by Seshata on 18/12/2015 | Consumption Medicinal

Cannabis can affect the digestive system in both positive and negative ways

Digestive system The endocannabinoid system is fundamentally important to the regulation of digestive processes including appetite, salivation, hunger, and satiety. Cannabinoid receptors are widely distributed throughout the digestive system, as well as in the brain regions considered to be crucial to the gut-brain axis.


In some individuals, introducing extra cannabinoids to the finely-tuned endocannabinoid system of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (the scientific term for the digestive system) can cause positive effects. This is particularly true in individuals suffering from certain gastrointestinal disorders, including Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Cannabis eases nausea in most people, but may actually cause it in others (Evil Erin)
Cannabis eases nausea in most people, but may actually cause it in others (Evil Erin)

The endocannabinoid system is complex and finely-tuned

Furthermore, in individuals lacking in appetite, cannabis can be all that’s needed to induce ravenous hunger. This can be highly advantageous in individuals suffering from certain illnesses that affect the appetite, from cancer to eating disorders themselves, as well as otherwise-healthy individuals whose appetite loss is due to stress or other factors.

On the other hand, in some individuals, the effect of introducing extra cannabinoids to the GI tract is disruptive, and can cause a range of unusual and unexpected symptoms. Some scientists even believe that in rare cases, cannabis can cause an acute vomiting syndrome known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, as well as potentially causing acute pancreatitis.

Positive effects of cannabis use in the GI tract

Multiple studies have demonstrated that cannabis can be helpful in the management of Crohn’s, IBD, IBS, and cancer-related anorexia and cachexia (appetite loss and muscle wasting). The first three conditions are even speculated to be a result of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), a condition in which the individual does not produce enough cannabinoids or cannabinoid receptors, as a result of developmental problems in utero or in early childhood.

In general, cannabinoids have been associated with reducing inflammation in the GI tract, and are also known to reduce intestinal motility (basically, to reduce the speed at which matter passes through the intestine) and fluid secretions caused by inflammation, which helps to soothe nausea and prevent vomiting and diarrhoea.

How does cannabis stimulate the appetite?

In “normal” individuals, hunger pangs are generated when the stomach gets empty. A hormone called ghrelin is released, which stimulates the vagus nerves of the GI tract and travel up to the brain along the gut-brain axis to reach the hypothalamus, where the hunger pangs actually originate.

THC actually activates the ghrelin receptors, sending signals along the gut-brain axis to the brain regions responsible for issuing sensations of hunger (particularly the hypothalamus) and ultimately causing hunger pangs even if the stomach is not empty.

Negative effects of cannabis use in the GI tract

At the opposite end of the spectrum, cannabis use can sometimes cause unpleasant digestive problems, and in some extremely rare cases is thought to cause certain serious and debilitating conditions. Generally, this phenomenon appears to affect chronic users that have used cannabis heavily for several years.

The hypothalamus is responsible for generating sensations of hunger
The hypothalamus is responsible for generating sensations of hunger

Although cannabis use is generally associated with appetite stimulation, it appears that in some cases, it has the opposite effect, and leaves users nauseous and unable to eat. Other symptoms commonly reported by affected individuals are abdominal pain and nausea, and occasionally vomiting. This effect is widely reported anecdotally on forums across the internet, although it does not appear that any formal investigation of the claim has been made.

Many long-term cannabis users report that they are unable to eat unless they smoke cannabis; in most cases, symptoms resolve and normal appetite resumes approximately a week after cessation of use. In such cases, could it be that heavy cannabis use is affecting normal ghrelin signalling so that the individual ends up needing THC to do the job of ghrelin?

A rather smaller but more significant group of individuals state that while they smoke cannabis they are entirely unable to eat, or can only tolerate smaller-than-normal amounts of food. This seems entirely counterintuitive, given that THC should stimulate the ghrelin receptors and cause feelings of hunger. However, given the large number of similar reports, there does appear to be a phenomenon worth investigating.

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

This effect may be associated with the rare disorder known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. The few patients reported to have been affected by this condition sought medical treatment for acute vomiting and nausea after a period of heavy and protracted cannabis use, leading the authors of the case studies to conclude that cannabis was the cause of the problem.

Although controversial and little-studied, this condition now numbers two dozen or so case reports, all of which are remarkably consistent, and all of which strongly implicate cannabis. Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome causes cyclic vomiting, and a compulsive need to bathe in an effort to relieve the sensations of nausea and needing to vomit. Again, it typically occurs in those that have used cannabis heavily for numerous years.

Although most case reports have made no effort to explain the mechanism underlying this apparently-paradoxical side-effect of heavy and prolonged cannabis use, at least one study has postulated that the syndrome may occur due to the effect of THC on gut motility, which is thought to potentially lead to delayed gastric emptying.

Cannabis-induced acute pancreatitis

As well as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, cannabis has now been linked to a handful of cases of acute pancreatitis—although again, the association is shaky, and most of the case reports involve individuals who also smoked tobacco heavily for multiple years.

Compulsive showering is an unique feature of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (AndYaDontStop)
Compulsive showering is an unique feature of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (AndYaDontStop)

There are now around half a dozen reports of individuals presenting with acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), whose conditions are ultimately blamed on cannabis due to heavy use in the period leading up to seeking treatment. In one case, the patient was observed for several weeks, and it was eventually found that his condition worsened after each time he smoked cannabis (which was brought to him at the hospital in secret by friends).

