Gum For Guts: Marijuana Chewing Gum To Be Tested As IBS Treatment
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be extremely annoying, aggravating, and even painful. Thankfully there’s marijuana.
It’s unfortunate to come down with IBS. Chronic cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and worse, with no known cause, no easy “cure” and nothing but long-term management to look forward to.
For anyone who believes in the “stomach to mind” connection or “brain to belly.” Okay, you may get when I say have you ever got that “gut feeling.” Well, it’s not so pleasant when you have IBS. Some say the 2 of them can fuel each other making things not so pretty.
Up to 3.5 million americans are diagnosed with IBS each year.
So if the Dutch doctors who say that a marijuana-infused chewing gum made by an American marijuana company could “cure” IBS are onto something, it would be a very big deal indeed for millions of people.
It’s been known for quite some time that CBD or cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana can help with the treatment of IBS.
The UK Daily Mail reports that medical researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands will start testing CBD-infused gum made by Medical Marijuana, Inc., a San Diego, California-area company best known now for touting hemp-derived CBD oil. (The company currently markets its CBD oil across the country and in Mexico, though whether it’ll continue to be able doing so after the DEA classified CBD oil, regardless of source material, as a Schedule I substance is unclear.)
Cannabidiol’s true value could be in reducing the frequency and severity of the colon spasms that afflict IBS sufferers. If the tension in the digestive tract is reduced, the thinking goes, that could reduce cramping, bloating and allow an IBS sufferer to perform normal bowel movements.
There’s 50 milligrams of CBD in each piece of gum. Forty patients with IBS, ranging in age from 18 to 65, will receive the gum, with other study participants receiving a placebo.
It’s believed that this gum could also aid with Crohn’s disease and colitis.
This gum could be a big deal for a lot of people. It’s amazing to see people come together work towards a goal to improve other people’s lives and not just themselves. Marijuana is a fast growing industry and could help influence the new age even further.