Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affect millions of people round the globe. Medical cannabis is sometimes recommended by doctors to relieve symptoms of IBD and IBS (also known as Digestive Disorders).

Cannabis for Digestive Disorders

Despite challenges and limits of formal research on medical cannabis, it has been reported medical cannabis for IBD and IBS has been found to improve some of the condition’s symptoms through its anti-inflammatory effects.

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Some of the gastrointestinal symptoms that medical cannabis may help relieve include:

  • Nausea and vomiting related to cancer or chemotherapy treatment
  • Poor appetite
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastric ulcers

One small, retrospective study found a nearly 50% drop in daily bowel movements for people using marijuana for Crohn’s disease. Almost 30% were able to stop using all their prescribed medications and instead rely on medical cannabis for symptom management. Keep in mind, though, that these effects won’t necessarily be the outcome for all people who use cannabis for Crohn’s and other digestive disorder symptoms.