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CHRONIC CYSTITIS - Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) and cannabis studies

Overview

Symptoms of interstitial cystitis, also referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), include a similar discomfort to that caused by urinary tract infections, as well as chronic inflammation of the bladder and an increased sensitivity to pain. Another common symptom is an increase in urination frequency.

Overview of urinary function MedicineNet
The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The kidneys, a pair of purplish-brown organs, are located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. The kidneys remove water and waste from the blood in the form of urine, keeping a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood.

Less commonly, cystitis may occur as a reaction to certain drugs, radiation therapy or potential irritants, such as feminine hygiene spray, spermicidal jellies or long-term use of a catheter. Cystitis may also occur as a complication of another illness.


The usual treatment for bacterial cystitis is antibiotics. Treatment for other types of cystitis depends on the underlying cause.

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