Gastrointestinal issues associated with tobacco or nicotine use are common. Unlike nicotine, CBD seems to have a calming effect on the gut, and may even help control specific gastrointestinal issues.
One of the common issues of gastrointestinal health is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is on the rise in the western world. Its rise has lots to do with an increasing level of daily stress. Mood disorders like anxiety, only worsen IBS. CBD is not the treatment for IBS issues, but it seems to be gut-friendly, especially for those living with hypermotility of the gut.
Although the role of CBD in IBS is still an emerging science, however, initial evidence shows that it can benefit gut health in many ways. Its influence of CB1 and CB2 receptors results in lower gastrointestinal (GI) motility and secretion. It may even modulate the local immune function.
Further, CBD may help due to its ability to change nerve responses, thus reducing visceral hypersensitivity, which plays an important role in chronic conditions like IBS. Overall, CBD has a spasmolytic effect, helps relax the smooth muscles of the gut. Many of its influences in the gut motility and secretion could be due to its ability to modulate Vagal nerve functioning.
The anti-inflammatory action of various CBD products may also contribute to their ability to calm the gut. Experimental studies in labs and animal models show that CBD can suppress local inflammatory responses.
CBD may be especially good for those living with IBS or other gut disturbances made worse by emotional swings, anxiety, and stress.
Certain CBD products may help better in gut-related issues. Generally, CBD products with different cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytocompounds may work better for those living with IBS. This is because terpenes and other phytocompounds contribute to the so-called entourage effect, and thus multiplying the benefits from the CBD product.
For those looking to use CBD to calm their gut, and overcome IBS related symptoms must understand that CBD is not a treatment for IBS, but a natural aid that may help when used along with traditional therapy. It is also vital not to believe in the wild claims made by some non-ethical makers of CBD products.
Individuals living with mood disorders and IBS must pay particular attention to the purity of products, and quality of manufacture. Detailed certificate of analysis from the third-party lab is the only way to know if the product contains what it claims, and it does not have any unwanted impurities.
One should also avoid buying very cheap products, as these are often products with very low potency. High concentration CBD products with terpenes are more probable to result in satisfactory user experience.
Dosing CBD products is a bit of challenge, as what may work of one person may not work for another. Thus, the best strategy is to start with a lower dosage and keep increasing the dosage every few days, till the expected effect is felt. However, one should not overdose or abuse CBD, as it might cause certain side effects like fatigue and appetite changes.