Marijuana Can Help Treat Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Disease, Finds StudyPosted by On

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A new study looking into the effects of marijuana on IBD found that the drug can lessen the symptoms with minimal side effects.

A new study looking into the effects of marijuana on irritable bowel disease (IBD) has revealed some good news: Patients that took marijuana experienced fewer symptoms of IBD than those who didn’t.

IBD encapsulates two conditions: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. About three million adults are diagnosed in the US, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

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The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and examined patients with IBD and their history with marijuana. Researchers conducted an anonymous survey on patients with IBD who were over the age of 18 and made medical marijuana purchases on dispensaries in New York or Minnesota.

Survey questions ranged from the patients’ IBD symptoms to their medical marijuana habits, including their purchase history and adverse side effects.

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The results were mostly positive, with the majority of IBD cases ranging from mild to moderate, with the median frequency of medical marijuana use being about once a week. Most patients preferred to vape marijuana, mainly with high amounts of THC.

The study concluded that medical marijuana users experienced decreased IBD symptoms and fewer visits to the emergency room. Medical marijuana…

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