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Hemp based chewing gum for IBS being tested: 5 things to know

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IBS cannabinoid chewing gum being tested

AXIM® Biotechnologies has begun Phase 2 clinical trials to find out if a hemp based chewing gum could help those suffering from IBS. Here are 5 things to know about the potential new treatment, should the trial be successful.


The development of the chewing gum, called CanChew is based on delivering cannabinoids that are a group of active substances found in marijuana.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that has been studied for its medicinal effect; one of which is quelling inflammation.

AXIM® Biotechnologies will study 40 patients with IBS who will be given either a 50 mg or placebo to see how well the time released, hemp oil based gum reduces symptoms of bloating, pain and other symptoms of IBS - up to 6 servings of gum per day.

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The company notes if trials are successful they would quickly move forward to get the gum to market.

Advantages of the gum that would be prescription based include:

  • It is not habit forming
  • Available in all 50 states
  • Tastes goods
  • Can be used by vegans; is kosher and gluten-free
  • Is time released to give a lasting effect

“IBS is a very common and often painful disorder which is still difficult to manage. People often experience sudden flare-ups and for many it has a negative impact on their quality of life. CBD has shown to have promising effects, but there has been a clear need for practical and effective formulations. Providing it via a chewing gum results in sustained release of the compound and better bio-availability,” said Renger Witkamp, Professor and Chair in Nutrition and Pharmacology of Wageningen University where the study is being conducted.