Does Cannabis Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, affects nearly 35 million americans and is the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the colon. IBS patients often suffer a wide range of symptoms, including nausea, abdominal pain and cramping, gas, bloating, "fullness," chronic constipation and/or diarrhea, mucus in the stool, and the uncontrollable urgency to have a bowel movement.

One study conducted in 2003 in Italy revealed the THC in cannabis reduced intestinal motility, thereby alleviating colonic spasms and abdominal pain in IBS patients. In addition, marijuana interacts with the endocannabinoid system and supplies supplementary cannabinoids for those who suffer from an endocannabinoid deficiency. Because of this, some researchers theorize that marijuana is able to provide "broad spectrum" relief for certain diseases, including IBS, so that it can provide relief for most or all symptoms associated with the disease. 

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