Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Research & CBD

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that causes extreme gastrointestinal distress. Unlike inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), IBS is not associated with tissue changes in the digestive organs.

However, it still causes a wealth of severe symptoms that can drastically impact on a patient’s quality of life. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Abdominal pain

  • Bloat

  • Gas

  • Weight loss

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Mucus in stool

IBS is also thought to play a role in various psychiatric illnesses, though no direct causal relationship has been found. Thus far, there is a suspected linkbetween IBS and mental health concerns such as:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders

Interestingly enough, both IBS and various psychiatric ailments are becoming the targets of human microbiome research. The microbiome is the term for the complex ecosystem of microorganisms that live all over the body and inside the digestive tract.

Over the past decade, evidence increasingly suggests that disruptions in the microbiome can trigger both severe gastrointestinal illnessas well as psychiatric distress.

What is perhaps even more interesting to some is that there is a connection between the microbiome and the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the cellular network that cannabis engages inside of the body.


Medical cannabis isn’t a cure for IBS, but the herb certainly may help treat the condition. Some researchers might go as far as to say that cannabinoid therapy may be one of the most effective ways to relieve IBS symptoms and improve quality a life.