Now that we’ve established stomach issues experienced by some CBD users are typically caused by the poor quality ingredients or production flaws, let’s discuss other potential side effects of CBD.
Dr. Kenneth Brown, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist and doctor of internal medicine in Plano, TX, says that it would be against CBD’s nature to “attack” the digestive system.
The “why” behind the above effects lies in the relationship between plant-based cannabinoids and the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). (1)
Can CBD Worsen Stomach Ulcers?
The ECS also enables the active compounds in cannabis to exert their actions. For example, there is evidence that the signaling of CB1 receptors using cannabinoids blocks gastric acid secretion in humans and the experimental models of animals.
Cannabis plants are bioaccumulators, meaning they draw both the good and bad substances from the soil. If hemp is grown in poor soil or undergoes aggressive extraction involving hydrocarbons, it will not only diminish the quality of the end product but it can also make it dangerous for your health.
But what does science say about taking CBD oil for ulcers and other digestive issues?
Make sure to stay vigilant against poor-quality products that are churned out by some companies to capitalize on the booming market. Quality issues with CBD oils can result in an upset stomach and even worsen your ulcers. Always seek out reputable companies that use organically grown hemp and test their products in third-party laboratories for potency and purity.
Elixinol’s CBD oil tinctures are great for managing stomach pain.
CBD oil promotes faster healing and effective pain relief from the invasion of stomach ulcers. As an added bonus, you will benefit from the soothing properties for which this plant is famous.
While you shouldn’t rely solely on CBD for the treatment of a stomach ulcer at this stage in history, you can count on it one hundred percent to provide effective pain relief. After I found the right dosage of CBD oil, I noticed a dramatic change in my symptoms and after a few days I could start eating again. Even though the scientific evidence is still fresh, you should absolutely use CBD oil to aid in the treatment of your stomach ulcers. You will also experience the positive spinoff of a calmer mood, as CBD is well-known for its abilities to soothe anxiety and stress.
Final verdict: Should you use CBD to treat stomach ulcers?
Traditional Western thinking has previously led us to believe that prescription medication is the only reliable scientific solution to treating conditions such as stomach ulcers. However, chemical-based painkillers such as ibuprofen have actually been known to cause stomach ulcers in the first place, and the last thing you want right now is to make the problem worse. CBD oil is widely known to provide strong pain relief, and now there is evidence that the extract has a positive physiological impact on stomach conditions (including ulcers) too. Studies have shown that CBD has the ability to decrease gastric acid and increase blood flow to the lining of the stomach. Let’s dive in and take a deeper look at the science behind the amazing benefits of CBD oil.
Finding the right dosage for your stomach ulcer problems is an experimental process that varies from person to person. The best way to go about finding the right dose is to start out with a low dose of between 8mgs and 28mgs, depending on your weight. You will need to take this dose at four regular intervals per day. Continue to take this dose for 3 days, monitoring the affect it has on your painful symptoms. While you will not be able to notice the affect it has on your stomach lining you can certainly expect to notice a relief from the pain. If you are not experiencing the relief you hoped for, you can raise the dosage by 5mg each week until you find your ideal dosage.
According to Medical News Today, CBD oil has a total of zero known side effects due to its natural composition. The World Health Organisation has approved CBD oil as “safe to take in large doses” and if side effects do occur, it is likely the result of a reaction with another form of medication. For this reason it is advisable to speak with your doctor before taking CBD oil in conjunction with another medication. There are also a few rare cases of cannabis allergies, and if you happen to be the one percent who has this condition then CBD is not for you.
Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are a type of peptic ulcer disease (the umbrella name for ulcers affecting the stomach and the small intestines). Your stomach lining is protected from digestive acids by a natural layer of mucus, but when the mucus shrinks your stomach wall is exposed to potent acids which eat away at the stomach lining. This causes painful sores to form, which are diagnosed as stomach ulcers. A rare 1% of peptic ulcers are caused by Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which has the effect of increasing the production of acid in the body. However stomach ulcers are generally caused either by infection, or prolonged use of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen and aspirin among others.