Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, is extracted from hemp or marijuana plants. People mostly take CBD oil for medicinal purposes because it does not contain any THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. Although there's not… Stomach problems are a potential side effect of CBD, but it’s more likely other ingredients in gummies and oils causing your issue: here’s how to fix it. Like any substance, CBD can have side effects. Many who take cannabidiol orally wonder if CBD edibles like gummies can upset your stomach. Click here to find out.
How to Take CBD Oil for Stomach Pain
This article was co-authored by Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH. Dr. Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH is the founder and Medical Director of the Center for Medical Cannabis Education. Dr. Corroon is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and clinical researcher. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Corroon advises dietary supplement and cannabis companies regarding science, regulation, and product development. He is well published in the peer-review literature, with recent publications that investigate the clinical and public health implications of the broadening acceptance of cannabis in society. He earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from San Diego State University. He also earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University, subsequently completed two years of residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and is a former adjunct professor at Bastyr University California.
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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, is extracted from hemp or marijuana plants. People mostly take CBD oil for medicinal purposes because it does not contain any THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. Although there’s not much research available yet, it appears that CBD oil might be helpful for easing stomach pain. Talk with your doctor first to determine the cause of your stomach pain and let them know that you’re considering taking CBD oil. If they give you the green light, find a type and dose that works for you and make sure to follow up with your doctor if the pain continues, worsens, or if you develop any new symptoms.
Here’s What to Do if Your CBD Edibles are Giving You Stomach Issues
There are a multitude of reasons you might be taking CBD, but getting some side effects can easily make it feel like the benefits aren’t worth it. Having stomach issues is one of the more common groups of side effects from CBD products, including edibles but especially with oils. However, there is good news: most of the time, the side effect comes from other ingredients in the product and not the CBD itself. And if it is the CBD, chances are your dosage is too high and this is the cause of the issue.
But why does it happen? How can you tell what’s causing the problem? And what should you do about it?
- CBD can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress, but this isn’t very common and is usually linked to high doses.
- If you get stomach ache from edible gummies, it’s probably another ingredient in the gummies causing the issue.
- MCT or coconut based CBD oils can cause stomach aches too.
- Try another type of CBD product (such as a different edible, vape pen or capsule) and reduce your dose if you’re experiencing problems.
- Drinking chamomile or ginger tea, taking acetaminophen or using Pepto-Bismol can give you immediate relief.
Stomach Issues are a Common Side Effect of CBD
There have been loads of clinical studies on CBD, and – as with all new treatments – side effects are one thing they always consider. A review of the evidence from 2017 went through all of the relevant animal and human data, and generally found that the side effects were minimal and limited, generally being a plus-point for CBD compared to other treatments. However, like all treatments that actually do something, it does have some side effects.
The research covered in the paper identified a few side effects in particular, tiredness, diarrhea and changes in appetite and weight. Generally speaking, CBD is helpful for gastrointestinal issues, but this means it interacts with this area of the body and makes side effects possible, and gastrointestinal distress is often reported.
Note that CBD can also interact with other medications, in the same way as grapefruit, so you should avoid using it if your medication has the “grapefruit warning.”
Is it the CBD or the Edible?
While CBD can cause gastrointestinal issues by itself, it seems to be related to high dosages more than a necessary impact of CBD. This means that if CBD gummies are giving you a stomach ache, there are two major possibilities: either you’re taking too much CBD when you eat some, or it’s something else in the edibles causing your problem.
Assuming you’re taking CBD for some other purpose, the best approach is to try CBD in some other form. For example, you can try a different type of edible, a vape pen, flower, a capsule or even a tincture (although more on that in a minute). If this isn’t an option, you can try a much smaller dose of the edible to see if that still affects your stomach.
If you can find a different form of CBD to try, then you’ll be able to work out what the exact problem is. If you don’t experience the same symptoms with another type of CBD, then you know it was an ingredient in the gummy rather than the CBD. If you can only try a lower dose, if the symptoms aren’t as bad (or don’t appear) then it was probably related to the dosage you were taking.
