Peritonitis is an infection of the thin lining that covers your abdominal organs. Peritonitis symptoms include pain in your abdomen and stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and fever. Peritonitis is serious and typically caused by bacterial infection either via the blood or after rupture of an abdominal organ. Treatments may include antibiotics or other medications.

Peritonitis is a medical emergency and should be treated ONLY by a medical doctor. DO NOT try to treat peritonitis with home remedies. Peritonitis is also called acute abdomen.


Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • abdominal pain
  • abdominal tenderness
  • abdominal distention
  • fever
  • low urine output
  • nausea and vomiting
  • point tenderness
  • excessive thirst
  • fluid in the abdomen
  • inability to pass feces or gas

***If you have you have symptoms that may indicate peritonitis, please go to the hospital immediately. It is very important that you seek medical attention immediately before complications develop.

CBD and peritonitis

Currently, there are limited studies available about CBD (cannabidiol) and its connection to peritonitis. There is limited information about whether CBD is a viable treatment option (used with other medicines) for peritonitis.

If you are considering adding CBD to your treatment options, first consult with your doctor or a doctor who is experienced in prescribing medicinal cannabis.


Peritonitis can be caused by many different things. Some of the most common causes are:

  • complication of kidney failure
  • complication of liver failure
  • the spread of infection from the digestive organs
  • complications of peritoneal dialysis.


There are three main types of peritonitis:

  • Spontaneous
  • Secondary
  • Dialysis Associated

Peritonitis – Spontaneous

Spontaneous peritonitis is an infection that occurs as a complication of the collection of fluid in the area that surrounds the liver and kidney. It occurs when an infection has spread from the blood and lymph nodes to the peritoneum. It is rare (less than 1% of all cases) and usually occurs when there is kidney or liver failure.

Peritonitis – Secondary

Secondary peritonitis is an inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal cavity that is caused by another condition. The most common condition that causes is it the spread of an infection from the digestive organs or bowels. The infection usually comes into the peritoneum through a hole or an ulcer in the abdominal wall.

Primary and secondary peritonitis are very serious and can be life threatening if not treated immediately.

Peritonitis – dialysis associated

Dialysis associated peritonitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity that occurs in people receiving peritoneal dialysis.


It is important to seek help immediately. Untreated peritonitis can result in death. Treatments often include surgery and antibiotics. Surgery will be used to get rid of the source of infection such as inflamed appendix, or a repair to a tear in the abdominal wall. Antibiotics will help control the infection.

Peritonitis complications

Even with the proper treatment, complications can occur. The most common complications are:

  • Sepsis: an infection throughout the blood and body that usually causes shock, organ failure, and ultimately death
  • Abnormal clotting of the blood often caused by widespread infection
  • Scar tissue in the peritoneum
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome: a severe infection of the lungs

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What are my long term expectations?
  • How did I get peritonitis?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are some emergency symptoms that indicate I should visit an Emergency Care center?

Questions to ask your doctor about CBD

  • Is CBD a viable treatment option?
    • If so, how should I take it (oil, edible, cream, lotion, smoke it)
  • Will CBD lessen my symptoms?
  • Can CBD help prevent complications?
  • Can CBD lesson the amount of pain?