Therefore, it does seem that cannabis at least has a role to play, although it may also be that these individuals have a pre-existing condition which is somehow being exacerbated by consumption of cannabis. Or it may be that the effect is dose-dependent, or depends on the activity of other signalling molecules. Indeed, a recent study into anandamide levels in individuals with pancreatitis found that anandamide could either reduce or increase the severity of the pancreatitis, depending on whether it was administered before or after administration of cerulein, a stomach hormone also known to influence gut motility and fluid secretions.

Why do some people experience digestive problems with cannabis?

It is not clear why some people report these seemingly-contradictory effects of cannabis use, and it is not proven that cannabis is indeed the underlying cause. However, the sheer amount of anecdotal reports does tend to imply that cannabis use is in some way associated with the phenomenon.

One potential avenue of enquiry is other pre-existing conditions that can cause digestive problems, which may be exacerbated by cannabis use. For example, chronic stress is known to cause many sufferers to experience appetite loss, and is also commonly treated with cannabis. Many anecdotal reports of heavy cannabis use with appetite loss also involve symptoms of stress; furthermore, it is known that both cannabis use and chronic stress can alter the production and transmission of the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin.

Beyond the obvious considerations of dose, consistency and duration of cannabis use (and the slightly less obvious interactions and relationships between the myriad gut compounds such as ghrelin and cerulein), it may well prove to be the case that genetic differences between individuals determine the likelihood of experiencing negative effects on appetite regulation with use of cannabis. Often, a single mutation to a single gene can cause an individual to experience the reverse of what is deemed “normal”.

The potential negative effects of cannabis may sometimes be underreported by individuals that experience them. This may be due to fear of judgement or punishment, particularly in societies where cannabis remains illegal, but may also be due to the pervasive trend for blind faith in cannabis’ healing properties and complete denial of anything that runs counter to that argument.

However, it is important that we move away from this tendency, in order to present an unbiased picture of the true potential that cannabis has to offer, along with its limitations and contraindications.

Cannabis truly does have numerous remarkable properties and a wide application within medicine, but it is disingenuous to state that it has absolutely no potential to cause unpleasant and debilitating side-effects in some individuals. However, these side-effects are typically mild, and although they may occasionally become severe, this appears to be limited to a tiny fraction compared to the total number who consume it regularly without detriment, for either recreational or medical reasons.

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Mark

Smoking upsets the stomach. Don’t smoke cannabis if it upsets the stomach. Don’t burn your medicine.

07/01/2016

jason

What a load of crap. Not one reference to a scientific article orstudy. Just complete conjecture and hear say.

07/01/2016

Sarah

Actually I have to disagree. 2 weeks ago I would have agreed with you. I have smoked pot for 9 years occasionally I stopped not for long periods of time the longest was 6 months due to being pregnant. This entire year I have had stomach problems. In march I had my gallbladder removed, after that it went downhill. The month has been the worst yet. Over the past few months I have been to multiple doctors, in and out of the hospital, several tests all coming back normal besides the fact that I have IBS. My doctor had switched to dermatology so I had to see a different doctor. I explained to her what had been going on and had been up front and honest about my marijuana use. I had been throwing up once a week then it turned into every other day that turned into everyday multiple times no appetite couldn't eat I told her I had to smoke to not throw up the zofran and phenergan were no longer working as if I were immune. That's when she told me that smoking pot can actually make you sick. I didn't believe her. I googled it and everything that I had been going through was there. Im a pothead people can call me dumb all they want marijuana is addicting for me so I have a problem when I quit. It took me 3 days to finally stop saying one more blunt but today I'm one week clean and I haven't thrown up in 2 days. My nausea has lessened dramatically. My appetite has picked back up. My stomach pain is nowhere close to as bad as it was. When I ate French fries and half of a cheeseburger at 7 pm and woke up at 5:30 am and threw up whole French fries and chunks of meat I knew something was wrong. I threw up 3 more times the same thing. I took a zofran. Later that day I had 2 bowel movements and there was no bowels it was whole French fries. I don't know about anyone else but I've only ever had whole corn come out like that. I am now being tested for gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) this is my experience of course everyone has their own opinions and just like I said marijuana is the miracle drug but its not perfect for everyone and sometimes and can do more damage then good. I suffer from fibromyalgia as well I haven't had any pain while smoking. I imagine this will return soon.

16/09/2016

Sam

Isn't the preconception that cannabis has no adverse effects also just hearsay and conjecture? Like most homeopathic remedies, scientific evidence on both sides of the argument are lacking, so it's foolish to accept your experiences as universal.

06/04/2017

Mike

Don't be insensitive bro. Your not as smart as you think. I hate when people come on these forums and bash peoples stories. Why would they make it up? They constantly say "I love weed but this happened" then people like you come on here and think you know so much. There are people whose bodies react differently to different things. Some people are allergic to shellfish. Some people can't smoke weed. Simple. Don't overthink it.

19/04/2017

Dave

Unfortunately I agree with this article. I have been smoking everyday for nearly 13 years. I would easily smoke 1 -2 grams a day with very little tabacco if any sometimes (don't like tabacco yuk taste) Pretty much stoned more than sober in a given period. I love cannabis and so annoyed that its after affecting my health. Tonight i did a allergy test by rubbing a bud on my skin and within a minute or so a rash appears. I already knew that i get a rash when cannabis touches my skin as i used to grow my own and when tending the plants i got a rash after brushing off them. Now i remember i was not always allergic to cannabis, it developed over time. So about a year ago I noticed my appetite was poor without a smoke and eventually would try smoke before a meal to eat more. No big deal I taught. Also I might add, my stools were very lose every morning and bowel movement like clockwork (literally when i got up out of bed i would walk to toilet) which are symptoms of IBS. With all these symptoms over the last year I developed an abscess in my ass a few months ago unbeknow. Last week it started to pain me and low and behold I am in emergency with severe pain and slight septicaemia. Surgery to drain abcess. Day 2 after surgery decided to have a joint. I felt same sensation in my bum that I felt before. It just didn't feel right so I decided to stop smoking for a few days. Day 6 after surgery and just realised that I need to give up as I am defo allergic to cannabis and it is affecting my digestive system. I always said I would smoke for the rest of my life as I enjoy smoking cannabis and built my lifestyle around smoking cannabis. I don't drink so I just use to smoke. Anyway just wanted to post this and let people know that it's not bullshit. The research will definetly follow in the coming years as this research is relatively new to science due to increasing numbers of cannabis smokers (which is brilliant for society). I am so annoyed that it has started to affect my health but life goes on.

