What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic condition involving recurrent abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation. It’s often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection. About 10 to 15% of people have IBS.
Should you try CBD for IBS?
IBS can be difficult to treat, if standard treatments such as probiotics, dietary changes, and reducing stress have not been successful in treating your symptoms, CBD is a great thing to try next.
While there’s no specific study to confirm whether CBD is an effective treatment for IBS, it is completely natural and safe, meaning there’s no physical harm in trying it.
What we know about CBD and IBS:
If you’re unfamiliar with your body’s endocannabinoid system, it’s a vital team of naturally occurring molecules and receptors that work together to regulate countless aspects of your health. The active molecules in cannabis plants (like THC & CBD) can modulate this natural system.
Within your digestive tract, the endocannabinoid system is an essential part of regulating your speed of digestion and pain sensation. Natural genetic differences in this system make certain people more susceptible to IBS. Many different parts of the endocannabinoid system have been linked to different symptoms in IBS patients. For instance, low levels of the little-known endocannabinoid, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is linked to frequent IBS cramps.
The endocannabinoid system was named after the therapeutic molecules found in the cannabis plant because they affect this system. Unsurprisingly, many people report that hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD oil relieves their IBS symptoms. CBD’s full impact on the endocannabinoid system is still being studied, but it can help regulate your natural levels of endocannabinoids.