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Can You Take CBD Oil For Acid Reflux?

CBD oil is especially good for managing minor day-to-day health issues. It is also good for stress reduction. It is no secret that stress causes higher stomach acid production. Any substance that reduces stress can help reduce stomach acidity. So, why not consider taking CBD oil for acid reflux.

There are other reasons to believe CBD might affect the gut’s working. Just take the example of marijuana, the most widely used illicit drug. It is known to influence appetite and gut function. Of course, CBD is an entirely different thing, and it does not cause high. But, it still demonstrates that cannabis or hemp extract influences gut function.

Cannabinoids are interesting because they are chemically related, but various cannabinoids work very differently. Thus, cannabidiol or CBD is very different from THC. CBD is gentle, helps reduce stress, and is safe for prolonged use. It is generally accepted as good for gut health.

Understanding Acid Reflux

Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is very common in Europe and the Americas, affecting one-fifth of the population.(1) It causes a burning sensation in the middle of the chest, a condition called heartburn.

This issue occurs when some gastric content escapes to the food pipe (oesophagus). Since stomach content is quite acidic, it causes a burning sensation in the lower part of the food pipe – thus the heartburn.

Almost all adults have experienced heartburn during their lifetime. However, in some, the condition tends to be chronic and reoccurring. The condition may occur due to certain food choices, like fatty food. It is also quite likely to occur due to stress and anxiety.

People experiencing acid reflux are always looking for safe and natural remedies, as they are suitable for frequent and prolonged use. Considering CBD for acid reflux makes sense, as it can alter gut motility, influence acid production, and counter stress and anxiety.

CBD for Heartburn

Why consider CBD oil for anxiety, for heartburn? Which CBD oil is best for acid reflux? Can CBD oil make acid reflux worse? These are some of the commonly asked questions.

At first, it may seem that CBD has little role in acid reflux. Since the condition is mainly about high stomach acidity. In acid reflux, a band-like structure at the lower end of the food pipe (sphincter) also becomes a bit loose, thus preventing backflow of the stomach’s content.

However, if you think a bit, you can understand that CBD can help in many ways. It may help relax people, but it generally tightens sphincters. Through its impact on the vagal nerve, it can reduce stomach acid production. It might even stimulate gut motility.(2)

Additionally, it can also help counter the root cause of acid reflux. It can help counter stress and anxiety. It may also reduce pain sensation and enhance sleep quality.

So, as one can see, CBD oil or CBD vapes might help in multiple ways. Of course, it is not a treatment. All its actions are quite mild. But this is what makes CBD a good choice in the long run. One can use CBD regularly without worrying about the side effects. It will gradually help get rid of acid reflux and prevent future episodes of the condition.

Which CBD Oil Is Best for Acid Reflux?

CBD oil would help with acid reflux, but it must be of high quality and third-party tested. This helps ensure that the product contains what it claims to have.

However, there are a few things to understand. CBD works more gently. It is not an antacid. Thus, it needs some time to start working. Additionally, unlike antacids, they may help counter the root cause: stress, anxiety, and changes in intestinal motility.

One can use CBD oil or even CBD vapes. When it comes to the choice of CBD oil, it would be good to get started with CBD isolate. However, suppose a person feels that acid reflux is mainly due to stress and anxiety. In that case, full-spectrum CBD may also work well.

One more thing about CBD vapes, keep in mind that they are not for all. Some may not tolerate vapes, and instead, it may cause gastric irritation and nausea. So, vapes are a good choice only for those who are not new to vaping.

Can CBD oil make acid reflux worse? Well, chances are negligible. CBD oil reduces acid production. However, some individuals might not tolerate products containing THC.

The Bottom Line

To conclude, CBD is one of the good ways not just to overcome acid reflux. Suppose one consistently uses CBD in small and recommended amounts. In that case, it can even help prevent acid reflux episodes in the future. Additionally, CBD has other benefits, like stress reduction and improving sleep quality. Moreover, acid reflux frequently occurs during the night, disrupting sleep. CBD oil is not a treatment or medication but a helpful tool for those experiencing this chronic health issue.

References

  1. Baklola M, Terra M, Badr A, Fahmy FM, Elshabrawy E, Hawas Y, et al. Prevalence of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, and its associated risk factors among medical students: a nation-based cross-sectional study. BMC Gastroenterology. 2023 Aug 7;23(1):269.
  2. Gotfried J, Kataria R, Schey R. Review: The Role of Cannabinoids on Esophageal Function—What We Know Thus Far. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. 2017;2(1):252.
Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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