10/06/2017

abe

Scientific research is not conducted on Schedule 1 drugs, in any significant way. The Federal law prohibits it. Only now that states are legalizing it is there any possibility that thorough research will even be possible under law.

14/06/2017

abe

Clinical research by any institution that receives federal funding (which means virtually ALL universities and research hospitals) PROHIBITS research into Schedule 1 drugs.

Only now that states are legalizing it, is it coming onto the radar.

14/06/2017

Kjtel

I presently am taking 1/1 cannibus oil for Brest cancer
And I have all of these symptoms so it is true
Doing cannabis is no picnic
But better than Chemo on my case

02/08/2017

nik

I just had a smoothie with a handful of organic raw cannabis leaves and my stomach is wrenching right now - sucks. I love cannabis and use CBD for chronic pain. But the leaves mess me up

04/08/2017

Adonis

Actually it's not a load of crap. I am also suffering from this same condition except my liver seems to get enlarged with extreme loss of appetite and bloating. But after I stop smoking for at least a week, I'm back to almost normal.

01/10/2017

Paul schlussel

I got diagnosed with nutcracker’s esophagus in 2006 at the age of 26. it causes painful esophageal contractions caused by a disfunction of the vagus nerve. I have ptsd and anxiety disorder and using cannabis I would not be able to eat, or eat very little. most of the strains are sativa based so that might also be a be a factor.

07/01/2016

J F

Have you considered the fact that a lack of oxygen could be the root of some digestive problems? I am a heavy cannabis user & notice my breathing slows down considerably when I’ve been using, which could lead to a lack of oxygen supply in the blood stream. I’m guessing that if this happens regularly it could be damaging, particularly to the brain, heart & digestive system.

07/01/2016

M.

I think CHS is what has been happening to me for last 3.5 yrs.

07/01/2016

Michael Vipperman

Great article. Good perspective. One thing to note in the case reports of appetite suppression from use is that the people can usually eat fine after around an hour — it’s the initial 45 minutes of the high during which it’s difficult to eat. I am among that group, and have interviewed others. As you say, it’s probably related to the processing of stress. Further research is necessary but it’s worth noting that certain types of pathology, including ADHD and PTSD, involve deficient stress responses which can be stimulated and regulated by cannabis use, and which involve underlying dysregulation in the endocannabinoid system. Trauma survivors typically have an “all or nothing” stress response, whereas marijuana triggers a “some now, less later” pattern of response, triggering a release while improving feedback inhibition and thereby protecting against the adverse effects of protracted stress. In somebody whose stress response is usually deficient (except when it comes in a flood, overwhelms and harms them), marijuana is extremely useful, and more stimulating than in somebody whose stress response is usually elevated. This suggests that the reduced appetite in a minority of users is not necessarily a sign that cannabis is hurting that person, and may instead by a sign that cannabis is helping, but for different reasons than in those in whom it stimulates appetite. But there are probably multiple causal pathways in different people, and, as your perspective assumes, it’s likely that some are hurt by cannabis even while many others are benefiting from it, and that there are people who receive some benefits while also experiencing some harms.

07/01/2016

Harry

i like the honesty and the transparency of this article.

07/01/2016

Maestroe

Bonjour ! :)
Hi all :)

suffer from hyperemesis cannabis for 8 years now.
I am French, and nobody, neither my doctor did tell me knew what I had
It was only last year that I came across an article talking to exemens and analysis on this topic in Australia.
We must talk about this disease that hampers life !!!
A common syndrome is the “hot shower” or “hot” to appease chills and nausea !!!!!
This disease is very painful and unpleasant.
I drink aloe vera gel 90% pure to relieve my upset tummy
Peace.

07/01/2016

MERRY BOUFFARD

I began taking cannabis coconut oil 3 weeks ago. After 2-3 days, I had to stop most things, I do in life. My stomach bloated so big, so sore and the pain was unbelievable. I was taking it for pain. I tried for 12 days, not thinking it was the cannabis, I even tried it with olive oil, same thing. I have now stopped the cocobutter, my tummy is slowly going back to the way it was. I have celiac, IBS, anxiety, COPD, so was looking for relief. Instead I became so ill.

03/09/2016

Steve

Hi Maestroe,

I live in Illinois and recently got my Medical Marijuana License to help with Chronic pain. I tried a friends Pot Brownie just before getting my license and I threw up violently within the 1st 2 hours and that was followed by Diarrhea.

Since then I have tried almost ever form of edible Marijuana in different forms
( Gummies Caramels Tincture Oil CBD Pills ) All of the edible forms give me Diarrhea and not much relief from the pain. The CBD pills did actually knock me out for 2 2 hour stretches during the day and did help with my pain level but the next day was spent near my toilet.

I can smoke marijuana and get high which is always fun but I did not get my license to "Get High" I had stopped smoking Marijuana in my mid twenties and am now 55 years old.

So my question Maestroe is were you diagnosed with Cannabinoid Hypermesis Syndrome or did you assume you had it because of your symptoms?

