Medicinal Marijuana Effective in Treating Symptoms of Acid Reflux and GERD

Research suggests that cannabis is effective in treating the symptoms of GI disorders in part because it interacts with the endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the digestive tract, which can result in calming spasms, assuaging pain, and improving motility.  Cannabis has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and recent research shows crucial neuromodulatory roles in controlling the operation of the gastrointestinal system, with synthetic and natural cannabinoids acting powerfully to control gastrointestinal motility and inflammation.

Cannabinoid receptors comprise G-protein coupled receptors that are predominantly in enteric and central neurones (CB1R) and immune cells (CB2R).  The digestive tract contains endogenous cannabinoids (anandamide and 2-arachidonylglycerol) and cannabinoid CB1 receptors can be found on myenteric and sub mucosal nerves.  Activating cannabinoid receptors has been demonstrated to inhibit gastrointestinal fluid secretion and inflammation in animal models.


In the last decade, evidence obtained from the use of selective agonists and inverse agonists/antagonists indicates that manipulation of CB1R can have significant results.  Research has also shown that in the case of intestinal inflammation, the body will increase the number of cannabinoid receptors in the area in an attempt to regulate the inflammation by processing more cannabinoids.


Cannabinoids have a demonstrated ability to block spinal, peripheral and gastrointestinal mechanisms that promote pain in IBS and related disorders.  Animal research also indicates that cannabinoids work well in controlling gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which gastric acids attack the esophagus and for which commonly prescribed medications, such as atropine, have serious adverse side effects.

From this evidence, many researchers have concluded that pharmacological modulation of the endogenous cannabinoid system provides new treatment options for a number of gastrointestinal diseases, including nausea and vomiting, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, secretory diarrhea, paralytic ileus and gastroesophageal reflux disease.  The experience of patients with these GI disorders shows that for broad-spectrum relief, cannabis is highly effective and frequently helps when other treatment options prove ineffective.


Ingest the cannabis, for the best control of GERD, or use a vaporizer to remove the toxins and decrease the effects of the smoking on your condition.  May 2003 Journal of Physiology showed that THC reduced acid reflux.  Again, this was the use of purified THC .


Read More about Acid Reflux, GERD and controlling symptoms with MMJ at: Medical Marijuana.com

Elevate Accessories 10% OFF w/Code MRSTINKYS

Elevate Accessories 10% OFF w/Code MRSTINKYS
Heirloom Quality Smoking Accessories that are made to Last a Lifetime

Everything at Randy's 10% OFF with MRSTINKYS

Everything at Randy's 10% OFF with MRSTINKYS
Wired Rolling Papers, Hemp Wicks, Cleaners, Vaporizers and More

Popular Posts Last 30 Days