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CBD Oil and IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Does CBD Oil help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Have you been worried about the status of your health? Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? And your newest concern, as regards the cure, is the certainty of whether or not IBS can be cured by using CBD oil? The aim of this article is to enlighten you about the symptoms and causes of IBS and how effective CBD oil is as a treatment.

IBS is More Common in Women

IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder which can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation (NHS, 2016). Symptoms vary from one individual to another, as some may be affected severely by it while others may not. IBS effects are intermittent and may last for a few days to a few month at a time, usually after eating certain meals or during times of stress. IBS is more common in women and usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 30 years old (NHS, 2016). Although the cause is still unknown, some specialists think that it is related to an increased sensitivity of the gut and/or problems with digestion which may be caused or aggravated by psychological factors such as stress.

CBD Interacts with Cannabinoid Receptors

Despite the hype about the unknown cure for IBS, research (British Journal of Pharmacology, 2016) has revealed that cannabis oils are effective in treating the symptoms of any gastrointestinal disorder (Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Disease). CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the human digestive tract, which relieves pain and spasms and results in improved motility. Going back more than a century, research has shown that CBD has a long documented history of use in treating gastrointestinal distress, in both western and eastern medicine. Although there are several clinical studies on the effectiveness of CBD oils with regards treating IBS, the investigations have been limited to certain aspects, such as nausea suppression and appetite stimulation.

CBD oil in the treatment of IBS

Similarly, there have been many cases of anecdotal evidence (Google Search) from patients who report that CBD helps to ease cramping, and moderates both diarrhoea and constipation. Although there are various side effects associated with the use of CBD oil in the treatment of IBS, they are typically mild and classified as being of low risk, especially when compared with the usually prescribed medication given to IBS sufferers. The expected and most frequent side effects include the following:

Tachycardia and hypo-tension are frequently documented and it should be noted that CBD oil is contraindicated for patients with a history of cardiac ischemia.

In conclusion, although there is self documentary evidence available with regards the use of CBD oil specifically for the treatment of IBS or IBD, complications are rare and are not usually reported. Results have shown that CBD has been demonstrated to have the ability to block spinal, peripheral and gastrointestinal mechanisms that promote pain in IBS and other related disorders. (Neuroendocrinol Lett, 2016)

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