Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a long term gastrointestinal disorder that can cause persistent discomfort. It affects the colon i.e. the large bowel which is not dangerous but could get uncomfortable. However, one should not confuse this with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes chronic health conditions like ulcerative colitis and chrons disease.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound from the cannabis plant. CBD does not have any psychotic effects like THC. CBD is gaining a lot of popularity as a remedy for various health conditions such as chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, epilepsy,
What are the symptoms of IBS?
The common symptoms that one experiences while suffering from IBS are:
- Change in routine bowel habits
- Passing more than usual gas
- Increased frequency to use the bathroom
- Felling that bowels are still not empty after passing stools
- Cramping and pain in the abdomen
- Bloating and swelling of the abdomen
While these are common symptoms related to the bowel and abdomen. There are signs and symptoms which differ from person to person and can affect other parts of the body as well. They are the following:
- Muscle pain or joint pain
- Bad breath
CBD Oil and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant. Then, it is combined with hemp seed oil. In Australia using CBD oil for medicinal purposes has been made legal and can be obtained by consulting your doctor and getting a prescription or receiving approval from the TGA. It can be consumed as edibles like capsules, sprays, gummies etc.
While research is still at its initial stage and it is not proven that it is safe and effective, it suggests that CBD oil can be used to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The National Centers for Complementary and Integrative Health have some evidence that suggests that CBD could have some benefits for inflammatory bowel, however, more research is needed to examine it.
CBD is known to treat pain and inflammation which are also symptoms of IBS. Gastrointestinal conditions (GI) such as abdominal pain, inflammatory diarrhea and diabetic gastroparesis can be treated. IBS also leads to stress and anxiety and CBD is known to treat these conditions, hence using CBD can reduce stress and anxiety among patients suffering. However, the FDA claims that using CBD to treat IBS is false and misleading.
What are the side effects of using CBD?
CBD doses differ from person to person. Some may need a lower dose and some may need a higher one. The risks and side effects one may face are the following:
- Weight and appetite change
- Dry mouth
First, consult your doctor and know the benefits and risks involved. After getting to know the complete information, the doctor will prescribe you and advise you on the amount, duration and if any customisations are required. Using CBD for the short term will have mild side effects but if you want to use it for a longer time then one should be cautious.
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