Maestroe can you email me at Steveabrand@yahoo.com and perhaps we can trade emails so I can find out more about your situation as it relates to my own?

Thanks

Steve

20/04/2017

J.

I have not smoked pot for decades and seldom drink. I'm now 64 dealing with long-term effects of multiple cancers, chemos & radiation (since my late 20s). I consider myself a lucky survivor w/chronic illness that until lately I'd been handling okay. A friend suggested I try a THC-laced salve currently legal & available in Colorado for severe joint pain and fatigue due to my inability to sleep soundly. It helped right away, however, after only a couple of months I am now dealing with severe bloating and digestive issues I've never had before. My symptoms are what led me to this article as I couldn't think of anything odd or different in my system that might cause this horrible condition other than administering the THC salve. Been trying Probiotics, as much water as I can drink, cut way back on dairy thinking I may have developed a lactose intolerance; don't eat much gluten, if any - and at this point I cannot eat anything without severe abdominal discomfort. I'm never hungry now as my stomach is hugely bloated most of the time. I did not become irregular until the past week or so; am able to urinate w/o pain but stool now soft and I'm tempted to take laxatives in attempts to clear myself out entirely! I'm really at a loss and have insufficient insurance to seek adequate medical care so I'm now trying to heal myself by process of elimination but I'm running out of things to eliminate. My only comfort is lying on the floor to alleviate pressure on my middle area. Just thought I'd share since there seem to be so many pros & cons on this topic.

26/07/2017

Anthony

Really enjoyed this article, although it kind of scares me at the same time. I’ve noticed just about everything that was listed here and have been a very regular tobacco/marijuana user and have used them both together for the past 9 years (I’m only 22). There are times at work especially when I feel a burning in my lower back that carries to my stomach. I used to get an appetite until I started using tobacco with marijuana, and with my lack of food/sleep I really rely on it for both of those things but now it does just the opposite.

07/01/2016

Luiz

Thanks for posting this!

I've been using cannabis oil to relief my Ulcerative colitis symptons as abdominal pain and lack of appetite, but it's also good to know more information about the negative effects it can cause. Fortunately, for now I can tell you it has helped a lot.

08/05/2016

Jess

I use it for my UC as well

16/09/2017

A

I have been smoking to help me sleep for about a year bc I have narcolepsy and taking modifinal was making it hard for my system to settle at night. Having narcolepsy, I lack hypocretin, so I think I am that "mutated gene" you speak of. Narcoleptics don't get the deep sleep, which is why we are tired during wake hours, so naturally I thought cannabis would help me with quality of sleep. When I started smoking more, in mornings and taking prana cbd at night, I lost my appetite completely. A month in, I thought it was my narcolepsy meds bc they were increased and that tore my stomach up, so I quit cold turkey but continued cannabis. Now I am thinking cannabis is the culprit, Two months later still no appetite and For the last 4 days I have felt like I have an ulcer. How long should it take for my natural cannaboid system to default back? The stress makes it worse, so of course I want to take cannabis, so at this point it feels worth waiting it out. Anyone else experience anything like this? I am all about the legalization & grow my own in Cali, but I'm finding my system may be one that can't handle it 24/7. I'm curious if I will be able to recreationally use it once I feel back to normal or if it will retrigger these systems.

21/05/2016

Ed Toal

I'm 64.I am an x jockey.I've had 9 major operations all stemming from horse injuries.6 of these operations were on my guts,so my digestion system is deffinately compermised.I have smoked herb for the last 45 year's.I love to smoke pot!For the last several years I've had all of the nasty symptoms.I was vomiting almost daily during these past few years.Someone had told me 4 years ago that pot might be causing my problems.I refused to believe this person being the pot advocate that I had been for many many years.I have been seeing a gastro Dr. at UCLA.He did numerous tests on me trying to figure me out to no avail,then about 4 month's ago he called me up and told me that he had nothing against pot,but that in rare cases it slows down their motility and that I might want to try quiting.I quit that day.I was still sick the next day,probably because my system was still loaded with thc.The next day I didn't get sick though and didn't get sick for the next 2 month's and gaind 11 pounds,witch was amazing for me.Normally it might take me 2 months just to gain a couple of pounds.Then My dog who was my best friend got killed bye coyotes.I was devastated and started smoking again.I was ok for about 5 or 6 weeks,but then the symptoms came back.I kept on smoking for about 3 more weeks and lost the 11 pounds that I had gained.So I quit again a week ago.Now I feel much better again and have no doubt that pot is the culprit.Dammit!!!!!!I love getting off of the planet,especially after a stressful day,but the bottom line is witch is more worth it,being sick or getting high.I'm one of those all in kind of guy's,in other words,I like to get high every day,but I think if you are strong enough to refrain most of the time an occasional buzz might not be harmful.Also I think setiva might be easier on the gut than indica,witch I prefer.Not sure about that though.I hope that this info might be of some help to you.
Namaste
Ed

29/05/2016

tom

it took me forever to figure out it was causing the very thing i starting treating with it , i stopped smoking pot , but im addicted to BHO hashoil now , seriously interferes with my digestion

18/03/2017

L

Wow I suffer from the Same thing as you !!! I get 1 hr of R.E.M. Sleep I'm On gabapentin 900 mg For 12 years now 😳 And has been a cannabis smoker for longer than I can remember 🤦🏻‍♀️ I smoke because of the ongoing headache I suffer because of us not getting proper sleep so I have a headache every single day waking up and helps take away my headache but I have to suffer with my stomach bothering me most of the day 😢& suffer with most of the side effects ... I was complaining about my stomach someone had mention that I needed to Google what It can do to your stomach so I'm quitting I would love to know as well how long will it take for our bellies to get better 😢😢 good luck !! 🍀

16/08/2017

Nadine

I started using cannabis to reduce my eye pressures. I've had glaucoma half my life and despite careful motoring, medicating, and some surgery, have lost just about all the overlapping vision between both eyes, so I really don't want to lose any more. Meanwhile, I had breast cancer a few years ago, and I'm on a breast cancer med to reduce the risk of recurrence) that increases my eye pressure (examestane, an aromatase inhibitor.) I noticed my eye pressures are higher at night -- and research shows that everyone's eye pressures are higher when we lie down -- so I started doing cannabis in the evening.

