Gastroparesis is a chronic condition that affects the digestive system, causing food to remain in the stomach for longer than normal. Patients with this condition struggle with symptoms for years and it can even be a lifelong ailment. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gastroparesis, but cannabidiol (CBD) may be the treatment needed by patients with this disorder. CBD binds to endocannabinoid receptors in the gastrointestinal system, allowing these types of medications to modulate nausea and vomiting and act as a pain reliever for any abdominal discomfort that the patient may experience.
In addition to this, CBD has a biphasic effect on emesis, with high doses that enhance and low doses inhibit toxin-induced vomiting and anticipatory nausea. CBD also comes in multiple forms, so patients can find something that fits their individual symptoms and lifestyle preferences. Tinctures can be placed under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream, and CBD vaping allows patients to inhale beneficial medications. Furthermore, CBD can treat multiple symptoms related to gastrointestinal problems, such as gastroparesis.
However, it is important to note that not all CBD products may be suitable for patients with gastroparesis. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana (that “feeling of euphoria”), while CBD is not psychoactive, but it seems to modulate the effects of THC. Therefore, it is best to make an appointment with a doctor specialized in marijuana in your state to discuss CBD drugs and receive a recommendation for your state's medical marijuana program. Overall, research has demonstrated very mild side effects associated with CBD.
While more evidence will demonstrate the effectiveness of these holistic treatments, CBD may be an effective treatment option for those suffering from gastroparesis.