A Severe Form of Opiate-Induced Abdominal Pain
More than half (58%) of opiate users have reported chronic abdominal pain in independently-conducted clinical studies, and narcotic bowel syndrome is the most severe form of this disorder, where abdominal pain paradoxically increases despite continued administration of narcotics to treat the pain. When undiagnosed, patients or physicians continue to escalate dosages, which temporarily relieves pain, but leads to addiction and also worsens the abdominal pain — a vicious cycle. Narcotic bowel syndrome has dire consequences for opiate users, as their quality-of-life has been reported to be worse than patients with quadriplegia.
The clinical use of cannabinoids for resolving pain and inflammation is well established, including in large independently-conducted clinical studies of inflammatory bowel disease, where 84% of patients using cannabis (n=56) reported an improvement in abdominal pain. Vitality’s proprietary cannabosides enable the selective delivery of cannabinoids to the intestinal tract, enabling large concentrations of THC and CBD (delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, respectively) to be delivered without any resulting psychoactivity.