Well.... another side effect of my examestane has been awful digestive problems, generally followed by diarrhea with nausea the next day. I'm only just realizing that my indigestion isn't randomly up and down -- it's actually always gone on the nights when I've had cannabis. (I cook & eat it rather than smoking it, so sometimes I run out and have some days without it before I make a new batch.) I hadn't made the connection before. Cannabis is well known for addressing nausea -- especially chemo nausea -- but I hadn't realized it could help with indigestion, which is quite different. This is a very exciting discovery....

28/05/2016

Jeff

I am 68 yrs. As a child I had Polio. I was"cured" through out my life, complete mobility etc. However, 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS). PPS major problem for me is further loss of the muscles in my body...walking, lifting. By the way this has completely STRESSED my life. So, as I was searching for a "cure" for my digestive (constipation) problem, I came across with your article regarding cannabis. I had been smoking marijuana for all of my stress. When I stopped smoking...my digestive system stopped working properly, constipation (muscle problem) began immediately! Then, I went back to smoking and my digestive system works completely! I have an appetite AND it leaves my body properly! SO, the smoking of marijuana has cured my digestive problem brought on by PPS!!!!!! For me, the cannabis works better then milk of magnesia...Metamucile and other medications, Colace etc.,etc.,etc.
Have a great day!
Jeff

27/06/2016

James

I started smoking about three years ago. I was off and on id smoke during the summer and that was it I've been smoking about 8 months straight now, but every time I quit my digestive system acts funny. Sometimes I'm constipated and sometimes I have diarrhea, but hardly ever regular stools. When I smoke everything goes back to normal. What's wrong with me!

19/08/2016

lee

hii am mwangi from kenya ive smoked pot for the last 6-9 months now and i have been experiencing exact symptoms ....as yours dont know the prob...myb uve got an idea??

19/01/2017

Same

Same with me! I beleive we are taking marijuana too much. I plan to go on a long 2-3 month break, and then I will see if I can take marijuana once -twice a week max.

26/06/2017

Juna

WARNING: Don't depend on edible marijuana for sleep! It has ruined me. I lost a tremendous amount of weight and developed severe gastroenterological distress. I became completely addicted to the point that I could not sleep without it. I'm off it now but have been severely affected.

29/08/2016

Chris

I like to ask Juna, what is your symtoms of your gastroenterological?
I eat cookies usually, almost a little every day, for about 2 years now.
I am having blowed intestines, I wonder if that is cause by me eating cannabis cookies?

13/12/2016

Adonis

I'm 26 years old. Got diagnosed with testicular cancer back in April. I got two surgeries to avoid chemotherapy but it ended up spreading to my lungs in 3 months. I just finished my 4th round of chemo and waiting for a CT scna next week to see what's going on. I've been eating edibles for about 13 weeks now. Taking CBD THC rice size droplets about 3 times a day. Some mixed with coconut oil, some with out. I've eating butter with my eggs, brownies, cookies, everything. Even putting on lotion that works. It has been a lifesaver through chemo. All of sudden (aside from the vomittimg from chemo) I've been waking up extremely nauseas and sometimes not being able to make it to the toilet. As I'm writing this, I took 2 thc pills about 2 hours ago. I'm definitely feeling them but I'm extremely nauseas. I'm worried now about this because I have been taking this religiously for 13 weeks. Like a lot. But I also want to beet this Damn cancer!! And I know cbd and thc is a true fighter against tumors in the lungs. I'm thinking about getting a colonoscopy/endoscopy as soon as I get the ok from the doctor because my stomach is torn apart. I automatically assumed it was the Chemo but after ready some articles I found it could be the weed. And now that chemo has been done for 2 weeks, and im vomitting/nauseas, I'm worried. Any suggestions or comments will be great

13/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Adonis,

Thanks for your comment, I am sorry to hear about your condition. As we are not medical professionals, I cannot offer any advice on this other than to check with your doctor, as every person's case is different, and to say keep fighting!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

13/10/2016

Joyce

Please ask you doctor for a prescription for zofran for the nausea. It is the best drug for you circumstance. Smoking weed seems to decrease nausea, but oral ingestion does not. If you want to continue with the weed, use zofran for nausea and smoke ( or vape) the weed and it should help

11/08/2017

Arlis

I see this comment is almost a year old, but if you are still looking for solutions, you will want to watch "The Truth about Cancer" series, by Ty Bollinger. If you google it, you should be able to find it. Cheers!

29/09/2017

D.anderson

Ive been smoking cannabis heavily since my teens. Fornthe last 5 years ive been waking up at 5 and having a big joint on my way to work at half 5. I keep my self topped up during work with small joints then have a few joints when i get home. I think i may have done my bowels some real damage i am very worried at the minute. And i know its time to quit. I am really scared because it is such a big part of my life and itqill leave a big void when i stop. Has anyone got any good tips to help with withdrawal

27/10/2016

Terri Beach

I have completed a 60 gram 90 day course of highly concentrated organic cannabis oil for cancer treatment and not only did it not work and the cancer spread, I have been naseous for going on 4 months. I've lost almost 25 pounds and can hardly eat. The oil was a high THC, very low CBD, RSO. All packages had the labratory % of each, as is required in WA state.

