What is Diverticulitis?
Many people form small pouches in their intestines called diverticula. Diverticula do not cause harm on their own, but they can get infected. When you have an infection in your diverticula, you have diverticulitis, which causes uncomfortable symptoms.
Diverticulitis can have a fast or slow onset of symptoms. The infection causes pain in the lower-left abdomen for many patients. A patient with diverticulitis can also experience diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, nausea or fever. Patients who have chronic diverticulitis sometimes have mental health symptoms because of the added stress that comes with the condition.
The severity of diverticulitis varies by case. When you have mild diverticulitis, you may need antibiotics, a liquid diet and over-the-counter painkillers. Complicated diverticulitis can cause colon damage and needs professional care. You can use CBD to relieve some of the symptoms of any degree of the condition.
How can CBD help treat Diverticulitis?
CBD reduces pain and inflammation to relieve the symptoms of diverticulitis. Instead of attaching to receptors like most cannabinoids, CBD boosts other parts of the system. It blocks FAAH, a fatty acid that breaks down the endocannabinoid anandamide. The ECS creates anandamide to regulate mood and the pain response.
When CBD blocks FAAH, your body can increase its anandamide levels. The higher amount of anandamide reduces the amount of pro-inflammatory cells in your immune system. When it reaches your diverticula, it attaches to the receptors on them to mitigate their immune response. While scientists don’t understand the full reason, CBD also decreases bowel motility, relieving diarrhea symptoms.
Some cases of diverticulitis develop as a side effect of painkillers. If you have recurring cases of diverticulitis caused by your medication, CBD can help. CBD can act as a supplement or replacement for painkillers that cause diverticulitis. Since it reduces inflammation, it also addresses the pain caused by the inflammatory response. The anandamide preserved by CBD regulates pain signals, lowering their severity.
Products we recommend for Diverticulitis:
CBD Infused Human Tincture (30ml or 50ml)
PMS Pain Pack