Treating Constipation With Marijuana
Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in Canada. Constipation is the inability to pass stool or difficulty having a bowel movement. The symptoms of constipation are typically straightforward. Having to strain to have a bowel movement and not having enough bowel movements is a telltale sign. Other indicators are hard stool, two or fewer bowel movements in a week, small stool with a remaining sense of a full bowel after passing, stomach pain, bloating and nausea.
How Long Should It Take To Poop?
The normal length of time between bowel movements ranges widely from person to person. Some people have bowel movements three times a day; Others, only one or two times a week. Going longer than three days without a bowel movement is too long. Untreated constipation or constipation that does not naturally relieve itself can lead to severe complications.
The Digestion Process
As food moves through the colon, the colon absorbs water from the food while it forms waste products, or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon then push the stool toward the rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum it is solid, because most of the water has been absorbed.
How Constipation Occurs
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry.
Cause Of Constipation
The causes of constipation are very numerous and range from lifestyle choices to medication. Certain groups are at higher risk. People who do not exercise enough are also at higher risk for constipation, as are people who do not eat enough fiber. Many medications can cause constipation, include opiate’s. Overuse of medications that help bowel movements can also cause constipation. Underlying medical problems are a common cause of constipation, though poor diet is the most common. Medical conditions that can cause constipation include multiple sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, stroke and irritable bowel syndrome
One of the first line treatments for constipation are medicinal and natural laxatives. Laxatives work in a number of ways. They can perpetuate movement of feces. They can also loosen or soften fecal matter that is proving difficult to pass. Laxatives are typically taken orally or as a suppository. When they are effective, they clear the bowels and intestines of stool, thus relieving constipation.
Marijuana Treats Constipation
Marijuana can treat digestive disorders, of which constipation is one. Furthermore, marijuana can substitute or reduce dosage of certain medications that cause constipation, such as opiates. This shows that marijuana may not only treat constipation itself but some underlying causes. Marijuana is effective in treating the symptoms of constipation in part because it interacts with the endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the digestive tract, which can result in calming spasms, relieving pain, and improving the contraction of the muscles that mix and propel contents in the gastrointestinal tract. Marijuana has a stabilizing affect on the digestive system. It binds to the nerves that control the digestive system, Cannabinoids are antispasmodic, used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscle, sedate when there is irritation, relaxing the smooth muscles. Symptoms such as pain and nausea from constipation of intestinal reflexes may be alleviated by the antiemetic and analgesic properties of marijuana.
Self Relief Of Constiptaiton
Relief of constipation was one of the original marijuana uses cited by Shen-Nung five thousand years ago. Virtually every historical medical reference since that time has included similar observations. The relaxing effects of THC can help your intestines pass bulk bowel movements much easier and more quickly because the cannabinoid (THC) relaxes the nerves in the intestinal wall. Also, THC helps the stomach digest and process foods more easily.
Smoking/Vaporizing cannabis will relax your bowels. Smoking marijuana worked to produce an immediate result, usually in less than two minutes.
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