I pray that this has not caused permanent damage to my stomach even though it feels like it...

21/12/2016

Kris

Terri, I have an important question for you: Was your cancer estrogen positive by any chance? I have been reading that high THC can cause estrogen positive cancer to spread, but I read other articles that stated that an original 2009 study was debunked by a study in 2013. I have estrogen positive cancer and am treating myself with 60 grams of 1:1 RSO, so your answer would be very helpful to me personally.

12/10/2017

Mee

I'm actually among those handful that gets worse I believe. Never really thought about it hurting rather than helping my crohn's. I knew that it enhances bipolar disorders and such but didn't know it could harm the GI.
This article helped me so much. Thank you.
On a side note, I found this as I was sitting in the bathroom nauseous as heck with it being my third day without smoking and was running a shower to feel better....talk about hitting the nail on the head there....

04/01/2017

Willard

I've been an off again-on again user.
I recently have been trying a high grade of cannabis.
After 2 weeks of heavy smoking I am getting sick in the stomach.
I have stopped smoking entirely and will do so for a week to see what happens.

10/01/2017

Bryan

I have smoked pot for over 2 decades first recreationally and then medically. There's not really much of a difference. I average a 1/4 ounce per week, only good home grown. I prefer sativa strains for reducing anxiety and helping me to focus. The only issues I have experienced from Marijuana and the GI tract are first thing in the morning. If I had an early or light dinner I can wake up to some horrible stomach pains. Like knives in my belly. Smoking pot can numb these pains. However quickly eating food makes the pains go away immediately, so that's what I usually do. I can report also having some long term diarrhea, which I thought to be diet related, but may be another pot related issue. I did not have any issue with this until maybe 32 years of age. So it may not be as noticeable in younger people or in short term use. I have stopped at times for 6 months and a year, and these morning pains also stop so they are definitely linked. It makes me really sad that millions use this drug medically for a long time and there is only online anecdotal information. Hasn't it been legal in Holland for a long time. Hey at least there's plenty of medical information on opiate pain killers, why are they still using them...money. sativex looks like an interesting new pain killer. Finally the science community can get their head out of their church going assess and do some real science. If you want to protect a community from a drug, understand it, don't just ban it.

14/01/2017

Laura

Amen.

28/07/2017

ADRIAN

I live in Mexico City. Yesterday I had a crisis consisting of severe and cyclic nauseous episodes and the feeling of severe pain in my stomach, like burning and twisting inside. I was desperate and agonizing, it was hell. It started right after I evacuated in the morning, no diarrhea. I started sweating cold and then discomfort, nausea and stomach pain lasted around 24h. In the first stages of the crisis I threw up even water and medicines so my sitter had to buy metoclopramide shots, with only a paliative effect. I could not sleep. I lost some weight. Anyone has felt this symptoms lasting for 24 hours? I didn`t feel any compulsive need to take a bath.

This has been the third crisis, with the same intensity in different months. My doctor knows that I smoke cannabis but he says it might be linked or it may not so he suggests a colonoscopy to discard Helicobacter or an ulcer.

I am linking the fact that some days I like to eat more at night, and if I go to sleep soon after smoking in bong, my intestines and stomach may be delayed and then all the food may start fermenting and breaking down. I think this may be a cause of many.

18/01/2017

Angela Kersey

I've been suffering for years and recently so much worse so I've been studying and studying and I wound up at the vagus nerve there's great information about how to stimulate it online I've never even heard of it and now I think it's going to change my life

03/06/2017

Eve

There is a reason they call weed smokers stoners...it is giving us stones in our livers and gallbladders. CBD stones can be found in the gallbladder of chronic smokers...that's us. Doctor wanted to take my gallbladder out because of some stones that showed up on ultrasound. He was like a bulldog, calling me and trying to talk me into taking the dammed thing out. No way! I will do a cleanse and flush these things. Better watch out all of you chronic smokers like me. The is very intentional....Thank George Soros and Monsanto.

The pain is intense under my right breast. It feels like a sword is going through my breast. The other side, same height on my back is killing me too. This is also pain from the enlarged and inflamed gallbladder. There is a flush called the Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse by Houda Clark. Looks like I will be taking a break on the weed (see me crying?) and for the next few months, I will be flushing these babies out every few weeks, as these flushes take the entire weekend to plan. Oh boy, I even get to do enemas! Yuck.

Be warned everybody. They lied to us. AGAIN!

01/11/2017

Cyclical vomiting

I am one of those case studies . With the showers and the vomiting. It's 100% true and will be scientific shortly. I quit for a year and it disappeared. I smoked again and it came back.

18/02/2017

Ryan

I am thinking that most of these cases are caused by smoking the cannabis instead of taking it a natural way through the digestive system. I also see that most of the people having the problem have been heavy users for some time. I think everything needs to be taken in moderation to maintain a healthy ecosystem . Smoking no matter what the material can cause nausea and vomiting, as well as many other digestive issues. I see no science in any of these comments.. Smoke is bad that is fact. I think you can link every signal thing you are experiencing to smoking of any kind, the body can only handle so much. Please can somebody that has taken it orally or give some info. The title of the article should be positive digestive advantages of using cannabis, and negative effect of smoking of any type is more accurate. This is why no studies will ever be confirmed, any material smoked can cause all the things mentioned and more. The body is not made to inhale large amounts of carbon dioxide which could be the main reason for most of these issues.

