CBD for Digestive Problems [Why It Works]
March 25, 2019
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CBD for Digestive Problems [Why It Works]

Helping hundreds worldwide
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 25, 2019

CBD fOR Digestive Problems

When mentioning digestive problems, most of us probably automatically just think of complaints such as stomach ache, diarrhea, and constipation, and while these are all genuine problems, they are sadly only a few of the many symptoms of digestive problems.

The reality is that there is a number of quite debilitating and serious digestive issues out there that some of us may not even know about! From irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to Chron’s disease, gastrointestinal diseases can be incredibly serious and have a massive impact on the lives of those who suffer with them.

Most people would be surprised to know that digestive diseases represent one of the Nation’s most serious health problems, causing great discomfort and pain, which can lead to a number of personal and emotional side effects such as loss of jobs and debts.

This often leads to individuals becoming recluse and isolated, in some cases, it can even lead to mortality.

In this informative post, we will discuss the different types of digestive problems and how CBD can help to treat common symptoms.

What Are Digestive Problems and What Causes Them in the First Place?

Unfortunately, problems with our digestion are not uncommon, with an estimated 40% of people having at least one symptom of digestive issues at any one time! With that in mind, it will come as no surprise that the number of over-the-counter medications that claim to treat these common digestive issues is through the roof!

A common long-term gastro issue is IBS, which affects the large intestine. Whilst there is a lot of medications available to treat IBS, symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable ranging from cramping, bloating, gassiness, to constipation and diarrhea.

An even more severe digestive problem is Chron’s disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Whilst it is more severe than IBS it is no less common, with statistics showing that approximately 700,000 people in the US suffer from the disease. IBD causes inflammation of the digestive tract leading to a variety of symptoms. These can range in severity from abdominal pain, tenderness, and discomfort to persistent vomiting, high fever, or even abscesses!

Not only are these symptoms incredibly damaging physically, but also as we have already touched upon, the side effects it can have on an individual’s daily life and mental health can also be detrimental. If symptoms are persistent and severe enough it is unlikely that the sufferer would want to leave the house for work or to socialize which can bring about a whole new list of problems.

But what actually causes these issues? The less serious but equally uncomfortable gastro problems can be brought about by something as small as a change in diet, increased stress levels, lack of exercise, medications, pregnancy (the list really does go on!) Known as functional disorders, things such as constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and bloating are all common and usually temporary digestive problems.

What Are the Current Treatments Available for Digestive Problems?

Depending on the problem you are having, there are a variety of things you can buy to help, however, this can become expensive and the long-term side effects of taking medication on a regular basis can be damaging.

For the common and less severe digestive issues, an over the counter antiemetic can relieve nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, there are also antacids, which will help relieve indigestion. For the more severe symptoms, there is also a wide range of aminosalicylate drugs to be used for long-term intestinal inflammation, as well as antidiarrheal drugs for the relief of diarrhea.

For the more severe conditions such as Chron’s, you can be looking at a whole host of different medications prescribed to control the disease from antibiotics and steroids to immune modifiers, which suppress the body’s natural immune response!

As you can probably imagine, the side effects of taking such a range of medications could result in new problems from weight gain to a lack of immunity and thinning of the bones; it is not uncommon for patients to seek alternative treatment to avoid these nasty side effects.

Living with Digestive Problems

It is estimated that a staggering twenty million Americans suffer from chronic digestive diseases, so it is no shock that this type of disease is one of the most expensive to treat in the US.

With hundreds of varieties of prescription medication on the market all offering to do better than the last, it can be an expensive and overwhelming thing to treat if you are a long-term sufferer!

As we have already seen, the common side effects that the majority of treatments have on the body can not only cause further physical issues for the user but they can ultimately impact mental health as well.

Why Choose CBD as a Treatment for Digestive Problems?

As researchers continue to explore the range of benefits that come with using CBD for medicinal purposes, there are more and more medical conditions that appear to be aided by the use of this natural chemical. It seems that there are new studies revealing a variety of uses for CBD that many prescription drugs fail to match.

Over the past few years, more and more research has gone into the benefits of using CBD for the treatment of gastrointestinal issues such as IBD, IBS and Chron’s, and the results are very promising. In a 2011 study, conducted by the Department of Experimental Pharmacology, University of Naples FEDERICO II, Naples, Italy, it was found that cannabidiol reduces intestinal inflammation through the control of neuroimmune axis.

