CBD for Acid Reflux – November 2020
What is Acid Reflux?
One of the most sensitive and complex human organ systems is the gastrointestinal system. Upsetting this might result in the overproduction or backflow of stomach acid or known as acid reflux.
Acid reflux is the backward movement of the stomach acid in your stomach area to your throat through the esophagus (the tube that connects the two). This backwash often irritates the lining of the esophagus (1 ) .
It prompts discomfort around the upper abdomen, which sometimes causes a painful, burning sensation in the chest (as if having a heart attack) known as heartburn.
Individuals with this condition experience heartburn after a big hearty meal, drinking coffee, and alcohol (2 ) .
Common symptoms aside from heartburn are nausea, vomiting, or difficulty in swallowing. Acid reflux can also cause hoarseness of the voice, sore throat, and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth (3 ) .
Why is this happening?
There are many causes of acid reflux. However, it most commonly arises when the muscles that control the tube between the stomach and esophagus do not entirely close, allowing acids and food in the stomach flow back. And this could cause tissue injury around that area ( ) .
Is Acid Reflux the same with GERD?
Medically, acid reflux is called gastroesophageal reflux (GER). If this progresses to a more severe form and produces chronic symptoms, then this is known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease or commonly known as GERD (5 ) .
GER and GERD share the same symptoms, and shared among the two is heartburn. However, for GERD, it might occur between two or more times a week (6 ) .
Moreover, signs and symptoms for GERD can include food regurgitation, sour liquid, difficulty in swallowing, wheezing, and coughing.
In North America, 18 to 28% percent of the population has this disease, where it affects mostly the younger (30-39 years old) population, contrary to the belief that is more prevalent in the older groups (7 ) .
How does CBD work?
To understand how the cannabinoid (CBD) works in the gastroesophageal tract, one must understand the role of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the body.
CBD works by interacting with the body’s ECS and its particular cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) (8 ) , including its role in the gastric functions
Studies have shown that CBRs have demonstrated their effect on gastrointestinal motility, inflammation and immunity, intestinal and gastric acid secretion, nociception and emesis pathways, and appetite control (9 ) .
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD also modulates the movement and volatility of intestinal propulsions. CBD interacts with the surrounding soft muscles of the gastrointestinal system that results in the relaxation and contraction of the muscles (10 ) .
CBD also manages the secretion of gastric acid. It inhibits gastric acid secretion via CB1 receptors. CBD decreases the likelihood of overburdening the gastroesophageal space and might reduce inflammation of the esophageal lining (11 ) .
Treatment with CBD
There is no known standard of dosage in the use of CBD to treat acid reflux. Like any other use of medicines and supplementations, taking CBD varies according to age, weight, and genetics. Generally, it is six (6) milligrams of CBD per body weight (12 ) .
Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not yet regulate the use of CBD, it is quite tricky to find the right amount or dosage of CBD use. However, starting with a small dosage and only increasing it gradually over several weeks is recommended (13 ) .
It is important to note that before using CBD for acid reflux, always consult first with an expert or doctors experienced on cannabis used as a form of medication.
Acid reflux or medically known as gastroesophageal reflux is an acute condition when the stomach is upset, resulting in backflow or “reflux” of gastric acid to the esophageal tract.
However, when it progresses for an extended period and increases in severity, it would result in GERD.
CBD interacts through the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), resulting in the softening of the surrounding muscle of the gastrointestinal tract, helping in the peristalsis of these muscles, preventing fluid backflow to the esophagus. It also regulates gastric acid production.
CBD may show a promising position to help address acid reflux, however, one should not use it without seeking the advice of a doctor expert on cannabis.
CBD may show a promising position to help address acid reflux. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD modulates the movement and volatility of intestinal propulsions. CBD interacts with the surrounding soft muscles of the gastrointestinal system that results in the relaxation and contraction of the muscles.
Common Health Myths And How To Cure Heartburn
I thought I’d start this month with a few myth busting facts about the human body before we look at how to cure heartburn.
Did you know we all have 12 ribs on each side of our body? There is no extra rib for women as is often believed from the Adam and Eve story.
A bone fracture is exactly the same as a bone break – the two terms mean the same thing. I often have people tell me they have never had a fracture but have broken a bone, not realising that it is one and the same!
You CAN take your pulse with your thumb. The idea there is no pulse in your thumb so you should take a pulse with it is incorrect. If your thumb had no pulse it would be dead, every last bit of your body has a pulse because it all requires a blood supply.
Most heartburn is caused by not enough stomach acid rather than too much. Which brings me to the heart of this month’s ramblings.
Are you taking long term antacids for heartburn and indigestion? Or taking stronger medication such as omeprazole or lansoprazole? These are known as proton pump inhibitors or PPIs.
These appear to be relatively safe medications to take. Certainly you are unlikely to get an acute side effect from taking these type of medications but long term use, which appears to me to be at epidemic proportions, comes with a whole host of trouble.
Because these drugs are reducing your stomach acids your body cannot digest effectively so you will begin to become deficient in vital minerals. Most notably, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin B12.
Calcium deficiency is linked to osteoporosis, or brittle bones which increases your risk of fractures.
Magnesium deficiency increases your chance of having high blood pressure and seizures. I’d even suggest this contributes to your mental health and, in some cases, muscle cramps.
B12 deficiency is well known to contribute to dementia.
There are numerous other troubling problems caused by this group of drugs that suppress your body’s natural actions. There is a law of physics that ‘for every action there is a reaction’. This can be applied to your body too. If you keep suppressing it with a drug then something must occur somewhere else. There has to be a reaction to this suppression if it continues for too long.
The suppression caused by PPIs increases your chance of heart attacks and strokes, infections, immune system problems, mental health issues and oesophageal cancer.
The above problems come, not as a direct reaction to the drug but indirectly and the latest studies show that just over 4 in every 100 people taking these drugs have premature death from these complications.
Therefore, we need to work out how we can safely stop taking this medication where possible. If it is for heartburn there are simple, natural steps you can take.
Stop eating that which is causing the problem. Normally this is processed foods of one form or another.
Replace the antacid/PPI with ten organic almonds. Chew them to a paste and swallow. Goodbye heartburn.
OR drink fresh cabbage juice which will also fix your heartburn.
Never take one of these tablets so that you can eat foods/drinks that you know cause you a problem. This is like ignoring the warning light on your car. Please learn to listen to your body and change your behaviour accordingly.
If you’re interested in developing healthy habits, try introducing CBD oil supplements into your day to day life.
The health experts at CBD ONE explore some common health myths, including how to cure heartburn. You might be surprised to learn the real cause.