29/03/2017

Kris

Ryan, I have been ingesting Rick Simpson Oil as a first-time medical cannabis user for over two months and have had serious digestive issues. I was thinking that the digestive symptoms were due to stress, but am now wondering whether cannabis is the actual cause. We really need cannabis to be taken off Schedule 1 so that it can be researched properly.

12/10/2017

Food Sensitivities

Has anyone else developed specific food intolerances from smoking (or should I say ingesting weed, I get the same problems from edibles)? I've had many many tests done (blood, stool, allergy, celiac, breath, endoscopy) all normal and yet while I have general discomfort daily no matter what I eat (I believe from smoking daily or every other day for 2-3 years) there are specific foods which cause particularly bad reactions now:

// [Warning: TMI] //

Gluten and some other grains (sometimes corn and rice): tingling sensation in hands and feet
Dairy: "fluffy" long stool that is difficult to pass and "dissipates" upon flushing
Red meat: general discomfort
Spicy food / seasonings: burning sensation and bloating, incomplete evacuation from following stool
Fructose (as opposed to straight Glucose): bloating, discomfort

And these problems often last into the following day and sometimes further. This is not everything but the main problems I have identified. I've quit for 3 1/2 weeks now and while I now go on a regularly basis and color has returned to my stool, in addition to not being able to eat the above I now produce hard dark balls of poop all the time, almost like rabbit stool but clumped together that is very hard to pass and uncomfortable and has given me hemorrhoids. Honestly this is still a huge improvement but I'm wondering how long it will be until I produce normal stool. I can't concentrate on anything, including school work which is suffering and I was just recently fired from my job as my performance and attitude when I am in pain all the time and dread (but also love) eating was admittedly terrible. I was also on adderall when these problems developed but quitting that didn't help, quitting weed at least I've seen some improvement. I've tried many probiotics and a bunch of other crap from Amazon. I'm 25 male and in otherwise good shape and perfect health.

So please if anyone else has developed FOOD SENSITIVITIES / INTOLERANCES / ALLERGIES FROM WEED please comment and share your story.

03/04/2017

Amy Corbin

I have experienced the exact same thing. Started smoking weed to wean me off the numerous RXs the doctors had me on to treat ulcer colitis and stomach ulcers and acid reflux. It worked GREAT. But then I started to notice I was sick whenever I ate red meat. I was also sick when I didn't eat red meat but it was different. Reading your post... TMI and all, has really brought my symptoms to light. Thank you! I am going to stop for a few weeks and see if it helps.

22/09/2017

Aunt

I have a 30 yr. old nephew in the hospital right now who has been smoking pot for probably 15 years or more. His intestines twisted and ruptured, he had emergency surgery and now has tubes coming out everywhere trying to remove all the septic (shit) that went trough his system. Pray for him.

04/04/2017

Angela

I'm so sorry can you update me on this

02/06/2017

Marla

I am absolutely sure there are issues with long term heavy use for some people. I have suffered severe stomach issues at times and it flared up if I overdid stuff. I gave also started suffering awful physical withdrawal symptoms including rocketing blood pressure. I am a heavy smoker over thirty years.

Do not smoke more than an eighth a week on average. Perhaps weight and muscle mass of a person affects how much is acceptable for any person as well.

08/04/2017

gav

did monsato get that pattern on weed seeds

25/04/2017

Donna

I appreciate the information that is shared here. Wondering if anyone can help in the search for info/experiences concerning the cessation of Rick Simpson oil. My son treated his turmoil for four months at a high dose. He ran out of the oil and went through very difficult withdrawal. The sudden withdrawal was not intended, a snowstorm trapped him from his access. Now he is trying to titration down, and is experiencing sudden severe episodes of an energy drop and nausea daily.
We have not yet found any helpful info on this physical reaction. Would you please share ANY clues to understanding this reaction! Thank you so very much for the insight.

26/04/2017

CS

I've been on pain meds for years from chronic pain from a car accident. The meds have trashed my stomach and I can tolerate less and less of them. My pain management and sleep MDs both encouraged me to try MJ. The sleep doctor has been kind of insistent that it would help with pain and replace Ambien.

A friend gave me some oil to try, which is the form the sleep doctor recommended. My stomach was already bothering me and my last pain med (gabapentin) was causing terrible itching.

I had started a liver support and detox supplement so I chalked the increased nausea and diarrhea up to that. But what became clear is that the MJ oil a friend gave me to try was the cause of the worsening GI distress.

Two drops, then trying 4 drops, and trying more each night never made me feel high at all. Helped me fall asleep one night without Ambien but I awoke frequently and pain control was very poor.

It's a bummer because a drop a few times a day was managing my pain well without sleepiness or itching. But the GI distress was intolerable. My body was giving a clear signal.

I hadn't used MJ for over 40 years, and never liked it when a teen using it for recreational purposes.

I wanted to share this as my experience is not based on long term use or from smoking it. Guess I'm just in that small percentage that responds differently.

28/04/2017

Angela Kersey

I have to share what I've learned!! I've followed the cause all the way the the Vagus nerve....the constant the stimulation let's it get lazy sometimes and it's a very powerful signaller in the body, doling out good rest, good digestive movement, even balancing mood! I'm so excited and hope this helps someone!!

