Can CBD Cause Constipation?

Can CBD Cause Constipation?

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If you have a sensitive stomach and have never tried CBD before, you might feel concerned about trying it for the first time. With all the information out there, you might be wondering if CBD can make you constipated or upset your digestive system.

In fact, many people use CBD to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), such as pain and inflammation. Early research suggests that it can positively affect the digestive system. 

But it’s smart to answer your questions about how CBD and your stomach might get along before you give it a go.

Common Causes of Constipation

If you took CBD and experienced constipation afterward, it’s a good idea to check for common triggers of constipation, including:

  • Certain medications
  • A diet lacking in fiber
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Inadequate hydration
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Changes in daily routines, such as travel or alterations in dietary habits

CBD and Your Digestive System

CBD’s popularity in addressing symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS) stems from its anti-inflammatory properties, as discussed in our previous article about CBD and the digestive system. In addition to IBS, CBD has proven effective in helping people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by alleviating their discomfort and pain.

Moreover, research indicates that CBD can effectively combat nausea, especially in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

CBD and Constipation

CBD's chemical structure juxtaposed to intestine.

According to the findings of a recent study, CBD appears to affect receptors associated with intestinal motility, suggesting its potential to relieve constipation. 

This study underscores the importance of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a class of anxiety medications, in managing IBS. CBD’s anxiety-reducing effects make it a potential remedy for IBS, a condition often linked to heightened anxiety levels.

These medications show promise in enhancing intestinal movement, particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing constipation as a primary IBS symptom.

Other studies have provided early indications that CBD may have probiotic properties, which could contribute to regulating the gut microbiome, enhancing digestion, reducing inflammation, and promoting regular bowel movements.

However, the involvement of the endocannabinoid system in controlling gastrointestinal and colonic motility means that individuals with a genetic predisposition to chronic constipation may experience delayed gastric emptying in some cases. In other scenarios, activating CB1 receptors can help regulate bowel movements.

It’s important to note that THC, a compound present in full-spectrum CBD (which contains up to 0.3% THC, the maximum legal limit), can have varying effects. A small THC amount is unlikely to cause constipation, but it’s wise to be mindful of individual reactions. If you’re thinking about using CBD for constipation or related concerns, it’s recommended to consult your physician for personalized guidance.

How to Treat Constipation?

If you wish to enjoy the benefits of CBD for your digestive system, such as reducing pain and inflammation, and enhancing your gut microbiome while addressing concerns about constipation, consider these measures:

  • Stay well-hydrated to aid your body in flushing waste effectively.
  • Limit dairy products, especially cheese, which can contribute to constipation.
  • Incorporate physical activity into your routine, even a simple 30-minute walk can be beneficial.

Choosing the Right CBD Product for Constipation Relief

Bottle of Vitality CBD oil juxtaposed to a cup of hot tea.

CBD oil is a great way to enjoy CBD’s benefits. Our full-spectrum CBD oil is especially suitable for people with sensitive stomachs, as it contains 100% organic CBD and Organic coconut MCT oil, which, according to anecdotal evidence, may assist in weight and fat loss. Simply hold it under your tongue for 10 seconds before swallowing.

Infusing your tea with CBD oil is another comforting and effective way to alleviate constipation. You can mix it with green tea or peppermint tea to encourage muscle relaxation. Plus, warm CBD-infused drinks can help keep your stool soft, making it easier to go to the bathroom.

Are there any CBD products to approach cautiously if you experience chronic constipation?

Edible CBD products may contain sugar and other ingredients that could upset the stomach. While CBD can promote digestive health, it’s important to be mindful of other ingredients that may contribute to constipation.

The Bottom Line

Preliminary research suggests that CBD is beneficial for the digestive system and is unlikely to cause constipation. 

In fact, it may even provide a solution for constipation. Using CBD oil is a good way to get the benefits of CBD while promoting regular bowel movements.

Nevertheless, as with any new supplement, it is advisable to consult your doctor, especially if you have a history of constipation, before incorporating CBD into your routine.


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