CBD oil has been in the spotlight for a while now — and for a good reason. Research has shown that it may be able to help treat the symptoms of a variety of conditions, most of which can affect the quality of one’s life. A few studies show promising results regarding the use of CBD oil for stomach ulcers as well. It seems that this cannabis compound may relieve nausea and pain related to peptic ulcers. On top of that, it may directly affect the formation of lesions and secretion of gastric acid.
What Are Stomach Ulcers?
Our stomachs secrete acid to aid digestion and protect us from microbes. However, the stomach is not in direct contact with stomach acid but is instead protected by a natural layer of mucus.
At some point, the stomach lining may become so damaged that it leaves the stomach wall exposed to the acid. This leads to the formation of stomach ulcers — open sores or lesions.
As you can imagine, the most glaring symptom of peptic ulcer disease (stomach ulcers) is abdominal pain. This pain often occurs alongside a burning sensation, usually a few hours after a meal.
Other symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Feelings of fullness (bloating)
Though rare, more severe symptoms are also likely to appear. They include vomiting, sometimes even vomiting blood, trouble breathing, dark stools (tainted with blood or simply black), and lightheadedness.
About 70% to 90% of stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterium called helicobacter pylori. H. pylori can enter our system and live in the digestive tract, eventually causing sores. The spreading of this bacteria causes inflammation, which can then lead to stomach ulcers and, in some cases, stomach cancer.
Some medications can also cause these open sores — meds that are often misused. These include:
- Some NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen sodium.
Taking these alongside SSRIs, blood thinners, and steroids, as well as risedronate and alendronate, may also promote the formation of stomach ulcers.
How CBD Oil May Help
Luckily for all of us, research suggests that it may be possible to use CBD oil for stomach ulcers. In fact, CBD may aid the treatment of peptic ulcer disease in three ways:
By directly affecting the formation of lesions. According to a 2016 study, the activation of CB1 receptors can result in reduced stomach acid secretion and gastric motor activity. This can also lead to a reduction in the formation of stomach ulcers that are a result of stress, NSAIDs, pylorus ligation, and alcohol.
By helping alleviate nausea. We often feel like we’re about to vomit if we ingest potentially harmful compounds (foods and drinks usually). However, the symptom can also be a sign of a health problem, like stomach ulcers.
The good news is that cannabis may be a viable fix for nausea and vomiting. Cannabinoids can interact with the CB1 receptors and activate them, thus producing anti-vomiting effects. On top of that, CBD, in particular, may play an even greater role, as another study suggests it indirectly activates the somatodendritic 5-HT(1A) autoreceptors in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN).
By aiding pain relief. Pain relief is a standard benefit of CBD oil, as it has been shown it may help with various types of pain, even the chronic kind. Thus, it’s suggested that it may also reduce the pain that stomach ulcers are notorious for — the most common symptom of peptic ulcer disease.
It’s Crucial to Choose a High-Quality CBD Oil, Though
The problem some users may encounter is that the CBD oil they’re using is making them sicker. However, this doesn’t have anything to do with how CBD affects stomach ulcers or the GI tract in general.
Usually, the problem is the quality of the oil and its sources, or the carrier it’s suspended in. Poor soil can greatly affect how good the end product will be, as it reduces the quality of the hemp. Some people might also be sensitive to MCT (coconut) oil), which is the favorite carrier oil of most CBD brands.
So is it possible to use CBD oil for stomach ulcers? A few studies suggest that this may be a viable solution if we want to not only decrease the formation of the ulcers but also treat symptoms like nausea and pain. However, we need more research in order to prove the results weren’t a one-time thing.
Either way, it’s best to consult a doctor before opting to use CBD oil for stomach ulcers. They will be able to determine the dosage that won’t trigger any severe side effects. Otherwise, we may risk interactions with other medications. At the very least, we may notice some unpleasant, albeit common, reactions, like fatigue, diarrhea, and weight and appetite changes.