Treating Crohn’s with Cannabis – Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a set of conditions that feature chronic and/or recurring immune response with inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and especially the large intestine. The most common forms are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease sufferers know that their disease is debilitating, but some are not aware that it is life-threatening.If this disease is treated traditionally with steroids and opiates, major surgery is likely to be required, later if not sooner. That’s where cannabis, and specifically CBD(cannabidiol) comes into the picture. Every day, more reports emerge that cannabis-using Crohn’s patients report significant relief – or complete remission – of their symptoms. They able to reduce the use of immunosuppressive medications which have limited effectiveness and feature nasty side effects.The overall body of medical evidence is now indisputable, cannabis’ active ingredients – the cannabinoids including THC, CBD and others interact with receptors on nerve cells, like keys fitting into a lock in the brain, nervous system and gut.
“Patients with ulcerative colitis reported that cannabis helps manage diarrhea. The evidence suggests that cannabinoids inhibit intestinal secretory responses… It is equally plausible to speculate that patients perceived benefit from using cannabis to reduce pain and/or diarrhoea because the drug has a direct anti-inflammatory effect on intestinal tissue… As in other diseases, a significant proportion of both UC and CD patients reported using cannabis to enhance appetite, and the drug’s orexigenic properties are well-recognized, with many individuals commonly reporting appetite stimulation or ‘the munchies’ after use.” – Simon Lal, MD
People who suffer from Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis may find benefits such as reduced need for surgery, decreased bowel movements, anti-inflammatory benefits, increased gastrointestinal motility, fewer flare-ups and reduced severity, weight gain, and many more. The most amazing fact is that cannabis reduces the need for steroid treatment in 22of 26 patients. Synthetic cannabis has been shown to prevent inflammation in the colons of mice, while CBD has shown to prevent it in the bowels.
Cannabis truly is a miraculous plant. For those of us who suffer the effects of bowel or colon problems, relief may have once seemed like a dream. But today we know that a more functional life is possible thanks to marijuana.