Treating IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome with CBD or cbd-infused Hemp oil is becoming increasingly popular as folks wake up to the irrefutable facts regarding CBD ( Cannabidiol) and its curative properties.
Slowly but surely the veil of misinformation regarding CBD is being drawn aside, and many institutions and universities are conducting studies into the many healthy properties of the cannabis plant.
Now legally sold as a ‘Dietary supplement’ rather than a medicine, it is nevertheless acknowledged that it is effective against many sickness and ailments that affect the human body – including IBS.
The Downside of CBD Use
This may sound odd, but as far as research goes (and research is very much in its early stages) there are no significant side-effects of using CBD from a strictly medical perspective. The main downsides to using CBD or more accurately cbd-infused hemp oil are…
- CBD Cost: The fact is that even though the plant is cheap to grow and the oil easy to produce, the higher CBD content of the hemp oil then the greater the cost of the product. This does not change no matter what the carrier is. Everything from cbd face cream, to cbd gummy bears, to cbd oil – the percentage of cbd content very much determines the purchase price. As a very rough indication an 80ml bottle of CBD oil which has 300mgs/ml CBD content will cost around $55 here…
- Social Stigma: The fact remains that the moment you mention cannabis extract, the majority of folks still think ‘oh yea…drugs!’ This is NOT the case. The legal hemp oil is legal because it does not include any measure of THC (The psychotropic element of cannabis) above 0.3%. However the fact is that many people still associate CBD with drug use purely because of its cannabis source. Thankfully I believe this is slowly and steadily being corrected. My own brother as of writing, has Chrone’s disease, and persuading him that CBD is NOT addictive or illegal is proving to be more difficult that I had imagined!
Is Hemp Oil Effective Against IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome covers many different aspects of the bowel, Chrone’s disease although not strictly speaking IBS, is nevertheless often classed or misdiagnosed as such. That said, from what I have studied CBD rich hemp oil seems to be effective against both conditions – even when taken as a food supplement pretty much as you may take vitamin tablets to supplement your normal diet.
Studies and papers by many medical universities and institutions have shown that CBD rich cannabis oils are effective against many gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS or Chrone’s.
CBD is known to ease cramping of the bowel and helps moderate diarrhoea and constipation – according to anecdotal evidence (found via a google search)
How Does CBD Work?
Simply put, Cannabidiol works by interacting with the natural cannabinoid receptors within the human body to effectively re-instruct them to repair or heal the particular ailment. It was discovered back in 1992 by Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam (who first managed to isolate the THC element from cannabis in 1964) and is called the endocannabinoid system.
Professional research into cannabis oils, as mentioned, is still very much in the early stages. However there is anecdotal evidence a-plenty regarding individuals who have found it to be beneficial – some dramatically so.
How is CBD administered?
CBD can be applied or administered in a number of ways. There are cbd edibles in the form of cbd gummies or pastels. It can be taken in capsules, vaped in e-cigs or directly through cbd-infused hemp oil.
For bowel disorders, cbd can be taken in a more direct way via suppositories. This means that more of the CBD content gets directly to the problem rather than being ‘diluted’ in the stomach. Similarly, vaping with CBD oil means that it is infused directly into the blood stream via the lungs.
CBD Vs Hemp Oil
To be honest there is a deal of confusion when it comes to the difference between cbd and hemp oil. This is mainly due to the fact that they both come from cannabis plants – albeit different (very) strains.
Illegal cannabis (marijuana) is high in THC ( which is the psychotropic element of cannabis, and illegal). It is produced from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. This is the plant of choice for cannabis smokers who like the ‘high’ it gives.
Legal or medical marijuanna is produced under licence and carries higher CBD content.
Hemp oil CBD is from the seeds of the cannabis plant which is low THC, but when harvested from the leaves and flowers carries a significant amount of CBD. This however is generally augmented by adding CBD from CBD-rich strains of the cannabis Sativa plant.
The resulting oil has to contain less that 0.3% THC element in order to be classed as a dietary supplement, and therefore perfectly legal.
What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil
This simply means that all the elements of the cannabis plant are included in the oil, including the cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids that make it up. Some would argue that this is the most effective oil as it is stronger than the sum of its parts – so to speak. In other words the combined nature of the elements is many times stronger than if they were to be administered separately.
For the record, Rick Simpson, author of the ‘Running from the cure’ video that really highlighted the healing properties of cannabis, states that THC has to be present along with CBD to augment its overall effectiveness.
Not everyone agrees with this however, and of course high levels of THC means that it is illegal to use!
Where To Buy Hemp Oil For IBS
To be clear, there is no such oil available just to treat IBS – it’s all the same oil, with varying degrees of CBD content, or different carries such as gummies or suppositories etc.
However the site below will take you to one such seller of a full-spectrum cbd oil.