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Crohn’s Disease and Cannabis

Research released just a few months ago confirms that cannabis sativa is an effective treatment for Crohn’s Disease. These findings back what many Crohn’s sufferers have felt to be true and what ancient medicine suggests.

For centuries, people have used marijuana to combat gastrointestinal disorders. They have turned to this natural remedy to treat Crohn’s and to ease pain and naturally heal the gut. But, because marijuana is classified as a controlled substance in many parts of the world today, studies on the effectiveness of the plant in treating Crohn’s have been small and few.

The medical journal, Pharmacology, offers information on Crohn’s disease and cannabis as reported by researchers R. Schicho, Ph.D. and M. Storr. The researchers published their results, “Cannabis Finds Its Way into Treatment of Crohn’s Disease”, after conducting the first clinical trials on the effects of cannabis on irritable bowel disease (IBD).

Defining Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s is an IBD that causes inflammation to the lining, and wall, of either (or both) the large or small intestine. Its symptoms include severe abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss. Extreme cases of Crohn’s can cause a sufferer to need removal of segments of the bowel.

Crohn’s Disease and Cannabis

Through their clinical study, Schicho and Storr found that cannabinoids in marijuana offered anti-inflammatory benefits and symptom reduction in most IBD patients. They also discovered that taking marijuana to treat Crohn’s left these patients with limited side effects, if any.

According to the report, “… an 8-week treatment with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-rich cannabis caused a decrease in the Crohn’s disease activity index in 90% of patients without producing significant side effects.”

It’s thought that the cannabinoids in marijuana interact with CB receptors in the intestines, colon, and even nervous system in ways that benefit Crohn’s sufferers.

Release of this study will hopefully bring to light the usefulness of cannabis as a treatment for Crohn’s disease. Possibly, we will see more patients’ pain eased and their conditions cured through cannabis use, as more research and positive experiences come to light. Be sure to also check out our article about Colitis and Cannabis.

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