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CBD for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In recent years, the healing and soothing potential of CBD has been rigorously studied in a wide variety of applications. As research continues, we are learning mare and more of the true extent of its benefits. The body of evidence continues to mount and show what CBD can do for a growing number of illnesses, conditions, and ailments.

You may already be familiar with the applications for treating the symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as a variety of skin conditions, but new research is showing how CBD can also be used to treat a whole host of conditions, including the treatment and easing of the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

IBD (not to be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a debilitating illness that primarily comes in two forms: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). There is no cure for IBD and it is usually a lifelong affliction with periodic remissions and flare-ups. Modern treatments and medicine can allow some people living with IBD to live relatively unaffected lives. However, most people afflicted with these ailments experience a significant amount of discomfort and inconvenience, and those treated with medications often soon add adverse pharmaceutical reactions and side effects to their plight. For the sake of discussion, the two most common forms of IBD are UC and Crohn’s Disease, and often the two terms are interchangeable.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. It typically occurs in between the small bowel and the large bowel.

The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease include:

  • persistent diarrhea
  • cramping/abdominal pain
  • fever
  • occasional rectal bleeding
  • fatigue

Crohn’s Disease may also affect the skin, joints, liver, and eyes (unlike UC, which is only affects the GI). The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are usually worse after a meal, so patients may also experience weight loss due to avoiding meals or a loss of appetite.

Crohn’s Disease can also increase the risk of bowel cancer, so patients are often encouraged to have regular colonoscopies.

Ulcerative Colitis

UC, unlike Crohn’s Disease, is confined to the colon (large bowel). The symptoms include:

  • crampin/ abdominal pain
  • loose stools
  • bloody stool
  • urgent bowel
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite

Periods of remission tend to be longer than Crohn’s Disease, and complications are far less frequent. However, UC is still a complex illness that can be quite debilitating if not treated properly.

What Can CBD Do For Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Medical cannabis has been growing in popularity in recent years and has been getting a lot of attention from scientists and researchers. GI Canada is a society for intestinal research, and they are also one of the research organizations paving the way for CBD as a treatment for intestinal diseases.

They found that when using CBD “administering CBD after inducing inflammation reduced it and administering CBD before inducing inflammation prevented it from occurring at all.”

Another study found that cannabis is a much less harmful alternative to the conventional medicines used to treat IBD. This has shown that, when patients suffering from forms of IBD are given CBD, they experience equal or better relief for their symptoms. What’s more is it also found that they do not suffer from the excessive side-effects experienced from the often over-prescribed pharmaceutical treatments and medicines.

A Treatment For Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease research has reached a new and exciting conclusion that could be huge for the treatment of IBD. They’ve found that CBD could control the symptoms effectively, and even potentially offer a cure for the disease. An International team, led by Case Western University School of Medicine, discovered that the bacteria and fungi in the bodies of Crohn’s disease are different from those found in healthy individuals. The Crohn’s sufferer had one fungus and more of two types of bacteria, which caused a slimy film in the intestinal tract causing the inflammation.

Cannabis has both antifungal and antibacterial properties, which sheds light on a potential treatment and even cure for Crohn’s. Researchers are now hard at work cultivating strains of cannabis that maximize these antifungal and antibacterial properties, allowing them to be used for internal and topical applications.

What Is The Best Way To Take CBD Oil For IBD?

There are a variety of ways you can take CBD oil, from vaping to swallowing capsules, but there are a few ways that are best for treating IBD. The first option is what is known as the sublingual method, which essentially means placing the oil underneath your tongue and letting the oil sit there for as long as possible. This is a highly effective method and works very well if you’re looking for longer-lasting effects, since it permeates the soft membrane under the tongue, which is where a wide array of blood vessels sit, allowing the CBD to enter the bloodstream very quickly.

Alternatively, you could try CBD suppositories, which offer similarly effective results, and some have even found the results to be more effective when treating the digestive tract. The anus and vagina also have highly permeable membranes with vast networks of blood vessels, allowing the CBD to get into the bloodstream just as quickly. Some people may prefer to take their CBD sublingually however, and both methods of equally as effective.


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Dr. Jenny P. Wilkins, NMD, CRA  

Dr. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and clinical research associate. She is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO/Proprietor of AgeVital Pharmacies in Sarasota, Florida. She is a charismatic media personality and television producer with regular appearances on ABC, NBC, TBN, CBS, the CW and Lifetime. As a health and wellness expert and educator, Dr. Jenny lectures all around the world at various conferences about the endocannabinoid system and functional integrative healthcare and how natural solutions work to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses. She authors books for healthcare practitioners and consumers and educates the healthcare community and individuals using her extensive research and findings about the endocannabinoid system.  

She is the President and Chairman of The American Academy of the Endocannabinoid System (AAECS) and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP). Her expansive credentials include a Board Certification at The American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners – (ABAAHP), a Diplomate of the AAIM College of Nutrition and a Board Certification with the (AAIM) Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jenny is also a member of the American Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine, serves as a senior business and financial advisor for Nuvusio, Conference Advisory Board Medical Chair of the Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition (FMCCE) and the medical director for Biom-Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer And Medical Director for M3-Biodynamics and M3-Innovations.  

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