Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease sufferers are finding relief with cannabis
1 in 10 Americans suffers from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or its related symptoms. GERD is similar to heartburn or acid reflux disease, but in a more recurring and painful form. Big pharma has created drugs to help treat it, but cannabis is now being recognized as a natural way to find relief.
While heartburn and acid reflux disease occur only from time to time, GERD is a constant affliction that can lead to permanent and serious health issues. It occurs when the body’s lower esophageal sphincter relaxes improperly or is too weak, allowing the contents of the stomach to float and eventually reach the esophagus.
Cannabis can work with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) in order to help combat GERD and reduce inflammation and mucosal damage. The ECS also has anti-secretory effects, which are increased from the consumption of cannabis. Of course, the natural pain reliever found in cannabis is also one of its primary benefits in fighting GERD.
A recent study focused on Delta 9-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and its use in GERD patients. GERD often occurs after transient sphincter relaxations (TSLER) and Delta 9 was shown to significantly reduce the number of these relaxations.
Cannabidiol (CBD) can also help to reduce the symptoms of GERD. It contains natural anti-inflammatories and can also work with CB2 receptors in the body to downregulate both inflammation and hypermotility.
One of the most important steps in controlling GERD is to maintain a better diet that is low on acidic foods, alcohol and caffeine. However, cannabis can definitely help. When an attack occurs, using an oral or sublingual solution can provide virtually immediate relief.