CBD Oil is Likely Worse than Edibles for Your Stomach
If you’re having issues with edibles, you may be tempted to try the more traditional CBD oil instead, but you need to be cautious of some ingredients. MCT oil, for example, is known to cause stomach issues for some people, and most people who experience problems with stomach aches and CBD are using oil containing it. It’s also possible that CBD oil with coconut oil as a carrier could also cause problems.
There are many other carrier oils you can use with CBD, so it’s worth trying other options if you also have problems when consuming some oils but still want to take CBD in this way. Another potential issue is the minimal regulation for CBD products, so it’s important to buy your oil from reputable sources, ideally with a lab report to confirm purity and the cannabinoid mix in the oil.
How to Avoid Problems in Future
If you’ve been having problems with stomach aches from CBD edibles, the solutions follow directly from the discussion above.
First, try CBD in another form. It’s more likely that it’s something in the gummy other than CBD which is causing your issue. Try a non-MCT or coconut-based oil, vaping or capsules. Even a different type of edible may be much more tolerable. If you find that something else works, it’s worth looking at the specific ingredients in the gummies that caused you problems: you might be able to identify the component that’s giving you issues and even try other gummies not containing it in future.
Secondly, try lowering your dose of CBD. It’s less likely that the CBD itself is causing you issues, but research shows that it is possible, especially with higher doses. It’s likely not ideal to have to reduce the amount of CBD you’re taking to help with whatever the issue is, but if you lower the dose you might be able to find the right balance for relief without unpleasant side effects.
Both of these solutions unfortunately involve a lot of trial and error, but once you’ve worked out the exact problem then you’ll be in a much better position.
How to Soothe Your Stomach
If you’re in pain right now and you want help for that, it’s best to follow standard advice for stomach problems. If it’s cramping related to diarrhea, you can try Pepto-Bismol, and even simple pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help with stomach pains of all types. Alternatively, drink chamomile, peppermint, ginger, fennel or cinnamon tea, do some gentle exercise (such as yoga) and eat anti-inflammatory foods (such as blueberries, leafy greens, tomatoes, cherries and more).
Luckily for people who want to continue using CBD, it’s more likely that another ingredient in the oil or gummy is the cause for your stomach ache. The challenge is identifying what it is or which products don’t cause you issues, so you can easily avoid problems in future. If your dosage of CBD is too high, you may need to reduce it, but it’s unlikely you will have to stop taking CBD altogether for relief from other issues.
Can CBD Gummies Upset Your Stomach?
Taking CBD is a great way to get all of the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects of THC. However, like any substance, it is possible to experience side effects when taking CBD. And as a user, you should be aware of these side effects before you start taking the drug.
There are many ways to take CBD, from oils and tinctures to gummies and topicals. And while most people don’t experience any negative side effects from taking CBD, some people have reported feeling nauseous or experiencing an upset stomach after taking it.
So can CBD really upset your stomach? Read on to find out.
Does CBD cause diarrhea?
As you know, CBD is a compound found in cannabis. And while CBD is non-psychoactive, it can still have some side effects on your body. One of the most common side effects of taking CBD is diarrhea. But how and why?
When you take CBD, it binds to receptors in your digestive system. And it can help to regulate the motility of your intestines and bowels, which can lead to diarrhea.
In some cases, it is caused by the body’s natural reaction to CBD, while in other cases, it may be due to an underlying condition such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Some CBD products also contain melatonin, which can cause diarrhea if you are not used to taking it. It is a hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle, and it is often added to CBD products to help people sleep. However, if you are not used to taking melatonin, it can cause some side effects, including diarrhea.
While only a few CBD products are reported to cause diarrhea, it is still something to be aware of before you take CBD. So take a look below if some of your favorite CBD products can cause this side effect.
Does CBD oil cause diarrhea?
