Crohn’s disease Cannabis can it help?Posted by On

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Crohn’s disease cannabis can help some of your symptoms.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases that inflame the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and disrupt your body’s ability to digest food, absorb nutrition, and eliminate waste in a healthy manner. As a result, you might have any of the following symptoms: abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea (possibly bloody) and loss of appetite.

Individuals with Crohn’s disease are more likely to develop intestinal infections from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. This could affect the severity of symptoms and create complications. Crohn’s disease and its treatments can affect the immune system, making these types of infections worse in people with inflammatory bowel disease. 

Research into cannabis is starting to increase at a fast pace. With many states and countries slowly removing legal barriers. Research can now focus on cannabis and its medical properties more than ever before.

One such research conducted by T Naftali & colleagues published a study in the Israeli Medical Association Journal.

What are the Crohn’s Research findings, they reported the following results.

Of the 30 patients 21 improved significantly after treatment with cannabis. The need for other medication was significantly reduced. Fifteen of the patients had 19 surgeries during an average period of 9 years before cannabis use. But only 2 required surgery during an average period of 3 years of cannabis use.

This was their conclusion.

This is the first report of cannabis use in Crohn’s disease in humans. The results indicate that cannabis may have a positive effect on disease activity, as reflected by reduction in disease activity index, and in the need for other drugs and surgery. Prospective placebo-controlled studies are warranted to fully evaluate the efficacy and side effects of cannabis in CD.

Many patients that use cannabis to treat Crohn’s symptoms often report improvement in pain and easing of their diarrhea. Although there is no evidence for the reduction of gut inflammation, which is the main symptom of the disease.

If you’re interested in obtaining cannabis for Crohn’s, consult your treating physician first. Verify that your doctor is registered with a state medical marijuana program and agrees this is the appropriate treatment, you can get a certificate for it. If your physician isn’t registered, you can get referred to another doctor who is.

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