CBD has been shown to reduce the spasticity of the intestines whilst stimulating appetite, which is two of the major side effects of many digestive issues. The common symptom of cramping that comes with a contracted intestine is relieved by the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD; once it has attached itself to the cannabinoid receptors that can be found in the intestines, the cramping eases and bowel movements can become more regulated.

Whilst there are prescription medications out there that do the same as CBD, it is not without a host of side effects. As we know that CBD is a natural chemical with very limited recorded side effects, it seems a no-brainer to try it out!

Final Thoughts on the Use of CBD as a Treatment for Digestive Issues

Although clinical trials are still on-going and there have not yet been any breakthrough results to show that CBD can fully eradicate the symptoms of digestive diseases; there has been a great deal of promising work done to look at the science behind how CBD works on the body and there has also been a huge amount of positive feedback put forward from users of CBD in the treatment of their gastro issues.

While we understand the thought of moving to something such as CBD can be quite daunting, the results speak for themselves. Tons of incredibly positive testimonials can be found that suggests CBD does, in fact, offer huge benefits with limited risks that you just cannot get from prescription medications. Plus it’s a whole lot cheaper!

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10 comments
  1. Ricky L
    Helped me

    I was suffering from chronic bowel syndrome. It was very irritating and un-easing most of the time. So I tried CBD full spectrum. Initially I had diarrhea for a week, and then everything went away and I am very much better now. Hoping it will continue

  2. Holly
    It does help with digestive disorders

    I have been using CBD vape for a week now. On day 5 and 6 of using the oil vape my stomach has been feeling great. A few days prior I have been having severe issues of abdominal swelling and very gassy. Prior to using vape I was spending tons of money buying gas bills, activated charcoal, always having to take prilosec, having my gallbladder removed 3 years ago. I’ve gone to doctors and they just do not care nor take the time anymore to treat you properly to find the source of issues so I stopped going to them. I have really bad anxiety and don’t sleep well at night was the main reason for me trying the CBD oil. I’ve been doing a lot of research on how CBD oil helps different situations and came across that it helps digestive disorders and I can’t begin to say how happy I am I finally found something to help me not be always sick and feeling aweful.

    1. Veronica
      Wonderful to hear your results

      That’s really wonderful to hear Holly! Thanks for sharing your story with us. CBD is powerful stuff 🙂

  3. Evelyn Eggener
    Help for Abdominal pain

    I have awful abdominal pain. Tried everything even some cbd oils and hemp. Not working. Any suggestions which is most potent to use? Thank you.

    1. Veronica
      CBD oil pick

      I’m a big fan personally of PureKana’s line of products. There’s an article about them on MarijuanaBreak as well. They just have really top notch product and they offer a tincture with a potency in the thousands.

  4. Blake
    CBD cream for stomach

    Hi. I have always had very bad stomach problems – daily diarrhea, stomach pain. Have had every test in the book, tried everything – nothing works. My friend gave me some CBD cream. I’m considering just rubbing some on my stomach tonight. Any thoughts? I know oil or capsules would be best probably but I have this cream and hate to waste it.

    1. Bill
      Stomach Issues

      I make the cbd cream, drops and vape juice and for a stomach issue like you have I would
      use the drops.

  5. Lisa

    How affective is CBD OIL for IBS sufferers?

    1. Craig
      My wife and her IBS

      My wife has daily IBS, no matter what foods she avoids, she gets it. Doctors can’t find the root cause, but personally – and I’m no doctor – I believe her being born 24 weeks early has something to do with it. After reading online about how CBD has been helping others with IBS, she decided to give it a try.

      After using CBD products for a good few months now, she swears they help. My wife also adopted a new approach to eating only having small portions throughout the day when she feels hungry. It’s much more under control since combining the two.

      My wife buys her CBD products from a website in the UK called Binary CBD. Oh before I forget, she also reduced the number of processed foods she was eating, and this has also been beneficial. My advice, keep a food journal and see which foods and portion sizes bring on your IBS, and try CBD when you feel it coming on. I hope this helps you and good luck.

    2. Meowzor
      To Lisa ♡

      Ibs is actually a bullshit umbrella terminology for gastro symptoms that they cant find a root cause for, cbd that is full spectrum will 100% help you, however depending on how bad ur gut has become u will more than likely suffer from a herxheimer reaction, which basically means ull feel worse before u feel better, i highly recommend doing cbd for 30 days gradually increasing ur dosage that best suits u and ur symptoms, if u are on any medication such as proton pump inhibitors u can expect to reduce the amount of meds u will need to take for the foreseeable future ~ good luck and much love ♡

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