Since CBD oil is taken orally, it can bind to receptors in your digestive system and cause diarrhea. And while it is generally safe, there are a few side effects that you should be aware of before you take it.
It is also important to note that CBD oil may contain other ingredients that can cause diarrhea, such as flavorings and sweeteners. So make sure to read the label carefully before you take CBD oil.
It might also help to start with a lower dose of CBD oil and gradually increase it until you find the right dosage. Taking it abruptly can cause side effects, including diarrhea since your body is not used to it.
Do CBD gummies cause diarrhea?
Like CBD oil, CBD gummies are taken orally and can also bind to receptors in your digestive system. And while CBD gummies are safe for most people, there is a small chance that they can cause diarrhea, usually caused by the body’s reaction to CBD.
Some bodies are more sensitive to CBD than others, so if you are particularly sensitive to it, you might want to start with a lower dose of CBD gummies. You can also try taking them with food to see if that helps reduce the chances of experiencing diarrhea.
But overall, CBD gummies are a safe and effective way to take CBD. And if you do experience any side effects, they are usually mild and go away on their own. You can also talk to your doctor if you are concerned about taking CBD gummies.
CBD gut motility
Gut motility is another term for the movement of your intestines and bowels. And when you take CBD, it can help to regulate this process. In some cases, it can lead to diarrhea since it speeds up the movement of your gut.
If you have an underlying condition such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or celiac disease, taking CBD might help to improve your symptoms. But it is always best to talk to your doctor first before you take CBD.
What affects a person’s gut motility
There are a few factors that can affect a person’s gut motility. Some of these include:
Diet is a major factor that can affect gut motility. And while there is no one-size-fits-all diet for gut health, certain foods can help promote a healthy gut.
These include high-fiber foods, probiotic-rich foods, and anti-inflammatory foods. So if you’re eating more processed and junk foods , it can lead to problems with gut motility.
Stress is another factor that can affect gut motility. When you’re stressed, it can lead to an imbalance in the gut microbiota, which can cause diarrhea. So if you’re experiencing a lot of stress, it might be helpful to find ways to relax and reduce your stress levels.
Certain medications can also affect gut motility. For example, anticholinergic drugs can cause constipation , while prokinetic drugs can cause diarrhea. So if you’re taking any medications, it’s important to talk to your doctor about how they might affect your gut.
There are also a few medical conditions that can affect gut motility. These include celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. So if you have any of these conditions, it’s important to talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms.
How CBD regulates gut motility
As mentioned, CBD can help to regulate gut motility in many ways. And while it’s not clear exactly how it does this, it is thought to interact with the endocannabinoid system.
This system is responsible for regulating various functions in the body, including gut motility.
But here’s how it addresses some of the factors that affect the gut motility:
CBD may help to improve diet by reducing inflammation and promoting a healthy gut microbiota. In one study, CBD was shown to reduce inflammation in rats with colitis.
And in another study, it was shown to reduce the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut while promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria.
CBD may also help to reduce stress by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for regulating stress and anxiety. One study that CBD may help to reduce anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder.
CBD may also help manage medications by reducing the side effects of certain drugs. It has been shown to have the potential to reduce the side effects of antipsychotic drugs.
Treats medical conditions
CBD may also help to treat medical conditions that affect gut motility. How? CBD has been shown to be an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.
You might not think that CBD would have anything to do with energy levels. But it can actually help boost your energy levels by supporting the areas of your brain responsible for keeping you awake and alert . That way, you can get through your day without feeling tired or run down.
CBD is a promising treatment for gut motility. And while more research is needed, it has the potential to help many people with gut problems. So if you’re experiencing problems with your gut, talk to your doctor about whether CBD might be right for you.
How to avoid stomach pain
Taking CBD orally can cause stomach pain in some people. But there are ways to avoid this. Here are a few tips:
Take CBD with food
Some studies suggest that taking CBD with food can help to reduce stomach pain. So if you’re going to take CBD orally, it might be helpful to take it with a meal. Some good options include:
- Olive oil
- Nuts and Seeds
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Whole Grains
- Beans and Legumes
Start with a low dose
If you’re new to taking CBD, starting with a low dose is important. It will help your body adjust to the CBD and reduce the risk of stomach pain.
