Vaping has become an increasingly popular alternative to cigarettes, with many claiming that it is much safer. But how does vaping affect our bowel movements? I’ve done some research and here’s what I learned.
According to Vaposearch.com, there is very little research on the effects of vaping on bowel movements, but the ingredients in the E-liquids may give some answers. That said, some E-liquids used for vapes contain Nicotine, which may produce a laxative effect. E-liquids also contain vegetable glycerin, which is a common ingredient in certain laxatives.
Keep reading to find out the effects of vaping on your bowels, as well as which ingredients to look out for when purchasing your E-liquids for your vape.
Does Vaping Nicotine Cause a Laxative Effect?
While there are some studies observing the effects of smoking Nicotine through cigarettes, there are very few studies examining the effects of vaping it. This means that we can only draw logical conclusions from past observations with smoking cigarettes.
Only a couple of links exist between experiencing a bowel movement and vaping or smoking, and there is still no definite answer. Studies on the side effects of vaping are a relatively new area, compared to cigarettes which have been studied since the 1950s.
However, adequate research has been conducted to prove the negative effect that vaping has on people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), where a major symptom is diarrhea.
Nicotine may also impact the digestive tract negatively, especially in the form of Crohn’s disease. This means Nicotine consumers are more likely to develop this disorder than those who have never consumed Nicotine, according to Verywellhealth.
Want to learn more about the surprising effects of Nicotine on your body and bowels? Read our article Does Nicotine Make You Poop? The Ugly Truth.
What About The Vegetable Glycerin?
Vegetable glycerin may very well provide some relief for constipation. This is because it draws water into your gut, which creates a laxative effect by helping the digested food move smoothly through your gut. For this purpose, glycerin is regularly used as a suppository.
In one study, glycerin suppositories were significantly more effective at reducing constipation caused by pain-killers than any other kind of laxative. In another, a glycerin enema was 16.5% more effective at relieving constipation than other forms of laxatives.
So, Should You Vape To Relieve Constipation?
To be frank, it is certainly not recommended that you vape purely to resolve your problem with constipation. This is because there are so many other healthier and effective remedies you can use instead, that won’t harm your health.
While vaping may very well make you poop due to the vegetable glycerin and the Nicotine, it’s not worth damaging your health unnecessarily.
Can Vaping Cause Diarrhea/Upset Stomach?
If you have an especially low tolerance for Nicotine, it may have a more intense laxative effect compared to someone who is more accustomed or has a higher tolerance. Both e-cigarettes and Juul pods contain varying levels of Nicotine, which by extent makes them laxatives.
Nicotine acts as a stimulant for the digestive system, which is why it is said to produce a laxative effect. This is why diarrhea is actually a notable side effect of Nicotine, but only if you are particularly sensitive to it. If you’re not, then you shouldn’t be too concerned about experiencing diarrhea after a bit of vaping.
The only way of knowing how sensitive you are to Nicotine is to monitor how your body reacts after exposure to it. If you find you are experiencing loose stools and diarrhea after vaping, and you haven’t experienced this before, then it may be a good idea to give it a break and see how your body reacts.
Interestingly, diarrhea isn’t the only potential side effect of vaping. Keep reading to find out if vaping can cause constipation too!
Can Vaping Cause Constipation?
While it may seem counterintuitive to assume vaping can cause constipation (especially when it contains ingredients that are known laxatives) but vaping can in fact result in constipation.
If you are vaping using E-liquids that contain Nicotine, you are making yourself vulnerable to Nicotine addiction, exactly like a cigarette smoker. Nicotine is highly addictive, meaning that if you quit, you will experience withdrawal.
While most vape juices do contain Nicotine, it is important to understand that Nicotine is absorbed differently in your bloodstream compared to smoking. When vaping regular vape juice or freebase nicotine, it can take up to 30 minutes to get the same amount of Nicotine as smoking a cigarette, where you get the hit within the first 5 minutes.
Because of this difference, when you begin vaping, you can still get Nicotine withdrawal symptoms with intense cravings for smoking a cigarette. It can also result in new vapors vaping in excess and this can even cause symptoms of Nicotine poisoning.
What Are The Symptoms Of Nicotine Withdrawal?
According to stop-tobacco.ch, constipation is one of the most common symptoms of Nicotine withdrawal. The good news is that this should slowly disappear after the first month or two of quitting. These are the symptoms:
- Intense cravings
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite and weight gain
- Problems concentrating
If you do experience any of these side effects, you can visit Stop.tobacco.ch for help and advice on quitting smoking.
Additional Ingredients In Vape Juice That May Constipate You
Propylene glycol is the main ingredient used in vape juice, and it is used for carrying the flavors in the juice. This ingredient is found in everyday items such as personal care products and foods. While it is approved by the FDA for human ingestion, the health effects of inhalation are still unknown.
Due to its humectant properties, it is typical for users to experience dehydration, especially if their juices have a higher PG ratio. Here are some common side effects of PG inhalation:
- Dry throat
- Dry mouth and eyes
People who could be allergic to PG may experience the below symptoms:
- Skin rash
- Sinus issues
How To Avoid Side Effects of Propylene Glycol
- If you are especially sensitive to the effects of propylene glycol, there are juices available that you can order with a higher vegetable glycerine ratio or you can buy juices that are 100% vegetable glycerin.
- If you find you are experiencing dehydration symptoms, it is advisable to simply up your fluid intake. So long as you remain hydrated, you can easily combat most of the side effects caused by vaping.
Can vaping make you gain weight?
According to ScienceDirect, there is no compelling evidence that supports the hypothesis that vaping prevents weight gain after stopping the smoking of cigarettes. However, there are a couple of smaller studies that have explored the use of e-cigarettes for controlling weight. There is definitely more research that needs to be conducted for any conclusive evidence.
Does vaping affect your teeth?
Without sufficient blood flow coursing through your veins, your gums do not receive the oxygen and nutrients that they require to stay healthy. Vaping causes the death of gum tissue because of this, as your gums are not receiving the nutrients they need to function properly. This can cause gum recession and even tooth sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and in severe cases, loss of teeth.