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Marijuana Causes Bad Stomach Problems, Etc.

Discussion in 'Medical Marijuana News' started by HomeGrownHairy, Apr 15, 2009.


    MynamewouldbeJosh420 Active Member

    I prefer dabs and edibles, but whatever floats your boat!

    Hotwired Well-Known Member

    I posted this in another thread. It's definitely related to this thread.

    I know this is an old thread but I've had this problem for years. The SAME exact feeling and reaction that you had. I could not figure it out at first but I noticed it happened almost 5 to 10 minutes after I smoked or 30 to 60 minutes after eating a THC treat. It didn't happen all the time and it didn't matter what weed I smoked or what food I ate before, or if I didn't eat at all.

    It mostly happened if I smoked too much and my stomach and esophagus would seem like they tightened up. My chest would start to hurt and I would get shortness of breath. Then I would have this huge burp start to build up and all of a sudden it would SLOWLY start squeezing out of my throat. Then this would repeat over and over for sometimes 2 hours or more.

    I tried eating cookies and gummies and the same thing would happen when the treats were too strong.

    So I started to pay close attention to what really caused this to happen. It's not smoke cause the same thing happens with treats or vape. I believe it may be the amount you smoke which then causes an anxiety reaction which makes the gas even worse. I believe something in the stomach and lower esophagus tightens/closes up and is not able to quickly release the huge amount of gas that's forming in your belly. So it builds up and gives a sore feeling to your chest until you burp it out.

    If the burp seems to slowly "squeeze" out of your stomach then our symptoms match up pretty well.

    So, in conclusion. I think strong weed, or too much THC, plus creating an anxiety situation, tightens stomach and/or esophageal muscles causing the gas to build up without a clear escape route. This in turn makes the anxiety worse and the gas worse.

    But there is a quick cure if you have access to a good doctor who is understanding of your situation. The thing that works for me is called Alprazolam. Just a .25 mg pill and my gas and anxiety subside within 10 to 15 minutes. Now .25 is the lowest dose you can take but I might take 2 or 3 of these a month so they work easy on me. Others might need a slightly higher dose. EDIT: If you are not having an anxiety reaction with the gas you can take a strong gas medication like Xantac 150 and this will help relieve the pressure in about the same 10 to 15 minutes.

    Remember, I am no doctor, but I do know the symptoms well. This also may need to be studied closer because it seems to be more of this going around than first realized. It may be that some doctors haven't been able to put this together yet because many people go to the hospital for this and wont admit weed use.

    I still smoke every day and deal with the symptoms as they occur. I only take a few small tokes and that seems to do the trick most of the time but I'll still feel a bit gassy right after toking.

    Good luck and pay attention to your body. It "talks" to you for a reason.

    BobCajun Well-Known Member

    THC does cause delayed emptying of the stomach, so stuff could sit in there for a while and make gas.

    Michiganjesse Well-Known Member

    I have had IBM my whole life cannabis helps my stomach anxiety does mess stomach up no sati a for me

    weedcourier New Member

    Hope your stomach problem would have been solved.

    okayy New Member

    If you guys followed the link the physical problems were in relation to long term/heavy users quitting, obviously smoking a bowl would ease the stomach ache ffs... But if you are quitting you just have to ride out the symptoms and take care of your body until it learns to regulate itself without the assistance/dependency it had on marijuana. Many of you disagreeing are admittedly all current smokers so you wouldn't really have any experience in what the article is talking about... Having a bowl to fix your upset stomach is exactly what the article is about- you depend on the weed to take care of your body instead of letting your body take care of itself so if you quit your body has to learn that there is no 'fix' for the problem coming and it will have to repair itself which is why there are physical withdrawal symptoms... Don't negate the negatives of smoking weed because it doesn't agree with your view of reality, you can become addicted physically and mentally and you can not its about how you regulate your use, how you take care of your physical/mental health when smoking and not using it as a medicinal tool unless necessary. It's like taking any medicine by becoming dependant on external influences to fix you, your immune system doesn't learn how to properly take care of you and when you consume certain substances that affect your bodily functions (which weed does both mentally and physically) your body doesn't know how to properly regulate itself until it learns to readjust.

    ANC Well-Known Member

    Never smoke pot on an empty stomach. Some rastas taught me that.

    BarnBuster Virtually Unknown Member

    just saw this article today. @curious2garden your evaluation please? could the fact the study was funded by the VA have skewed their opinions? Thanks
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    curious2garden Well-Known Member

    I think the fact that the two primary researchers both work in Substance Abuse might cloud their judgement. After a mere cursory review it's just a review of the literature with ranking of study strength by their criteria and extrapolation of what they consider the strongest studies.

    Speaking about pain alone the studies they 'studied' are insufficient. None of them ran over 15 weeks (I believe that was the longest), further the cannabinoid mode of administration was across the board from sprays, to edibles to 'cigarettes' from dispensaries. Until a stable source of a decent strain can be produced I would hypothesize (based on personal experience), that they are comparing apples to oranges.

    This is where the government's actions have hurt us the most. We can't get a consistent source of cannabis to do an actual comparison. The medical and pharmaceutical industries treatment of cannabis as homogenous is a huge failing in any type of patient research. But with such draconian restraints in place they are unable to know this. It is the same logic as one antivenin will work on all snake bites.

    Cannabis anecdotally works but it took me 2 years, finding the right strain while slowly and consistently increasing my tolerance starting with inhalation and moving to a chronic pain style regimen of round the clock stable state dosing with edibles. For me it required heroic doses of almost 2 grams/day edible. The current medical climate would quail a this.

    All during this time I was managed by a professor of anesthesiology who was a founder of a regional tertiary care pain control center. She was so impressed she put others on a similar regimen and saw similar results in committed individuals. The strain of cannabis is very important and you can not rely on dispensary cannabis, random dosing and unknown cannaboid profiles for extrapolation of any useful data.

    The language in their abstract is extremely weak and they are hinting at what their masters wish to hear. Frankly I am saddened by it. It reads to me as damnation by implication.
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    BarnBuster Virtually Unknown Member

    Thanks hon, I appreciate the time you spent reading and answering.

    ANC Well-Known Member

    Care to share the strain name (or some seeds even better :) ) ?

    rollersmokergirl Member

    How come you have come up with that conclusion ? As far as I know marijuana do not have such side effect

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