Cannabis and CBD Oil


CBD oil is rapidly claiming some fame as a “cure-all” miracle supplement. This is not quite factual, the claim to fame is but being the answer to all medical conditions and curing them is not. CBD has a variety of health and medical benefits, some proven scientifically, and others still being tested. There are some known truths about CBD such as its anti-inflammatory and relaxation properties and these are what are most commonly being exploited when treating the symptoms of a wide range of medical disorders. Among the disorders where the use of CBD is showing promise are IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s disease.

How does CBD work with IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s?

At the heart of IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s is inflammation of the bowel and other areas of the gut. The inflammation causes pain and interferes with the digestion of food and the passing of waste. For many years’ conventional medical treatment required taking drugs that invariably had one or many side-effects. In some cases, side-effects were severe, but the pain was less and in a crazy way the treatment of the condition was accepted. Finding an ideal treatment for IBS, Colitis or Crohn’s has been challenging for doctors for many years and there are still many questions as to what actually triggers the diseases.

Prevention or total cure of the disorders is a long way off, and many sufferers are looking at alternatives to or supplements for the medication they are on. Ideally the alternative or supplement should be natural. Sufferers of inflammatory bowel disorders have known that smoking or consuming cannabis has helped ease the symptoms of the conditions. Sadly, this treatment is illegal in many parts of the word and while the solution is effective it can cause a high and interfere with daily activities in some people.

With the benefits of cannabis being well documented, CBD oil, produced from the same plant, has come to light. Extracted from hemp that contains no THC, CBD does not produce a high and has outstanding natural anti-inflammatory properties that treat the symptoms. 100% natural, CBD oil has very few side-effects and very small doses of the supplement are required to deliver a potent kick to fight the disorders in the body.

Medication vs. CBD

Much of the medication used to treat IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s disease indeed mimics the natural behaviour of CBD. Attaching itself to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and body, CBD tricks cells, nerves and organisms into reacting favourably rather than irrationally as they do in someone suffering with a bowel and stomach disorder. Medicine has been developed to copy this behaviour but in doing so causes side-effects or by-symptoms. CBD has few, if any side-effects and is therefore safe to use and many IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s disease patients are realising this.

Research into CBD is very much in its infancy and while circumstantial evidence is proving to be positive and the limited numbers of studies are supporting this, evidence of curing or treating is far from conclusive. Before considering CBD oil for treating IBS, Colitis or Crohn’s disease professional medical advice is recommended.

Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.

Ron Goedeke

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