Can Cannabis Help Keep You Regular?

A rested, relaxed body is more likely to have smoother digestion. And that’s why weed helps with constipation and keeping you regular.


Gastrointestinal mobility is not exactly the sexiest of topics or one that’s likely to be top of mind when consuming cannabis. But — surprise — doctors say that weed has the potential to offer some welcome relief.

How? According to a “deep dive” on the subject, recently posted by Leafly, it comes down to a number of factors including a person’s gut microbiome, their endocannabinoid system and someone’s general ability to relax.

Physician Dustin Sulak, a medical cannabis expert, told Leafly that “the most powerful way in which cannabis could help a person defecate is by helping them to relax.”

Psychopharmacology researcher Dr. Ethan Russo agrees: “A lot of people note easier bowel movements after cannabis,” adding that, “THC also positively alters the gut microbiome.”

“A lot of people note easier bowel movements after cannabis.” / Photo: Dr_Microbe / iStock / Getty Images Plus Dr_Microbe / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Believe it or not, there is actually a lot of research into whether or not cannabis can help combat constipation or keep you regular.

Last year, a study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology explored the likelihood of chronic constipation or diarrhea based on recent cannabis use, according to The Fresh Toast. The research found that consuming weed was associated with 30 per cent lower odds of constipation.

While that seems definitive, in terms of what happens, there are still several questions to answer related to how it all works. “Further studies are needed to identify how use of whole cannabis, different marijuana strains and frequency of marijuana use exert their apparent effects on constipation,” study authors add.


Article by Angela Stelmakowich from The Growth Op.

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