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How Effective Is CBD For Constipation?

Constipation is a common digestive problem that can cause discomfort, bloating, and difficulty passing stool. It is typically defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week, with a hard or dry stool that is difficult to pass.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to constipation, including poor diet, lack of exercise, certain medications, and medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or chronic constipation.

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), about 16% of adults in the United States experience constipation. It is more common in women and older adults. Additionally, constipation can be a side effect of certain medications, medical conditions, and dietary factors. While occasional constipation is usually not a cause for concern, chronic constipation can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life and should be evaluated and treated by a healthcare professional.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the many cannabinoids that are present in cannabis, along with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the compound that produces the “high” associated with cannabis use.

Unlike THC, CBD does not produce psychoactive effects and has been shown to have a variety of potential health benefits. Some of these potential benefits include reducing anxiety, improving sleep, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation.

CBD is available in various forms, including oils, capsules, gummies, and topicals. It is important to note that the legality and regulation of CBD products can vary depending on the country and jurisdiction in which they are sold. In this article, we shall be looking at the effectiveness of CBD for constipation.

How Effective Is CBD For Constipation?

While the research on CBD and constipation is limited, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD may have potential benefits for treating this condition.

One study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology in 2011 found that CBD can stimulate the 5-HT1A receptor, which is involved in regulating bowel movements. This suggests that CBD may help to promote regular bowel movements and alleviate constipation.

Another study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in 2017 found that CBD can reduce intestinal inflammation and improve gut motility in mice with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). While this study did not specifically focus on constipation, it suggests that CBD may have broader benefits for promoting healthy digestion.

Additionally, anecdotal evidence suggests that some people have found relief from constipation by using CBD products, although more research is needed to confirm these findings.

It is important to note that CBD is not a cure for constipation, and it should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. If you are experiencing constipation, it is important to talk to your doctor before using CBD or any other natural remedy. Your doctor can help you determine the underlying cause of your constipation and recommend appropriate treatment options.

If you do decide to use CBD for constipation, it is important to choose a high-quality product from a reputable source. Look for products that have been third-party tested for purity and potency, and follow the recommended dosage instructions carefully.

Other Effective Remedies for Constipation

Constipation is a common digestive problem that affects many people at some point in their lives. Some effective remedies for constipation include:

1.      Increase water intake: Drinking enough water can help soften stools and make them easier to pass. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day.

2.      Increase fiber intake: Fiber helps move stool through the digestive tract. Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day.

3.      Exercise: Regular exercise can help stimulate the digestive system and improve bowel movements.

4.      Use laxatives: Over-the-counter laxatives such as stool softeners, bulk-forming agents, and stimulant laxatives can be effective in relieving constipation. However, it’s important to use them as directed and not rely on them too heavily.

5.      Try natural remedies: Certain natural remedies such as prunes, aloe vera, and ginger can help relieve constipation.

6.      Establish a regular routine: Try to establish a regular routine for bowel movements, such as going to the bathroom at the same time every day.

7.      Reduce stress: Stress can affect digestion and bowel movements, so finding ways to reduce stress, such as meditation or yoga, can be helpful.

It’s important to speak with a doctor if constipation is severe or lasts for a prolonged period of time. They may recommend additional treatments or tests to rule out any underlying medical conditions.


In conclusion, while the research on CBD and constipation is still in its early stages, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD may have potential benefits for promoting healthy digestion and alleviating constipation. However, more research is needed to fully understand how CBD affects the digestive system and to determine the optimal dosage and method of administration for treating constipation. As always, it is important to talk to your doctor before using any new treatment for constipation.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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