Why I Use CBD Oil for IBS
In addition to seeing a gastroenterologist, I also see a naturopathic medical doctor to help keep my Crohn’s disease and IBS diagnosis in check. Having both can be a bit tricky but that’s why it is important that I stay up to date with appointments and get multiple medical opinions when it comes to treatment.
About a year or 2 ago, my naturopathic medical doctor suggested that I start to use CBD oil as it is an amazing natural treatment that helps improve sleep, pain management, lowers inflammation and anxiety. All 4 of these are major culprits in both Crohn’s and IBS, so I saw it as a no-brainer to give it a try.
Learning about CBD oil
Like with anything, not all CBD oil is made equally. There are many brands out there and at this point, it is easy to get lost in all the options. I have tried two different kinds and both I found to work amazingly well and were recommended by my naturopathic medical doctor (NMD).
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am no scientist and I know very little about CBD oil, but my NMD knows a ton which is why I trusted his recommendation. According to his explanation, all companies process the oil differently, and all contain different amounts of the therapeutic properties found in Cannabis. So do your research. Honestly, I just suggest reaching out to a medical professional familiar with CBD oil and ask for a recommendation.
Basically how the oil works, at least the one I tried, is by taking the dropper and applying the prescribed amount underneath the tongue. It absorbs very quickly and that’s it! I found CBD oil to work amazing wonders on my symptoms.
My experience with IBS and CBD oil
First, I found that the oil sort of offers a calming effect. By no means are you high, and the particular brand I use contained zero THC, so getting high is impossible, but it did lessen my anxiety. I really enjoyed that aspect, as for me personally, anxiety can trigger urgent IBS symptoms.
Secondly, I noticed that if I were in a bad IBS flare with painful abdominal cramping, the oil would lessen the pain and sometimes take it away completely. Whenever an episode would hit, I would take the prescribed amount of oil and within a couple of minutes, symptoms would subside.
Thirdly, due to the fact I also deal with Crohn’s disease, inflammation is a big culprit. Whenever I go for blood work and check my inflammation markers, they are through the roof. I remember I began taking the oil 3 times a day as my NMD prescribed. I did that religiously for about a month or so. I went in for blood work afterward and found my inflammation markers were cut in half compared to my last results. I was amazed.
Lastly, whenever I would take the oil before bed, I found that I would get amazing sleep. I would actually wake up rested. Oftentimes, IBS likes to wake us up in the middle of the night, but I found that the oil helped me stay asleep. And even the 1 or 2 times when I did wake up, I was able to get back to sleep easily.
Overall, I highly suggest talking to your doctor about trying CBD oil for IBS. It is an amazing natural tool to help lessen symptoms and the best part about it, is that there a no nasty side effects.
Do you use CBD oil to help with your IBS? If so, share below!
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, RLS, sleep apnea) in addition to IBS?