Stomach bloating relieved by cannabis

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Excessive gas or other afflictions impacting the digestive system are countered by CBD

After a particular heavy meal or a dish that didn’t sit well with the body’s digestive system, people can feel bloated, stuffed, uncomfortable and generally uneasy. Alka-Seltzer may be a regular remedy for the buildup of gases or the pressure on the digestive system, but there is now an alternative that has been around for at least 5,000 years. Cannabis can perform the job better and quicker.

Specifically, cannabidiol (CBD), one of the primary cannabinoids in cannabis, works well at helping to reduce bloating. Cannabis has already been used to help relieve chronic pain, depression and a host of other disorders, but the addition of its use as a digestive enhancer could be welcome news to those who enjoy double-bacon-with-jalapeño cheeseburgers every day.

According to Dr. Kenneth Brown, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist, “When the CBD binds to the CB1 receptor (found in the endocannabinoid system), it decreases excessive gastric acid, helps the lower esophagus prevent reflux and increase blood flow to the lining of the stomach to help it heal quicker.”

Not everyone who has tried CBD for their gastrointestinal problems has found relief, but this could be due to either underlying conditions or the delivery method used. Since CBD is most often administered in conjunction with some other type of oil, that oil could be preventing CBD from working its magic. Explains Dr. Michel Ross, Ph.D., “If you are experiencing gastrointestinal distress symptoms or an upset stomach, you may have a sensitivity, especially to coconut/MCT oil, which is the most common carrier I’ve seen.”

In those cases, it’s recommended to find a different way of consuming CBD that doesn’t involve oils, or find a different CBD carrier oil that can support CBD’s nutrients.