Increase the dose slowly
If you find that a low dose isn’t working, don’t be afraid to increase it slowly. It will help your body get used to the CBD and reduce the risk of stomach pain.
Take CBD in a different form
If you’re experiencing stomach pain, it might be helpful to take CBD in a different form. For example, you could try using:
Try FOCL’s CBD Relief Cream
If you want to avoid the hassle of taking CBD orally, you could try using our Relief Cream . It’s a topical cream containing CBD and other ingredients to help soothe muscle pain and reduce inflammation.
It contains a powerful formula that pairs CBD with other ingredients like menthol and camphor bark oil. And it’s been proven to be an effective treatment for muscle pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
Plus, it’s easy to use. Just apply it to the affected area and massage it in. And in just minutes, you’ll experience relief from muscle pain and stiffness. So if you’re looking for an easy and effective way to take CBD, try our Relief Cream.
Consider FOCL’s Oremium CBD Drops
Another option is our Premium CBD Drops . They’re made with clean, simple, and delicious ingredients. And they’re formulated to soothe the body, calm your mind, and usher in a higher state of well-being.
They contain a high-quality MCT carrier oil derived from organic coconuts that’s perfect for regulating various functions in the body. Plus, they’re easy to use. Just put a few drops under your tongue and let them dissolve. In just minutes, you’ll experience the benefits of CBD.
And since they don’t contain melatonin, there’s a lesser chance of experiencing side effects like stomach pain or diarrhea. With just a few drops and a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to feeling better.
Eat a healthy diet
Taking CBD without eating a healthy diet can make stomach pain worse. So if you’re going to take CBD, make sure to eat a healthy diet high in fiber. That way, you’ll be less likely to experience stomach pain.
Avoid processed foods
Eating processed foods can make stomach pain worse. It will make your body work harder to digest the food and cause inflammation. So if you’re going to take CBD, make sure to avoid processed foods.
Exercise helps make your body more efficient in taking new products. So if you’re going to take CBD, make sure to exercise regularly. It will help your body to absorb the CBD better and reduce the risk of stomach pain.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for a variety of reasons. But it’s especially important if you’re taking CBD. That’s because sleep helps your body regenerate and heal. So if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re more likely to experience stomach pain.
Manage stress levels
While CBD may promote stress relief, too much stress can worsen stomach pain. Your body usually responds to stress by producing more acid. So if you’re experiencing a lot of stress, it’s important to manage it. There are a few different ways you can do that. You can try:
- Deep breathing exercises
What forms of CBD are available?
If you’re new to CBD, you might be wondering what forms are available. Here are a few of the most popular types of CBD products.
Oils – CBD oil is the most popular form of CBD. It’s easy to use and can be taken in various ways. You can take it orally, apply it topically, or even vape it. Either way, you’ll experience the benefits of CBD.
Capsules – capsules are a convenient way to take CBD. They’re easy to take, and you don’t have to worry about the taste. Plus, they’re easy to store and can be taken anywhere.
Topicals – topicals are a great way to experience the benefits of CBD. They can be applied directly to the skin and are absorbed quickly. Plus, they’re perfect for targeting specific areas of pain. They can even be added to your skincare routine for more glowing skin.
Isolates – CBD isolates are a great way to take CBD if you’re looking for a pure form of the compound. They’re made with 99% pure CBD and don’t contain any other cannabinoids. So if you’re looking for a potent way to take CBD, try CBD isolates.
Gummies – gummies are a great way to take CBD because, like your typical gummy candies, they are easy to eat, chew, and swallow.
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CBD is a great way to improve your well-being. But it’s important to take it in the right way to avoid stomach pain. Make sure to take proper precautions and follow the tips above. That way, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of CBD without stomach pain.
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