Can CBD Help with IBS?

What happens when your doctor can’t pinpoint the exact source of your digestive issues? They usually slap a label on it and call it… Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

In other words, they’ve deemed your digestive tract “irritable” and easily upset- and unfortunately, they can’t give you a good reason as to why that is. 

Because this issue is becoming so common, and it’s also so tricky to diagnose accurately, treat effectively, and manage comfortably, patients across the world are scrambling to stock CBD on their shelves for the relief of their horrible IBS symptoms. 

CBD oil- like any holistic approach- is obviously not a one-size-fits-all remedy for IBS. Having  said that, though, CBD oil is proving itself to be the perfect solution for symptoms of IBS. 

We’re diving into the “how” below!

So, What is IBS?

IBS is a chronic health condition that affects the digestive tract (mostly your small and large intestines) and tends to trigger random episodes of pain and discomfort in the bowels. 

Not only is this condition uncomfortable, but it can also be really embarrassing- even debilitating. IBS is more common than you may think: one in ten people suffer from IBS, and it’s more likely that a woman will suffer from this disorder than a man. 

IBS is considered a functional disorder– meaning there’s a clear problem with the function of the organ, without an apparent cause. 

Some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating or excessive gas
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Incontinence
  • Food intolerance
  • Fatigue and difficulty sleeping
  • Mucus in stool

These symptoms may be constant, or they can come and go. It may even seem like your stomach issues have gone away completely, only to have your symptoms flare up again without warning. 

What Causes IBS?

Even with all the technological advancements and information available to us today- health experts don’t know exactly what the main cause of IBS is. But even though we can’t exactly put our finger on what causes IBS, we do know that there are some conditions that are closely related to its symptoms. 

It’s clear that multiple factors play a role, such as:

  • Certain foods
  • Fluctuating hormones during menstrual cycles
  • Chronic stress 
  • Depression 
  • Other mental health conditions
  • Consistently poor-quality sleep

So, what can you do if you are experiencing IBS symptoms?

If you are experiencing consistent symptoms of IBS, you should see a health professional as soon as possible to rule out other diseases or complications. 

You can also keep a diary of what you’re eating to help identify triggers, and see if there are any patterns or trends over time. But when it comes to effectively treating the symptoms of IBS, there’s a new sheriff in town: CBD. 

Can CBD Treat IBS?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system found in the brain and throughout the body that includes endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors- it’s an avid participant in normal gut function. Think of the ECS as the body’s mission-critical control system that’s in charge of maintaining homeostasis. 

Even though the ECS was discovered 20+ years ago, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface on learning what it is, and how it relates to our gut health- and we’re realizing that the ECS plays a major role in IBS. 

One study found that IBS may be caused by a deficiency in naturally occurring cannabinoids within the body, which makes treating it with cannabis-based medicine not a far-off conclusion. And unsurprisingly, many people report that cannabis and hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD oil relieves their IBS symptoms. 

Let’s dig a little deeper into that. Below are several ways that CBD helps treat IBS symptoms:

CBD Helps Relieve Nausea

Nausea is one of the most common symptoms of IBS- making IBS-sufferers wary of eating. This can cause IBS symptoms to flare up when the patient finally eats after a long period of time. Since CBD helps to relieve nausea, patients should be able to eat more regularly, and without the anxiety of getting sick afterward. 

CBD Increases Natural Levels of Endocannabinoids

CBD’s full impact on the endocannabinoid system is still being studied, but it might help increase your natural levels of endocannabinoids and promote a healthier gut microbiome

CBD Can Reduce Anxiety 

Studies have found that anandamide (another cannabinoid found in CBD, known as the “bliss molecule”) activates CB1 receptors, resulting in lower levels of fear, anxiety, and compulsion. This means that if CBD can help manage anxiety symptoms, it may be useful to people who suffer from IBS, because anxiety and chronic stress are known to worsen IBS symptoms.

CBD Balances Serotonin Levels

IBS sufferers tend to have lower levels of serotonin, which is responsible for some of their digestive tract and mental-emotional symptoms. Animal studies have found that CBD stimulates serotonin receptors in the brain. This means that CBD can help balance serotonin levels, which interestingly enough is the same target as antidepressant medications that are commonly prescribed for IBS patients.

Before You Go…

Unfortunately, everyone’s experience of IBS is unique- so we can’t definitively say whether or not CBD will relieve your IBS symptoms. 

However, since high-quality CBD oil is considered to be both safe and effective, and has been proven to assist with a wide variety of health issues (from painful menstrual cramps to chronic sleep issues), there’s literally no harm in trying it out for yourself to see if it helps. 

Many people today are turning to CBD for IBS symptoms, and we would love to hear about any luck you’ve had with your Rosebud CBD. Email our team at hello@rosebudcbd.com to share your story with us! 


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