Ever had a “gut feeling?” It may be more than a metaphor or superpower, as some experts are labeling the gut the body’s “second brain.”

There is nothing more “you” than your intuition—the idea that individuals can make successful decisions without deliberate analytical thought. Many top leaders ascribe their success to having followed their gut instinct, and research shows how more accurate decisions are made when we enlist a little help from within.

Why does this matter?

A healthy microbiome—responsible for releasing neurotransmitters, communicating to neurons of the brain—seems to be key to health, and possibly even happiness. Trillions of those little guys live in the gut and on the body.

The philosopher Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut,” so it may be less a matter of discovering this truth so much as remembering it. In recent years, gut health has become an area of vast importance within the health and wellness spheres, especially as the gut is said to communicate with the brain.

CBD may well contribute to brain neurogenesis, brain rejuvenation, and growth. This is particularly fascinating in areas like the hippocampus—the small seahorse-shaped area of the brain responsible for short-term memory and one of the first areas in the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Everything is connected, and CBD is like a lock-and-key with one of the most important systems in your body: the endocannabinoid system (ECS). There are many types of receptors that are part of the ECS, but the two most abundant types are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD interacts with both of those receptors, which are important for our digestive health, among many other things like sleep, appetite, memory, mood, and modulation of pain.

Although more research is needed, anecdotally, using CBD products can provide a holistic solution to whole-body health, and that includes a happy gut. A happy gut equals heightened intuition, which might the closest we’ll get to a superpower, that is, tapping into the true potential of our second brain.

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