Gut health is a major focus of modern wellness, and the idea that a healthy gut leads to better overall health is a dominant subject. The NIH reports that at minimum 16 percent of
Americans suffer chronic symptoms of gut distress, and a quick scan of social media will net dozens of memes and posts about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which the Cleveland Clinic estimates afflicts up to 15 percent of Americans, and posts about gas, bloating, and food intolerances. 

With the reports of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties well documented at this point, there is some reason to hope it could help with symptoms of upset-stomach or anxiety related nausea. However, CBD does have potential negative side effects, and upset stomach is one of the most commonly reported.

Does CBD Help or Hinder Gut Health?

The simple truth is that there is no clear answer to CBD’s role in gut health, or how it affects conditions like ulcerative colitis or IBS. The preliminary research shows some areas of promise, but CBD’s impact remains to be determined.

Positive outcomes are possible though. One channel that could lead to positive effects is through CBD’s effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD does influence the ECS, and many researchers think that the ECS plays a role in digestive health. However, this is all still very preliminary, and too much remains to be determined to make decisive statements.

Another potential mechanism for beneficial impact is through the potential anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. One study, a double-blind and placebo-controlled one at that, showed that CBD reduces inflammation and symptoms of mental distress. Anxiety and stress are thought to be triggers for conditions such as IBS, and inflammation is thought to make the symptoms of these conditions worse. It seems like a no-brainer, but the reality is more complex.

As mentioned earlier, one of the most commonly reported adverse side effects when taking a new CBD supplement is digestive issues. It even has a nickname: CBD diarrhea. A less dramatic symptom is simply a faster-moving bowel. Both of these are reported with enough frequency that they can’t be discounted out of hand and must be taken seriously when starting a new supplement. 

Now, as uncomfortable as those symptoms can be, they aren’t seriously dangerous, and they disappear with cessation of the offending supplement. For what it’s worth, another common theme when people start new supplements is improper dosing. Many of the people who report these negative symptoms also report taking more than the recommended dose of the supplement. So, once again the best choice for starting a new supplement is to begin with a low dose and track its effects over time. 

How Can I Try CBD Oil for Gut Health?

To reiterate, we don’t know for sure what effects it will have on digestive health, but there is enough potential to try it, if you try it carefully. So we recommend sticking to low doses, and tracking its effects. If you follow these instructions you should avoid most of the aforementioned side-effects, and maybe you’ll find it works for you in other ways.

To make sure that only the CBD is affecting your gut, you should also stick to products that have been verified by a third-party laboratory for quality and contents. Not all supplements are manufactured in good faith, but certified results from an unaffiliated lab guarantees purity and a high level of quality control. 

Let Real Tested CBD Help You Select the Best CBD For Your Gut Health

CBD Oil may not be for everyone, but if you think it sounds like a fit for you and your gut health needs, start your search on Real Tested CBD’s certified CBD product reviews section. We review hundreds of products from the leading CBD manufacturers in North America, independently, without bias, and backed by laboratory science.  

Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A
Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A is a clinician-scientist and ophthalmic surgeon. Before attending Chicago Medical School, he worked as a Research Scientist in a Healthspan Pharmacology Laboratory at University of California, Irvine focused on investigating the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements that can slow the aging process and add healthy years to human life.

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