A Rare and Unexpected Side-Effect of Cannabis Use: Abdominal Pain due to Acute Pancreatitis

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Stomach acid destroys bacteria and other pathogens entering the body from food continually, air and even water. After the skin, our first line of protective defense, stomach acid is next. Textbooks of gastroenterology – the medical specialty that concentrates on the digestive system – refer to stomach acid as the ‘acid barrier’ to intestinal tract infection. Fortunately, restorative and functional medicine focuses more attention on what this means for the patient in terms of correlations to conditions such as pneumonia, osteoporosis, Helicobacter pylori infections and related stomach cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and vascular dysfunction related to B vitamin deficiency and methylation metabolism dysfunction, anemia, arthritis.

In this paper, because of its rarity, a full case of cannabis-induced acute pancreatitis has been presented. Acute pancreatitis is a frequently encountered disorder in patients presenting to emergency units. Biliary system disorders, alcohol consumption, infections, and drugs are among the causes of acute pancreatitis. However, it is difficult to determine the etiology of this disorder sometimes, particularly if the patient does not wish to disclose his consumption of cannabis, the use of which is illegal.

However, eating a meal causes the gallbladder to release bile acids, which help to solubilize molecules such as THC. This increases the rate and extent of absorption generally. Drug absorption does not happen in the stomach. It happens almost entirely in the small intestine.

• As we begin to age (from about 30 years on), production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes declines — not the reverse. In the case of extreme thinning of the stomach lining (atrophic gastritis), the stomach is unable to secrete acid because the lining is so very is and thin atrophied or withered. These people suffer from nutritional deficiencies greatly. It’s also important to recognize that individuals with diminished production of stomach acid or even no stomach acid may or may not have overt, physical symptoms. It’s long been acknowledged that hypochlorhydria contributes to Candida albicans overgrowth.

I think pesticides can absolutely have adverse effects but as a person that produces his own medicine I do not use a single pesticide. . Year for a few months and I saw fantastic results with my stomach I quit last. This was the very first cure in about 9 years after going to the hospital and trying many different doctors. Unfortunately, like most of us, I have such a love for what this plant does for my anxiety that I have resumed and I am very sick again.

The open LES allows the backflow to occur. Medical weed is well-known for being a pain reliever and has been found effective in treating severe abdominal pain. Chronic acid reflux causes a burning, painful sensation in your chest and upper stomach and frequently into your throat.

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Acid reflux occurs the most after eating a heavy meal, while bending over or while lying down on your back. The symptoms are more likely to flare up after eating fatty foods, large meals, alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate citrus fruits… and even peppermint! The people who are most at risk of developing acid reflux are those who are obese, smoke, maintain low levels of physical exercise and take certain medications.

Are you or someone you know one of those 1 in 10 Americans? If so, there are ways you can help treat GERD and its symptoms.

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The worst part may be that patients have no idea that cannabis may be causing their symptoms, since paradoxically, weed is sometimes used to treat nausea. Still, theoretically, because of similar chemical structure between THC and CBD, the possibility of CBD conversion to THC, using a series of acid treatments and extraction by chromatography techniques, remains valid. Indeed, a patent application has been filed describing the series of steps to accomplish this.

I have not smoked pot for decades and seldom drink. I’m now 64 dealing with long-term effects of multiple cancers, chemos & radiation (since my late 20s). I consider myself a lucky survivor w/chronic illness that until lately I’d been handling okay. A friend suggested I try a THC-laced salve currently legal & available in Colorado for severe joint pain and fatigue due to my inability to sleep soundly. It helped right away, however, after only a couple of months I am now dealing with severe bloating and digestive issues I’ve never had before.

While some individuals find the drug-approach is effective in eliminating the physical symptoms – typically pain, heartburn, gas, bloating, etc – the underlying cause remains unrecognized (and untreated) is allowed to progress into disease conditions related to nutritional deficiencies as a result of lack of stomach acid… but mainstream medicine is either slow or negligent to make the basic, biochemical functionality connection. Cannabis is a plant belonging to the Cannabaceae family. The active substances of cannabis are cannabinoids in resin, which are obtained through dried and powdered leaves of the plant then. The major cannabinoid in hashish is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the pharmacological effect of hashish.

This article concludes cannabis inhibits stomach acid secretion. Also, the activation of certain cannabinoids protects the lining of the stomach, suggesting cannabis may be useful in treating peptic ulcers and GERD. Concentrates use solvents like Supercritical CO2 or Nitrogen to extract the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant into a substance with substantially higher concentrations. While most raw flowers test below 20% THC, some concentrates contain over 80% THC. Concentrates contain cannabinoids in their acid and decarboxylated forms and some terpenes.

It’s not good for you because hemp is what’s known as a bioaccumulator. In effect, it draws toxins from the soil and holds them in the stalk, leaves, and seeds. In small quantities-as in the production of hemp seed oil-these toxins cause no problems.

Quality can be diminished if the cannabis or hemp is grown in poor soil or undergoes harsh extraction processes (often involving chemicals), or if the product is sourced from multiple locations. Marijuana causes certain involuntary muscles to slow down, like the nerves in your eyes for glaucoma patients, but also your stomach is the same involuntary muscle concept. When thc is present your stomach wont empty properly, and the more u use the less proper your stomach empties. My thought, not mentioned in the article, is that the breeding of more potent marijuana strains higher in THC (thanx to the drug war) could possibly have changed the ratio of the 60+ active compounds in these strains, active compounds that, like all herbal treatments, balance the overall effects and usually makes them safer and more effective than single chemical compounds (e.g., pure THC/Marinol or pure CBD).

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