A chronic disease that cannabidiol CBD may be able to help with is Ulcerative colitis (UC). This is a condition that includes symptoms such as bloody stools, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and cramps.
Treatment for Ulcerative colitis (UC) is generally focused on the relief of symptoms and minimizing episodes. To maintain some quality of life and to continue with daily activities it is common for people to use alternative treatments, such as cannabidiol (CBD).
The rest of this article deals with just how cannabidiol may be useful in the treatment of this disease.
If you are not already aware, cannabis plants contain two main cannabinoids. One of these is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is responsible for the psychoactive effects that make users feel ‘high’.
The other is Cannabidiol (CBD). It has no psychoactive component, thus does not produce a ‘high’, but can provide several therapeutic benefits.
Our endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for immune system functions, our nervous system, and our cardiovascular system. Both Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) interact with this system.
Cannabidiol (CBD) helps with the relief of pain by binding to and activating receptors in the brain. This has a therapeutic effect that helps minimize pain, providing relief without impairing normal functions.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is these properties that make it a potential treatment for ulcerative colitis.
CBD Alleviates Symptoms
There have been a number of studies into the potential for cannabidiol (CBD) to be used as a treatment for this condition. The results of these studies suggest that CBD may help, by reducing inflammation in the gastrointestinal system that is a result of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Ulcerative Colitis is an IBD.
One of the studies asked ulcerative colitis sufferers to take 50 mg of CBD oil twice each day. This was increased to 250 mg if the higher dose could be tolerated. The study found that the participants experienced increased quality of life, though more research is undoubtedly required.
In a separate study, the conclusion was that Cannabidiol (CBD) may help both IBD and UC conditions.
It is reasonable to conclude that Cannabidiol (CBD) may be very beneficial in treating the symptoms of IBD and UC, though more studies are needed.
Using Cannabidiol (CBD)
The current thought is therefore that CBD may be useful in managing the symptoms of UC, though it will not cure the condition.
CBD can be delivered to the system in many different ways. These include edibles, such as beverages and gummies, topicals such as creams, oils, pills, and capsules.
Individuals will need to try these different methods to find the one that best works for them.
Currently, in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved CBD only for the treatment of epilepsy. Hence, there is no dosage information for treating the ulcerative colitis condition.
As mentioned earlier, participants in a study were given 50 mg twice a day, increasing to 250 mg in some cases. This study ran for 10 weeks. Another study also recorded similar dosages with participants tolerating the drug and reporting benefits.
Like most new drugs, starting low and working up is highly recommended.
It is worth noting that there is some evidence that large doses of CBD may lead to liver toxicity.
We have an article here that may help with the potential side-effects of using Cannabidiol (CBD).
If used, CBD should be used as a supplement to other treatments provided by your health professional, and you must consult your health professional before its use.
While there is good reason to believe that cannabidiol (CBD) is useful in treating the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, it is not a cure.