How does cannabis affect the gut?
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS (discussed in more detail in this article) is a way our bodies communicates with itself. Endocannabinoids, compounds made by this ECS, act in helping control various parts of the body, including the nervous system and immune system. In the gut, this means it endocannabinoids may be able to affect how it functions and how it responds to painful sensations.
The cannabis plant contains active ingredients called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids, which are also the main ingredients used in medicinal cannabis, can act on the ECS just like the body’s own endocannabinoids. In this way, cannabinoids can potentially change how different parts of the body work, including the gut.