Posted 10 April 2001 - 07:48 PM
if there are any ibs-related topics of which i could say a useful thing or two about, it would have to be school w/ibs, and marijuana w/ ibs.i've been smoking marijuana everyday since my ibs problems started surfacing. that was about 2 years ago, when before i even heard of ibs, i had been diagnosed with having an ulcer and so could not really drink alcohol for the time being; i conveniently started smoking weed a lot more instead. to make a long story short, i found that the weed made me feel almost 100% better most of the time, for the rest of the day. since then i would start off the day as normally as i can, trying to be as productive as i can, but we all know how difficult that could be at times. eventually, whether it be an hour after waking up or the end of the day, i would smoke and feel that relief we are so desperate for.i think, from what i've read and heard, that the marijuana does sort of "numb" your body, maybe even numbing that connection between the brain and the gut. paradoxically, being high on cannabis heightens certain senses and sensations; with ibs, sometimes i could feel my colon and/or anus with heightened sensitivity, which believe me, caused tremendous anxiety in me at first (my anus would feel like i'm pooping right there!)
though those "raw days" still heighten my sensation down there when i smoke, it doesn't really bother me anymore. besides, i'm high and not feeling stomach pain anymore by this time.while smoking pot has saved me from much of the daily anguish and suffering of ibs, it has also gotten me psychologically addicted- to crave the high is one thing, but to crave being high to calm your colon and your tears makes marijuana a whole lot more addicting. could you imagine if you felt like your ibs symptoms could all dissappear for the rest of the day from a few puffs? not to mention "college life," and not being able to just hang out without the normalcy felt from smoking. as a result, i smoke everyday; for a year or so i would get angry at myself and tried to quit marijuana altogether, but it was too difficult, with how good the relief felt. more recently, i've been using the philosophy that i'll smoke only on those days when i'm just a total mess; when i'm not in that "urgency" zone, i'll be productive, so that my life could be continued (ibs has ruined me- i gotta find some insurance, get my school probs straightened, research ibs obsessively, and finally the trial&error, what-meds-work-for-my-life thing).so far this plan of mine has been very, very slowly working out. one of the worst things about marijuana addiction has got to be the laziness.
one could say i kinda did my own unoffical clincial trial on the marijuana and its effects on ibsers
so i guess smoking pot could bring temporary relief to at least some of us, but it's obviously not a great habit to pick up, and i think it could be especially addictive for people who feel chronic pain and anxiety without it...just my 2 cents, hope this helps in some way...meth