IBS and Marijuana: How Cannabinoids can Help!

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IBS and Marijuana: How Cannabinoids can Help!

Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common disease. Its causes are not clear and treatments are often ineffective. However, cannabis may be a new form of medicating.

Laws against marijuana have made it difficult for researchers to fully study the medicinal properties of cannabis. Despite this, there is a large amount of data also pointing to weed’s many health benefits. Including IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is something many patients experience with no answers. However, recently, with the heightened popularity, patients are finding relief through a new form of medicine. Cannabis.

What is IBS?

IBS and Cannabis

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that causes extreme gastrointestinal distress. via HERB

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that causes extreme gastrointestinal distress. This can make it drastically complicated for those trying to live there day to day lives.  Some of these symptoms include:

  1. Diarrhea and/or Constipation: Cannabis has been shown to reduce hypermotility and ease abdominal cramping.
  2. Abdominal Pains: Cannabis may help to reduce visceral sensitivity in those with gastrointestinal disorders.
  3. Bloating and Gas: Another 2008 review highlights the discovery that cannabinoid treatment can calm sensitivity and inflammation and bloat.
  4. Weight loss: Those losing weight from the onset affects find solace in appetite inducing strains.
  5. Internal bleeding and mucus: Levels lowered when cannabis and oils are being used actively. Helps to get the endocannabinoid system running properly.

Furthermore, IBS is also thought to play a role in various psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. Over the past decade, evidence increasingly suggests that disruptions in the microbiome can trigger both severe gastro illness.

Is Cannabis a treatment plan?

While marijuana may not be the treatment it helps to alleviate the majority of onset affects from IBS. Patients have reported this being the most beneficial to their morning and daytime routines. Additionally, medical cannabis may help to improve an overall sense of well-being, which can help improve the mental health of people suffering from severe IBS.

Because IBS can change the ability to manage the day to days, cannabis has shown to battle these issues. In particular, research has shown that marijuana helps decrease inflammation and help regulate a number of bodily systems and functions. In fact, some IBS patients are triggered by the nervous systems making oils and edibles a more effective cure.

Endocannabinoid Deficiency and IBS

Some research points to the idea that IBS may be the result of endocannabinoid deficiencies. According to patients opinion, consuming cannabis may help treat IBS by making up for these deficiencies. A study published in 2008 found that

Cannabinoids have similarly demonstrated the ability to block spinal, peripheral, and gastrointestinal mechanisms that promote pain. Such as a headache, fibromyalgia, IBS and related disorders.”

This shows that IBS may result from an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system. So helping to balance the cannabinoids needs something else that runs from that system. And scientifically that is cannabis. By adding extra cannabinoids into the system this allows for treatment to occur. A study published in 2005 also reached similar conclusions. In fact, researchers concluded:

“Medical cannabis alters the “endogenous cannabinoid system” of IBS patients. This alteration could “provide new therapeutics for the treatment of a number of gastrointestinal diseases. This includes nausea and vomiting, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease,” and many other similar conditions.”

Final Hit: Can You Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Cannabis?

So let’s get to the bottom of it.  Literally. Overall, no one can prove for fact that this treatment is going to work. There are very few studies to actually claim that fact. but any sufferer from IBS will for sure say otherwise.  And according to current research, cannabis can effectively treat a number of the underlying causes of IBS. This includes regulating the digestive system and decreasing intestinal inflammation. overall, cannabis will only have to stimulate and regulate the endocannabinoid system within the body.

In other words, medical cannabis – Cannabidiol (CBD oil) can help IBS patients cope with the pain and also the frustration and depression that comes from dealing with this disorder. Many patients report symptoms being extremely reduced or eliminated. Cannabis will also the condition to be manageable which is key to everyday life.

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Santa Barbara Wineries

Santa Barbara is home to a rapidly growing wine industry that actually started as early as 1782. The story has it that Father Junipero Serra first brought grapes to Santa Barbara from Mexico; at around the same time the French settler Justinian Caire brought vines from France and started a 150-acre vineyard. The wine industry around Santa Barbara grew steadily until a large hiccup in the form of the prohibition and the depression in the early 1900s.

Santa Barbara county has, apparently, perfect grape-growing geography. The Pacific coastline bends round at that point, so that the shore is actually running east-west, instead of north-south. The Santa Ynez mountain range runs parallel to it, and the valley between the mountains is blessed with golden sunny days and cool nights: perfect for grapes.

