Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound of the cannabis plant that is gaining popularity as a remedy for various health issues. Research suggests that CBD shows promise in managing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
IBS is a long-term gastrointestinal disorder that can cause persistent discomfort.
Although research is still in the early stages, people are increasingly using CBD as an alternative treatment for a variety of health conditions, including IBS.
Although CBD shows promise as a remedy for this condition, research has not yet proven that it is safe and effective, while the substance does not have approval from the
In this article, we will discuss how CBD may ease symptoms of IBS, and suggest other remedies that may also help.
Is CBD legal?The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This made some hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC federally legal. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them federally illegal but legal under some state laws. Be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, and some products may be inaccurately labeled.
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While there are limited studies looking at this, other research investigating the substance’s properties indicates that it may be beneficial for the condition.
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A separate study in the
It is also worth noting that CBD
One of the main issues surrounding the use of CBD is the lack of information concerning long-term use and potential side effects. A
However, a 2018 commentary raises concerns regarding the potential side effects of long-term CBD use. It emphasizes the need for both further study and regulation of CBD products.
There is no established or recommended dose for CBD in managing IBS. A person should exercise caution when using any CBD product that claims to help with the symptoms of the condition.
The FDA does not currently approve any CBD product for IBS. As a result, dosages are actively open to interpretation, and people should treat them with caution.
Anyone who wishes to use CBD to treat their IBS symptoms should first speak to a doctor about whether it will be beneficial or safe, and how much to take.
The legal status of CBD in the United States is complex. Hemp and hemp-derived products are permitted under the Farm Bill, as long as they contain less than
However, there is still some confusion over the specifics. People should check the laws in their state and any travel destination.
People should also note that the
There are various CBD products currently available for purchase in several U.S. states. With any medicine, people should follow the instructions on the label and packaging to determine how often to use the product, how much to use, and how to apply it.
A person can ask their doctor about using CBD products for IBS. A healthcare professional may be able to recommend which type of product an individual can consider using and how best to use it.
As the FDA do not currently regulate products, people should look for CBD products that:
- contain no more than 0.3% THC, per the
Agriculture Improvement Act
- have proof of third-party testing by an ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratory
- pass tests for pesticides, heavy metals, mold, and microbes
- pass product potency evaluations and safety testing
- are not from a company subject to an
FDA warning letter
- are from a company that provide certificates of analysis for all their products
Additionally, people may also consider other factors such as:
- CBD potency
- retailer and manufacturer reputation
- customer reviews
In addition to medical treatments, there are alternative treatment options to CBD that people may wish to consider.
Research suggests that certain probiotics may help balance the microbes in the gut and help relieve symptoms. In a
The same paper also suggests that peppermint oil displays some benefit. The review notes that three separate trials showed that peppermint oil decreases stomach discomfort, pain, and bloating in people with IBS.
CBD products show some promise in alleviating IBS symptoms such as pain and inflammation. However, to date, no product containing CBD has FDA approval to treat the condition or its symptoms.
A person should use caution when using CBD products for IBS. It is advisable for people to speak with their doctor or healthcare provider before using them.