CBD and IBD
Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition that affects millions. Most people suffer occasional bouts of IBD and handle them with over the counter remedies.
But, for many IBD can be a chronic, painful, and even disabling syndrome including abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, cramping, diarrhea, and gas. CBD can treat each of these symptoms and deserves your attention.
What you need to know about IBD
A combination of factors contributes to IBD and its severity. Mayo Clinic says you should consider the following:
- Muscle contractions in the intestine. Peristalsis moves food through the digestive tract. “Peristalsis” is the rhythmic contractions of the soft tissue and smooth muscle in the walls of the intestines. Abnormally fast movement presents as diarrhea, and weak movement leads to constipation.
- Nervous system. The nervous system connects the brain and digestive tract. Irregularities in that transmission will disrupt the digestion in any number of ways. IBD patients seek pharmaceutical solutions to restore the balance in the neurotransmission.
- Inflammation in the intestines. When pathogens—viruses, bacteria, hazardous materials—invade the digestive system, the body goes into an offensive mode. It sends blood, white blood cells, and other anti-pathogens to fight that invasion. But, this natural immune response creates inflammation which, then, causes pain.
- Severe infection. A severe case of diarrhea or constipated caused by bacteria or virus can damage the intestines permanently. Infection can also alter the percentage of acids and microflora, the good bacteria the intestines use to break down food.
- Diet and nutrition. Patients can manage IBD with a change in dietary habits. It’s probably trial and error, but IBD responds to fats, roughage, acids, and lactose.
Victims must watch their alcohol consumption and tobacco use.
- Hormone deployment. The occurrence of IBD symptoms correlates with the flow and distribution of hormones. Women, for example, are twice as likely to experience IBD, and their symptoms appear timed with their menstrual periods.
- Personal stress. People with IBD will experience worse or more frequent bouts of IBD during periods of increased personal and situational stress. It may not cause IBD, but it aggravates its symptoms.
CBD and IBD
Interestingly, CBD has proven effective in the treatment of each of these stressors suggesting the power it offers to those long-suffering IBD patients.
- Muscle contractions in the intestine. CBD has a calming effect on the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is so extensive it threads throughout the smooth muscle of the intestine walls where it can calm irritation and restore effective muscle contractions. Marijuana Break reports, “The properties of CBD cause spasms to alleviate along this tract, and lead to improved intestinal motility (i.e. there is less spontaneous movement within the intestines).
- Nervous system. CBD’s mechanism of action is not clear. It does not bind with CB1 neuroreceptors like THC. Rather, it appears to run interference. For example, it modulates the body’s natural process to reabsorb anandamide, the human “bliss” molecule.
- Inflammation in the intestines. CBD has research-confirmed strengths in fighting inflammation. Practitioners have used it for thousands of years as a therapy for any number of ailments attached to inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research argued, “CBD is a very promising compound since it shares the typical cannabinoid beneficial effects on gut lacking any psychotropic effects.”
- Severe infection. CBD is not an antibiotic. It does not cure infection. However, it does relieve the effects of infection. For example, its powers as an anti-emetic fight nausea and vomiting.
- Diet and nutrition. CBD comes in several easy-to-digest forms like oil, pills, and candies.
- Hormone deployment. The body’s normal behavior depends on the flow and balance of key hormones like serotonin and dopamine. CBD serves to restore and maintain that balance. For example, CBD News says, “CBD is a serotonin agonist, and it also induces the secretion of serotonin.”
- Personal stress. The euphoric benefits of cannabis come from its THC content. But, CBD produces a calming and sedating quality with its anti-anxiolytic properties.
Your CBD solution for IBD
Here at Creating Better Days we offer CBD-derived products legal in all 50 states. There are sublingual oils, pills and capsules, soft candies, and topical lotions among other items. And, because our CBD products are extracted from hemp, there is no worry about the THC content.
CBD spells “relief” for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Disease. It fundamentally reduces the factors that trigger the pain and discomfort. It can be more effective than over-the-counter brands. It can be cheaper than prescription pharmaceutical solutions and work without their side-effects. For many with IBD, CBD has become the therapy of choice.