In the last 30 years, the Santa Barbara wine industry has once again blossomed: in 1970 there were fewer than 200 acres of vineyards, and now there are over 20,000 acres. Today there are over 60 different wineries, mostly small operations owned by individuals or families, as opposed to corporations. The wines of the Santa Barbara county are steadily gaining recognition as some of the best of the California wines, not only because of the ideal climatic conditions but also due to the perseverance and skill of the winemakers. The wine that the area is most known for is the Chardonnay, Santa Barbara wineries also produce a very popular Pinot Noir. Other kinds of wine to look out for are Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah and Merlot.

It is only about a 45-minute drive to get to the vineyards of Santa Barbara county from downtown Santa Barbara. The most scenic road to take out there is the California route 154, the San Marcos Pass, which goes through the Santa Ynez mountain range. The wineries of Santa Barbara are accessible mostly from three main routes: the Santa Ynez wine trail, the Foxen Canyon wine trail and the Santa Rita Hills loop. Most of the wineries are open for tours and tasting between the hours of 10am and 4pm, although if you are traveling in a large party of more than ten people it’s probably best to call ahead for an appointment. Many wineries also offer lunch and other gourmet food products for sale. The nearby town of Los Olivos and the Danish town of Solvang also offer wine tasting.

While it is very pleasant to just take your own car and discover the Santa Barbara county for yourself, you might want to take a guided tour of the wineries. There are a few options for this. It is possible to just hire a guide for the day, who will hop in your car with you and tell you all about wherever you want to go. Another option is to take a tour where the guide does all the driving; for a day of wine tasting, this might be a better option for a more relaxing experience. A good resource for finding out about guided tours is the Santa Barbara Vintners Association, (800) 218 0881.

Santa Barbara Weddings

With its perpetual mild weather, everlasting stretches of golden beach and romantic Spanish architecture; Santa Barbara is the ideal place to have your wedding. With plenty of choices of venue, the incredible sun-drenched beaches, the wineries lodged in the rolling foothills of the Santa Ynez mountain range, the old mission in Santa Barbara or even the zoo, your wedding can be set against any backdrop you like.

The Firestone vineyard is set in the Santa Ynez Mountains and has two locations available for weddings and events. The original Santa Barbara county estate winery has spectacular views of surrounding vineyards and mountains, and on site are different features of the winery—a lavender-accented terrace, gardens and a cozy courtyard. The winery is a great venue for up to 150 guests.

The Crossroads estate is the other location connected with the Firestone vineyard, and features a spacious pole barn with a raised stage. Outside is a stunning expanse of green lawn, dotted with oak trees, that has a fantastic backdrop of the mountains behind it. This is just one example of the many wineries in the area that offer their services for special events.

Closer to Santa Barbara town are several options just as breathtaking for your Santa Barbara wedding. One favorite is the Santa Barbara courthouse, which looks like an old Spanish castle. It is a majestic, terracotta colored building featuring a round tower at one end, also a popular spot for wedding ceremonies. The sunken gardens are a delight to wander through, and many people have used the gardens for the actual ceremony. Inside the building is the stunning Mural room, which can be either a first choice or a spectacular back-up plan should the weather let you down.

The Santa Barbara Alice Keck gardens are another favorite for Santa Barbara weddings. The large carp pond, with bridges and a nearby arbor make perfect settings for a wedding. The central sundial area is a perfect spot for intimate ceremonies. With ever-blooming foliage, garden paths for the guests to wander and a round elevated stage area, the Santa Barbara Alice Keck gardens are a really popular choice. There are many other locations within Santa Barbara, including the Unity Church of Santa Barbara, the Mission Rose gardens and the Santa Barbara zoo.

There are also the Santa Barbara beaches to consider, all of which make stunning and romantic settings. Leadbetter beach, with its crescent shape, wide sands and palm shaded green lawns is a guaranteed success as a site. Butterfly beach, practically the only west-facing beach in Santa Barbara has stunning sunset views later in the day.

A Santa Barbara wedding is a great idea for the simple reason that there are a host of wedding planners and event professionals eager to help you make the best of the big day. Santa Barbara WeddingsTM have been serving the community since 1989, and know their way around every aspect of the special event. The Santa Barbara Wedding Guide is a great resource for every type of service that you need. The Santa Barbara Event Professionals is a cooperative guild of professionals dedicated to making any event that you want to plan absolutely perfect.

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