Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that causes mild to very severe gastrointestinal inflammation distress in the gastrointestinal system.
More women than men have Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms, which usually first appear in early adulthood. The symptoms of IBS are similar to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the main difference is that IBD involves the inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
But both can include abdominal pain before and after bowel movements including; bloating, cramping, gas, nausea, diarrhoea and/or constipation. Just like may other treatment resistant syndromes, both IBS & IBD are caused by a number of factors unique to IBS sufferers.
So in order to treat IBS and other treatment resistant conditions, it's important to take notice of what helps to ease symptoms for IBS patients.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic condition with no known cure, meaning that people who have it need help to manage their symptoms long-term. The good news is that CBD (extracted from a cannabis plant) is known to help ease IBS symptoms and could have modest health benefits for inflammatory bowel disease as well.
Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also strongly linked to fibromyalgia, another disorder that involves chronic pain. Up to 60% of people with IBS also have fibromyalgia, while up to 90% of people with fibromyalgia have symptoms of IBS. You can read more about using CBD oils for fibromyalgia here.
WHAT CAUSES IBS?
While the precise cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remains unknown (like many other treatment resistant condition), there are some theories that are widely accepted in the medical community.
One theory suggests that IBS is a result of changes in the way the brain and gut interact. This can be due to problems with nerve signals or neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that help to transmit signals between nerve cells.
Another theory suggests that IBS may be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. This can lead to increased intestinal inflammation and muscle spasms.
While the exact cause of IBS is still unknown, these theories provide a helpful framework for understanding the condition.
IS CBD GOOD FOR IBS SYMPTOMS?
The hemp plant (cannabis plant) has been used for centuries to treat a variety of gastrointestinal problems, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal inflammation and abdominal pain before and after bowel movements.
Cannabinoid research suggests and has shown that cannabinoids naturally produced in the body have an important role in regulating the gastrointestinal system, which is full of cannabinoid receptors that help these cannabinoids function.
These cannabinoid receptors may also help to ingest cannabinoids, such as CBD hemp oil, to have a direct impact on the health of the gastrointestinal system, and helping to treat IBS.
IBS SYMPTOMS AND HOW CBD CAN HELP
Bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoeaCBD oils & other CBD products may help to relax the tissues in the GI tract, which can lead to fewer spasmodic episodes.These episodes are among the worst symptoms experienced by most people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Nausea and lack of appetiteNausea and lack of appetite: Nausea is a common symptom of IBS, which makes it difficult for sufferers to eat regularly. This, in turn, can lead IBS symptoms to flare up again when a person finally eats after a long period. Cannabinoids are actually interacting with our nervous system and digestive tract. They do this through receptors in those areas, which is how they can affect moods or nausea.
Pain and inflammationCBD may help reduce abdominal pain and inflammation in the digestive system, reducing both the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the discomfort associated with them.
Intestinal hypermotilitySome Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers deal with intestinal hypermotility, where food moves too quickly through the digestive system, causing dehydration, poor digestive function, and impaired absorption of nutrients. Hypermotility and other functional gastrointestinal disorders are often caused by anxiety, which may be improved by using CBD.
SUGGESTED CBD DOSAGE FOR IBS SUFFERERS?
If you are new to CBD we recommend you start on a low dose, building up to a stronger dose only if it feels necessary. Our 4% Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a good option for beginners. In regards to safety and side effects, our CBD products have virtually no THC, so they won't get you “high” and are very much safe.
To take CBD oils orally, we recommend you take 1 to 3 drops under the tongue twice per day. Keep the drops under your tongue for a minimum of one minute before swallowing. This enables the CBD to get into your bloodstream faster so it can more rapidly begin to take effect.
If this is not your preferred way to enjoy the potential benefits of CBD, you may like to try our CBD Capsules which also contain turmeric and black pepper and they have no taste.
HOW TO TAKE CBD FOR IBS SYMPTOMS?
For IBS symptoms, most people find that taking CBD oil at a regular time each morning has the best overall positive effect. CBD does not have drowsiness as a side-effect, and it does not contain the psychoactive element of cannabis, THC. This means that CBD does not produce a ‘high,’ and should not reduce your ability to go about your daily activities.
RESEARCH INTO USING CBD FOR TREATING IBS
Current research has found that CBD is effective at reducing gut inflammation, intestinal damage, and improving gut health, the gut microbiome and gut motility.
Cannabinoids (such as CBD) have also demonstrated the ability to block gastrointestinal tract mechanisms that promote abdominal pain in IBS and related disorders.
Current research supports the importance of the role of the body's endocannabinoid system in the control of a variety of gastrointestinal functions, including motility, gut–brain-mediated fat intake and hunger signalling, inflammation and gut permeability, and dynamic interactions with gut microbiota, suggesting more possible uses for CBD in treating gastrointestinal disorders.
Interestingly, neurologist Ethan Russo, has suggested that irritable bowel syndrome is the result of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), which may also be worth looking into.
THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE USING CBD TO TACKLE IBS SYMPTOMS
The World Health Organisation has established that Cannabidiol (CBD) ‘does not appear to have abuse potential or cause any harm.’ CBD is not a psychoactive compound, and does not get you high. Most users will not experience any adverse side effects, although it’s possible to feel slightly lightheaded but this varies from person to person.
Before using CBD for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you should ask your doctor if you’re taking any other medications or supplements (prescription or otherwise), especially medications for pain.
CBD interacts with and could slow down the liver enzymes which break down some prescription medications, making it a good idea to get medical advice before using CBD for IBS.
It may be a good idea to looking into dietary changes as well when tackling IBS symptoms, which we recommend speaking with you doctor or dietition about.
If you’re tired of the discomfort, pain and oftentimes embarrassing symptoms of IBS, it may be time to consider trying CBD oil to relieve your IBS symptoms.
CBD Oil is a natural, plant-based product that many users have found effective for improving their IBS symptoms, from bloating and gas to diarrhea, nausea, and pain.
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