Disease Overview

Crohn’s disease is a medical condition affecting the bowel. The illness causes the lining of the digestive tract to swell. As such, the ailment is categorized as an inflammatory bowel disease. As a result of the inflammation, people with Crohn’s disease experience extreme diarrhea, bleeding in the rectum, fever, malnutrition, and fatigue. Weight loss also may occur to varying extents. Additionally, individuals with Crohn’s disease experience severe abdominal pain. In some cases, the pain’s intensity is so high that it interferes with the individual’s movements. In other cases, the disease has proved to be life-threatening and fatal if not attended to. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of your digestive tract. Often, however, the illness will spread deep into the bowel tissue. Notably, the most common regions Crohn’s disease attacks are the end of the ileum as well as the beginning of the colon.

According to the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States have Crohn’s disease. The ailment is usually caused by the abnormal behavior of the immune system. However, it can also be due to the inheritance of this trait from one’s parents. As such, there is a higher likelihood for you to develop Crohn’s disease if either of your parents has it. During normal functioning of the immune system, our defense mechanisms are triggered by the presence of harmful substances in our bodies. To fight off infection, our systems release antibodies which kill the bacteria. However, with Crohn’s disease, the immune system is unable to differentiate between healthy and non-healthy cells. This causes the immune systems to release antibodies to attack the digestive tract. As a result, inflammation occurs.

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Currently, there is no confirmed cure for Crohn’s disease. However, some treatment methods have resulted in the drastic decrease in symptoms. In some cases, some remedies can even bring about temporal recovery from the disease. Most of the time, medical practitioners administer antibiotics to battle Crohn’s disease. They also administer anti-diarrhea, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medication for the management of the disease. Some cases have necessitated surgery to remove the part of the digestive tract that has become inflamed. In other cases, doctors may prescribe the use of a feeding tube for a patient’s meals so as to allow the affected portion of the tract to rest. This causes a decrease in inflammation.

Cannabis Sativa ImageCannabis’ effects on Crohn’s Disease

Marijuana’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to effectively combat Crohn’s disease. Cannabinoids present in the herb cause a reduction in pain, provide relief from nausea, and have been recorded to reduce patients’ overall feelings of unpleasantness stemming from the disease. In one study, scientists administered marijuana as a treatment for patients with Crohn’s disease for three months. Afterward, the patients recorded improvements in their ability to work as well as a decrease in their levels of depression. They also had lower levels of physical pain and improved social functioning after the period.

In another study, scientists discovered that marijuana use could be essential to ultimately curing Crohn’s disease. 10 out of 11 patients in their study experienced beneficial effects in coping with Crohn’s disease from the use of THC. Out of the ten, five patients also achieved a complete reduction of the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease. The use of cannabis has also reduced the need for other drugs or surgery.

Always consult your doctor before beginning treatment with medical marijuana. Feel free to contact us in case you have any questions.