Cannabis for IBS

What is IBS?

Typically triggered by food and stress, irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a disorder affecting the large intestine. Symptoms include having abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, cramps, diarrhea, and gas. Once diagnosed, your doctor may inform you that this is a chronic, long-term condition. 

Can Cannabis Be Used for IBS?

There is evidentiary support that shows cannabis can help with several symptoms of an array of conditions. The chemical compound THC found in cannabis is known to help treat ADD/ADHD, cancer symptoms, glaucoma, PTSD, and more. Among others, it also helps reduce aches and pains, anxiety and depression, inflammation, muscle spasms, and nausea. IBS is one of the conditions that cannabis can help manage due to its ability to help with IBS symptoms such as chronic pain and nausea. 

How does cannabis specifically help with IBS? Our body has an endocannabinoid system housing an extensive expression of receptors located throughout both our central and peripheral nervous systems. When cannabinoids enter our body, they bind to receptors and affect the systems they control. Our endocannabinoid system plays a major role in regulating nerves that manage our gut. When THC and CBD interact with this role, IBS symptoms can be regulated through pain relief and reducing inflammation in the gut area.

Can CBD Gummies Help With IBS?

A combination of THC and CBD would have stronger effects on reducing IBS symptoms. Certain strains of flowers have a good amount of both THC and CBD which would help significantly reduce symptoms of IBS. However, due to CBD’s own healing benefits IBS can be managed with CBD alone. CBD products can be taken in many forms such as gummies and other treats as well as oils, tinctures, vaporizers, flowers to smoke or drink in tea, and more. 

Which Probiotic Strain Is Best for IBS?

According to WebMD, probiotics supplement and balance the gut’s natural bacteria. The same source states that probiotic strains with Bifidobacterium infantis, reduce IBS symptoms as well. These include symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel movement irregularity. Other sources state that probiotics might not be the best solution for IBS as more studies need to be done, whereas others state probiotics can only help. It is best to consult with your doctor before trying out any condition management.

Can You Get a Medical Card for IBS?

Speaking of consulting your doctor, many wonder if you can receive a medical marijuana card for IBS. Our customers ask this question since marijuana, or medical marijuana, shows signs of reducing IBS symptoms. IBS does qualify for a medical marijuana card in California. Be sure to check out Kushfly for all of your medical marijuana needs as we deliver products for your relief in 45 minutes or less.


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