Stomach trouble is common among both children and adults, but the causes aren't always obvious. There are a lot of misconceptions about how the stomach works with the intestines to break down food, and the confusion can lead to the wrong conclusions. Cannabis has been used to relieve general nausea for years, but many people don't realize it can help a variety of specific stomach problems too. We’ll tell you more about three common stomach disorders, and why CBD may be able to help.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) occurs when either the stomach muscles or stomach nerves malfunction. Your muscles have to contract in your body in order to push solid waste through, but sometimes those contractions last longer than they should. Symptoms of IBS include diarrhea, gas, bloating, and stomach pain. (Short or weak contractions generally result in hard stool.) IBS can also be caused when the nerves in your system are overactive, which also causes the body to react with similar symptoms. Finally, IBS may also be caused by an infection, a change in the number of bacteria in the stomach, or inflammation of the muscles.
CBD has been shown to limit or eliminate the effects of IBD by alleviating inflammation and regulating nerve signals. It also appears to interact with the microbodies in cells that aid in digestion, particularly the microbodies thatbreak down complex fats. While CBD doesn't give people a free ticket to eat however they like, it may be able to help with the occasional overindulgence as well as more chronic cases of IBS.
Crohn's Disease is a specific type of stomach inflammation that can occur anywhere along the digestive tract. Those who have this condition may experience anything from mild stomach aches to severe pain and diarrhea. There are 700,000 people in the United States who have been diagnosed with Crohn's, though many people who have the disease may mistake it just general indigestion or food allergies.
As mentioned, CBD is excellent for calming inflamed muscles in the stomach tract, which makes it a potential antidote to Crohn's Disease. Those who have the condition have been claiming for years that it's 'cured' them, even when there was no evidence to back them up. Finally, there was a study done that did show CBD as a potentially effective way to treat the condition. While it's not exactly clear how, it's thought that CBD works with cell receptors in the digestive tract to fight inflammation and regulate movement.
Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to keep food down. People may experience the sensation of acid coming back up into the back of their throat, or they may feel a burning in their chest and esophagus. It's not exactly clear why this occurs, though those who have it try to avoid foods with too much acid or fat in them. Smoking and overeating are two activities that also don't help the problem.
CBD won't cure acid reflux, but it can help manage the symptoms. The LES has receptors in it that react to CBD, which can stop the spasms that cause the release of food. It's also been shown to reduce abnormal fluid secretion in animal studies. Similar to the rest of the examples, it's also perfect for ending the inflammation that causes discomfort in the afflicted.
CBD is favored by doctors for stomach disorders because it doesn’t cause any psychoactive activity in the brain. People can use CBD anytime they get a stomach ache without the risk of severe side effects. It’s clear that there are still plenty of questions about why CBD works and how it should be used (e.g., doses, ingestion methods, etc.), but there is enough evidence to conclude that CBD does have a positive (or at the very least, neutral) effect on different stomach disorders.