Can Cannabis Help with Digestion? How CBD Could Help Alleviate Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS and Stomach Pain?

How Can CBD Help with Stomach & Digestion Problems? | The Pain Clinic | CDB & THC for Digestion | Blog Article

Everyone has stomach and digestion problems from time to time. Usually, these resolve quickly. But for people with IBS and other chronic digestive disorders, this is a lifetime struggle.

Cannabis could be a potential treatment for a range of digestive symptoms and problems. While research is still in its infancy, thseveral studies showome people may get relief from uncomfortable and upsetting digestive problems through CBD.

How Could Cannabis Help with Digestive Problems?

There are a few ways that CBD oil could help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with digestive problems.

Endocannabinoid System Deficiencies

A 2014 study showed evidence that deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) play a role in a range of conditions including IBS. The ECS is involved with the gastrointestinal propulsion, secretion, nociception, and inflammation, and there are ECS receptors in the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, by modulating the ECS, IBS sufferers may experience relief from symptoms.

CBD is Anti-Inflammatory and Helps to Relieve Pain

A number of studies have shown that cannabinoids are anti-inflammatory, and can act as painkillers. They reduce inflammation and slow the ability of the inflammation to spread through the body. Cannabinoids also seem to stop the pain or inflammation signals from reaching the cannabidiol receptors in the ECS.

CBD and THC Can Increase Appetite and Reduce Nausea

Many people with ongoing digestive issues simply do not eat enough food. Some of this could be due to nausea, or also a learned response which has resulted in someone simply no longer recognising hunger. CBD offers a two-pronged approach here, called the entourage effect, not only spiking hunger but also helping to decrease feelings of nausea.

These three mechanisms may mean that cannabis can help relieve symptoms from a range of digestive problems.

Cannabis for Inflammatory Conditions

Autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may be alleviated by regular use of CBD. A recent study from 2021 shows that CBD can increase the quality of life for Crohn’s sufferers.

CBD and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

IBS can result in incredibly uncomfortable and challenging situations. Extreme constipation or diarrhoea can be painful and life-altering, requiring constant management of diet and worry about bathroom access.

Cannabis has emerged as a potential treatment for IBS, reducing symptoms and minimising the amount of procedures required. A 2020 study showed that IBS sufferers taking CBD experiences a significant drop in patient hospitalisation rates, and less likelihood of requiring endoscopies.

Overall, there is evidence to suggest that there is therapeutic potential for use of CBD with IBS.

CBD and THC for Gastrointestinal Cancers

While CBD and Cannabis are not able to cure cancer, they can minimise the impact the treatment has on the sufferer. A side effect of cancer treatment is cancer-related anorexia cachexia syndrome. This is a collision of anorexia and the metabolic changes that can happen during cancer treatment. Ultimately, this results in a decrease in body mass and the patient wasting away. Malnutrition that can come alongside this contributes to less energy, drug treatments become less efficacious, and a higher susceptibility to side effects.

CBD, as mentioned above, lowers nausea, and THC increases hunger, helping patients to feel better and be encouraged to eat.

Colitis and Cannabis

A 2021 study showed that cannabis consumption affected endocannabinoid levels in ulcerative colitis patients. Patients experienced an increase in quality of life, supporting the idea that cannabis may be beneficial in alleviated symptoms in ulcerative colitis sufferers.

A meta-analysis in 2018 did not find any firm conclusions but noted that further studies were required. In particular, varying doses and types of administration needed to be experimented with to ascertain more information.

Abdominal Pain, Bloating, and Digestive Issues

Whether it’s a food intolerance, a meal that was spicier for your stomach than intended, or the daily rigours of a less-than-perfect diet, everyone experiences instances of an upset stomach, constipation, nausea, or bloating.

Due to anti-inflammatory, pain-killing, and anti-nausea properties, CBD could help to alleviate these symptoms. Used on an as-required basis, CBD may also:

THC and CBD for Poor Appetite

A low appetite can be due to physical issues, psychological problems, or as a side effect of medication or illness. If people eat less than required, they not only lose weight but are likely to miss out on valuable nutrients.

A combination of CBD and THC can help people to increase their appetite. This happens in two ways: CBD helps to calm and reduce anxiety, reduce any gut inflammation and nausea, and then THC can trigger hunger and encourage appetite and eating.

Could Cannabis Help Your Stomach Problems?

If you suffer from stomach and gastrointestinal problems, there is hope. Contact us at the Pain Clinic to talk about the options available to you and if cannabis is a possible treatment for you.

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