03/06/2017

Madhav

Thank you all
You have learnt what i have also learnt and understood now after reading for almost three years.. Vagus nerve!!! Mother of all normal functions of various body organs!! People say cause of IBS is not known... it's the vagus nerve irritation!! I have done all trials... considering the day when i started getting stomach problems to this date where i relate all the other symptoms when i got diagnosed with IBS early this year. Alongside i am taking an ayurvedic herbal medicine since 5 months which has made me feel 70% better.. i will beat IBS from its roots and break d ice of its fucking mystery! Yoga and meditation is all needed to tone the vagus nerve for sometime in order to get the nerve function back to normal! I used to smoke pot regularly for 3 years! I started getting stomach issues early in 2015 and didnt know it was IBS till December 2016!! I have recovered tremendously with the ayurvedic medicine and also positive set of mind.. and now i have also unlocked the cause for it- Vagus !!! IBS no more a misery ! Meditation and yogic breathing patterns can help vagus settle down!! We have just irritated the vagus due to irregular habits.. we can definitely fix it.. patience faith and confidence!!

14/07/2017

Jan

I have started getting unpleasant sensation in my stomach, followed by nausia....and i have been using mj for only 3 months! At first, i was plesanty surprised as i was able to go and empty my bowels every morning the moment i wake up. I thougt my life changed for the better, as i was always constipated, up to the point of getting sick without warning. I also noticed i drink a lot less fluids when i smoke mj, so that might be a factor. This is the second morning waking up with nausia, i will try and increase fluid intake. I also smoke normal cigarettes during the day, and the mj at night before bed. I use about 1-2 grams per day.

17/07/2017

Joshua

Thanks for this article and all of you that commented. Last year I would eat food and would throw up, could not figure it out then it stopped. Long time everyday smoker, thinking it was my heital hernia which that might be assisting my alments. I'm now seeing a dr about recent vomiting and diarrea . The gi dr suggested it could be the marijuana. Immediately in my head I denied him but then I found this enlightened article and I have a better insite thanks to you all ! This year has been rough so far so having a relief of a smoke will be hard to give up for sure, but the gut must be well !

13/09/2017

Bud

I am 57, female, and have been a heavy pot smoker for most my life...quarter ounce a week or so....Started as a young teenager, and smoked for 30 years... quit for 10 years....then started again 2 years ago... I don't use any kind of drugs, I've never been a drinker and have never smoked tobacco other than trying it as a teen...hated it then, and now....about a year ago, I began experiencing issues with my stomach...constant pain in my solar plexus region that radiated to my back....loss of appetite...weight loss...nausea... even water would upset my stomach... severe back pain...regular loose stools every morning like clockwork....I actually thought that part was good, as I had always suffered from constipation......the worse I felt, the more I smoked, to try to relieve the symptoms...I lost around 25 lbs in a 6 month period without trying, which was alarming...ended up in the ER and was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis....I'd never had any kind of digestion problems, or any health problems before all this...hadn't been to a doctor in 30 years or so except for well checks...not on any kind of medications, etc...I was sent home with Prilosec, and I also quit smoking after my ER visit because it seemed to exacerbate my anxiety.... within a week of not smoking, my pancreas levels were back to normal, and I felt a whole lot better.....better than I had in months ......so of course, I started smoking again, because I felt so great and I truly love pot...I was smoking less than before, but eventually picked up to my normal pace again......long story short, I thought the Prilosec made me feel better, but it's now been 4 months since I started smoking again, and all the symptoms began resurfacing ....I quit smoking again and within 2 days, I have already started feeling so much better again.... this truly saddens me, because it helps me tremendously with depression, but I've come to the conclusion that perhaps the cannabis use might be the culprit....and physical health trumps mental health...or does it?

28/09/2017

bulletbugs

i am a 34 yrs old male. i have been smoking regularly from last 4 yrs. My job involves extraction and processing of thc oil (legal here). and i like to smoke spliff (20% tobacco, 80% weed). i thought, i had constipation coz i waste a lot of time in the restroom and my further research give me idea that i might have fecal impaction (i was wrong after colonoscopy). i feel my stomach dry and bloated.i tried laxatives, enema but didnt made my stomach healthy. i am still smoking and the culprit might be the weed ,, not sure tho... need to stop for sometime and see the result. i was thinking that the weed might slow down the muscles of the intestine and upset the stomach. not proven yet but who knows it might be proved someday.

12/10/2017

robyn annette holt

I'm 77 years old and suffer badly from Benign Essential Tremor. Five weeks ago I started on cannabis oil, totally lost my appetite about five days later, started feeling really sick with severe pain in my upper stomach. Three weeks later was so sick and dizzy could hardly walk. An ambulance took me to hospital, they did every test possible and found nothing. For the past five days have been taking half a drop of an oil that is supposedly pure, it calms me but doesn't relieve the tremors, I'll keep searching and hopefully find the correct oil for my problem and hope it doesn't create any more problems.

10/11/2017

Jules

I had a bout with cancer 10 years ago. With treatment, I was down to 85 pounds. I began smoking marijuana so I could eat. This method has served me well for the last decade. But in the last 6 months I've been extremely I'll. I vomit 2-3 time a week. I have loose stools every day now, right side pain an weird rectal sensations. Very uncomfortable all of the time. I have episodes of choking, even when swallowing water. It feels like something is STUCK in my chest. I've had every test and they all come back normal. Since doctors are not yet aware of this phenominan, they offered to remove my gall bladder or diagnosed me with IBS. I've just realized that my heavy use of weed is probably the culprit. I'm sad to say, I just quit smoking.

29/11/2017

Dave

I am a 69 year old male. I have smoked pot sence 1967 off and on. Five months started having pain in lower GI track, and numerous (8 TO 10) BM's a night starting at 0230 on. I had sick feeling till my colon was completely empty. I thought the worst colon cancer. I came back to my second home Thailand, to see if doctors could do ct scan to see if there was problem. I have not smoked in 5 days, my stomach pain gone and bowel movements back to normal. I smoked to relieve PTSD, and for sleep. My problem had of been my environment or pot. Happy to say feeling really good now, but miss my Mary Jane

02/12/2017

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