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Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a common disorder that affects our large intestine. IBS causes cramping and abdominal pain in the muscles around our digestive system. It can also be accompanied with bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhoea. Someone who suffers from IBS can have severe symptoms like:
What causes irritable bowel syndrome is still unknown. Which makes it hard for medical experts to treat it. However, we do know that there are factors that can trigger IBS such as:
IBS does not have a precise cause. However, studies show that muscle contractions in our intestine may lead to IBS. This is due to food moves through our digestive tract which results in the muscles surrounding our digestive system contracts. Strong contractions might lead to:
A severe bout of diarrhoea can cause acute infection in our intestine due to bacteria or even a virus. Due to this bacteria, inflammation may occur. With the increased number of bacteria in the immune system, an inflammatory response is associated with pain and diarrhoea.
Even though foods may be one of the causes of IBS, there are foods that can help with IBS.
If you consulted a doctor about your IBS, your doctor will most likely to give you the “FODMAP” diet. A FODMAP is a diet for those suffering from IBS that helps reduce the intake of certain foods containing carbs like:
This diet can significantly improve your health and can improve IBS symptoms.
Cannabis is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and research shows a significant decrease in inflammation in our intestine when cannabis is used. The reduction of intestinal inflammation will significantly relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as cramps and abdominal pain. With the components of medical cannabis that can excite our endocannabinoid system, it regulates the human system and functions around our body. In some research, IBS may be associated with the lack of cannabinoids in our endocannabinoid system.
With the use of medical marijuana, the deficiency with our natural cannabinoids will be replaced by the cannabinoids of marijuana. Medical marijuana can regulate our digestive system by reducing the rate food moves through our gastrointestinal tract while decreasing abdominal cramping. Marijuana can also help with mental symptoms people experience while having IBS.
IBS can also cause psychological symptoms such as depression or anxiety. With the help of cannabis, it can lift up your mood even without the psychoactive effect. Combining cannabis with other treatments may lead to further severe infections. Before mixing marijuana with other medication, you should consult a doctor. Incorporating medical cannabis with your IBS diet can significantly reduce the symptoms that we usually feel from IBS. Adding marijuana to your IBS diet will help relieve symptoms. However, without a proper prescription, it can have the opposite effect. Adequate guidance before using medical cannabis is better than just buying it without appropriate knowledge. It’s important to understand what doses and methods are best suited for you.
Without an accurate cure for irritable bowel syndrome, all we can do is to find different ways to relieve its symptoms. How medical cannabis can be used in treating various illnesses is such a groundbreaking discovery in the medical field in this generation. Despite having arguments on legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, there are still many researchers that pursue on proving how cannabis help in treating diseases. Anyone can suffer from an illness, all we need to do is to find a way to prevent it. With proper guidance and a healthy diet, one can achieve a healthier life.