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Could marijuana help with constipation?

The way society views marijuana has changed a lot over the years. It gained popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s, became legalized in some states in the early 2000s, and today it’s a trend to have a “bud bar” at your wedding.

It appears that marijuana, weed, dope, grass — whatever you call it — is becoming just as normal as drinking alcohol. Naturally, a growing number of scientists are researching its potential benefits or possible risks that it could have to those who take it. Recently, the plant has been the focus of a study into the effects it could have on the digestive system.

An observational study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology in December 2019 looked into the relationship between recreational marijuana use and bowel motility. The researchers used data based on the results of questionnaires sent out by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They focused on participants that filled out both the drug use and bowel health questionnaires. Participants who had recent marijuana use were 30% less likely to report constipation than those who had used marijuana in the past or who had never used it.

While it’s important to note that there could be a relationship between less constipation and marijuana use, it does not mean that marijuana is the actual reason why people are reporting less constipation. There could be other factors. However, this study can pave the way for other researchers to dive deeper into this relationship to see if marijuana use can benefit those who struggle with bowel motility.

If marijuana could be used to help those with constipation, it could also be a great option for people diagnosed with IBS-C. Not only can chronic constipation be annoying, it can also cause uncomfortable bloating, abdominal cramps, and fatigue. The idea that the popular plant can be a possible treatment to alleviating constipation does sound exciting. However, IBSLife does not recommend readers start smoking or ingesting the product for medicinal purposes unless their primary care physician has approved it.


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