Passing gas is a normal part of being a human, and a critical function of our digestive system. But, sometimes, gassiness, often paired with bloating, can be excessive, uncomfortable and downright embarrassing. So, it’s easy to see why then more people are turning to cannabinoids to address all kinds of daily issues, and you may be surprised to learn that excessive gassiness is one of them. Now, the question is, does delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8 THC) hold some promise in that department? Let’s find out.
What Can Cause Excessive Gassiness and Bloating?
In most cases, problems with gas and bloating are caused by diet. If the person is consuming foods that the digestive tract struggles to break down, or foods that are heavily fermented, gas can become excessive. Some people are more sensitive to specific types of foods than others, and thus eliminating those foods can solve their problems.
Then, there are individuals with underlying digestive disorders like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), candida, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), who are prone to lots of gassiness due to a digestive tract that is lacking in the proper ability to digest triggering foods. These conditions may require more specific medical attention. Other culprits can include stress, which can disrupt the digestive process, as well as having an infection in the digestive tract.
How is Gassiness Usually Treated?
If you do struggle with lots of gas and/or bloating, you should bring it up with your doctor, especially if it’s severe enough to cause you a lot of discomfort. From there, they might refer you over to a specialist known as a gastroenterologist, who then may be able to help determine certain trigger foods that need to be avoided, and run tests to determine whether or not you’ve a digestive disorder that requires more intensive treatment, like the use of certain medications or supplements to repair the digestive tract.
There are also over-the-counter products you can buy that can help you manage gas, including many that are completely natural and rely on plant-based enzymes or essential oils to reduce gassiness in the intestines.
Is Delta-8 THC a Possibility For Your Gassiness or Bloating Problems?
For those who don’t know, delta-8 THC was discovered back in the 1960s, and has been researched sporadically ever since, although there’s not as much information on delta 8 as there is when it comes to other cannabinoids that are more historically popular, like CBD and delta-9 THC. What this means is that while it may have a powerful role in alleviating excessive gas, there is no evidence available to us.
Other cannabinoids do have antispasmodic properties which may alleviate gas in the intestines, but we don’t know about delta-8 THC just yet. What we do know is that delta-8 acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, so it may have a positive effect on a person whose gassiness comes from inflammation of the digestive tract – a common culprit, as it’s estimated that intestinal inflammation is a cause behind a lot of digestive disorders including IBS.
Now, if you’re on a medication for your digestive system, or otherwise, we do recommend talking to your doctor first before working the cannabinoid into your routine. That’s because delta-8 THC could have a suppressant effect on CYP3A4, an enzyme that breaks down half the medications we take. With low levels of this enzyme, the patient may end up accumulating too much of a medication in their body, leading to potential toxicity in extreme cases.
Another thing to point out is that delta-8 might be the most useful in this regard when taken in the form of an edible. Why? Because edibles work through the digestive system, allowing for the most direct contact between the cannabinoid and CB receptors along the digestive tract.