As far as I know, virtually everyone over the age of 25 that I know has some form of irritable bowel syndrome. Whether it’s because you won’t stop eating cheese for any reason other than immediate death, or you’ve always been like this, it can be a real pain in the ass. I’m sorry, that’s the only joke like that I’m gonna do, I promise. IBS is an extremely common problem that can occur for a wide variety of reasons. While the herb can’t exactly cure IBS, although I seriously wish it could, it can certainly help with the plethora of unpleasant symptoms that can dramatically improve the day-to-day lives of sufferers.
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that affects the large intestine. It can be caused by all sorts of things, whether there are foods you’re sensitive to or even if you’re really stressed. So, some of us can manage it by changing our diet and watching certain lifestyle issues, but some of us cannot. In extremely severe cases, certain medications can help with digestion. The side effects are numerous and extremely unpleasant. Episodes of IBS can lead to bloating, stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhea, constipation and diarrhea at the same time, gas, and severe abdominal pain. If it gets really bad, some people may experience vomiting, rectal bleeding, difficulty swallowing, and iron deficiency. If you’re like almost everyone I know who suffers from IBS, you may have reactions to seemingly random foods or drinks that you’re normally okay with. Sometimes fried foods or dairy products can leave you in a painful, gas-filled mess on the floor when the day before you had no problem. This could be because you are suffering from stress, anxiety, or even PTSD-induced IBS. It’s true, going to therapy can help you with your bowel disorder. I also think it’s a bit cheeky that I have to go through trauma and not even be able to eat insane amounts of cheese on this.
How can weed help?
Cannabis can help relieve IBS symptoms in several ways. We already know that weed affects the endocannabinoid system which in turn affects appetite and can actually alter and often improve gut health. Of course, we also know that cannabis is often used medicinally to treat pain, trauma, anxiety, stress, and a variety of other issues that can either trigger or be symptoms of IBS. It is therefore possible that cannabis can help prevent episodes of IBS and, if not, can certainly help you cope with the unpleasant symptoms.
Best strains for IBS
It is known worldwide as one of the best medicinal strains on the market. It has a THC to CBD ratio of 1:1, which makes it fantastic for people who don’t want a massive high from their drugs. Cannatonic has won several awards, including 3rd Prize at the High Times Cannabis Cup in the 2008 Sativa Cup as well as the CBD Flower Award in 2013. One of the reasons this little lady is so good for IBS sufferers is its ability to cope with spasms. and cramps. If you’re familiar with the pain of IBS, you know it’s like digesting thousands of hot needles and it’s pure agony. This strain will help ease cramps, reduce nausea, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. She has a flowering time of 9-10 weeks and can be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.
This is a very different type of strain when it comes to treating IBS. Trainwreck is extremely powerful and long lasting with a heavy physical effect. If you mainly suffer from IBS due to anxiety or stress, this is a fantastic option. It will also basically destroy any pain you feel from your crazy gut. This strain is regularly used in the treatment of severe pain, so it’s perfect for those of you who just can’t sleep because you ate the wrong dinner so lightly and now your insides are on fire. Trainwreck gets its name from its impressive THC level which usually reaches around 21-22%. Beginners beware, if you have too much you may not have to deal with stomach pain, but you will have to deal with being unable to move any of your limbs for a few time. Trainwreck has a flowering period of 8 weeks and can be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.
This happy strain is ideal for those who suffer from mentally triggered IBS as well as physically triggered IBS. Harlequin CBD is a happy yet soothing and relaxing strain, so the ultimate anxiety and stress fighter. It is also often used in the treatment of PTSD, which we now know can directly cause IBS. This strain will target the mental aspects of IBS but also massively reduce the painful side effects. If you’re just trying to have a sanity day and your body is bugging you, then this is the perfect strain to just lay back, relax and digest like a happy person. It is also a fantastic daytime strain as the THC level does not exceed 6% and is therefore around the same level as CBD. This strain has a flowering time of 56-63 days and will grow well indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.
Finally, we have Gorilla Glue, the holy grail for IBS sufferers. This baby reduces nausea, pain, cramps, inflammation, migraines, stress and pain. No matter which of the regular symptoms your body sends you, Gorilla Glue has you covered. The high is also extremely upbeat and relaxing, so perfect for those times when you’re just trying to have fun, but looked too much at bread that morning. The only thing with this baby is that the THC level is usually around 27%, so probably not one to smoke on a day when you have to get things done. Gorilla Glue has a flowering time of 8-9 weeks and can be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.
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