Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), acid reflux or more commonly called heartburn, occurs when stomach acids flow back into the esophagus; it is a common problem. Usually you experience it after eating spicy food, eating too fast or after eating greasy food. Normally people use over the counter medicines like antacids or even natural home remedies. But, the therapeutic and medical effects of CBD are useful in managing GERD. Just like using pure CBD oil to treat other ailments like pains, inflammations, headaches it can be consumed to get relief from heartburn; read on to know more.
The esophagus is connected to the stomach through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that opens and closes to let the food into the stomach. If the LES is weak, it doesn’t relax or close properly and stomach acids flow back into the esophagus, this irritates esophageal lining that you experience as a heartburn. Usually it is treated by avoiding foods or beverages that increase the stomach acidity like alcohol and caffeine, consume over the counter antacids or get prescription medicine from a doctor that reduces acid secretion. But, the prescription medications have side effects and the first two methods are not completely effective solutions.
CBD oil is useful in the treatment of GERD or acid reflux due to its effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for homeostatic functions like pain perception, bowel movements, the opening and closing of LES, memory, stomach secretions etc. By interacting with the ECS, cannabidiol reduces the secretions of stomach and thereby lowers the sensation of heartburn symptoms. Also, its anti-inflammatory effect reduces the inflammation and mucosal damage of the esophageal lining due to the stomach acids. Also, it helps in the better functioning of the LES and reduces the chances of stomach acids flowing back into esophagus.
CBD oil is usually consumed sublingually and you can feel the effects or quick relief from the discomforts of GERD. Similar to all other CBD products, there is no standard dosage and it varies from people to people according to their needs and severity of symptoms. But, only using CBD oil won’t solve the issue, you must combine it with better diet practises like avoiding certain types of foods, beverages like alcohol and stop habits like smoking.
These are some of the ways in which pure CBD oil is useful in the treatment of GERD or acid reflux.
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