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One thing we are always asked is can CBD help with my acid reflux? The answer is yes, it can! We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you understand what is acid reflux, why you might be suffering from acid reflux as well as how CBD can help treat your acid reflux.

What is acid reflux?

Gastroesophageal reflux, also known as acid reflux, occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tub connecting your mouth and your stomach. The constant backwash will lead to irritating the lining of your esophagus.

Common symptoms of acid reflux are:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat

The most common cause of acid reflux is eating foods that are high in acidity or in fat. This can include foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, onions, chocolate, coffee and cheese.

Traditional treatments for acid reflux

There are several traditional treatments for acid reflux, the main and first steps of treatment are lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Elevating the head of your bed
  • Avoiding fatty and high-acidity foods, such as citrus fruit and chocolate
  • Not lying down right after a meal 

If your symptoms of acid reflux are severe, or the above treatments have been unable to help resolve your acid reflux issues, then your GP may recommend you to a specialist who may recommend surgery to help treat your acid reflux.

Does CBD help with acid reflux?

CBD oil is used as an effective treatment for many health issues, the most talked about being anxiety. It can also be the help you’ve been looking for if you suffer from acid reflux.

CBD helps with acid reflux due to its effect on the stomach acids, which are causing irritation on the esophagus. When CBD reacts with your endocannabinoid system, it reduces the secretion of acids that would otherwise cause the burning and irritation that are seen in cases of acid reflux.

It has also been found that CBD interacts with the gastrointestinal tract to produce pain-relieving effects.

Scientists have conducted studies on animals with a similar biochemical makeup to humans, and the results have shown that CBD can help to heal the digestive tract. The research proved that when CBD is ingested, it binds to the CB1 receptor (the part of the nervous system linked to the intestines). This inhibits gastric acid secretion, which is directly responsible for ailments such as stomach ulcers and acid reflux. In addition to this, CBD prevents acid reflux whilst simultaneously promoting a healing blood flow to the stomach lining. While scientists have confirmed the benefits of CBD on stomach related ailments, the verdict is still out in terms of why and how.

CBD should not be thought of as the simple cure to your acid reflux problems, and if you are suffering from acid reflux then there are likely some lifestyle changes that you’ll need to make to help treat the problem, however with those changes, and the addition of CBD to your daily routine, you’ll be on your way to a happier and healthier life!

What is an endocannabinoid system?

Endocannabinoids are the molecules that act as chemical messengers that bind to cannabinoid cell receptors and tell the body to do certain things. The human body naturally produces endocannabinoids with the help of consuming foods like fatty acids found in nuts and fish. The 60 cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis also can bind to cannabinoid cell receptors and the corresponding molecules (agonists) in the human body. 

Although different cannabinoids (like CBD and THC cause different effects it is all through the same system that similar molecular messages are sent throughout the body. Put more simply, the molecules found in cannabis plants aid in the human body’s endocannabinoid system. This is responsible for many vital functions. 

The ECS system helps to regulate sleep, appetite, mood, motor control, immune function, pleasure, pain, reproduction and fertility, memory, and temperature regulation. When the ECS is in balance, one experiences homeostasis.

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Can CBD oil make acid reflux worse?

There have been cases where CBD has been known to actually increase stomach acid, and make acid reflux worse. This is however caused by the use of impure CBD. 

According to Dr Kenneth Brown (a well-known gastroenterologist) pure CBD has been “shown to help heal ulcers and decrease acid reflux.”. Essentially, it is important to source high quality CBD oil that is as pure as possible, in order to avoid worsening any acid reflux symptoms.

At Organic Relief, we pride ourselves on the quality and purity of our CBD. 

How much CBD should I take to help my acid reflux?

Finding the right dosage of CBD to help with your acid reflux really relies on how you and your body react to the oil. All of our bodies are unique and we all react differently to different substances.

We recommend starting with our 10% CBD oil and taking this for a two week period. After this, if you haven’t seen an improvement within the two week period then we recommend increasing your dosage by 5% and repeating this process until you find the right dosage for yourself.

If you’re ever unsure, or have any questions about the use of CBD, then you can always contact us. Our dedicated team will be happy to offer you any advice that you may require!

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Conclusion

It’s never fun when you’re suffering from a health condition. Especially if you’re at your wits end trying to find a solution. If you’re suffering from acid reflux then you’re likely one of these people.

CBD can be the perfect treatment for your acid reflux problems. You’ll also likely have some difficult life choices to make to help you move towards a happier and healthier lifestyle. Here at Organic Relief we are here to help – and provide you with the highest quality CBD on the market.