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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common condition which can affect the digestive system in several ways.

Symptoms can include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, bloating and constipation.

There can be certain triggers which will set off a flare up of IBS, so it’s important to recognise these triggers so that you can avoid them. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle can significantly improve the symptoms of IBS, however, for some, this is a lifelong condition which can have an impact on everyday life, relationships and socialising.

Potential treatments for IBS


If you suffer with IBS, your GP may refer you to an NHS dietician to obtain advice and information on the foods to avoid and to follow the low FODMAP diet. This involves avoiding foods that are not easily broken down by the gut and include fruit and vegetables, milk and wheat products.


  • Cooking homemade fresh ingredients for your meals as much as possible
  • Keep a diary of what you eat and avoid things that trigger a flare up
  • Exercise regularly
  • Use probiotics for a month to see if they help
  • Avoid skipping or delaying meals
  • Don’t eat too quickly
  • Avoid fatty, processed and spicy foods
  • Do not eat more than 3 portions of fresh fruit per day
  • Do not drink more than 3 cups of coffee or tea per day
  • Avoid lots of alcohol and fizzy drinks

Cannabis medication for IBS

Cannabis medications have been used for thousands of years to help with chronic pain and the subsequent emotional symptoms that can assist this pain. Cannabis medication can help with some of the symptoms IBS including improving appetite and sleep deprivation, pain and inflammation. Cannabis medication can be taken in many forms, including tablets, oil tinctures and via a specialised cannabis flower vaporiser.

When traditional forms of medical treatment are ineffective, cannabis medicines can be an effective alternative form of symptom management, which can offer much needed relief to the patient. It not only reduces the symptoms of pain but can help patients to enjoy a far better quality of life, regaining their independence and physical and mental strength.

Am I suitable for pain management for my IBS at Integro Clinic?

The symptoms of your condition will be assessed during a no obligation consultation and examination, here at Integro Medical Clinic. After a thorough examination and medical history check, your clinician will make recommendations for pain management or other investigations, depending on the underlying cause of your symptoms. Following this initial assessment, we can provide a plan, which may include cannabis medicines as an option for pain management, for your unique requirements.

When conventional treatments reach their limit, our work begins.

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