Cannabidiol (CBD) is a very popular topic lately and there are ongoing questions about CBD’s capabilities; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) being one of them. CBD has been proven to relieve chronic pain and symptoms of anxiety, as examples. A reason people turn to CBD to help alleviate problems is that CBD does not intoxicate you or create that feeling of being “high”.
What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is “a group of symptoms that occur together, including repeated pain in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movements, which may be diarrhea, constipation, or both. With IBS, you have these symptoms without any visible signs of damage or disease in your digestive tract.”
IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder because there is a problem with how the brain and gut work together. Studies suggest that about 12% of people in the United States have IBS. Most people turn to a diet that is IBS-friendly and/or stress relief to reduce symptoms, however, more people are turning towards CBD to treat flare-ups.
What is CBD?
A system within our body, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), has receptors found all throughout the body. These receptors are located in the brain, nerves, spinal cord, organs, etc. This system helps to balance our bodies via homeostasis; when our bodies are not balanced, we experience pain and illness.
Molecules just like the Cannabis molecules, endocannabinoids, are naturally produced in the body. Research indicates that CBD helps balance the Endocannabinoid system, which is involved in our body’s process of pain, mood, memory, sleep, stress, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive system.
Can CBD Help?
The discovery of our ECS as well as endocannabinoids has led to a lot of research into the role CBD can play in our health. Recent investigations yield insight into the significant participation of the endocannabinoid system in the normal physiology of gastrointestinal function and its possible dysfunction in gastrointestinal pathology. Furthermore, a possible link has been made between IBS and the dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system.
Everyone is different and it’s always recommended to start off at a lower dose to see how your body reacts. There isn’t a specific recommendation as to how much CBD to take to treat IBS, however, capsules or tinctures are your best bet to treat IBS.
Studies have also shown that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory qualities, which can treat gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS.
As always, be sure to check the source and reputability of the company you are purchasing your CBD from. Dosing varies across products; be sure to do your research and read the label properly. A takeaway from this blog article is that there is always growing research that suggests CBD can have so many health benefits.