Can Delta 10 Help In Faster Digestion?
Delta 10 THC is a cannabinoid present in small amounts in the leaves, buds, flowers, and stalks of the cannabis plant. It is a Delta-9 THC isomer with a similar chemical morphology. When consumed, Delta-10 THC induces euphoria or a feeling of “high,” similar to Delta-9 THC.
However, due to slight changes in their chemical arrangements, Delta 10 produces milder effects than Tetrahydrocannabinol. Delta-10 THC is also a close relative of Delta-8 THC. Some people state that the intensity and potency of Delta-10 are comparable to Delta-8 THC.
As cannabis leaves contain small amounts of Delta-10 THC, extracting them is pretty challenging. After extraction, manufacturers process Delta-10 THC to make oils, tinctures, vape juices, gummies, capsules, etc. Thus, good-quality and authentic Delta-10 is rare and expensive in the cannabinoid market.
Studies have shown that Delta-10 THC has multiple therapeutic effects. It has an uplifting and relaxing effect that helps reduce stress and anxiety. Delta-10 also acts as an energy booster. It also helps stimulate appetite and boost metabolism.
Experts also believe that Delta 10 THC can help facilitate faster digestion and improve our gastrointestinal health. A growing number of anecdotal evidence and scientific studies support these claims.
Yes, taking Delta-10 THC can aid in faster and better digestion and help your body metabolize your food faster. It might also help improve the viability of the natural gut flora to improve digestion. But, how? Experts believe that our Endocannabinoid system has a role to play in it.
Before we understand how Delta-10 THC helps improve digestion, we must look into the interrelation between Delta-10 THC and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The Endocannabinoid System is a complex neuromodulatory system in our body comprising a widespread network of receptors and chemical signals. Scientists believe that ECS plays a crucial role in maintaining the proper functioning of almost all of our vital organ systems, including our digestive system.
If the ECS is impaired for some reason, it can lead to poor digestion, altered bowel movement, and reduced metabolism. It can also cause several digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
When ingested, the Delta-10 THC molecules bind with the endocannabinoid receptors of our body and help improve digestion, stimulate proper bowel movement, alleviate digestive disorders and relieve abdominal pain.
It Helps Improve Gut Microbiome
Studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system is closely linked to our gut microbiome. By microbiome, we mean all the microbes present in the gut that help in digestion, maintaining gut health, and strengthening the gut barrier.
The gut integrity and the balance of the gut microbiome might get hampered due to improper functioning of the ECS. Delta-10 THC binds with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the gastrointestinal tract and immune system and helps compensate for the deficiency in the ECS.
Delta-10 THC helps bring the gut microbiome to equilibrium by balancing the good and the harmful bacteria. As a result, it helps in proper digestion, controlling fat storage, and stimulating metabolism.
Delta-10 also induces an anti-microbial effect on a range of bacteria responsible for obesity and colorectal cancer. It also helps improve the endocannabinoid signaling from our intestine to the brain (Brain-gut axis) and helps improve the gut barrier.
A 2008 animal study demonstrated that our endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in maintaining proper gut motility. Further research suggests that cannabinoids, including CBD and Delta-10 THC, might help improve gut motility or bowel movements in humans.
However, in some cases, taking cannabis derivatives has reduced gastric motility and helped delayed emptying of the stomach. Some reports also state that taking Delta-10 THC might increase emesis (vomiting) and lead to a gastrointestinal ailment known as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.
Some evidence indicated that Delta-10 THC might facilitate faster digestion, help improve metabolism, and reduce fat accumulation in the body. A recent meta-analysis suggests that Delta-10 THC can increase calorie intake but also aid in lowering BMI.
Delta-10 THC binds with the endocannabinoid receptors in our body and interacts with the pain-signaling system. It helps relieve stomach pain associated with gastrointestinal diseases like Irritable Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, or gastritis by blocking pain perception.
It Helps Treat Digestive Disorders
Recent research indicates that Delta-10 THC can treat digestive diseases like leaky gut and irritable bowel disease. The anti-inflammatory effects of Delta-10 help relieve inflammatory bowel disease that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Delta-10 THC also has anti-microbial properties that help treat gastritis and other digestive diseases resulting from bacteria and parasites. It also has antioxidative properties that help improve gastrointestinal health.
People have used cannabis for treating common digestive disorders like diarrhea and constipation for a long time. Diarrhea can occur due to bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections. The anti-microbial properties of Delta-10 THC help combat the infection and relieve diarrhea. It helps speed up the digestive tract and facilitate faster recovery. Some cases have also been reported where Delta-10 THC acted as a laxative and helped relieve constipation.
Delta-10 THC can also help prevent acid reflux and relieve GERD (Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease) by regulating intestinal motility. Evidence suggests that the anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate inflammation associated with gastric ulcers.
Experts state that cannabinoids can aid in healing gastric ulcers by reducing gastric acid secretion and relaxing lower esophageal sphincters. The antioxidant properties of Delta-10 THC also play a role in facilitating faster wound healing.
Though Delta-10 THC is usually safe to consume, it might cause some mild-to-moderate side effects, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Increased anxiety
- Inability to concentrate
- Impaired coordination
The risk of side effects increases if taken in high doses and the individual’s tolerance to Delta-10 THC.
Delta-10 THC, a mildly psychotropic cannabinoid, can help faster and better digestion by improving the gut microbiome, stimulating gut motility, and boosting metabolism. It also helps treat several digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. However, you need to be careful about the side effects to include Delta-10 THC in your health regime.