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The Role of the Endocannabinoid System – Treating IBS

Treating IBS through the Endocannabinoid System

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder that is characterized by abdominal discomfort, pain and altered bowel habits that affects the large intestine. IBS is a chronic condition that needs long term management.

Signs and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Many people who suffer with IBS can control their symptoms. This id done by maintaining a balanced diet, improving lifestyle and controlling/reducing stress. However, more severe symptoms require medication. People suffering with IBS experience times where signs and symptoms worsen and other times where signs and symptoms are obsolete. The signs and symptoms of IBS vary. The most common include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Excess gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

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What is The Endocannabiniod System?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has recently been recognized as a vital system that supports bodily functions. Endocannabinoids and their receptors such as CB1 and CB2 are found throughout the body. The ECS is nicknamed as the bridge between body and mind. This is because the systems functions regulates the body’s immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs.

The most recent diagnostic criteria, the Rome III criteria, define the syndrome as recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort at least days per month over 3 months, which is associated with two or more of the following characteristics: improvement with defecation, onset associated with a change in stool frequency and onset associated with a change in stool form. Symptom patterns can be divided into diarrhoea predominant, constipation predominant and a mixed pattern.

These findings support the general hypothesis that the endocannabinoid system may be relevant in the pathophysiology of IBS, some caution is warranted. If you wish to use cannabis for recreational or medical purposes, make sure that you first consult a medical professional.

Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly is registered with the British Psychological Society, breaking the taboo on mental health issues is one of the driving forces in his life. His background in biomedicine gives him additional understanding of the factors that work together to influence the human condition.

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