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Cannabis and CBD for Gastritis 

Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. Sadly, several different upper abdominal conditions have been misused with the term “gastritis,” but real gastritis refers to the inflamed stomach lining (gastric mucosa). It may include all or part of the gastric mucosa. Gastritis may be classified as chronic or acute. Acute gastritis may be classified as erosive (disrupted or lacking areas of mucosal cells) and nonerosive. Histopathology (appearance of the gastric mucosa) determines chronic gastritis with long-lasting symptoms. While some have been proposed, there is no widely accepted classification system.

Gastritis may arise suddenly (acute gastritis) or with time (chronic gastritis) may appear slowly. Gastritis may in some cases lead to ulcers and an increased risk of cancer of the stomach. Nonetheless, gastritis is not serious for most people and is rapidly improving with treatment.

What is Gastritis?

Gastritis is caused by swelling or inflammation of your stomach lining. You can have an acute condition case that will go away after a short time. Nevertheless, the swelling persists over time or reoccurs in cases of chronic gastritis. The primary gastritis symptom, inflammation, triggers the secondary symptoms of the disease. People with gastritis may have pain and stomach upset. Symptoms of gastritis include indigestion, loss of appetite, heartburn, diarrhea, dark stools, and hiccups. The burden of chronic gastritis increases the chance for the patient to develop symptoms of mental health.

If left untreated, chronic gastritis can lead to serious complications. It can increase your risk of cancer of the stomach or make you feel full early. A type of gastritis called erosive gastritis often wears away the lining of your stomach. This causes painful ulcers and erosions. Weakness in the lining of your stomach causes damage and inflammation of digestive juices, causing gastritis. The chance of gastritis is increased by having a thin or weakened lining of the stomach.

A bacterial gastrointestinal infection may also contribute to gastritis. Helicobacter pylori are the most common bacterial infection that causes it. It is a bacterium that infects the stomach lining. The infection is typically spread from person to person, but it can also be transmitted through infected food or water.

Some conditions and activities may increase your risk of gastritis. Other risk factors are as follows:

  • Heavy intake of alcohol
  • Routine use of anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin
  • cocaine use
  • Age because the lining of the stomach naturally thins with age
  • tobacco use

Other less common risk factors include:

  • Pain and stress from severe injury, illness or surgery
  • autoimmune disorders
  • digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease
  • viral infections

Individuals with acute gastritis usually recover without any complications. However, if serious complications develop, chronic gastritis can have a range of outcomes from good (early treatment) to poor. Complications from acute gastritis will rarely occur.

Chronic gastritis risks involve peptic ulcer, bleeding ulcer, anemia, stomach cancer, MALT lymphoma, kidney problems, strictures, inflammation of the intestine, or even death. If the underlying causes of gastritis (e.g. alcohol consumption or use of NSAIDs) are treated or not used, gastritis may also be avoided.

It takes about 2-10 days for acute gastritis. It can last from weeks to years if chronic gastritis is not treated.

Symptoms of Gastritis

Gastritis doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms in everyone. The most common symptoms are:

  • Gnawing or burning ache or pain (indigestion) in your upper abdomen that may get worse or worse with eating
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • A sense of completeness in the upper abdomen, particularly after eating
  • Indigestion

If you have erosive gastritis, you might experience different symptoms, including:

  • A black, tarry stool
  • vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

If your gastritis stays untreated, it may lead to bleeding of the stomach and ulcers as well. Some types of gastritis can increase your risk of developing cancer of the stomach, particularly in people with a thin lining of the stomach.

Because of these potential complications, if you have any symptoms of gastritis, particularly if they are chronic, it is important to check with your doctor.

How Cannabis Can Help Relieve the Symptoms of Gastritis

Contrast with other cannabinoids, CBD has a special relationship with the ECS. While most cannabinoids are attached to receptors, CBD improves the ability of your ECS to do their job. This interacts with different parts of the ECS to improve the functions of your body. You can also use CBD to relieve gastritis-induced nausea. Many cannabinoids seem to alleviate nausea symptoms, although we don’t know how it works exactly. We recognize that THC has a role to play in relieving nausea, and medication containing the compound can help as well.

Getting CBD also provides indirect benefits to gastritis by helping you to prevent its causes. If you suffer from chronic nausea or pain relievers, CBD may help. The nausea-relieving properties minimize vomiting frequency to keep the lining of your stomach intact. You may also be able to use it to ease pain and reduce the dosage of painkillers.

Medical Cannabis Treatment for Gastritis

You can buy CBD products in a variety of ways that have their strengths and weaknesses. Most patients in the United States can buy CBD oil because of its ambiguous legal status. CBD oil will relieve symptoms if it has a sufficient amount of CBD, so make sure your medication has a sufficiently high concentration. CBD medication can also be purchased from a pharmacy as an adult over 21 patients or medical marijuana. When you take CBD medicine as a pill, edible or oil, more medications will reach your stomach compared to other methods. However, they all have different symptoms and circumstances. We recommend that you get advice from a cannabis-trained doctor for the best results.

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Whether you are new to cannabis and need to learn the basics, or are simply trying to achieve more positive cannabis experiences, Veriheal’s coaches are here to help. You have the opportunity to become informed about this wonderful plant. Book an appointment today with one of our compassionate coaches to have a private discussion about your cannabis journey.

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Data Last Updated 03/16/2020