CBD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a long-term condition that affects about 17% of the UK population. Statistics suggest that women are more likely to suffer from the condition with an estimated 23% of women being diagnosed with the condition as opposed to an estimated 11% of men. Despite IBS potentially being quite a severe condition, it often goes undiagnosed as very few people will consult a physician regarding their symptoms.

Whilst IBS has no cure, there are treatments and remedies to help sufferers manage the condition.

The symptoms vary and are unpredictable. In most cases, they mirror other digestive problems which makes it hard to diagnose the IBS. Some of the symptoms people suffering from IBS may experience include:

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mucus in stool
  • Cramping
  • Persistent pain

Whilst IBS has no cure, there are treatments and remedies to help sufferers manage the condition. Some lifestyle changes may also help to manage the symptoms of IBS, such as diet, exercise, reducing stress and natural remedies.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It i is one of the hundreds of naturally occurring chemicals in the cannabis and hemp plants. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant using special equipment and techniques.

CBD oil is legal in the UK but is tightly regulated because of the presence of THC in some types of CBD like full-spectrum CBD. Today, CBD is readily available to all who want to use it as long as they are of legal age. You will find different CBD products which include CBD tinctures, CBD creams, CBD lollipops, CBD chocolates and gummies as well as CBD drinks, among others.

How Should You Take CBD?

How to take CBD depends on the type of CBD products you buy. While there are different types of CBD products, so far, there are only three ways to introduce CBD into your body.

The fastest method and one that has the highest bioavailability is through vaping. CBD Vapes can come in many forms such as through a vape e-liquid, which is used a vape kit, disposable vape pens which can be replaced after use, and CBD Vape cartridges that can be used alongside a device.


Another method of taking CBD is orally. This can be done by using CBD oil sublingually (under the tongue, or even adding a few drops of CBD oil into your favourite food/drinks recipes. Additionally,

there are now a huge range of CBD drinks, and edibles on the market. This ranges from drinks, to honey, and gummies which are infused through CBD and absorbed through the digestive system.

Finally, CBD topicals are another way of using CBD. When using topicals, CBD is absorbed through the pores of the skin, often giving more targeted relief.

CBD Oil Treatment Tips

To get the most out of CBD oil, there are some critical tips you need to follow:

Have a method of accurately measuring your CBD dose. Having a constant CBD dose will ensure your body has access to the same amount of CBD each time.

You should take CBD at the same time each day. This provides your body with a reliable supply of CBD at the same time.

When buying CBD products, opt for cold-pressed products. This process preserves the properties of CBD.

Make sure you buy quality CBD products from reliable and reputable brands. This ensures a great CBD experience and prevents you from taking low-quality CBD products that might not follow the TPD guidelines.

But, before you decide to try CBD oil, we advise that you talk to your doctor first. While there have been no adverse effects reported by those that have tried CBD oil, you can't ignore the fact that it can interact with other prescription medications. It's essential to make sure your doctor is aware before you start using CBD