Research on Cannabis and IBS Says it May Get You Up and Running Again

Research on Cannabis and IBS Says it May Get You Up and Running Again

A new survey shows shorter hospital stays for IBS patients who consume cannabis. A newly presented study is giving scientists more reason to analyze cannabis consumption for treatment of symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The study was presented online by Digestive Disease Week, after the May 2 (2020) conference was canceled due to COVID-19. In it, the authors correlated IBS and cannabis consumption with fewer readmissions to hospital.1)Choi CJ, et al. Cannabis use is associated with reduced 30-day readmission among hospitalized patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a nationwide analysis. DDW 2020; Abstract #Mo1560. jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_2882_1”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_2882_1”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: “fade”, fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: “top right”, relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); The authors theorized that cannabis consumption may have eased symptoms of IBS. Using 2016 data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, they showed that thirty-day readmission rates among non-cannabis patients were higher (12.7 percent) than those who had consumed cannabis (8.1 percent). The data they collected also showed lower hospitalization charges among cannabis consuming patients. However, researchers haven’t yet determined what all of that means. Not much research has been done in regard to cannabis and IBS. But there have been a few preliminary studies about how the ECS and cannabinoid therapy might affect the gastrointestinal system, which can give us a few clues. The Endocannabinoid System and IBS A review published this year in Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2020) investigated what role the endocannabinoid system (ECS) might play in IBS.2)Pandey, Samiksha, et…

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