Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that causes mild to very severe distress in the gastrointestinal system. More women than men have IBS, and symptoms usually first appear in early adulthood. The symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, gas, nausea, diarrhoea and/or constipation. IBS is a chronic condition with no known cure, meaning that people who have it need help to manage their symptoms long-term.
IS CBD GOOD FOR IBS SYMPTOMS?
Recent research has shown that cannabinoids naturally produced in the body have an important role in regulating the gastrointestinal system, which is full of receptors that help these cannabinoids function – receptors that may also help ingested cannabinoids, such as CBD, to have a direct impact on the health of the gastrointestinal system, and on conditions such as IBS.
IBS SYMPTOMS AND HOW CBD CAN HELP
- Bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea: CBD may help to relax the tissues in the GI tract, which can lead to fewer spasmodic episodes. These episodes are among the worst symptoms experienced by most people with IBS.
- Nausea and lack of appetite: Nausea is a common symptom of IBS, which makes it difficult for sufferers to eat regularly. This, in turn, can lead IBS symptoms to flare up again when a person finally eats after a long period
- Pain and inflammation: CBD may help reduce pain and inflammation in the digestive system, reducing both the symptoms of IBS and the discomfort associated with them.
- Intestinal hypermotility: Some IBS sufferers deal with intestinal hypermotility, where food moves too quickly through the digestive system, causing dehydration, poor digestion, and impaired absorption of nutrients. Hypermotility is often caused by anxiety, which may be improved by using CBD.
SUGGESTED CBD DOSAGE FOR IBS SUFFERERS?
If you are new to CBD we recommend you start on a low dose, building up to a stronger dose only if it feels necessary. (250-500mg)
If you feel the need to increase your dose, or if you are already a CBD user and know you need a higher dose you can choose a higher strength.(500-1500mg)
To take CBD oil orally, we recommend you take 3 drops under the tongue thrice per day. Keep the drops under your tongue for a minimum of three minutes before swallowing. This enables the CBD to get into your bloodstream faster so it can more rapidly begin to take effect.
If this is not your preferred way to enjoy the potential benefits of CBD, you may like to try out other ways to consume CBD like vaping, capsules or edibles.
HOW TO TAKE CBD FOR IBS SYMPTOMS?
For IBS symptoms, most people find that taking CBD oil at a regular time each morning has the best overall positive effect. CBD does not have drowsiness as a side-effect, and it does not contain the psychoactive element of cannabis, THC. This means that CBD does not produce a ‘high,’ and should not reduce your ability to go about your daily activities.