Symposium Session: Cannabis & CBD for Gut Health

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2022 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our Symposium; however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

There is compelling research to show that cannabis and CBD may help mitigate the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. In addition to symptom management cannabinoid medicine may help to heal the gut, in part due to the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anxiolytic effects. An overview of the endocannabinoid system, cannabis/CBD dosing, and potential side effects and precautions will be presented, with a focus on the last research into cannabinoid therapy for IBD and IBS. 

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify the major components of the cannabis and hemp plants and explain how they may promote healing and relief
  2. List five therapeutic effects of medical cannabis that may mitigate symptoms of IBD
  3. Discuss the different methods of cannabis or CBD administration, including why some methods might work better for individual clients than others based on potential drug interactions and medical conditions
  4. Recognize the pros and cons of cannabis/CBD use as it relates to gut health

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
4.1.2, 8.2.3, 8.4.4, 10.4.4
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Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND, is a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and cookbook author.  After her dad found relief from his pain using medical cannabis it became Janice’s mission to help others suffering from pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune diseases, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief with CBD and cannabis.   She completed training and attained certification from Holistic Cannabis Academy and Green Flower, as well as the University of Vermont end of life doula program. Janice now advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis at Jannabis Wellness.

As Co-Program Director of Cannabinoid Medical Sciences and professor of cannabis therapy at John Patrick University School of Integrative & Functional Medicine, Janice is on a mission to educate health professionals on the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoid therapy. A 2015 recipient of the Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Janice has authored five books and writes for several magazines including CRx Magazine and Today’s Dietitian. She enjoys working with clients to help them find relief using CBD and cannabis therapy and is a frequent speaker at conferences and guest on radio shows.  Janice is past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and past chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The presenter reports the following relevant disclosures: she sells hemp CBD products as part of her business. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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