Cannabis can help to reduce gastrointestinal disorders thanks to the ability of the cannabinoids CBD and THC to activate specific cannabinoid receptors (CB-1 and CB-2) located in the gastrointestinal tract. The activated CB-1 receptors can reduce the production of stomach acid to relieve you of acid reflux or heartburn. This process is enhanced by the terpene limonene through the Entourage Effect.

Likewise, the activated CB-2 receptors work as anti-inflammatory protection, guarding you against symptoms like abdominal pain and diarrhoea. This action, in turn, is aided by the terpenes pinene, caryophyllene, myrcene and humulene.

Gastrointestinal diseases affect millions of people worldwide. They can include conditions such as constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Haemorrhoids, Colitis, and DIarrhoea. 

While most people have experienced some of the adverse effects of a GI disorder at least once in their lifetime, for many, the condition is both ongoing and debilitating.

While some prescription medications will undoubtedly provide some people with relief, for many, a solution to their stomach issues remains something of a distant hope.

Luckily, there is an increasing awareness of the benefits of cannabis plants. As such, medicinal marijuana is now being offered by many health care professionals to treat digestive disorders.

The Science Behind Medical Cannabis and Gastrointestinal Disorders

The benefits of medical marijuana have been linked to the effective relief of a variety of digestive issues.

Research conducted by the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research suggests that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) could play a substantial role in gut health. In particular, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, could be influenced by changes in the ECS.

Cannabis can have a positive effect on gastrointestinal disorders thanks to the ability of their cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which activate the cannabinoid receptors CB-1 and CB-2. Many of these cannabinoid receptors are actually found in the gastrointestinal tract.

Once CB-1 receptors are activated, they can reduce the production of stomach acid. This effect provides relief from acid reflux or heartburn. The limonene terpene can aid this process through the Entourage Effect.

In a similar process, CB-2 receptors can be activated, providing anti-inflammatory relief and reducing the common symptoms of stomach pain and diarrhoea. Pinene, caryophyllene, myrcene and humulene can facilitate this process, once again through the Entourage Effect.

THC, CBD and a variety of terpenes have been linked to reduced inflammation, chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting.

Therefore, it is thought that digestive disorders are best treated by medical cannabis strains containing plenty of the cannabinoids CBD and THC – as well as the pinene, caryophyllene, myrcene and humulene terpenes.

If you are considering trying medical cannabis for symptoms of digestive problems, we have compiled a list of some marijuana strains that could prove effective in the treatment of GI disorders. 

Sour Diesel

Believed to be a direct descendent of Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk, Sour Diesel is a sativa dominant medical cannabis strain that is high in THC (around 20%) and rich in medicinal value. 

This famously sour-tasting strain contains a great mix of humulene, caryophyllene, myrcene and limonene, which helps the absorption of the other terpenes into the digestive tract.

Sour Diesel has excellent anti-inflammatory qualities that can help to reduce or relieve chronic pain.

Sour Diesel’s warm, energetic high is considered by many cannabis users with GI disorders to be an excellent option.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid that originated in California and has achieved something of a legendary status for being one of those, particularly potent strains.

A hybrid cross of Blueberry with Haze, Blue Dream provides a full-body relaxation experience as well as offering up plenty of pain-relieving potential.

An ever so slightly Sativa dominant hybrid, with high levels of THC, Blue Dream is one of the best strains for relaxing both body and mind. 

For GI Disorders, it is thought that the terpenes myrcene and caryophyllene are particularly effective as a treatment and guess what? Blue Dream has both in its terpene profile.

This high in THC strain (approaching 20%) is thought to be especially effective in the treatment of Crohn’s disease and bowel diseases with users praising this potent strains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer is another sativa-dominant strain that has gained worldwide fame thanks to its resinous production and uplifting psychological effects.

This, one of the most potent strains available today, is hugely popular with both medical and recreational users and is considered one of the best strains to combat GI disorders.

With a THC content averaging around 17%, this somewhat spicy, pine-scented strain has taken home plenty of awards for both quality and potency. 

A sativa hybrid cross of Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk, this stress killer could also be useful for those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders thanks to its terpene profile which includes myrcene, pinene and caryophyllene which are said to be vital in cannabis pain-relieving abilities. 

Northern Lights

One of the most famous cannabis strains of all time, Northern Lights is a potent indica strain famed for its ability to relieve pain and provide total relaxation. 

This world-famous strain with THC levels approaching 20% continues to allure the cannabis connoisseur thanks to its pain and stress relieving qualities.

With its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Northern Lights is considered by many to be one of the most soothing medicinal cannabis strains on the market today with several people claiming to have found relief in using Northern Lights as a treatment for stomach issues.

It is recommended that Northern Lights should be used in the evening as it is one of the purest indica strains on the market today which also makes it one of the most sedative marijuana strains available. 

These strains of medical marijuana might just have the right mix of cannabinoids and terpenes to be incredibly effective at treating gastrointestinal diseases. We recommend them as an alternative for those looking to relieve pain caused by gastrointestinal disorders.

If you want to learn more about our extensive range of cannabis seeds or marijuana strains for digestive issues, please visit our growing community and webshop. 

We have a detailed analysis of hundreds of cannabis strains including strains to combat gastrointestinal disorders with our wide selection including popular indica and sativa strains like White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies, OG Kush, and White Widow.

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