!
How CBD Can Help Nausea
While we know all the areas of the body that cause nausea, that’s not all the pieces of the puzzle. Sure, toxins set off receptors but your body needs back up. That’s where many of our neurotransmitters come to the rescue. Studies have shown that dopamine and serotonin play a big role in vomiting.
The reason for this is that these hormones are known as the “happy neurotransmitters.” When your system is unhappy, they want to turn that frown upside down immediately. For those who don’t want to experience vomiting, a good way to curb this involuntary action may be CBD.
While serotonin means well, it’s being a bit selfish. It’s doing all it can to protect a body under attack. Supplementing with CBD is like bringing in a clear-headed third-party.
The purpose of CBD is to bring homeostasis to the system. Cannabinoids seek out the receptors that are upset and stimulate them to produce a sedative-like effect.
In addition, CBD can bind to serotonin receptors. This will slow down the abundance of this neurotransmitter in your system. As a result, it won’t trigger the sensations of nausea or cause you to vomit.
CBDa and Nausea
While CBD has shown promise in combating nausea, another phytocannabinoid might be the most effective. We’re talking about the precursor to CBD, CBDa. Studies with CBDa show, “induced vomiting and abdominal retching are dramatically suppressed.”
CBDa is most abundant in plants that are bred to have a high content of CBD. That is why we work with local Colorado farmers at Joy Organics. Our relationship with them allows us to carry some of the most potent full spectrum hemp oil on the market.
How to Use CBD for Nausea
There are many effective ways to combat nausea with CBD. Perhaps the easiest would be to inhale a CBD Vape Pen. Seeing as nausea starts in the gut, you are inhaling the cannabinoids directly to the source of the problem. Not to mention, there isn’t any physical matter to break down. For someone experiencing nausea, a CBD Vape Pen would be easier to digest than a CBD edible.
Another great way to get quick relief is with a CBD tincture. We recommend Joy Organics tranquil mint. Studies have shown peppermint oil is effective in aiding with digestion issues. Why else do you think they serve you an after-dinner mint? At Joy Organics, we use all-natural peppermint oil and CBD to bring your stomach lasting relief.
Lastly, cut up some ginger and let it soak in warm (not boiling water). After a few minutes, add in a few drops of Joy Organics lemon CBD tinctures. This makes for a delicious tonic that will help fight inflammation in the gut that may be causing nausea.