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The Potential Benefits of CBD for Intestinal Disorders

By May 23, 2017 January 4th, 2019 No Comments


Cannabidiol (CBD) may be effective in treating several intestinal disorders. Some studies have been conducted to show that CBD has been effective in reducing or completely alleviating symptoms of painful gastrointestinal disorders. Crohn’s disease is on several state’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions lists, but others have yet to make it to the list.

In the piece below, we’ll discuss each disorder and how CBD may be able to help. We’ll also suggest some product type options that may be beneficial for calming your angry gut.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease can be beyond painful. It can be difficult to have, complete or hold a bowel movement. Not having control of your bowels can be embarrassing. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory option without the chemicals of pharmaceuticals. Naturally stimulating your bowels and correcting the misfiring of signals in the rest of your body helps calm the condition.

There aren’t any actual cures known for inflammatory bowel disease, only medications to regulate it in your body. Pharmaceuticals don’t always prevent flare-ups though. It often takes multiple medications to control inflammatory bowel disease, and is often an accompanying symptom of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

What happens is your stomach has an excessive inflammatory response in its GI tract. It causes intestinal damage, which aggravates your gut. It also causes disruptions of secretion and motility issues. Steroids are often used to treat this disorder, which can pose risks of their own such as increased weight and dangerously high blood glucose readings.

Your endocannabinoid system can be influenced naturally with CBD to stop sending the signals of anguish, pain and disruption through your body. When diarrhea is an issue, CBD may help reduce or stop it a bit faster than an over-the-counter or prescribed option. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a little different from inflammatory bowel syndrome. It comes with frequent, painful abdominal spasms. You have to stick close to a bathroom because you don’t always have warning that you’ve “got to go – right now”, not in 5-minutes, right now. Taking a daily dose of CBD may help calm your gut enough to stop these erratic flare-ups that pop up without an ounce of warning. You won’t have to cancel plans with friends with a calm gut.

The endocannabinoid system regulates gastrointestinal motility, appetite, stress response, immune function and pain – among dozens of other functions. If your endocannabinoid system isn’t properly regulated or becomes agitated, it’s unable to function and send the right signals to the right parts of your body. When your body’s receptors are unwilling to cooperate, introducing CBD naturally forces them to cooperate and stop attacking on your stomach.

Author’s note: I was diagnosed with IBS as a result of over-prescribing of opioids and other narcotic pharmaceuticals. I do use CBD vape, oil and tinctures to calm my angry gut. It helps and definitely provides me relief from the excruciating pain that can be associated with IBS.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease can be debilitating, and sometimes fatal. It can be impossible to eat anything for days with severe flare-ups. For some patients, pharmaceuticals only make the symptoms worse. A study in Israel was conducted to study CBD’s effect on Crohn’s disease.

Thirty patients participated in the study, all with varying severities of Crohn’s disease. They were given average doses of 1-3 joints per day. Every participant reported a positive change in their symptoms, decreasing the severity of their symptoms. Twenty-one of the participants had significant improvement of their symptoms.

Israel has conducted other studies where THC was used along with a placebo. In the patients given THC, half of them achieved remission. The placebo participants didn’t have as much success. Only 1 placebo patient went into remission. Broader research is planned.

Cannabidiol helps send calming signals to your body from the central nervous system. Your gut won’t react as adversely to foods when it is calm and your body’s endocannabinoid system is properly regulated.

Chronic Nausea and General Gastrointestinal Troubles

Some autoimmune disorders are associated with chronic and/or unexplained nausea. So yes, sometimes there really isn’t a logical reason for you to feel sick to your stomach. Autoimmune disorders are difficult to properly diagnose. It can be onset with a specific type of food, and in some cases, a little bit of nausea isn’t enough to keep you from a favorite food.

Over-the-counter medications and prescription nausea medications can take a while to start working. Sometimes they take too long and the nausea leads to vomiting. A portion of the medication you took may not stay in your system, so that treatment option may not be effective enough.

CBD, especially when taken via tincture, works quickly to stop nausea. Cancer patients and others with chronic nausea have found substantial relief from chronic nausea, and the stomach pain that comes along with it.

If you’ve lost your appetite because you’re nauseous, some CBD products – they may help you regain your appetite. Don’t overdo it though, have a smaller portion and see how that goes first.

Many stomach troubles come from imbalances, improper enzyme levels, inflammation and just the combination of foods that you’re eating. Those with unhealthy eating habits are more likely to experience an irritable gut from time-to-time. CBD helps your endocannabinoid system tell your stomach to “simmer down”, relax and stabilize.


Colitis has several forms, and again, can be quite painful. CBD can help reduce the injury your colon experiences from colitis. Caco-2 cells can be regulated and may help reduce lipid peroxidation and reactive oxygen species production.

Suggestions of CBD Products for Intestinal Disorders

If you need immediate relief and live in a marijuana-legal state, you can often find CBD dry flower strains. You can smoke these or put them in a vaporizer for near immediate relief.

If smoking the plant isn’t for you, there are several oral options. CBD capsules can be taken once or twice daily, at any time of the day, to help keep your gut happy. The capsules are typically large, so use a big glass of water. For adolescents, the capsules may be too large to swallow.

CBD oil or tincture can be taken from a syringe and starts working, typically, within 15 to 30 minutes. This is often a better option for adolescents and those with swallowing issues. It is important to use a marked syringe to ensure that you’re administering measured doses.  CBD vape works just as fast as smoking dry CBD flower. Determining the right dose of CBD vape may be tricky, but it’s okay if you have a little too much, it won’t hurt you.

CBD edibles are available in some markets but do take time to start working. Most edibles do not take effect for 45 minutes to an hour after eating them. However, if you are having a GI issue, eating something may not be the right option to try first.

Closing Thoughts

Gastrointestinal disorders can feel like death sometimes. Hospitals often misdiagnose them, so do doctors. Cannabidiol, however, can help calm your angry gut and help reduce symptoms of debilitating conditions like Crohn’s disease, IBD and IBS. CBD cannot make you “high” and is a natural way to help regulate your body’s endocannabinoid system.

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