Can marijuana act as an effective cure for constipation? Like most question related to the medical usage of marijuana, the answer is not a simple yes or no.
Constipation is characterized by infrequent or uncomfortable bowel movements that are painful or difficult to pass, and are often hard, dry or pasty stools. Due to differences among individuals, frequency alone is not a determining factor in a diagnosis of constipation. For some, three times a day may be normal, while for others, as little as once a week.
Hard stools that are difficult to pass or that are accompanied by abdominal pain, back pain or abdominal bloating are the defining symptoms.
Constipation can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from lack of exercise, lack of fiber in the diet, immobility caused by illness or aging, and the use of opiate pain relievers. Can marijuana relieve those symptoms and get your digestive system moving again? The evidence is largely anecdotal, but it is clear that marijuana can help.
One of the first uses of marijuana, dating back over 5,000 years ago, was the treatment of constipation. Chinese doctors used marijuana in pill form to relieve the symptoms of constipation.
Smoking marijuana can also relieve constipation caused by the use of opiates by allowing pain suffers to use marijuana as a substitute for a number of opiate-based pain relievers, all of which have far greater side effects than medical marijuana
Also, since marijuana increases appetite, it can lead indirectly to improvements in diet that may relieve some causes of constipation. Lastly, like all oily seeds, consuming marijuana has been shown to have a lubricating effect which can ease passage of stool through the digestive system.
One proven method is to combine marijuana sides with olive oil in a blender or food processor, blend to a pasty consistency, then swallow the resulting mixture. This reportedly causes almost immediately relief from constipation.
At the end of the day, however, the most important factor to consider is that constipation is often one symptom of a greater health issue that may require medical intervention. Marijuana can help relieve that symptom, but should be treated as one piece of a total solution.
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