Can CBD oil help with stomach ulcers?
In recent years there has been a lot of hype around the medicinal properties of CBD oil, but word on the street (or wild rumours), can leave this miraculous medical breakthrough sounding too good to be true. So what are the real facts about CBD oil, and can it be used as an effective treatment for stomach ulcers without getting you high?
Stomach ulcers cause severe pain and reduce quality of life significantly not to mention if left untreated, they can actually be fatal if they begin to bleed. The good news is that stomach ulcers can be cured, but it is important to take action to prevent them from worsening to the point of surgery. While it is strongly recommended that you get checked out in order to identify the cause, and receive prescription medication, you can genuinely speed up the healing of your ulcer and treat the painful symptoms with CBD oil. Additionally, you will experience the soothing properties of the plant extract which are known to help with anxiety and depression.
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.
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.
What are ulcers and what causes them?
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.
What do stomach ulcers feel like?
The symptoms of stomach ulcers vary from person to person and depend on a variety of factors such as hunger and severity of the ulcer. In my case I first became aware that something wasn’t right when I noticed a dull pain in my stomach, accompanied by a painful burning sensation between my chest and belly button. At first, knowing nothing about stomach ulcers, I thought that it was just indigestion or heart burn. After a week though, it became clear that the pain became more intense when I was hungry and also that it wasn’t going away.
It was too frequent to be passed off as a minor mystery and the pain lasted anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. I also started getting acid reflux, nausea and bloating. Still I put off going to the doctor and avoided eating because of the pain. When I did eat I would feel full super quickly and within a month I had started to lose weight the unhealthy way. I quickly realised it was time to go and see a doctor, and I’m so glad I did because I found out that stomach ulcers can be fatal if left untreated.
What is CBD oil?
Although Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from the Cannabis plant, if you are wandering if CBD oil will get you high, the answer is no – it has absolutely zero percent chance of intoxicating you. CBD is approved by the World Health Organization as safe and non-addictive. The explanation for this is that the Cannabis plant has two species to its name, marijuana and hemp. CBD is an extract of the hemp plant and does not contain THC, which is the psycho-active ingredient found only in the marijuana species. CBD oil is Mother Nature’s gift to mankind and is known primarily for its ability to relieve pain, as well as its role in treating a number of illnesses (including stomach ulcers).
Can CBD oil help with ulcers?
CBD oil is used by a growing number of people in the treatment of stomach ulcers and other stomach issues. While it is recommended that you follow your doctor’s instructions and to take the medications prescribed to you, I can personally testify that CBD oil will help immensely with pain relief while you are waiting for the ulcers to disappear. Although scientists are still in the early stages of backing up this futuristic medical discovery with quantitative data, CBD oil has been scientifically proven to inhibit the formation of ulcers in the stomachs of animals with similar biochemical makeup to that of humans.
How does CBD affect the stomach? Can it cause stomach problems?
In the scientific research gathered from the animal testing, it was discovered that CBD oil has a direct impact on the CB1 receptors found in both humans and rodents. The cannabinoid CB1 receptors are part of the nervous system linked to the intestines. What was found was that CBD oil affects the motility of the stomach and inhibits gastric acid secretion, which is beneficial to the treatment of stomach ulcers. So scientists know that CBD oil has a positive impact on stomach issues, but what has yet to be uncovered is an explanation of how and why. Whatever the answer to that mystery, it seems certain that evidence gathered from the rodent tests could be applied to humans.
Does CBD oil have side effects?
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.
CBD oil for stomach ulcers dosage guide
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.
Final verdict: Should you use CBD to treat stomach ulcers?
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.
Now it’s your turn
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