Can People With No Gallbladders Take CBD Oils?
If you're wondering whether taking CBD oils would be safe without a gallbladder, read this article to find out.
Updated April 7, 2023.
People with no gallbladders can take CBD oils because they don't need that organ to process cannabidiol. Let's look at how the gallbladder relates to CBD, if at all.
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What is the Gallbladder?
The gallbladder is a small organ located just below your liver - the major organ responsible for increasing the concentration of bile. When it works properly, the gallbladder stores some of that bile in order to help break down food, including fats. Your gallbladder automatically releases concentrated bile when the body ingests and detects fatty foods.
But what happens without it? Unfortunately, some people need to have their gallbladders removed. However, this luckily won't have an effect on how they process CBD oil.
Does CBD Oil Affect the Gallbladder?
The reason you don't need a gallbladder to break down CBD oil is that you still produce the necessary bile for digestion. Remember, the gallbladder concentrates bile for added efficiency, but it's the liver's job to produce it. Consequently - unlike the gallbladder - you can't afford to lose your liver.
Can CBD Oil Help People Without Gallbladders?
Although a gallbladder (or lack thereof) makes no difference when processing CBD, it still may impact your quality of life. This could put a damper on your fast food consumption, but there are plenty of oils that go easier on your system.
Stay away from generic vegetable oil. Ideally, look for CBD suspended in lighter fats like coconut, olive, or avocado oils. Some people without gallbladders report that CBD helps reduce diarrhea.
Chronic diarrhea occurs in close to 20% of gallbladder removal cases. Watery stools are the result of an inflammatory response in your digestive system. Thanks to CBD's possible anti-inflammatory properties, the product may help reduce this unpleasant gastrointestinal side effect.
Having no gallbladder won't prevent you from enjoying CBD's benefits. If anything, putting CBD into your daily routine could make your post-gallbladder removal life more bearable.
But as always, don't start taking CBD without speaking to your doctor - especially following surgery.