Understanding Anxiety and Endocannabinoids in Colitis

Understanding Anxiety and Endocannabinoids in Colitis
24” x 24” Acrylic Mixed Media Wood Panel
by
Michelle Screpnechuk

Michelle Screpnechuk

Michelle Screpnechuk a native Calgarian, where she has raised her family and graduate of the University of Calgary. Michelle is an artist with a desire to create bold contemporary pieces. Her art reflects her enjoyment of hue experimentation & producing pieces that are vibrant and full of interesting colour combinations. She employs a variety of mediums resulting in dynamic, unique pieces in both her photography and paintings. Michelle prefers the use of a palette knife, the flow of a medium than the stroke of a brush. Art can bring life to a room. One of Michelle’s greatest passions is bringing colour into people’s homes and working with clients in creating unique pieces. Michelle’s work is on display in private collections in Canada, United States & parts of Europe.

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After speaking to Dr. Haley Vecchiarelli one learns the relationship between Colitis, or inflammatory disease & anxiety. According to Dr. Vecchiarelli:

“Colitis is also associated with reductions of endocannabinoids (the body’s version of cannabis) in the brain. By boosting endocannabinoids we can alleviate colitis-induced anxiety.”

She feels this should hopefully provide the foundation for using cannabinoids (endocannabinoids and cannabis-plant derived) to treat both the gut inflammation and associated changes in anxiety. In my piece one sees the colour green representing nutrition, flowing through the coloured texture representing the uncomfortable inflammation ending with reduction in the texture showing the golden bright side of things.

Dr. Haley Vecchiarelli

Dr. Haley Vecchiarelli

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Victoria
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